Numerous strategies emerge in any asymmetric multiplayer game, and some will inevitably rise to the top as the most efficient. For killers in dead by daylight Three strategies are notorious: slugging, tunneling, and camping.
Camping is a strategy familiar to every FPS player: Staying in one place for a long time instead of moving around the map. In Dead by Daylight, camping consists mainly of keeping the killer hooked near a survivor. It can be a deadly efficient strategy on certain killers, and any Survivor interested in surviving the Trials and racking up Bloodpoints should know how to counter it.
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The basics of camping
To understand how to counteract camping, players must first understand why camping occurs. Though some killers camp carelessly or out of spite, clever killers camp with a purpose. The main purpose of camping a hook is to deny other survivors the ability to save their teammate.
When the killer camps out, the survivors must make a choice: try to save the addicted survivor and likely fall on the ground, or let the addicted survivor die. Many players hate letting a teammate die and will attempt even the most risky and foolhardy saves, even if it means the team’s fate.
Some killers will stand right in front of the survivor once they hook them (face camping), others will roam the immediate area to deter potential rescuers (proxy camping). Others hunt survivors normally, but return to the hook when they see that the other survivors have been slow to rescue and that the hooked survivor is about to reach the next hook state.
Securing free hook states in this way is incredibly efficient for the Killer and can quickly turn a game in their favor. The longer it takes for the survivors to disengage, the greater the likelihood that the killer will return to refuse to unhook and secure the next phase.
A common method of counterplay to camping is trading. At a trade a survivor will save the unhooked survivor from the killer, knowing that the killer will come down immediately and will most likely hook and stock them. While it may seem like trades are pointless because they leave a survivor dying on the hook like before, trades are actually crucial.
The newly hooked survivor gives the rest of the team vital time to shut down generators, heal, and complete other necessary objectives. When the moment is right, the team can return to the hook with a plan to rescue the hooked survivor and hopefully escape together.
The fewer hook states a survivor has, the more advantageous a trade is, because the newly addicted survivor lasts longer before dying. Nothing prevents a killer from camping a survivor from first hook to death, but this process takes so long that in many cases the rest of the team manages to escape.
It’s important to remember that a killer only has an incentive to leave the hook if there are survivors elsewhere to hunt. So if every other survivor just keeps swarming the area, the killer will have an incentive to keep camping. Having all three teammates zipping around the hooked survivor like flies is the best way to ensure the killer doesn’t stop camping since it won’t make any generator progression.
The best perks against camping
There are several perks that help against camping killers. Without question is the most effective and popular Borrowed Time (Bill Level 35), which grants a survivor the stamina status effect for 12 seconds after being unhooked. This allows the team to execute trades far more confidently. The rescue teammate is likely to be hit during the rescue, but instead of the rescuer taking a second hit, the rescued survivor can position themselves between the killer and their rescuer. You can then absorb the hit with Borrowed Time, allowing both survivors to escape.
relatives (general) is another useful advantage against campers. A Survivor using it will reveal the Killer’s Aura if they are within 16 yards of the hook. Knowing not only that the killer is camping, but also where and how exactly, gives the team important information about how to react. The pig crouching behind a rock, the Tier III form patrolling nearby, and a face-camping cannibal all pose very different threats to survivors. Information is the first line of defense against camping.
One of the most difficult and risky tactics in Dead by Daylight is the coordinated save, where Multiple survivors cooperate to rescue a camped survivor. Depending on which killer is camped, where the catch is, and what the benefits and health of the survivors are, a coordinated rescue can take many forms. Typically, multiple survivors must dismount the hook at the same time, with one survivor performing the rescue. Every available teammate needs to body block and punch to keep the killer from taking anyone down.
The Killer can grab a survivor trying to save himself mid-animation, just as he can grab a survivor from generators and other interactive objects. This makes it risky to save in the face of a killer. A good survivor can try to outsmart the killer with a mind game repeatedly starting and stopping the unhook animation, try to get the killer to grab and land a basic attack instead. Coordinated rescues can be helpful in this case, with multiple survivors positioning themselves next to the hook and sharing the killer’s attention.
When to Focus on Gens
Altruism is often jokingly referred to as the real killer in Dead by Daylight. Some players, especially when playing with friends, will try to save their teammate no matter what. In some situations and against certain killers, this is a death sentence. Some killers are just deadlier than others when camping. For example, the Huntress and Trickster can quickly bring down survivors with their ranged weapons, and the Witch and Trapper can turn the basement into an inescapable deathtrap.
By far the most effective camper, however, is the Cannibal, able to knock down multiple survivors regardless of their health with his chainsaw. There is no strategy that can save a survivor being sent to facecamp by the cannibal unless the killer himself makes a mistake. By standing in front of the hook and rotating his saw so he can instantly cut down any survivor that approaches him, the cannibal can camp any survivor to death. “Basement Bubba” is a meme for a reason, and by far the most efficient strategy against a facecamping cannibal is to do it Create generators as fast as possible and escape.
Using this strategy will reward the cannibal with just a single kill and a small amount of bloodpoints, while overly altruistic play will kill the entire team. When the addicted survivor has Deliverance (Adam level 35), Deadhart (level 35), and Decisive Strike (Laurie Level 40) They stand a slim chance of being able to save themselves, but even then, a committed cannibal is unlikely to let their prey escape. Dead by Daylight can be a brutal game when played efficiently, but there’s always another test.
Dead by daylight is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android and Stadia.
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