In this guide, you will learn the basics into how to optimize your game play with The Hag. The Hag is good at map pressure and map control when played effectively. The DLC Of Flesh and Mud introduced a brand-new mechanic into the game known as hex perks which have helped shaped the modern era of Dead by Daylight. The Hag is a killer with slightly slower than base movement speed but also a slightly reduced terror radius at 24 meters which The Hag can use to her advantage.
Power: Blackened Catalyst
Her power is known as Blackened Catalyst. The Hag can store up to 10 traps at her disposal. You can press and hold the primary power button to place a trap at The Hag’s feet. Traps placed around the map can be seen by a red outline or aura. Anytime a survivor is near proximity of the trap via walking or running, the trap will trigger. An identical image of The Hag will spring from the ground and surprise the survivor. If The Hag is within 40 meters of the triggered trap, you can press the secondary power button to teleport to the trap’s location. The trap will remain active for a base of 5 seconds without the influence of add-ons. If you find yourself outside of the range when the trap is triggered, you have a small window to try and get within range.
It is important to note that there are two ways survivors can avoid activating The Hag’s traps altogether. Survivors with the flashlight item can shine the flashlight on the trap momentarily in which the trap will be destroyed. Survivors are also able to crouch past a trap without it triggering.
How to Use Traps
Trap placement when playing The Hag is crucial into securing a victory. Poor trap management renders the hag a slower M1 (auto attack) killer. Here are a few essentials to know when learning how to set up a good web of traps:
Narrow Walkways and Corridors
Placing traps in narrow areas survivors must walk through like doorways and hallways are a terrific way to force a survivor into activating a trap. Pro tip: Place the trap just inside of the doorway instead of directly in the door frame. This will prevent the likelihood of a survivor seeing the trap graphic on the ground and increase the trap’s chances of being triggered.
Around Loops and Pallets
The Hag is a slower killer and as such she does not excel at catching survivors in loops. However, placing your traps on either side of a pallet and running the survivor into it can give you the advantage. One of three things will happen. The survivor runs past the pallet, triggers the trap and throws the pallet down. If you notice the survivor continuing to run away, you teleport to the trap, bypass the pallet and land a hit. Second, the same scenario could occur however the survivor may vault back over the pallet and allow you a free hit or even a grab. It is important to read your enemy as best as you can. Third, they may trigger the trap but not throw down the pallet. In this case, still teleport and help close a bit of distance to land the hit.
Never place traps directly under the pallet. Smart survivors will trick you into teleporting under the pallet followed by stunning you as soon as you teleport.
At Objectives and Windows
Placing traps around generators, which is the survivor’s main objective, is necessary. Survivors may simply trigger these traps by getting near a generator or by running away if they see you approaching after they crouched to said generator. Placing traps at windows can allow you the possibility for a free hit, grab, or bypassing the window completely and continuing the chase. If you have a hooked survivor, it is not recommended to bombard the immediate area with traps. You will lose a ton of map control and pressure by concentrating your traps in one small area. Instead, opt for one trap nearby tucked in a walkway or corner to increase the chance of it activating should you need quick access back. It is more important to remove survivors from working on generators than it is to sit near a hooked survivor.
A More Advanced and Niche Way to Use Traps
When a survivor triggers a trap, the trap will draw the camera of the player towards the trap. This is important because for a moment it can throw off the survivor’s movement due to the camera angle change. You can place traps on the outside of a loop, window, or doorway to potentially cause them to bump into walls or extend the distance of their loops. All these scenarios equate to you catching up faster to land a potential hit.
If you see a survivor trigger a trap but are unsure where they might be, check where the hag phantasm is facing. A triggered trap will always face in the direction of the survivor that triggered it.
The Average Game
When it comes to a normal load out, we recommend any of the necklet add-ons or the “bug” add-ons. The necklets reduce the time it takes to place a trap. The “bug” add-ons help increase the distance The Hag can teleport to her trap, providing greater map control.
This is our personal favorite add-on setup for The Hag when we have access to these add-ons. Mint Rag makes it so you can teleport to any placed trap without the need for a survivor to trigger it, on a 15 second cool down. Rusty Shackles makes it so no phantasm spawns when a survivor trips a trap and makes them unaware they activated a trap. This build can put survivors on edge of where you will strike next with a little bit of practice.
Body Blocker Hag
This set of add-ons turns The Hag into a more effective M1 (basic attack) type of killer. With this add-on load-out, placing traps in narrow spaces or in-front of windows and pallets is even more crucial. Waterlogged Shoe allows the hag to move at the average movement speed for a killer. It also slows survivors that activate traps momentarily. Scarred Hand makes it so when your traps are activated, they have collision and survivors cannot simply walk through them. BOTH of these add-ons remove your ability to teleport so this set-up is all about trapping survivors. We only recommend this once you feel more comfortable with the base Hag.