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Dead by Daylight Killers Tier List (December 2023)

Every Killer can make your spine tingle, but that doesn’t mean they’re all equal
Dead by Daylight: Stranger Things crossover screenshot
Image via Behaviour Interactive

If you haven’t heard by now, Dead by Daylight is a survival-horror game that’s been making waves in the gaming and horror communities for the last several months. Not only is it one of the most frequently streamed games on Twitch, but it’s also home to some of the scariest creatures imaginable. Some are exclusive to the game while others are characters derived from pop culture media, like Freddy Krueger (The Nightmare), Michael Myers (The Shape) or the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.

While each one is terrifying in its own right, and can easily strike fear into the wandering Survivors. Some are more effective at stalking their prey and using their powers to hunt down the enemy. Which is why we’ve chosen to rank all of the Dead by Daylight Killers from best to worst in an official tier list.

Dead by Daylight Killers Tier List (December 2023)

Below is our official tier list ranking all of the Dead by Daylight Killers. These rankings are based on their individual perks, powers and special abilities as well as how fun and easy they are to use in the game.

Tier S Killers

  • The Blight
    • Perks: Blood’s Favour (Hex), Dragon’s Grip, Undying (Hex)
    • Power: Blighted Corruption
  • The Nurse
    • Perks: A Nurse’s Calling, Stridor, Thanatophobia
    • Power: Spencer’s Last Breath
  • The Spirit
    • Perks: Haunted Ground (Hex), Spirit Fury
    • Power: Yamaoka’s Haunting

Tier A Killers

  • The Hag
    • Perks: Devour Hope (Hex), Ruin (Hex), The Third Seal (Hex)
    • Power: Blackened Catalyst
  • The Oni
    • Perks: Blood Echo, Nemesis, Zanshin Tactics
    • Power: Yamaoka’s Wrath
  • The Plague
    • Perks: Corruption Intervention, Dark Devotion, Infections Fright
    • Power: Vile Purge

Tier B Killers

  • The Dredge
    • Perks: Darkness Revealed, Dissolution, Septic Touch
    • Power: The Gloaming
  • The Hillbilly
    • Perks: Enduring, Lightborn, Tinkerer
    • Power: The Chainsaw
  • The Huntress
    • Perks: Beast of Prey, Huntress Lullaby (Hex), Territorial Imperative
    • Power: Hunting Hatchets
  • The Nightmare
    • Perks: Blood Warden, Fire Up, Remember Me
    • Power: Dream Demon
  • The Wraith
    • Perks: Bloodhound, Predator, Shadowborn
    • Power: Wailing Bell

Related: Dead by Daylight Codes (July 2022)

Tier C Killers

  • The Artist
    • Perks: Grim Embrace, Pain Resonance (Scourge Hook), Pentimento (Hex)
    • Power: Birds of Torment
  • The Clown
    • Perks: Bamboozle, Coulrophobia, Pop Goes the Weasel
    • Power: The Afterpiece Tonic
  • The Demogorgon
    • Perks: Cruel Limits, Mindbreaker, Surge
    • Power: Of The Abyss
  • The Executioner
    • Perks: Deathbound, Forced Penance, Trail of Torment
    • Power: Rites of Judgement
  • The Nemesis
    • Perks: Eruption, Hysteria, Lethal Pursuer
    • Power: T-Virus, Special Enemy
  • The Onryo
    • Perks: Call of Brine, Floods of Rage (Scourge Hook), Merciless Storm
    • Power: Deluge of Fear

Tier D Killers

  • The Cannibal
    • Perks: Barbecue & Chilli, Franklin’s Demise, Knock Out
    • Power: Bubba’s Chainsaw
  • The Cenobite
    • Perks: Deadlock (Hex), Gift of Pain (Scourge Hook), Plaything
    • Power: Summons of Pain
  • The Deathslinger
    • Perks: Dead Man’s Switch, Gearhead, Retribution (Hex)
    • Power: The Redeemer
  • The Ghost Face
    • Perks: Furtive Chase, I’m All Ears, Thrilling Tremors
    • Power: Night Shroud
  • The Twins
    • Perks: Coup de Grace, Hoarder, Oppression
    • Power: Blood Bond

Tier E Killers

  • The Doctor
    • Perks: Monitor & Abuse, Overcharge, Overwhelming Presence
    • Power: Carter’s Spark
  • The Legion
    • Perks: Discordance, Iron Maiden, Mad Grit
    • Power: Feral Frenzy
  • The Shape
    • Perks: Dying Light, Play with Your Food, Save The Best for Last
    • Power: Evil Within
  • The Trickster
    • Perks: Crowd Control (Hex), No Way Out, Starstruck
    • Power: Showstopper

Tier F Killers

  • The Pig
    • Perks: Hangman’s Trick, Make Your Choice, Surveillance
    • Power: Jigsaw’s Baptism
  • The Trapper
    • Perks: Agitation, Brutal Strength, Unnerving Presence
    • Power: Bear Trap

That concludes our official Dead by Daylight tier list of the best killers in the game. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out some of our other Dead by Daylight content here at Gamer Journalist. Like how to create a private lobby or how to redeem Amazon Prime reward for Dead by Daylight.

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Rowan Fisher-Shotton

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