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How To Counter The Cannibal In Dead By Daylight

Here is how you can counter The Cannibal's deadly Chainsaw as a Survivor in Dead by Daylight.
How To Counter The Cannibal In Dead By Daylight

Following reports that Texas Chain Saw Massacre's Bubba is not leaving Dead by Daylight despite his involvement in the new Texas Chain Saw Massacre game, players will have to get used to him remaining in the fog. Bubba is often regarded as one of the hardest Killers in the game to counter, given that he can use his Chainsaw to down Survivors instantly at medium range.

As a result, it's only natural that Survivors will want to know how to counter him. But don't worry; we have you covered. This guide will outline the best strategies on how to counter Leatherface in Dead by Daylight as a Survivtor, including what to do if you find yourself face-to-face with a basement camping Bubba.

Update 27 March 2023 - This article has been updated to reflect all of the changes to Dead by Daylight that affect the best counters to The Cannibal. 

Best Counters To The Cannibal In Dead by Daylight

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The Cannibal's Chainsaw can instantly down Survivors, putting them in the dying state. (Picture: Behaviour Interactive)

Don't Waste Time Healing Against The Cannibal

Sometimes The Cannibal might be forced to use his basic attack instead of his Chainsaw to attack you if he doesn't have enough charges or space is too tight to hit you with the better weapon. Instead of going down immediately to his basic attack, you'll be injured.

Since Leatherface can still down you with his Chainsaw if he catches you out again, you shouldn't waste time healing against The Cannibal; that time is better spent working on generators or perhaps blessing Totems or cleansing Hex Totems.

Pay Attention To How Often Bubba Uses His Chainsaw

Bubba's Chainsaw has limited charges without add-ons (3), and his weapon has a cooldown. That said, keep track of how often he uses his Chainsaw, and don't let him intimidate you if he has already used all of his Chainsaw charges; he can't use it against you at all during this time! Instead, use this to your advantage, and make distance while he can't use his best ability to knock you down.

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You can use lockers to avoid Bubba's Chainsaw if you time your movements well. (Picture: Behaviour Interactive)

Use Lockers To Avoid Leatherface's Chainsaw

The Cannibal can't hit you with his Chainsaw if you're in a locker - but jumping into a locker mid-chase takes skill, as you'll have to learn the right timing. You need to be able to jump in the locker when he raises his hands to begin the attack and jump out during the few seconds while his Chainsaw is on cooldown after his attack.

If you jump in too early, he'll have time to cancel revving up the Chainsaw and will grab you out of the locker. On the other hand, if you jump in too late, you'll go down to his Chainsaw. Jumping into lockers to avoid Bubba is a skillful play when done correctly. Note that if you try to pull off this maneuver and master it as a Survivor, expect to make some mistakes in the learning process!

That's all you need to know to counter Leatherface in Dead by Daylight. While this Killer is notorious for being hard to go up against, especially when he uses his power to camp, there are ways you can overcome this Chainsaw-wielding icon and escape more trials. Good luck out there in the fog!


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