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Dead By Daylight Patch Notes & 5.2.0 PTB Changes

ADDED: Official DBD 5.2.0 Patch Notes. See boxout further down for full details.

Dead By Daylight fans love the game, that's for sure. You don't reach Chapter 20 and a 5th Anniversary event without a passionate fanbase.

It won't be long until we're eyeballing the release of Dead By Daylight Chapter 21, and the developers are starting to get ready too, as they've now released confirmation that the new killer is from Hellraiser! We don't quite have a release date yet, but the killer is now available on the PTB, alongside a new set of all-important patch notes.

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It doesn't matter if you're a casual or hardcore fan; the patch notes will affect you all and have a big say in that all-important Dead By Daylight Tier List. Not to mention the best survivor perks and best killer perks. One patch, one hotfix, a tweak here or there could have big implications. So it's best you know about every change as it happens.

For this page, we're doing two things. First, we'll give you the latest patch notes for the game as it is on live servers for PlayStation [PS4/PS5], Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch. But we'll also include the latest PTB patch notes further down, if you want a look at the changes coming to the game in the future.

Latest News

7 September 2021 -

Behaviour Interactive has confirmed the Dead by Daylight 5.2.0 Patch Notes for live servers. The latest changes can be found further down, all neat and boxed out for you for easy reading.

Do note, Skill Based Matchmaking (SBMM) will not be enabled until tomorrow, September 8. For more information on SBMM, click here.

Dead by Daylight Release Information Chapter 21 Patch 5.2.0
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6 September 2021 -

We should get official Dead by Daylight 5.2.0 Patch Notes in a few hours once Chapter 21 is released onto live servers.

Stay tuned for updates and the latest patch notes.

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Dead by Daylight Chapter 21 Release Time

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2 September 2021 -

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A new Developer Update has been released and it gives plenty of insight into some big changes coming to the game with the release of the next big patch.

Dead by Daylight Patch 5.2.0 which is most likely arriving with DBD Chapter 21 is set to introduce Skill Based Matchmaking (SBMM) for good. In addition, this will mean the removal of ranks and the introduction of a new Grades system.

We've detailed some of these changes on our Chapter 21 hub, but in addition, there are a few more changes being made to the PTB build of Dead by Daylight 5.2.0 to tweak the Cenobite killer.

You can see these tweaks just below.

The Cenobite PTB Changes - 2 September

We’re thrilled to see so much excitement for The Cenobite on the Player Test Build (PTB), and we’ve been watching (and reading) for feedback very closely. That said, we’ve made some changes between the PTB and the release. Please note that this is by no means final; we’ll continue to monitor his performance as we do with all new Killers and do some fine tuning once everything has settled.

First, we’ve polished the way chains spawn to make them perform more consistently. We’ve fixed an issue which could cause chains to spawn behind obstacles and corners and immediately break as soon as they would connect. Additionally, if a chain fails to spawn (i.e., there is no suitable place to spawn the chain), the system will now attempt to spawn another chain much sooner. Finally, if a chain is broken by the environment or The Cenobite himself, a new chain will spawn considerably faster than before. These changes will make chains much more effective in tight areas with lots of obstacles.

We’ve also simplified the way the chain hunt works. On the PTB, the number of chains that spawn during the hunt would depend on the number of Survivors remaining. Instead, the hunt will now always spawn a cluster of 3 chains (with each chain appearing 3 seconds apart) with an increasing interval between clusters based on the remaining Survivors. This will keep the hunt feeling meaningful without getting out of hand as Survivors die.

Finally, deciding when to solve the Lament Configuration is something we want to leave up to you, but keeping it forever shouldn’t be ideal. In the PTB, the Survivor carrying the box would have a chain spawn and attempt to latch onto them every few seconds while they were interacting with something. This would slow your progress down, but could be a worthwhile tradeoff for preventing chain hunts entirely. We’re changing the Lament Configuration to only pause the timers of the other Survivors, but not the carrier. This means if the person holding the box neglects it for too long, a chain hunt will start for them only. This chain hunt is in addition to the occasional chains that spawn while interacting with something, making it very difficult to ignore.

