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Why am I always found first?

Can killers see auras of survivors at the start of the game or something? Every day for the past two weeks, I’ve always been the first survivor found within 20 seconds of the game starting and I haven’t even moved yet!

does anyone have any strategies on how to make sure I don’t get seen first? Cause my team always loses when I’m the first one to die 😂



  • StupidPalletsStupidPallets Member Posts: 395

    Maybe play Claudette? Hide in a locker for just under a minute; makes sure the Killer goes after someone else first. I endorse suboptimal play so long as you have more fun.

  • Demogorgon84Demogorgon84 Member Posts: 25
    edited October 2019

    Try using an immersion build (urban evasion, quick and quiet, iron will, distortion) either that or try not freaking out when a killer is nearby. Sometimes they come in your area and don’t know you’re there, but once you start running they know you’re there. Only run away from the killer if you KNOW for a FACT that they know your exact position. Also, you should never run if the killer isn’t chasing you. Running to a generator or just anywhere in general will leave scratch mark trails that will lead the killer to you. Hope this helps!

  • Azgard12Azgard12 Member Posts: 335

    Does your gamertag or name start with an A?

    This is a silly thing, but over the course of a ton of games, I seemed to start near the killer consistently (with an A screen name). Conversely, my friend with a W screen name never starts near the killer.

    I'm probably wrong though.

  • darktrixdarktrix Member Posts: 1,790

    You can also compromise by working on then gen a bit then moving to another setting up a decoy for the killer. It's luck if they don't come across you while doing it, but they tend to waste a bit more time searching around an active gen for that first hook.

    In solo you also don't know if you are going against a camper/tunneler or if you can even depend on the other survivors for...anything. So it is just wise not to be the first found and nothing gets you found first like rushing that gen right out of the gate.

  • NoShinyPonyNoShinyPony Member Posts: 4,570

    If everybody on the survivors' side is playing like that, the players are setting themselves up for a hard match.

    Just play your best, as if you were playing SWF. Either your team is good and it pays off, or move on to the next match.

  • darktrixdarktrix Member Posts: 1,790

    The OP question was about getting found first - and he got his answer. Obviously playing like SWF isn't working well for him as he says after he dies everyone dies.

    Maybe the right answer is just - play in SWF only.

  • NoShinyPonyNoShinyPony Member Posts: 4,570

    I just don't think promoting this playstyle is a good idea because it's creating hard times for more solo players.

  • thrawn3054thrawn3054 Member Posts: 5,271

    I start out cautiously. I wait a little bit before starting on a gen. Not long. Just enough to see if I can ascertain who the killer is and their whereabouts. If not I'll start a gen or totem. I also run Spine Chill so I've found that help me slip away early and avoid being the first found. It doesn't always work, but it helps.

  • Mr_KMr_K Member Posts: 7,704

    Can killers see auras of survivors at the start of the game or something?

    Nope, just yours.


  • FrostyFrosty Member Posts: 375

    This is so true. I'll watch my gf play, and so many times you'd swear the killer saw her, but she just calmy crouch walks to the nearest nook or cover and stays still, more often then not the killer will waltz right on by. It actually opened my eyes to just how much I can be missing as a Killer.

  • TwistrBlitzTwistrBlitz Member Posts: 91

    ^Good advice

    Sometimes it’s just luck also OP, I’ve had days where I’m constantly found first. But I’m one of the players who likes being chased.

  • RydogRydog Member Posts: 3,210
    edited October 2019

    This! I always love to start a survivor match by scouting around, hopefully knocking down a totem or two, and scouting buildings and the killer shack so that I know where the basement has spawned.

    I (rightly) assume the killer is going to immediately start patrolling gens, so I'm almost never gonna jump on one as soon as I spawn. Broadly speaking, you're in the safest position at the start if you can manage to get within proximity of a big landmark building, since that sets you up for maximum evasion potential while you decide what gen to work on.

    If I'm running Alert (which is an extraordinarily useful and undervalued perk), I tap gens to create a breadcrumb trail, so I can constantly keep tabs on the killer's route.

    P.S. @Mochan You are consistently one of the most helpful voices of reason on these forums.

