Best Survivor in Dead by Daylight 2022: Ranking All the DBD Survivors from Worst to Best

A good choice of Survivor in Dead by Daylight can make or break any playthrough. Hence, we’ve listed all and best survivors in Dead by Daylight.

Dead by Daylight’s asymmetric gameplay consists of one killer while the rest try to escape from the dreadful maps of the game, also known as realms of the entity. Although we know most killers are of supernatural type, each Survivor in Dead by Daylight has unique abilities and skills that make them skillful at escaping the horror.

All the Survivors in Dead by Daylight

As of writing, there are currently 29 playable Survivors in Dead by Daylight. Both original and cross-overs from other popular media.

Dwight Fairfield

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A nervous but kind team leader. Dwight Fairfield excels in finding, rescuing, and providing support to teammates.

Meg Thomas

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Meg is an energetic individual who uses her skills to outrun and outmatch Killers with her speed and athleticism—making her perfect for escaping and hiding.

Claudette Morel

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A skilled botanist Claudette Morel uses her knowledge of herbs and medicine to conjure items to heal, spot, and save injured teammates.

Jake Park

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Jake Park is a natural survivalist who uses his perks to keep a calm mind even when facing the toughest of situations and makes use of his surroundings using his Iron Will, Calm Spirit, and Saboteur perks.

Nea Karlsson

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Nea is an agile Survivor and makes proper use of it to effectively evade, escape and balance herself when facing a Killer. Her perks are focused on quick movement.

Laurie Strode

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Laurie Strode is a typical suburban teenager who wants to live a quiet, peaceful life. Yet, she is a strong-willed Survivor. However, she has a hard difficulty curve. Thanks to her otherwise strong perks making her vulnerable to Killers as it’s tied to their obsessions.

Ace Visconti

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Ace Visconti is not your typical Survivor. Rather than physical skill or knowledge of the outdoors. Instead, he relies on his sheer luck. In fact, his perks focus on increasing all teammates’ luck and increasing their chances of better chest loots.

William “Bill” Overbeck

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Crossing over from Left 4 Dead, this veteran soldier knows what it takes to not only survive but to protect others. His perks revolve around enduring deadly scenarios.

Feng Min

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A young competitive gamer with a knack for handling electronics. Feng Min uses her litheness and tech skills to silently and quickly repair generators and escape safely. She can also locate Killers before they can even reach her.

David King

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David King is a rough and tough rugby player who is strong and quick. His perks include helping others. But his playstyle is focused on outwinning high-risk scenarios, including going face-to-face with Killers. Although which gives him extreme stat boosts.

Quentin Smith

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From the 2010s A Nightmare on Elm Street’s remake, Quentin Smith is all about providing useful info to his team and surviving. He spots Exit Gates and recovers using his perks.

Detective David Tapp

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The famous detective from Saw makes his way as a Survivor in Deady by Daylight. Just like the movies, Tapp is an obsessed and focused Survivor in the game, which is reflected in his objective-focused perks.

Kate Denson

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Kate Denson is a hopeful songbird who can make the most of her surroundings. Her perks allow her to have the foresight and feistiness to escape even the direst situations.

Adam Francis

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Adam Francis is a resourceful school teacher who can adapt to new circumstances and develop strategies accordingly. His perks help him distract the killer, survive desperate situations and become more skilled as the trial continues.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Johansen

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Jeff Johansen is a quiet artist with a heart of gold, standing steadfast against impossible odds. He has a dark past but led a quiet, simple life until his father passed, leaving things to sort out. His personal perks give him observational advantages and help to hide his presence from the killer.

Jane Romero

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Jane Romero is an influential celebrity, going against the grain to tackle challenges head-on. Her personal Perks give her a flexible set of skills to help others, and herself escape dangerous situations.

Ash J. Williams

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Ash Williams is a lone wolf, cocky and headstrong; a man built for survival from the horror-comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead. His personal perks give him additional resilience to pain and hardship, as well as the ability to help his friends out of sticky situations.

Nancy Wheeler

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Nancy Wheeler from Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things is an aspiring journalist, able to make acute observations and gain insights that others may miss.

