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Question on "When to slug"

LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

Just wanted to hear you all's thoughts on the subject. I've been playing Billy alot lately to try to improve on him, and I use infectious fright on him. As far as slugging goes, my thoughts sre...I'll slug whenever the oppertunity arises. By that, I mean if I'm presented with a 2nd target to down...Ill take it.

To some though, slugging should really only be done as a last ditch effort or something. Just got out of a really close game that ALMOST ended really early with 3 ppl downed and me chasing the 4th, when unbreakable reared its head and saved the day for the survivors. Still ended up getting the 4k but only after 4 gens were done.

Endgame chat, one of em piped up "Imagine slugging with 4 gens up and with ruin still up as well". Whats you alls thoughts on this? Should the amount of gens remaining determine if I should slug or not?



  • HoodiedHoodied Member Posts: 12,758

    No it shouldn't, but it just makes survivors mad

  • IceCreamPrincessIceCreamPrincess Member Posts: 226

    It all depends on the circumstances as you said. If you're confident that you can get a down, or at least chase off any potential rescuers, then slug away. However its easy to overestimate and spend too long, and let the slugged guy get picked up.

    Of course, stronger killers or those with 1shots are much more suited to slugging, especially Billy as in your example. Slugging provides alot of pressure instantly, due to the time it takes to heal up the survivor, but its easy to lose this pressure once theyve had time to recover, so it is important to know when to cash in and hook the slugs

    Unfortunately, slugging will always be disliked by people playing survivors, as its both a bitter taste getting downed, and then being forced to watch and not able to aid the other survivors who are in a chase. There is also the drawback that if you get a win by slugging early, your chaser emblem will suffer for it, as well as your devout emblem.

    So its got its place in the game, as a short term gain in pressure, at the cost of it backfiring and ultimately gaining nothing. Just ignore those who incessantly rage at those who do slug, since there are perks that both enable and discourage it on both sides

  • Apple2oApple2o Member Posts: 624

    Slug if there are multiple survivors in a bad location.

    Slug if you are running IF and are confident you can quickly down people. Slugging only works if you are downing people faster than they can be picked up, and can easily be punished by competent players.

    Slug if you got some fool running straight behind you with a flashlight while you are carrying someone. My standard response is to just drop the survivor and go straight after them. It is funny how many survivors will boldly rush in for a save when they are the last person not on a hook or slugged.

    Slug during endgame if you want to try and get greedy for the 4k still; but be aware you might get unbreakabled into no kills by really good survivors.

  • AAAAAAAAAA Member Posts: 558

    I slug if there's another target or if I have a time limited power like Evil Within 3 or Blood Fury.

  • Hex_KillerMainBTWHex_KillerMainBTW Member Posts: 447

    I usually begin to slug late game. If there's four survivors alive and one generator left, this is when I begin to slug survivors. It's not that I want to, but if I'm playing the match to win, then I will

  • HellDescentHellDescent Member Posts: 4,505

    I run infectious fright on Billy so I slug whenever I see survivors with this perk, doesn't matter how many gens are done, if they are within my tr I'll go for them. Other instances is when I have 1 or 2 gens left and all 4 are alive. Slugging 1 while not knowing where the other 3 are at 3-5 gens is overkill imo

  • AcculllaAccullla Member Posts: 984
    edited January 2020

    @LordGlint I personally think you're doing it right and like the situation you described - sometimes you just can't plan around everything. I'll just add a couple of minor details/things I think are worth considering

    • I'll slug someone only if I am absolutely confident that I'll be able to get a pallet, health state or a down from another survivor in the next 10-15 seconds. Otherwise it's not worth it
    • If I down someone and I know there is another target in the open near me I'll slug the first person and go for a down on the next survivor
    • If I down someone and I see a second target at a strong loop/jungle gym, I'll go there to at least get a pallet. Once I've gotten the pallet I'll consider going back to the slug, unless the other person leaves themselves exposed. Best case scenario - someone will have come to revive the slug and I'll get a health state or a down on them.. otherwise I'll pick up my slug
    • If I know there are more more than 2 people around me, most of the time I'll aim to put one on the hook as soon as possible and then proceed to slug the rest, or force them to trade hooks. I'll make sure that there is at least one person on a hook at all times in order to maintain maximum pressure.
    • UnbreakaBill is a game changer, but apart from picking everyone up, it really doesn't have much counterplay. With that said, sometimes picking a suspicious Bill up is not always an option, so I'll try to memorise the character, item, name and location of each slug and keep a mental picture of where everyone is. That way if someone picks themselves up I should have a pretty clear idea of who they are, where I downed them and where they are most likely to go or what they'll try to do next
  • SonzaishinaiSonzaishinai Member Posts: 6,491

    I'll slug if i see another target and i know i'll get a hit/down/pallet out of it

    Or if i know one of the gens is going to pop if i don't go there asap

  • GalklifeGalklife Member Posts: 726
    edited January 2020

    slug when:

    surv has DS

    after downing there is surv nearby

    when survs are like m1 monkeys that dies in 10seconds

    and sth around that


    DONT slug when you know you will spent more time to catch other surv than other survs to pick downed surv (because youre kinda wasting time)

  • YamaokaYamaoka Member Posts: 4,183

    Slug whenever you feel like it's the correct way to apply pressure. However if survivors are smart they will immediately run to the other side of the map as soon as they scream due to Infectious hard countering it in most cases. At least that's how I play against it and so far I ALWAYS escaped Infectious-slugging killers fairly easily.