We’ve got a few more changes to get through, so lightning round:

  • Tweaked gateway placement to be easier on maps with multiple floors – This’ll prevent cases where you look ever so slightly down and end up accidentally placing your gateway on the floor below
  • Added a brief immunity period to chains after being unhooked (3 seconds) – This will prevent a Survivor who was just unhooked from being chained before they can move
  • Added a maximum control time for gateways (6 seconds) – The Cenobite’s power is meant to be fast paced and used in a chase, not to be placed somewhere and wait
  • Added a brief cooldown to the solve interaction to prevent spamming (1 second) – Spamming the interaction would give the Killer way too many notifications
  • Increased Bloodpoints for The Cenobite’s scoring event across the board – Bloodpoint earnings were lower than anticipated in the PTB

As always, we’ll continue to monitor The Cenobite’s performance over the next few months to determine if further changes are necessary.

Dead By Daylight 5.2.0 Patch notes - Live Servers

These patch notes reflect the game build available on live servers currently for PC, Console, and Nintendo Switch players.

We're highlighting just the new Features & Content, gameplay tweaks and technical updates, but have omitted the length list of bug fixes, which are still available on Behaviour Interactives Dead By Daylight Forum. Read on for the latest changes.

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5.2.0 | HELLRAISER

Features

  • Added a new Killer - The Cenobite
  • Match Results - When players leave a Trial with a Limited Item (Example: The Nemesis's Vaccine) they will now be notified that they do not get to keep it. It has been consumed by The Entity.
  • Large Text Settings - The players can enable this option to enlarge all texts in the HUD, increasing readability.
  • Skill Based Matchmaking will be enabled separately on September 8th at 11:00AM EDT.
  • Visual Update of the Pallet

Grades and Grade Rewards

  • Grades are replacing Ranks
  • Grades are broken up into five groupings: Ash, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Iridescent
  • Each grouping has four sub-groupings: IV, III, II, I
  • Current Ranks will be translated into their corresponding Grade
  • Rank 20 = Ash IV, Rank 19 = Ash III, Rank 18 = Ash II, Rank 17 = Ash I, Rank 16 = Bronze IV, etc.
  • Grade Resets will happen on the 13th of each month, and all players will be reset to Ash IV for both Killer and Survivor, regardless of their previous Grade
  • Bloodpoint rewards are given out when the reset occurs, based on your previous Grade
  • It is no longer possible to lose enough pips to lose a Grade

Content

The Nemesis Update:

  • Movement speed while charging Tentacle Strike Tier 3 increased to 4.0m/s (was 3.8m/s)
  • Shattered S.T.A.R.S. Badge effect duration increased to 60 seconds (was 30 seconds)
  • Iridescent Umbrella Badge effect duration increased to 30 seconds (was 15 seconds, but was erroneously displayed as 12 seconds)
  • Ritual of The Nemesis reduced to reaching maximum Mutation Rate one time (was 4)

Miscellaneous:

  • Various bug fixes and improvements to address performance issues on the Family Residence, Sanctum of Wrath and Midwich Elementary School.
  • Blood Lodge and The Game maps are re-enabled
  • Updated a variety of survivors hair and facial hair cosmetics.