  • White_OwlWhite_Owl Member Posts: 3,673

    Aside from the others' suggestions, I'd add to always look carefully around as soon as you spawn to know precisely where you are in the map and the possible directions from which the killer can come. This is important because it allows you to move using the proper cover to avoid LoS from those directions (and so the killer).

  • anarchy753anarchy753 Member Posts: 4,043

    I don't know about you, but every SINGLE game seems to start with all survivors spawning together these days.

    As killer I literally just walk to the furthest gen from me and it's like a 90% chance that there's 3 people on it.

    If you play a little cautiously and try to spot the killer before getting on a gen, you may stand a better shot.

  • Demogorgon84Demogorgon84 Member Posts: 25

    Ikr! If you’ve ever watched videos of youtubers playing against streamers, you will see small insignificant moments like going to patrol a gen, and in the streamers pov they’re hiding behind a tree with the best positioning and understanding of movement ever. It’s really surprising how much stuff killers can miss.

  • MochanMochan Member Posts: 2,886

    Thanks, but I also like to get into Killer vs. Survivor mode, a little trashtalk is fun you know.

  • LaakeriLaakeri Member Posts: 835

    I wish I was always found first. Getting chased is most fun for me.

  • FrostyFrosty Member Posts: 375

    The tree evades are some of the most clutch ever. Sometimes she can pull off moving around the tree as required while the killer is near by or about to walk past.

    Im all like "oh you're so dead" and just like you'd expect in a cartoon or something like that, she manages to use then player sized tree as cover while moving 180 degrees around as the killer comes to check that side.

    It's really helped me while playing killer.

  • OswinOsgoodOswinOsgood Member Posts: 184

    There is a number of things that can come into play.

    If you have object of obsession they can see you its not just one way for example. Sometimes people forget that.

    The killer could be running whispers and know theres a survivor nearby. I just got whispers on spirit 48 meters it goes off i spawned in and it immediately was going off.

    Everyones talking about scratchmarks but honestly running at the start to a gen is probably fine especially on grassy areas as its harder to see scratch marks the thing you want to look out for is running next to buildings as scratchmarks can go up walls and everything, thats how some killers are catching you out at a distance.

    If you are unsure how much scratchmarks you are showing you could run the new perk that shows you your own scratch marks.

    And of course like everyone has said urban, spine chill, iron will all help with stealthing to stay hidden

  • Dr_LoomisDr_Loomis Member Posts: 3,703

    Don't go straight on to a gen. Don't start running about. Don't fail a skill check. Don't vault jump. Try and hide until the killer has alternative prey.

  • kisfenkinkisfenkin Member Posts: 362

    Don't listen to others when they say run somewhere like a chicken with your head cut off. Use Urban Evasion. These players either know how to loop, or they are the ones complaining that Spirit is op. They don't know how easy it is for the killer to track scratch marks. Why do they think that it is safe? Because there are four survivors. If all four start the match by running somewhere the killer will find up to four trails to follow. The killer is one person that can only follow one trail. Be smart, don't leave a trail.

  • bomb1720bomb1720 Member Posts: 428

    this happened to me for months and months, no matter what you do, go to nearest gen, go and hide, get caught. this was not because i was new to the game either, i was an experienced player. what i notice is, my games will go through phases. it will go from a bunch of getting caught first, then to a bunch of campers, then to tunnelers, then to survivors refusing to heal meal me (not the bug) and pointing at me on the hook before they rescued me, then a bunch of where i +2pips in game. then at some point go back to one of the things i mentioned.

    at one point i even thought do we even play live with other people, or are they programed robots?

    hopefully now you have mentioned it the problem will go, just like sometimes when you feel ill and sit in doctors room, suddenly feel a lot better, lol

  • Swiftblade131Swiftblade131 Member Posts: 2,045

    Try to hide

    That part of the game seems pretty absent the past couple years.

  • EverflowingRiverEverflowingRiver Member Posts: 562

    I have to respectfully disagree with those who say don't hop on a gen right away. If you have proper situational awareness, plan an escape route ahead of time, and are confident in your running game, then there should be no issue starting in a gen right away.

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