    I always run to the other side of the map and start repairing a gen forcing the killer to either give up the slugged survivor completely or give up the gen completely. I'm honestly shocked how helpless most survivors are as soon as you slug. It's easily countered.

    Therefore do it whenever you feel it's the right call. If someone runs to the other side of the map however I would just pick up and hook the slug otherwise you just risk losing any pressure and hooks.

  • PrettyFaceKatePrettyFaceKate Member Posts: 1,706

    The answers itt are all correct, but you basically summed it up in the op: slug when the opportunity arises and, if I may add, if it works in your favor.

    Survivors can be upset and all that, but if the full team is alive, 3 or 4-man slugs do not happen without heavy mistakes on their part.

  • thrawn3054thrawn3054 Member Posts: 5,275

    Outside of slugging to BM it's fine. At least to me.

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    The only time I'll slug someone to BM is if they obviously want to suicide as soon as their hooked. If you go find the killer so you can leave a game after finishing your challenge or something...you can bleed out. Saw way too much of this during the original hallowed blight event with survivors farming flowers and then noping out of the actual game.

  • thrawn3054thrawn3054 Member Posts: 5,275
  • Stitch7833Stitch7833 Member Posts: 632

    Id say slug all you want, i would suggest not slugging all 4 people at once. although that would be due to some of the survivors playing bad and its on them in reality but it is a game, people dont wanna be killed on first hook and i dont understand as a killer why youd want a game over so quickly, id say as soon as 2/3 are down start picking up and getting those hooks. having multiple people down/hooked is a great position to be in and can result in a fun game which you can get a bunch of BP while not making the game too boring for everyone.

  • mouse0270mouse0270 Member Posts: 849

    My general rule's for slugging is this and I've never been yelled at for slugging

    • Do I know another survivor is near? This is a little tough, since you run infectious fright and it tells you. I dislike that perk because it in general encourages slugging.
    • Was this survivor just off hook and accidently ran at me? If yes, I usually slug them, bad luck. I don't want to just leave them because that's a person on a gen.
    • Did they get unhooked and start doing a gen right infront of me? Yes, I slug them, they have DS. If you wanna go for a chase, that's one thing, I'll chase you, but other than that I'll just slug you and move on.
    • Once I have these questions answered, the next thing I take into account is the number of gens. If there are 1-2 gens left and someone is on death hook, I'll slug them, yes it seems counter productive, because killing them would mean one less person to do gens. However, a downed survivor is 2 people off gens, the one I slugged and the one going to pick them up.
    • Lastly if its EGC and the person I ended up downing is on death hook, I slug that person to hopefully get someone not on death hook... If everyone is on death hook, I just hook the person and call it a game.
  • ppo8820ppo8820 Member Posts: 763

    I do 3rd person if it’s their last hook, so I can bait 4th to come in for the heal.

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    I generally dont slug for the 4k unless I can start a chase right away. If infectious fright or something goes off...or I see them, sure. If I'm just gonna be wandering around the map checking lockers and bushes, they can HAVE the hatch, lol.

  • immortalls96immortalls96 Member Posts: 4,652

    If your reasonably certain you can end the chase quickly you take it..and I'd make it a habit, ruin won't be able to cushion the blow any longer

  • PeanitsPeanits Dev, Community Manager Posts: 6,750

    I always view it as fair game, but it tends to be a bad idea unless you're sure you can get a second down quickly. For that reason, I'll usually only slug if I see another survivor nearby, otherwise I'll just take the hook.

    To give an example, me Huntress, me throw hurty sticks. If I down one guy and see someone else nearby, I'll throw a hatchet and hit them. If I'm now out of hatchets, I'll let them go and settle for the hook or else there's a good chance my slug will get picked up while I'm chasing. If I do have hatchets, I'll usually try to get a second down quickly and then go hook the first guy.

  • Helevetin_nopeeHelevetin_nopee Member Posts: 408

    If you feel like its worth it to slug, then go for it. Soon as you leave the downed person someone is probably going to come heal them

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    So...Hurty sticks confirmed for next weapon cosmetic?

  • DBD78DBD78 Member Posts: 2,852

    When you think it's time to do so. Beginning, mid-game, endgame..whatever.


    I just don't slug. I hook and I know that the immersed Claudette will stay in the same spot since,from experience,I know they don't learn >:D

  • brokedownpalacebrokedownpalace Member Posts: 8,005

    I mean you can do whatever you want to do. I feel like you know that, though.

  • not_Queefnot_Queef Member Posts: 595

    The only time slugging is a problem is when the killer is literally just downing one survivor after another and making no attempt to hook. This is usually done by Russian sadistic killers whose only goal is to sap the fun out of the game. Unfortunately, Infectious Fright makes this tedious playstyle much easier.

    Oh, and "slugging for the 4K". That's boring too.

    The rest of the time, it's pretty much fine.

  • Shredder32Shredder32 Member Posts: 38

    if I find someone sabotaging hooks often times I slug them. Not for any strategy just teaching a lesson.

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