Steve Harrington

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Also from Stranger Things, Steve Harrington is a former jock, able to protect and support his fellow Survivors while providing his own brand of humor. His personal perks allow him to distract Killers, tolerate pain, and get back into the fight.

Yui Kimura

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Yui Kimura is a hardened street racer, able to gain advantages for her and her fellow Survivors in challenging situations. Her personal perks allow her to cover her blood trails, reset dropped Pallets, and assist helpless Survivors.

Zarina Kassir

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Zarina Kassir is a documentarian from Lebanon who uses her street smarts and intuition to hide and escape even when facing the greatest dangers. Her selfless nature also makes her a great healer.

Cheryl Mason

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Silent Hill’s Cheryl Mason is a young yet veteran survivor and fighter against supernatural horrors. She uses her experience and wits to survive the direst of situations and communicates with teammates for better escapes.

Felix Richter 

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Felix is an intelligent, determined planner who uses his perks to quickly find out generators, use tools more efficiently and rescue Survivors.

Élodie Rakoto 

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Rakoto is an occult investigator, which kind of makes her experienced in surviving nightmarish situations. Her perks allow her to interact with objects in a way that gives her great advantages, bait Killers, and help her escape from them.

Yun-Jin Lee

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Yun-Jin Lee is a music producer who only looks after herself. A unique character that relies on individual play rather than teamwork. Her abilities are focused on taking advantage of teammates’ mistakes and deaths to greatly boost her abilities. Hence, in turn, aiding in her escape.

Jill Valentine 

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Jill Valentine has survived countless near-death moments in the Resident Evil universe. Which makes her a veteran Survivor. Her perks allow her to lay traps, cleanse totems faster and provide support to herself as well as her mates.


Leon Scott Kennedy
 

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Another veteran Survivor hailing from Resident Evil. However, he was forced to go beyond his abilities as a first-day rookie cop and turn into a professional zombie killer. Leon uses his perks to withstand damages and injuries, craft and use flashbang on incoming Killers. As well as track objectives.

Mikaela Reid

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Mikaela is a mystic focused on supporting her teammates using witchcraft. Her perks are focused on healing teammates, helping them escape, or locating resources. For example, her Clairvoyance allows her to locate generators, chests, etc., within 64 mete radius. She can also use her Shadow Step perk to hide players’ auras and marks from Killers.

The best perk which makes Mikaela Reid a great Survivor is her Circle of Healing which heals players within 28 meters at 50% of their normal healing speed. Hence, it can easily turn the tide of a game.

Jonah Vasquez

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Jonah Vasquez was introduced in the Portrait of Murder expansion. He is a highly intelligent person who uses numbers and logical thinking to guide him and his team.

His perks include assisting himself and others, making a good all-around Survivor who is not too hard to play as either. Using these perks, he can increase movement speed but enough to flee for a short time. He can also use a unique Token to fix failed skill checks. The Exponential perk changes Dull or Hex Totems to Boon Totems. This can then increase recovery speed and help recover from dying states.

Best Survivors in Dead by Daylight (A Complete Tier List)

  • Best (S-tier): Jake, Jill, Cheryl, Zarina, Kate, Jonah Vasquez, Felix, Bill
  • Great (A-tier): Elodie, Yui, Feng, Dwight, Leon, Ace, Jeff, Meg, David King, Claudette, David Tapp, Laurie, Adam, Nancy, Mikaela Reid, Jane Romero
  • Average (B-tier): Quentin, Steve, Yun-Jin, Nea, Ash

S-tier survivors are either over-powered or extremely easy to play within almost all cases to evade and escape the killer’s deadly grasps. The odds of losing when one of them is in the team is very low, especially with Felix and Bill.

Most of the Survivors belong in the A-tier because they excel at their field and playstyles. Even though some are more difficult to learn than others, for those that are not really versatile or balanced, their situational perks are still effective to ensure that you and your teammates can escape unharmed. Which in turn makes them strong Survivors.

Quentin, Steve, and others are in the B-tier not because they are useless but because they cannot provide a winning edge more often than not when in a sticky situation. On the other hand, they provide great support when opting for a team play.

Read more: Best Killers in Dead by Daylight 2021: Ranking All the DBD Killers from Worst to Best

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