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AetherBytesAetherBytes Member Posts: 2,281

I'm a decent killer (I main Myers, though I sometimes play Legion), and I can usually get a 2k, but I'm wondering if anyone has any good tips for getting better at being a killer?


  • StopDropPANICStopDropPANIC Member Posts: 33

    Watch these videos:

    How to not be a bad killer by DammNoHtml (ScottJund): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UoymuGcBzY

    How to run all generic tiles as killer by DamnNoHtml (ScottJund): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8u0jRxN2kQ

    Advanced chase strategies by OhTofu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HafXeY7RF6Y

    Pallet tutorial by OhTofu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPr_bQdVkj0

    Have fun!

  • BlueberryBlueberry Member Posts: 10,074

    One big tip for you.

    Fake your direction.

    This means walking one way while facing the other direction to hide your red stain.

  • ChiChi Member Posts: 774

    Watch twitch streamers.

  • ChiChi Member Posts: 774
  • Boosted_DwightBoosted_Dwight Member, Trusted Posts: 3,043

    Don't get scared of pallets

  • drunky26drunky26 Member Posts: 685

    Learn to hide your red stain. Survivors rely too much on this.

  • Mister_HoldoutMister_Holdout Member Posts: 3,144

    These are good guides, but I would urge OP not to take everything they say seriously. Both of these guys are survivor fan boys who try and present a false idea of what it is like to play killer.

    Their guides are good for learning how to run tiles, strategies, and perk load outs, but what they forget to mention is this: if you're going against good survivors, you're screwed.

  • MegMain98MegMain98 Member Posts: 2,824

    I learned a lot from watching Twitch streamers. I love Scott Jund’s style of playing killer.

    Learn how to moonwalk, hiding your red stain and mind-gaming long wall jungle gyms will help you in cutting off loops.

    Don’t be afraid of pallets. Respecting pallets makes for a tough time because you’ll be kicking pallets all games. Eat the pallet. Swing through the pallet. Sometimes you’ll hit the survivor through the pallet and you’ve got an easy down and hook.

    This is all a basic M1 killer like Leatherface. Of course it would be a little different if you’re playing a killer like Nurse or Spirit.

  • PoweasPoweas Member Posts: 5,873

    My advice is, don't get emotional over toxicity. They want to annoy you and showing them is making them win.

  • Mister_xDMister_xD Member Posts: 7,502

    if you ask me, start playing the other side.

    if you have problems understanding something, see how the other side deals with it and try to build some counterplay around that.

    example: you play doctor and survivors always avoid you, you cant find them at all after their tier 1 popped and usually get ~1 sacrifice per game.

    in this case, play survivor and find out about possible counterplay (e.g. lockers). then, when you know how it works watch out for exactly these counterplay methodes. you will find yourself improving more and more ^^

  • Boosted_DwightBoosted_Dwight Member, Trusted Posts: 3,043

    ^ This. Don't forget it gives you a better idea on how to balance the game. Obviously you'll prefer one side but you still see where the other side is coming from.

  • miaasmamiaasma Member Posts: 911

    agreed with the above, playing survivor helps immensely in becoming a good killer

    this is why the best killer players are also good survivor players, and why the really bad (and most vocal) killer players either don't touch survivor or are bad at it. you notice this pattern a lot the more you play

    it helps both in gameplay as well as perspective, especially when you understand the weaknesses and woes of both sides

  • ReikoMoriReikoMori Member Posts: 2,232

    The biggest thing that has helped me is learning when to break off from bad chases and to not let anyone else's "rules" dictate what I do in game. As killer your only objective is to kill the survivors and you're free to do that however you feel works for you.

    If you're going to push up through the ranks then of course you can't get around having to play the way the emblem score needs you to. Though there are lots of what to met what it needs to get your pips without it being too much of an inconvenience.

    Playing survivor gives you a better idea how they run maps and deal with gen spawns, totems, etc. Taking that info back to the killer side helps with optimizing routes and choke points. Watching streamers and youtubers play can help you, but I personally think that the best place to learn from is yourself. Study better players to get an understanding of the things they see then think back on your worst games. If you've recorded them even better. Watch it back and make mental note of where you started to go wrong.

    More than anything though, just relax. If you come to dbd really stressed out or anxious then you're gonna make more mistakes. Also get comfortable with dealing with swf groups. A lot of those games are going to be very exhausting and stressful, but playing them every now again will help you. Also don't feel bad if you dodge a lobby when your not in the mood. If you can't have fun at all then your game will suffer.

  • BadMrFrostyBadMrFrosty Member Posts: 1,100
    edited May 2019

    Couple things from my own experience (60/40 in favor of killer).

