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The Best Leatherface Builds In Dead By Daylight (May 2024)

Here is how to play The Cannibal, also known as The Cannibal or Bubba, in Dead by Daylight.
The Best Leatherface Builds In Dead By Daylight (May 2024)
1 May 2024 - We've updated the page to reflect any recent changes to perks and abilities that might impact the best Leatherface builds in Dead By Daylight.

The Cannibal, originally from the iconic Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise, joined the horror game Dead by Daylight wielding his horrifying chainsaw. He's a killer with the ability to instantly down survivors, making him a beast in the right hands.

If you're trying to make the most of playing Leatherface in Dead by Daylight, you should choose the best perks for this killer and create a strong loadout. That's why we've compiled this list of the best builds for Leatherface in Dead by Daylight.

The Cannibal Power And Perks in Dead by Daylight

Before we delve into the best builds for The Cannibal, let's look at this killer's power and teachable perks so you know what you're working with. First, here are Leatherface's three teachable perks:

Perk: Knock Out

  • Dying Survivors’ auras are invisible to other Survivors when they aren’t nearby.

Perk: Barbecue And Chili

  • After hooking a Survivor, all other Survivors’ who aren’t nearby have their auras temporarily revealed. Each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time you are awarded with bonus Bloodpoints at the end of the trial.

Perk: Franklin's Demise

  • Your successful basic attacks make the Survivors drop their item on impact.

Power: Bubba's Chainsaw

The Cannibal's power is called Bubba's Chainsaw. The in-game description reads as follows:

  • An incredibly powerful and heavy Chainsaw which sank its teeth into countless victims.
  • Press and hold the power button to charge the Chainsaw.
  • Start a timed sweeping attack upon activation.
  • Can hit multiple targets in one Chainsaw charge.
  • Automatically puts victims in the dying state on a successful hit.
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The Cannibal can use his deadly chainsaw to instantly down survivors. (Picture: Behaviour Interactive)

Best Cannibal Builds In Dead By Daylight

The Cannibal can use his chainsaw to down survivors instantly, leaving them unable to fight back. This makes it a lot easier to down survivors in open areas, but you can also use Bubba's chainsaw to zone survivors out of areas while looping.

Because of the way Bubba's chainsaw ability works, there are many different ways you can play this killer. Here are just a few top Leatherface builds you can try if you want to get the most value out of his ability.

Beginner Cannibal Build

If you are just getting started as a new Cannibal main, it might be hard to decide which perks to use. Using this loadout on Leatherface as a beginner will help you down survivors and find your footing.

  • Jolt
  • Barbecue and Chili (The Cannibal)
  • Whispers
  • Franklin's Demise (The Cannibal)

All of the perks included in this build are general perks, meaning they either come by default with The Cannibal or can be found in the Bloodweb of all killers without prestiging or reaching level 50.

Whispers and Barbecue and Chili will both help you find survivors; Whispers helps you navigate throughout the match and ensure you don't end up in any dead zones, while BBQ will show you survivors' auras after you earn a hook. Meanwhile, Jolt provides you with generator slowdown once you earn a down, and Franklin's Demise robs survivors of their Med-kits, Flashlights, Toolboxes, and other items.

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Leatherface is incredibly efficient at downing survivors. (Picture: Behaviour Interactive)

Basic Attack Cannibal Build

The Cannibal might be known for his chainsaw, but that makes it even more fun to catch survivors off guard by beating them down with your basic attack. This build is centered around doing just that. When using this build, you should use your chainsaw to locate survivors and bait them out,

  • Save The Best For Last (The Shape)
  • Monitor and Abuse (The Doctor)
  • Discordance (The Legion)
  • Coup de Grace (The Twins)

Discordance helps you locate survivors at the beginning of the match, when they are most prone to grouping up, and later if they continue to do so. Save The Best For Last grants you additional speed as you let your Obsession go, offering you a better chance to catch up to survivors without your chainsaw. Monitor and Abuse enhances your ability to perform well in chase, keeping your sight on the survivors. Coup de Grace ensures that even if generators are completed, you'll have some extra 'oomph' to your lunge.

What Are The Best Perks For The Cannibal?

We've given you some builds to test out on Leatherface, but you might be wondering what the best perks are on them.

A few of the best perks on The Cannibal in Dead by Daylight are:

  • Barbecue and Chili (The Cannibal)
  • Whispers
  • Monitor and Abuse (The Doctor)
  • Hex: No One Escapes Death

We recommend mixing and matching the perks in the builds we've provided to create your favorite loadout. As you familiarize yourself with this killer, you'll determine which perks are your favorites and be able to mix and match these perks effectively.

For more Dead by Daylight news be sure to check out our dedicated section, or some of our Guides & Tutorials, just below:

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