Dev note: The Nemesis came out in a good state, but has been underperforming slightly in higher skill brackets. These players tend to hit Mutation Rate 3 more often, so a buff here should give him a slight boost at that level of play. Additionally, we have buffed two addons that were underperforming to make them more viable, and made the associated ritual less of a pain to complete.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused killers not to hear several sounds for survivors not currently visible on screen. This includes, but is not limited to, footsteps when using the Spirit's phase walk.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause a hitch to occur when using the Dead Hard perk.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause Dead Hard's invulnerability not to coincide with the dash effect.
  • Fixed an issue that rarely caused survivors to keep some status effects, such as Lithe's speed boost, for the remainder of the trial. The icon may now remain, but the effect will not be applied.
  • Fixed an issue that caused bubble indicators not to appear for the Doctor when survivors reach a new madness level, scream while in tier 3 Madness, or fail Snap Out of It skill checks.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented survivors from escaping the trial if Victor pounces on them near the exit gates.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivors not to be revealed by Killer Instinct when performing actions near Victor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused teachable perks to not be unlocked after being bought in the shrine.
  • Fixed an issue that caused bots to not always heal each other when next to a generator.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused survivor bots to get stuck in front of a killer blocking a vault point.
  • Fixed an issue that caused player names containing a '#' to get truncated in game and on the tally screen.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a wrong benevolent emblem to be assigned.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the unbreakable set to be breakable by the cosmetics previews in the store.
  • Fixed an issue that caused purchases to fail when buying multiple items in a row in the store.
  • Fixed an issue that caused frame hitches when a generator is repaired.
  • Fixed an issue that caused frame hitches when a survivor is healed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the hook count and the generator count to overlap each other when spectating a custom game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the pause menu to open and close constantly when holding the Escape key.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Tricksters' charge indicator to carry over to other Killers after completing a match.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Prove Thyself icon to be displayed more than once in the HUD
  • Fixed an issue that caused one hatch in the Treatment Theatre that can't be opened with keys
  • Fixed an issue that caused one side of generator cannot be repaired from Hawkins tile
  • Fixed an issue that caused a survivor can remain stuck near one of the building in Dead Dawg Saloon
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Nurse and Cenobite to teleport out of bounds on top of the basement in the east wing
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivor to clip into the stairs when cleansing a totem found under the stairs in some rooms in the Underground Complex
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivor to clip into the stairs when cleansing a totem found near the gallows in Dead Dawg Saloon
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivor not being able to interact with one of the Nightmare's clocks in Resident Evil map
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivor to get stuck when cleansing a specific totem in the Disturbed Ward
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cow tree in the Farm map to have no collision and makes looping difficult
  • Fixed an issue that caused an invisible collision for survivor and killer when falling off one side of a Hill
  • Fixed an issue that caused the color of the pallet to be less vibrant
  • Fixed an issue that caused loss of progress. Additional issues are still under active investigation.

Known Issues

  • The Cenobite's power description is not using the latest version in all translated languages.

  • The Chain Hunt activation audio notification plays for all Survivors while a Survivor is holding the puzzle box
  • Some text relating to Grades and Grade Rewards has not been translated into non-English languages.
  • The Dead Dawg Saloon map is disabled and is planned on being re-enabled on 5.2.1.
  • Unable to make progress on the Punch Drunk Achievement.
  • It is possible to stun The Nightmare using a Dream Pallet.
  • Upcoming Boon Totem description is displayed in the Tutorials page.
  • Larger text setting does not save after restarting the application (Consoles only).

Changes from PTB

The Cenobite

  • The Cenobite's voice over lines have been removed due to complications with the audio files.
  • Added a maximum time that The Cenobite can spend inside a gateway.
  • Added a pitch threshold before going to a lower level when placing a gateway as The Cenobite to make placement easier in areas with multiple floors.
  • Gave a short immunity from The Cenobite's Chain Hunt to recently unhooked survivors.
  • Made the Deep Wound timer pause while performing the Remove Chains interaction.
  • Chains broken with collisions now respawn faster.
  • Increased the speed at which the chain spawner tries spawning a chain after a failed attempt.
  • Increased the collision detection of the chain spawner.
  • Updated the Chain Hunt to always spawn clusters of 3 chains, but the spawning interval is based on the number of healthy/injured Survivors.
  • Picking up the Lament Configuration now stops other Survivor's Chain Hunt timers, but not the carrier's. It also stops the Chain Hunt for other Survivors, but not the carrier.
  • To stop a Chain Hunt, the Survivor must Solve the Lament Configuration (if The Cenobite teleports, it also stops the Chain Hunt).
  • Added a cooldown to the Solve interaction to prevent spamming.
  • Increased the value of various score events.
  • Updated the Lament Configuration spawn sound.

