Needless to say, items are helpful - but with so many to choose from, it's easy to wonder which items are best in Dead by Daylight.
We'll help you decide which items you should bring with this detailed tier list.
Dead by Daylight items tier list
Every item in Dead by Daylight has a purpose, whether it can be used to speed up the survivors' objectives, heal, or determine what to do next.
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In this article, we'll rank every item in the game from S tier to D tier, with S tier being the best and D tier being the best.
S Tier items:
- Rainbow Map
- Ranger Med-kit
- Commodious Toolbox
With the Rainbow Map, players can see all objects, including Exit Gate Switches, Generators, and the Hatch, within 8 meters. It also starts with three random objects tracked. Combined with a perk that shows the auras of objects - like Detective's Hunch - you'll be able to see everything whenever you want. Add on the Crystal Bead to allow other survivors to see everything you see, too.
Without any add-ons, the Ranger Med-kit is already the best med-kit in the game, offering players two full heals and a quicker healing rate. With add-ons, this med-kit can prove almost overpowered, allowing survivors to heal up to four times.
The Commodious Toolbox is an item of average rarity, but look past its exterior, and you'll realize it's the best Toolbox in the game. With 32 charges - more than any other toolbox - and 50% generator repair speed, you'll be popping all five generators in no time with this Toolbox. A team of all four survivors bringing a Commodious Toolbox is most killers' worst nightmare!
A Tier items:
- Utility Flashlight
- Skeleton Key
- Mechanic's Toolbox
- Emergency Med-kit
The Utility Flashlight can be used to blind the killer. With a battery life of 12 seconds and an increased blindness duration, this flashlight is the best in the game. That said, all flashlights take practice to learn to use, so these aren't for everyone.
The Skeleton Key not only allows survivors to open a closed hatch but also has a whopping 30 charges. While this item isn't the best item in the game on its own, it's truly incredible when used with aura-reading add-ons like Blood Amber.
The Mechanic's Toolbox is good for quickly getting that last bit of a generator done since it increases repair speed by 75% at the expense of only having 16 charges. It's not the best Toolbox, but it's not the worst.
The Emergency Med-kit is best for emergencies, true to its name; it heals you 50% faster and contains just one full heal. This is the perfect item when you need a heal to come in clutch, but it doesn't hold as many charges like some other med-kits.
B Tier items:
- Sport Flashlight
- Engineer's Toolbox
- First Aid Kit
- Dull Key
The Flashlight and Sport Flashlight can be used to blind the killer, like the Utility Flashlight, but they have significantly fewer charges. As a result, they'll run out quickly and often only allow survivors to earn a few blinds.
The Engineer's Toolbox offers an increased generator repair speed of 100% but only holds 16 charges. It also decreases hook sabotage speed by 25%. Because of the debuff to sabotage and its few charges, it's not a spectacular item despite its rarity.
The First Aid Kit grants 1.5 heals; with add-ons, it can offer up to two. With fewer charges than most other med kits and its reliance on add-ons for a second heal, the First Aid Kit makes the B tier.
The Dull Key can be used to open a closed hatch for a quick endgame escape, but it only holds 5 seconds of power for add-ons. As a result, it's really only useful in niche situations and for escaping through a closed hatch, which doesn't happen often.
C Tier items:
- Alex's Toolbox
- Camping Aid Kit
While Alex's Toolbox allows survivors to quickly sabotage hooks, it isn't strong for repairing toolboxes, which is no doubt the best use of a toolbox. If you're looking to boost your sabotage build, you can try out this item, but it isn't great for the average player.
The Camping Aid Kit provides exactly one heal at a 25% increased healing speed. It's not a bad item by any means, since a self-heal can be game-changing, but it doesn't hold up to other med-kits power.
The Map tracks just one generator at the start and then tracks any Generators within 8 meters. It doesn't track many objects at all and is only really useful for beginners who are still learning the maps.
The Toolbox increases generator repair speed by 50% and has 20 charges. It's nothing to write home about compared to some of the other toolboxes, but it's still worth a try if you're trying to complete generators quickly.
D Tier items:
- Worn-Out Tools
- Broken Key
While the Worn-Out Tools can help you gain a bit of extra progress on a generator, they only have 16 charges, so they'll hardly win you the game. They also debuff players' skill check success zones. Needless to say, the Worn-Out Tools aren't great.
Not only can a Broken Key not be used to open a closed hatch, Broken Keys only have 10 seconds worth of charge, making them a poorer choice than the Rainbow Key for equipping add-ons.
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