Dead By Daylight – Decisive Strike Build for Survivors


Welcome to our Decisive Strike build for survivors in Dead by Daylight. Our latest build works great for beginners who want to practice looping the killer and experienced players who want to try out a different build. On a personal note, this Decisive Strike build is my go-to build when I’m playing survivor. If you want to try out a well-rounded build that works great at any rank, I highly recommend you to try this build!

Pros & Cons

  • + Works great for looping the killer.
  • + Not too difficult as long as you can hit the Decisive Strike skill checks.
  • + Well rounded. You can easily max out boldness and altruism.
  • – Unlocking Decisive Strike requires The Halloween Chapter.


Decisive Strike build requires one survivor that is from DLCs to be played efficiently. Other than that, there’s no requirement for offerings and items. Flashlights are highly recommended if you know how to flashlight the killer.

Required Survivors

  • Laurie Strode at lvl 40 for Decisive Strike.
  • David King at lvl 35 for Dead Hard Or Feng Min at lvl 35 for Lithe. You can choose which exhaustion perk you want to use!
  • William “Bill” Overbeck at lvl 35 for Borrowed Time.
  • Jake Park at lvl 30 for Iron Will.

Decisive Strike Build – Perk Setup

Decisive Strike – If you get picked up by the killer within 60 seconds of being unhooked, you can stun the killer for 5 seconds by succeeding a great skill check.

Lithe/Dead Hard – Our exhaustion perk and “get away from the killer” card. It comes down to personal preference which one you would like to use. Both have a 40-second cooldown.

Borrowed Time – Works great against proximity and face camping killers. It should always be slotted since many killers play near the hooked survivor, especially if you’re in the endgame collapse.

Iron Will – Comes in handy if you’re escaping the killer since they can’t hear your grunts. It makes it harder for the killer to initiate a new chase, and you should be able to heal up pretty fast.

Items, Addons, and Offerings

We recommend using the “flashlight setup” if you are familiar with a flashlight in Dead by Daylight or if you want to practice. If you don’t have any flashlights or feel like you don’t know how to use one properly, you can always go with our “Medkit setup.” As it allows you to heal yourself when getting out of a chase quickly.

Flashlight Setup

This is our recommended flashlight setup. If you don’t have Odd Bulb, you can swap it out for High-End Sapphire Lens or Long Life Battery.

Medkit Setup

If you’re entering a game with a medkit setup, we prefer that you use an emergency medkit as it tremendously increases the healing speed on yourself. And with the two addons, “Gel Dressing” for extra charges and “Medical Scissors,” you can heal yourself very fast. It works really well if you are injured and need to heal up quickly.


For our Decisive Strike build, offerings are not needed but should still be used when you have them. These are good examples of offerings you can use with our build.

  • Escape! Cake – Gives you 100% bonus bloodpoints in all categories. You should always unlock and use them when they are available in the bloodweb.
  • Bloody Party Streamers – Same as Escape! Cake, but everyone in the trial receives 100% extra bloodpoints. Even the killer! Always unlock Bloody Party Streamers when it’s available in your bloodweb. We recommend that you save them until you’re playing with premade friends.
  • Fresh Sweet William – 75% extra bloodpoints in the boldness category. Only use Fresh Sweet William when running our flashlight setup as blinding the killer gives you 500 bloodpoints each time.
  • Fresh Primrose Blossom – 75% extra bloodpoints in the altruism category. Works great if you’re entering a game with our “medkit setup.” You can, however, use Fresh Primrose Blossom whenever there is one available.

How to Play our Decisive Strike Build

Our Decisive Strike build works great for farming boldness points as well as altruism. You can either be the one that keeps the killer busy by looping them. Or you can do generators until your fellow survivors get put on the hook, then rescue them.


At the start of the trial, move to one of the “jungles” or any loopable area with a pallet or a window. Try not to loop around the killer shack at the beginning of the trial. It’s better to save the pallet inside the killer shack for later on when a few generators have been repaired.

To get the killer’s attention in the early game, do a rushed action like entering and leaving a locker or vaulting over a window. Don’t do the latter if you play with lithe, as it’ll trigger your speed boost. Also, make sure there are no other survivors nearby that are working on generators.

Except playing around with the killer, it’s recommended that you at least unhook your fellow survivors and work on generators if the killer decides to chase someone else.


If you are premade with friends and already have a designated looper or don’t feel comfortable looping the killer. You can still play with our Decisive Strike build, but instead of looping the killer, do generators and unhook survivors every time they are hooked.

Decisive Strike Nerf

Dead by Daylight developers Behavior Interactive recently announced that they are reworking Decisive Strike. The new changes are: After you get unhooked and fully heal yourself or complete a generator, Decisive Strike deactivates even if the timer hasn’t run out.

We feel like if you have the time to heal yourself to full health. You really don’t need Decisive Strike as its primary use is to counter tunneling and/or camping killers. Therefore the upcoming nerf doesn’t affect our build in any way.


On a personal note, our Decisive Strike build is my favorite build when I play survivor. You have all the perks you need to successfully loop the killer for minutes, as well as you can play laid back and focus on unhooking and repairing generators.

Our build works great for any rank. I’ve been rank 1 every season with this build. For newer players to Dead by Daylight, it gives you a different perspective to looping the killer as you don’t get downed and hooked 24/7.

We hope you have fun with our Decisive Strike build! If you have any questions feel free to join our Discord or message us on Twitter.

Update log

16.02.2021 Build was created.
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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