    • Play both sides to understand the roles more completely.
    • Study the maps, and familiarize yourself with trouble spots that are consistent on them.
    • Don't be afraid to abandon chasing survivors that know how to maximize resources and tile efficiency. Unfortunately, if they're all good survivors, you're going to lose that game, it's inevitable.
    • If you're super competitive, play only nurse and spirit. No other killers offer nearly as much against the best survivors (nurse completely ignores survivor defenses if played well and spirit mitigates them somewhat through guessing games). Even then, I'd highly suggest only playing nurse if losing is just that terrifying for you.
    • Adjust your strategy depending on the play style of the survivors (I'm still bad at this, since I'm a pretty 'nice' killer, having played both sides). What this means is, patrol/camp if they all rush the hook constantly (they're at least not doing generators), or tunnel down a survivor if you have few gens left and no pressure. It sucks for them, but you'll lose the game faster with four of them on the map (by 2 gens left, 1 survivor is hopefully dead). Ideally, everyone gets a fair shot at playing the video game, but as we all know, there are certain aspects of the game that are designed in a way to encourage general scumbaggery.
    • Try to control a pocket of generators, this usually forces survivors to do the ones on the outskirts of the map which are typically further away and harder for you to patrol on most non-mobile killers.
    • Recognize that against a hyper optimized group of solo/SWF survivors running the best perks (typically a shitload of second chance style perks like DS, MoM, Adrenaline, etc), you're going to lose. The number of mistakes they would have to make to lose with such an insanely powerful toolkit is uncanny.
    • Know which maps are good/bad for your specific killer. An easy example of an incredibly bad killer map for most of the cast is Haddonfield, where most killers will struggle due to the existence of semi-infinites in houses, buttloads of open windows, and balanced landing exacerbating the issue.
    • Learn how to properly run certain tiles within the capabilities of the killer you're playing. Any non-nurse killer can benefit from this information, as they will have to play into certain setups at some point. Also, learn which setups are too risky to chase a survivor into (double jungle gyms next to shack would be unadvised against a good survivor).
    • Try your best to have fun and just remember, you're not the power role. Everything you do as a killer is dictated by the survivors. You are not proactive, you are reactive. For competitive-minded folks, you have two options in nurse and spirit for winning semi-consistently and 3 - 4k'ing. If you play other killers, it'll just be for fun or variety, never expect to win against decent survivors. You're playing something different for the sake of your own sanity at this point. The balance in the game, while better than in the past, is still woefully inadequate. Think of winning as a bonus if you're doing a killer rotation, that way, you'll maintain your will to play the game until BVHR decides it's time to actually fix their product.
    • Vote with your wallet! If you don't agree with how BVHR is running their game, don't buy those auric cells or killers with real money. Save up shards and get content for free or just don't play the game. A loss in income and player count will highlight for them that something is wrong with their game and that they should look into it.
    • Ah, and last but not least, I recommend breaks from this game every so often if it becomes too frustrating. A couple days, a week, or maybe even a few months. Your skill will decline a bit, but it'll be worth it in the end as you'll still have the game installed and ready to play. DBD's only advantages at the moment are its licensed acquisitions, casualness, and zero serious competition in the market.
    • I hope these tips help you. Good luck and have fun (where possible).
  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586
    edited May 2019

    Id say to keep in mind that your going against 4 people. Too many people treat the game like theyre playing a 1v1 in turns rather than trying to keep track of multiple survivors and keep them on their toes. Try to minimize the time that the survivors your not CURRENTLY chasing ever feel safe. I feel like I mastered the art of juggling survivors by getting to rank 1 playing Freddy, lol.

    Learn which loops are strong and probably not worth your time if a survivor runs to it. If you can see that a Generator is in a super safe area for survivors, dont waste too much time trying to protect it (Cronus Prenn middle gen upstairs).

    Like many have said before me, dont waste too much time chasing 1 person. Often times a survivor team will have people who are REALLY good at running you around. Typically, if a survivor WANTS you to chase them, its not a good use of your time until later on. Also, often times OTHER survivors wont know which pallets their Looping god teammate has already used, so if you break chase to go after THAT teammate instead... they'll run to a dead zone.

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    @DudeDelicious Especially when using Class photo...i LOVE that addon

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    @DudeDelicious True, however you can mindgame your position even without the pill bottle. Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rTtr7pUe-Q

  • LordGlintLordGlint Member Posts: 6,586

    @DudeDelicious I perfer going with Nancy's masterpiece with the class photo. Lets me reach out and quickly tag multiple people (expecially in corn maps) instead of having to walk up to each.

  • AetherBytesAetherBytes Member Posts: 2,281
    edited May 2019


    • Know which maps are good/bad for your specific killer. An easy example of an incredibly bad killer map for most of the cast is Haddonfield, where most killers will struggle due to the existence of semi-infinites in houses, buttloads of open windows, and balanced landing exacerbating the issue.

    I figured this out the hard way. 16 ######### corn maps in a row with Myers, pass game 3 I've been using map offerings and I just get ######### coldwind over and over, and only with Myers.

    quick edit: The streak is still going, this isn't just my longest streak (though at this point it's also that)

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