With 28 unique killers to choose from, it can be hard to decide on a killer to main in Dead by Daylight. Checking out a tier list can help you decide which killers are best for your playstyle, and which are overall strongest against experienced survivors.
Here is our ranking of every single killer in Dead by Daylight, as well as why they've earned their specific place on the list.
Dead by Daylight killer tier list
This tier list will rank killers in from S to D, with S rank being the best and D being the worst. We'll go over the killers in each tier in detail so you can get a feel for how they play.
S Tier killers are the best of the best in Dead by Daylight. These killers may take practice to learn, but when played well, they can absolutely decimate even the best competitive survivor teams.
- The Nurse
- The Blight
- The Spirit
- The Executioner
The Nurse circumvents most of the game's base game mechanics, making her a true killer in the hands of a skilled Nurse player. The Nurse's teleport ignores vaults and pallets - survivors' only chances at gaining distance and escaping a chase - so a Nurse player's only limit is her own skill level.
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The Blight is so quick that it's hard for any survivor to outrun him; at the same time, he plays completely differently than any other killer, so he takes some skill to get used to. When a player learns him, though, they quickly realize that he can get hits around corners and tight loops where many other killers can't.
Like The Blight, The Spirit is extremely fast when phasing. She also can't be seen when phasing. The combination of her incredibly quick speed and invisibility makes her nearly impossible to counter.
The Executioner can hit through walls with his ranged attack and send survivors to the Cage of Atonement, a special type of hook that ignores hook perks, making him a stronger tunneler than any other killer in the game.
A tier killers have powers that can help them win the match in some integral way. Each one of these killers holds a unique strength, but all of them are also quite strong across the board, holding map pressure while achieving relatively quick downs.
- The Artist
- The Hag
- The Plague
- The Twins
- The Oni
The Artist can use her Crows of Torment to hit survivors at nearly any loop, leaving them nowhere to go. On top of this anti-loop potential, she's also able to track survivors across the map with her Crows.
The Twins are useful for pressuring survivors during an unhook scenario; Victor and Charlotte can work together to down survivors and keep others off of generators, taking control over the match.
The Oni and The Plague both benefit from survivors' injuries, giving them powers that can instantly down survivors, apply pressure, and easily win matches.
B tier killers often excel in one area but tend to struggle in others. Perhaps they're great at slowing down generators throughout the match, but can't seem to land a down on a survivor. Or perhaps they have an insta-down ability, but their lack of mobility sets them back.
These B tier killers all have notable strengths and weaknesses, earning them their place in the middle of the killer tier list.
- The Nemesis
- The Dredge
- The Huntress
- The Cenobite
- The Cannibal
- The Demogorgon
- The Hillbilly
- The Legion
The Nemesis, The Cenobite, and The Demogorgon all have some sort of ranged attack, making them more viable for landing hits against survivors. The Cenobite and The Nemesis also have passive slowdown through the Lament Configuration and T-Virus respectively.
For characters like The Hillbilly and The Cannibal, their ability to insta-down also helps them land their spot in the B tier. The Hillbilly is benefitted by his mobility, too, along with The Dredge.
The Legion is excellent at slowdown throughout the match using Feral Frenzy, but can't easily land downs.
While The Huntress has a great ranged attack and her hatchets are highly reliable, she doesn't have a lot of map pressure, giving survivors time to complete generators.
C tier killers often require a lot of time to build up their power in any given trial, making it challenging to win matches.
Other killers end up in this relatively low tier because of their lack of anti-loop capabilities.
- The Ghost Face
- The Shape
- The Trickster
- The Onryo
- The Deathslinger
- The Nightmare
- The Doctor
- The Clown
The Ghost Face and The Shape can both insta-down survivors, but the amount of time it takes them to build up their powers makes them relatively poor killers in the long run.
The Onryo is highly mobile but lacks anti-loop, making it easy for experienced survivors to loop her for longer than she can afford.
The Nightmare has a relatively weak kit overall, excelling in no particular area despite his various abilities. The Clown also has few abilities to help him in the match, with only a bit of anti-loop with his bottles.
The Doctor has strong tracking abilities, but his anti-loop is nothing to write home about, making it challenging to win games as The Doctor. As a result, he's in the C tier.
The Deathslinger's attack can easily be avoided with jukes, and since his nerf, survivors can easily hear him coming and avoid him because of his large terror radius. Overall, The Deathslinger is much weaker than he used to be.
The Trickster's ranged attack is unreliable, and can take as few as a few seconds to as much as almost a minute to down a survivor. He doesn't have great map pressure or mobility, either, causing him to struggle against strong survivors.
Even D-tier killers can perform well against strong survivors, but these killers often rely on the help of perks, offerings, and add-ons to help them succeed.
D-tier killers' powers don't help them catch survivors around loops, which can extend chases and give other survivors time to complete generators.
- The Trapper
- The Wraith
- The Pig
The Trapper's Bear Traps are easily countered by any survivor who knows what they're doing; they can simply be avoided and reset. Without survivors falling in his traps, The Trapper hardly has any ability at all.
While The Wraith benefits from his speed boost upon uncloaking, it's really all he has. Most survivors aren't fooled by his invisibility, since Spine Chill and Premonition are such common perks and you can hear his growling as he approaches.
The Pig's Reverse Bear Traps have the potential for slowdown, but her kit doesn't empower her to do much else. Her Ambush alerts survivors with a loud growl and her Crouch is slow, giving her little potential for a true ambush despite the name of the power. These drawbacks make The Pig a D tier killer.
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