Best Dead by Daylight Artist build

Image of the Artist in Dead By Daylight.
Credit: Behaviour Interactive

Image of the Artist in Dead By Daylight.
Credit: Behaviour Interactive
April 11, 2024 - We had a look over our Artist build in Dead by Daylight and updated our guide with the latest information.

The best Dead By Daylight Artist Build is needed to play one of the most interesting killers in the game.

Carmina Mora aka "The Artist" was added to Dead by Daylight with the release of Chapter 22. Featuring a unique crow power, the Artist quickly became a great killer for stopping powerful chasers.

She is a tricky Killer to use, however, if you master her powers she can prove to be one of the best in the game. With that said, here is a collection of the best perks, add-ons, and tips and tricks to have those Survivors quaking in their boots.

Dead by Daylight Artist lore

Who doesn't love learning about the backstory of these killers? So without further ado, here it is:

The new Killer is The Artist: gifted but tormented Chilean painter Carmina Mora. Carmina was on the verge of taking her own life just before she was saved by an eerie murder of crows. The unreal experience transformed her jet-black ink surrealist art form into a bolder, larger and more colorful expression.
She started painting large-scale militant murals on street corners, exposing local corruption. Everywhere she performed, crows followed. As she soared in the public eye and shed more light on corruption, she started receiving death threats. The fateful moment arrived, and Carmina was abducted with her friends and taken to an abandoned graveyard in the middle of the desert.
Her wrists were severed, and her tongue chopped off. At the same moment, a torrent of crows erupted from the clouds once again, this time to assault her assailants as well as her friends. After this brutal encounter left her maimed, Carmina was taken by the Entity. Twisted into a grotesque vessel of vengeance, she would turn anyone in her path into carrion for the flock. 

Dead by Daylight Artist perks

Grim Embrace

Each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time, Grim Embrace gains a token.

Upon reaching four tokens Grim Embrace activates:

  • The Entity blocks all generators for 30/35/40 seconds.
  • The aura of the Obsession is revealed to you for four seconds.

Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance

At the start of the trial, four random hooks are changed into scourge hooks:

  • The auras of scourge hooks are revealed to you in white.
  • Any time a Survivor is hooked on a scourge hook the generator with the most progression explodes, and instantly regresses for 15/20/25%.
  • Survivors repairing that generator will scream, revealing their location.

Hex: Pentimento

You see the auras of destroyed totems. You can perform a ritual on a destroyed totem to resurrect it as a rekindled totem. The more rekindled totems you create, the greater their effects:

  • 1 totem: Reduces the repair speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 2 totems: Reduces the healing speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 3 totems: Reduces the recovery speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 4 totems: Reduces the gate opening speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30%.
  • 5 totems: All totems are blocked by The Entity.
  • When a rekindled totem is removed, its remains are consumed by the Entity.
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Dead by Daylight Artist power

The Artist's power is called Birds of Torment. With this power, the Artist can summon three dire crows at her command. When dire crows are summoned, the Artist can use her power to send in a location where they turn into a swarm that can go through objects like walls and buildings.

The flight paths of summoned dire crows can only go in a straight line. Summoned crows do not stop until they hit a survivor or reach the end of the map

When a survivor is hit by a swarm of crows, they will be circled. Survivors will be followed endlessly until they repel the swarm. The crows will then be revealed to the Artist with a white aura until they are repelled.

Image of the Artist sat on a throne in Dead By Daylight.
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Best Dead by Daylight Artist add-ons

Each Killer comes with several different add-ons that'll either improve the Killer's base kit or change it entirely for more fun and engaging gameplay.

We’ll be honest though, The Artist's add-ons aren't that great and could use some improvement, but we've still managed to narrow down the add-ons that are more effective than most.

Festering Carrion

Reduces the cooldown of the Artist's Birds of Torment power after releasing a dire crow by 0.5 seconds. While good by itself, it is even better when paired up with add-on thick tar for a shotgun effect that can hit Survivors through walls at a much faster rate.

O Grief O Lover

Survivors who are hit with a swarm of crows while using this add-on also suffer the oblivious status effect, making it easy for the Artist to sneak up and give survivors a cheeky smack of her ink-like claw.

Ink Egg

This add-on adds another dire crow to the Artist's arsenal -never a bad thing - but at the cost of reducing the idle time before the crows disintegrate by four seconds. Still, effective for players who like to play the Artist's power like a wild shotgun.

