Dead by Daylight – Altruism Build for Survivors

Altruism Build for Survivors


Welcome to our Altruism survivor build for Dead by Daylight. Our altruism build for survivors is optimized for higher ranks and requires some perks to be played efficiently. If you are new to Dead by Daylight, we advise you to check out our beginner survivor build. With our altruism build, your goal should be to unhook survivors to safety and heal them up. Besides focusing on altruism, we’ve added an exhaustion perk, which improves our survivability and helps us loop the killer when we are getting chased.

Make sure you bookmark our build since we will update when a new patch coming out to Dead by Daylight.

Pros & Cons

  • + Very good for unhooking survivors & farming altruism blood points.
  • + Required perks are easy to unlock, and the only DLC character is Laurie Strode.
  • + Almost always safe hook rescue, due to borrowed time perk.
  • + Ok at looping because of exhaustion perk.
  • – Has no perk that helps us repair generators, but it’s not an issue due to us focusing on altruism.

Required perks for our Altruism build

Our altruism build has three perks that must be slotted at all times. The last perk slot is optional, and you can choose one that we recommend running with our altruism build.

  • Borrowed Time – Requires “Bill” level 35.
    With Borrowed Time, you are always getting a safe hook rescue. It also helps us against killers that are camping or playing close to the hooked survivor.
  • Dead Hard – Requires David King level 35.
    It helps us out if we are getting chased by the killer. Adds additional survivability.
  • Decisive Strike – Requires Laurie Strode level 40.
    It allows us to stun the killer if we are getting tunneled.

If you don’t have Laurie Strode unlocked

Use Borrowed Time, Dead Hard, and Unbreakable. Add either Self Care or Iron Will. Try to unlock Laurie Strode when possible. Decisive strike is an excellent perk, and most builds require it!

Optional perks

  • Unbreakable – Requires “Bill” level 40.
    Allows you to get up from the dying state without any help. Unbreakable works really well if the killer is chasing another survivor or patrolling the map. Very situational, and sometimes you won’t be able to use Unbreakable.
  • Self Care – Requires Claudette Morel level 40.
    We can fully heal ourselves. It takes quite some time but can be worth slotting if you are playing solo because other survivors might not heal you. Use Self Care if no one is healing you.
  • Iron Will – Requires Jake Park level 30
    Only use Iron Will if you have the purple version. Iron Will works really well if you are getting out of a chase or when the killer is near you.

Altruism Build perk setup

As mentioned earlier, slot the three required perks and one optional. Play around with the optional perks until you find one that works really well for you. Personally, I prefer playing with Unbreakable.

Altruism Build

Optimal Items & add-ons

With our altruism is recommended to enter a trial with a medkit unless you are playing with self-care. Then you can go in with a toolbox or flashlight. If self-care is not slotted, a medkit adds more survivability to our build.

Personally, I prefer increasing healing speed over adding more charges to our medkit. Therefore I always go with abdominal dressing and medical scissors. However, it is optional, and you can play around with the add-ons to suit your playstyle. If charges are not enough, then add some more!

Suppose you are playing with self-care. I personally get more value from a flashlight with brightness add-ons, like Tir optic and Intense Halogen. If you are not good with a flashlight, then feel free to slot a toolbox.

How to play our Altruism build

At the start of the trial. Locate and start repairing a generator until the killer downs a survivor. Then move into position so the killer can’t see you with Barbecue & Chili perk. Unhook the survivor. If the killer is within the range of you and the hooked survivor, your Borrowed time perk will trigger, which allows the unhooked survivor to take one extra hit from the killer. This allows us to get safe hook rescue and rewards us with an additional 500 blood points.

If you are getting chased by the killer, try to play around the killer shack or one of the jungles and be prepared to drop a pallet or two. Being chased by the killer is all mind games and might be difficult initially, but as you play more and more. It’ll be easier for you. When you take a hit, be prepared to dodge the next one with the Dead Hard perk. Always be close to a pallet or a window. You want to make as much space as possible between you and the killer.

If nothing is going on at the moment, locate and repair generators or cleanse a totem. You should always be doing something!

Tips & Tricks for our Altruism build

Always locate a nearby pallet.


While you repair a generator or heal a survivor, pay attention to where the nearest pallet is. If the killer is moving towards you, you want to have an escape plan! Don’t just start running in a random location where you don’t know if there is a pallet nearby. 

A common beginner mistake is that you take a hit from the killer and start running without knowing if there is a pallet nearby or not. The killer is faster than you, and they are eventually going to strike you down. You might as well buy as much time as possible before going down, even if that means dropping a pallet or two.

Always run near a downed survivor.

The moment you see the killer down a survivor, move closer to them, and hide behind any obstacles. Make sure you are within range so barbecue & chili won’t reveal your location. When you feel ready to unhook the survivor, run to them and unhook! If the killer is nearby, you will still get safe hook rescue from your borrowed time perk.

If the killer is literally face camping the hooked survivor, wait a bit for them to move or any other survivor to get within range. It really helps if you are two survivors against a face camping killer. 

Always do something! Don’t be useless.

If a survivor is looping the killer, or the killer is searching for a survivor. Make sure you are doing something! Don’t just stand around and be useless. Repair any generator or cleanse a totem. 


I play with this build sometimes, and I’m currently rank one as a survivor. What makes our build work really well is that we are focusing lots on survivability and our ability to loop the killer. All thanks to our Dead Hard perk. If you are new to Dead by Daylight, and this is your first build, it can be difficult but give it time and practice playing! The more you understand the game and all mechanics involved. The easier it’ll be for you to play well! If you have any questions about our altruism build, feel free to comment, and we will help you out!

Update Log

17.10.2021 Updated for Dead by Daylight’s latest chapter “Hour of the Witch”

Hello! I'm W3YBACK and I formerly played Overwatch for NRG but have since 2018 moved on to Dead by Daylight. I write about builds and guides for DBDMeta. In-game I flex between killer and survivor and have been rank 1 with both since I started playing DBD.

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