Miscellaneous

  • Changed pallet hit boxes to prevent the killer from getting stunned when on the same side as the survivor dropping the pallet.

Bug fixes

The Cenobite

  • Fixed an issue that may make it impossible to remove the Cenobite's chains.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's Burning Candle and Torture Pillar add-ons not to stack.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause chains to appear with inconsistent timing when executing an interaction while holding the Lament Configuration.
  • Fixed an issue that caused chains to remain visible if a survivor disconnects while hooked by the Cenobite's chains.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause the Chain Hunt timer not to restart when a survivor disconnects while holding the Lament Configuration.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause the Cenobite to remain stuck in the teleport interaction if a survivor disconnects during the teleportation.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite to play the wrong animation when attacking a survivor carrying the Lament Configuration while carrying a survivor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a chain to remain on the map after the Cenobite teleports to a survivor solving the Lament Configuration.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivors to remain stuck in the solving animation after having moved during a Lament Configuration skill check.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lament Configuration to instantly teleport to the ground after being solved by a survivor.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lament Configuration VFX to disappear when it spawns at a new location.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause the Lament Configuration to spawn on the hatch.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause the lightning VFX to be missing from the Cenobite's chains.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's chains not to interrupt the Mend action.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's chains not to interrupt the Sabotage action.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's chains not to interrupt several item interactions.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's chains not to interrupt the interactions of the Reset Pallet and Rummage interactions.
  • Fixed an issue that caused input prompts to briefly appear after clicking the Create Gateway input.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite to lose the ability to open gateways when stunned while in the gate.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the gateway to appear instantly at maximum range after the Cenobite gets stunned while possessing a gateway.
  • Fixed an issue that caused input keys not to appear in the prompts when remapping some actions to the same input as emotes.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause the Cenobite's weapon to remain visible when tilting his head.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite not to be granted a scoring event when surviviors escape without the Lament Configuration.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivors to be granted an incorrect amount of Bloodpoints when breaking multiple chains.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an animation to be missing after the he creates a gateway when spectating the Cenobite.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the prestige weapon not to appear in-game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the camera to shake violently when sending a possessed chain upright as the Cenobite.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite and Nurse's aiming reticles to float in the air when aiming on uneven ground.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Chain Hunt character portrait to disappear when a survivor enters a locker.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a chain to appear on the left side of the screen while controlling the Gateway projectile as the Cenobite.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cenobite's weapon to stay visible when going to a menu with the Cenobite selected
  • Fixed an issue that caused the survivor's hand to be bleeding when repairing a generator
  • Fixed an issue that caused an explosion of blood when the survivor are struck by the Killer weapon
  • Fixed an issue that caused the visual effect for the Scourge Hook to not appear on Macmillan Estate map
  • Fixed an issue that caused the VFX to not appear on the Lament Box during the Lobby's animation or when the match start
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Trickster's blades to be floating next to his hand
  • Fixed an issue that caused the blood VFX to be offset when hitting a Survivor with throwing knives.
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Dead By Daylight 5.2.0 PTB Patch notes

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These patch notes reflect only the games PTB (Public Test Build), which is used for testing purposes only. This special BETA-branch of Dead by Daylight is exclusive to the Steam version of the Game and can be played if you want to try it out. Details of which are just below on the link:

HOW TO ACCESS THE DEAD BY DAYLIGHT PTB

These changes are likely to be tweaked in the lead up to the games next chapter, which is Dead by Daylight Chapter 21, due for release at some point in September.

As players can see, the PTB offers our first look at the game's new Killer, The Cenobite, which is of course based on the fictional extra-dimensional demonic beings from Hellraiser.

Keep reading for all you need to know about the latest Public Test Build.