Severed Hands

An add-on that's perfect for tracking due to its ability to cause swarmed Survivors who go near other players in the match to "infect" others with crows too. Works particularly well when the Artist is shooting crows at generators.

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Best Dead by Daylight Artist build

We would go with the following perks for the best possible Artist build:

Dead Man's Switch

After hooking a Survivor, Dead Man's Switch activates for the next 20/25/30 seconds.

While activated, any Survivor that stops repairing a Generator before it is fully repaired causes The Entity to block the Generator until Dead Man's Switch's effect ends. Affected Generators are highlighted by a white Aura.

Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance

Each time a Survivor is placed on a scourge hook, the generator with the most progress will explode and instantly regress for 15/20/25%. Survivors working on the generator will scream and reveal their location.

Barbecue and Chilli

Survivors who perform a rushed action within 48 meters of the Artist's location will be revealed for six seconds.


Whenever a Generator is repaired to 70 %, you benefit from the following effects.

Triggers a Loud Noise Notification for that Generator, revealing its location. Grants the Undetectable Status Effect for the next 12/14/16 seconds. Tinkerer can only trigger once per Generator per Trial.

Image of the Artist chasing a survivor in Dead By Daylight.
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Alternative Dead By Daylight the Artist builds

The Artist is known for her powerful crows that can locate and injure Survivors quite easily. Other than the crows, the hexes are quite annoying for Survivors too. Check out these few builds that are built on these perks and more.

Dead By Daylight beginner Artist build

  • Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance (The Artist)
  • Whispers
  • Bitter Murmur
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  • Hex: No One Escapes Death

Dead By Daylight trapper Artist build

  • Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance (The Artist)
  • Grim Embrace (The Artist)
  • Whispers
  • Fearmonger (The Demogorgon)

This build was created by RedsGamingGears combining various perks. Pain Resonance turns hooks into scourge hooks and can explode a generator with the most progress. Grim Embrace will block all generators for a few seconds if it triggers. Lastly, Fearmonger will make Survivors repairing generators be afflicted by status effects.

Dead By Daylight Gen Destroyer Artist build

  • Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance (The Artist)
  • Overcharge (The Doctor)
  • Pop Goes The Weasel (The Clown)
  • Dead Man's Switch (The Deathslinger)

This particular build is centred again on generators but this time it is destruction for them. Most of the perks focus on that but there is one of them that would slow down Survivors before they could repair them again.

Best Dead by Daylight Artist perks

  • Bitter Murmur
  • Hex: No One Escapes Death
  • Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance (The Artist)
  • Whispers
  • Hex: Ruin (The Hag)
  • Hex: Devour Hope (The Hag)
  • I'm All Ears (The Ghost Face)

Dead by Daylight Artist tips and tricks

  • The Artist is a Killer that's great for pushing Survivors exactly where you want them to be by locking down loops with their dire crows. Survivors will have no choice but to run into them and get injured, or leave the loop entirely, allowing you to down them.
  • Birds of Torment aren't just useful for injuring survivors, they are incredible for tracking Survivors' movements. Use it to your advantage by either firing another swarm of crows and injuring/downing Survivors, or use it to let you know the general direction they are going in, so you can intercept them.
  • Use The Artist's Dire Crows at the beginning to shoot at various generators to see whether Survivors are on them. Even if you don't hit any Survivors directly, there's a big chance you'll trigger Killer Instinct letting you know the general whereabouts of your prey.
  • You don't need to use all three dire crows at once when in a chase. It can be helpful for zoning at loops, but using all three crows leaves you with a longer cooldown than it would if you only used one or two crows (at the very maximum), effectively leaving you powerless.
  • Dire crows are very useful for map information. If you're running perks that involve hex totems, you can push Survivors off them if they are hit with a swarm while cleansing or otherwise messing with a totem.
  • The Artist's power is more effective when you try to predict survivor's movements. So, when you hit them with a swarm, and you can see their aura, try to predict where you think they’ll move next. You can then launch your crows at them and injure/down them.

That's all you need to know about mastering this Killer. Be sure to check back regularly to see how your build could be improved.

In the meantime, check out the killers we wish to see in Dead by Daylight soon, or all the latest on the newest killer to join the roster, Chucky! For more, be sure to check out our Dead By Daylight guides hub and the best Singularity build.

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