DBD 5.2.0 Patch Notes For PTB

New Features

  • Added an new Killer - The Cenobite
  • Match Results - When players leave a Trial with a Limited Item (Example: The Nemesis's Vaccine) they will now be notified that they do not get to keep it. It has been consumed by The Entity.
  • Large Text Settings - The players can enable this option to enlarge all texts in the HUD, increasing readability.

Content Changes

The Nemesis Update:

  • Movement speed while charging Tentacle Strike Tier 3 increased to 4.0m/s (was 3.8m/s)
  • Shattered S.T.A.R.S. Badge effect duration increased to 60 seconds (was 30 seconds)
  • Iridescent Umbrella Badge effect duration increased to 30 seconds (was 15 seconds, but was erroneously displayed as 12 seconds)
  • Ritual of The Nemesis reduced to reaching maximum Mutation Rate one time (was 4)

Dev note: The Nemesis came out in a good state, but has been underperforming slightly in higher skill brackets. These players tend to hit Mutation Rate 3 more often, so a buff here should give him a slight boost at that level of play. Additionally, we have buffed two addons that were underperforming to make them more viable, and made the associated ritual less of a pain to complete.

  • Various bug fixes and improvements to address performance issues on the Family Residence, Sanctum of Wrath and Midwich Elementary School.
  • Blood Lodge, Dead Dawg Saloon and The Game maps are re-enabled
  • Updated a variety of survivors hair and facial hair cosmetics.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused The Executioner's rear to be too flat when having "The Corrupted" outfit equipped.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a specific hook blocking navigation when a Survivor is hooked on it in Hospital map
  • Fixed an issue that caused the killer to body block the basement when standing at the door frame in the main building of the Blood Lodge
  • Fixed an issue that caused Meg "Jewel of the party" very rare outfit multiple clipping with her body
  • Fixed an issue that caused Meg "Jewel of the party" very rare outfit skirt misshapen when performing various action
  • Fixed an issue that caused female survivors to be missing an animation when stepping on a bear trap with the Calm Spirit perk equipped.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivors to perform the falling animation when walking down some stairs in the Raccoon City Police Station map.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivors to float and fall to the ground when cleansing some totems.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the durability bar of toolboxes to appear red when sabotaging a hook.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the walking animation of the Nemesis to be missing when in spectator mode in a custom game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Victor to be able to pounce on survivors while Dead Hard is being used.
  • Fixed an issue that may cause survivors to remain stuck in a window when downed by the Trickster's knives while vaulting.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Doctor's Shock Therapy and Static Blasts not to negate the Oblivious effect.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the sound notification for the Tinkerer perk to be too low.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Coup de Grace perk icon to remain lit until all generators are done instead of until all tokens are used.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the hook count and the generator count to overlap each other when spectating a custom game.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the pause menu to open and close constantly when holding the Escape key during a match.
  • Fixed an issue that caused player names with a # symbol to get truncated in the HUD.
  • Fixed an issue that caused save file problem.
  • Fixed an issue that caused survivor to receive an incorrect benevolent emblem.

Known Issues

  • Sometimes, Survivors are bound by chains and are unable to remove them
  • New Rank Crest images are part of the PTB. The new MMR system will not be active on PTB.
  • Some animations are missing while solving the Lament Configuration
  • The wrong animation plays when bound to the Lament Configuration after the Killer teleports to it while the Survivor is solving it
  • The Lament Configuration breaks when a Survivor disconnects while holding it
  • Chains are not removed from the match when a Survivor disconnects while they are bound by them
  • The "Lament Guardian" score event is granted even if the Survivors escape with the Lament Configuration
  • Survivors are awarded an incorrect amount of Bloodpoints when breaking free from multiple chains
  • The Burning Candle and Torture Pillar add-ons do not stack as intended
  • The Cenobite can place a gateway out of bounds in certain maps
  • Items are not held in Claire Redfield's hands.
  • Claire Redfield's camera clips in the ground when being mori'd.
  • Claire Redfield's face is distorted in-game.