Dead By Daylight – Freddy Guide

Introduction to our Freddy guide

Welcome to my beginner Freddy Guide! Remember to keep this page bookmarked as I will update the guide for every patch in Dead by Daylight.

Freddy from a nightmare of elm street is one of my favorite killers in Dead by Daylight. And easily one of the best in the current meta if you play him correctly. In this guide, I will go through how to play Freddy and what perks/load-outs you should have equipped to win your games versus survivors.

How to make survivors enter the dream phase

If you’ve never played against a Freddy, you should know that there’s a normal phase and then the dream phase. During the dream phase, survivors can run into dream snares, which triggers a scream alert so you can easily detect the survivor.

To make a survivor enter the dream phase, hit them with your melee ability or wait on the “dream timer” to trigger. You can look at their portrait, which is located bottom left. When the clock meter is full, that specific survivor enters the dream phase.

A survivor in the dream phase can get out of it by picking up an alarm clock located somewhere on the map. It’s random where the alarm clock is located. Another way for a survivor to get out of the dream phase is by failing a skill check. This is usually done by repairing a generator.

Freddy’s Dream Abilities

When a survivor is put in the dream phase, they are very vulnerable, and you should take advantage of this by using your dream snares (Or dream pallets) to easily down any survivor.

Dream Projection

Allows you to travel to any generator on the map. This ability has a rather long cooldown, so the best way to use this is to hook someone and reveal other survivors’ location through the barbecue & chili perk. You can also use this ability if you see a survivor fail a skill check on a generator.

Dream Snares can be placed anywhere. The best locations would be around the killer shack and near your hex totem. When a survivor is in the dream phase, they can run into your snares, which triggers an alert for you. By planting your dream snares in good locations, you can easily find survivors.

Dream Pallets

Allows Freddy to replace a pallet that has been used with a FAKE one. Only survivors in the dream phase can see these fake pallets. If they try to drop a fake pallet on you during a phase, it instantly breaks, and you do not get stunned. To use dream pallets, you HAVE to equip the add-on called “Garden Rake,” a common add-on. Stacking these in your inventory should not be a problem! If you use Garden Rake, you won’t be able to use dream snares.

Suppose you’re playing against solo players or lower-ranked. I’d advise using dream pallets, but if you’re up against high ranked premade players, you would most likely do better with dream snares.

Perks you should use with my Freddy guide.

Slot 1: Barbecue & Chili.

When you hook a downed survivor, you get an additional 25% extra blood points when the game is over. Plus, you can see any survivor that is 40m away from you, which is really good to locate your next target, who is most likely working on a generator. This perk is a MUST have. You will get lots of blood points at the end of the game.

Slot 2: Hex: Ruin

Any generator not being repaired lose progress at 200%. This perk converts a normal totem to a hex one; if any survivor would cleanse the totem, this perk is deactivated during the game. Try to place dream snares next to the totem, so you know if someone is trying to cleanse it. Hex: Ruin is good for slowing down the game

Slot 3: A nurse’s calling

Ability to see survivors being healed. It would be best to get the very-rare version of this perk, which increases the range to 28m.

Slot 4 Corrupt Intervention

When the game begins, this perk locks three generators that are far away from you for two minutes if you have the very-rare perk. This perk helps against survivors trying to generator rush you! I highly recommend using this perk to slow down the game.


Using add-ons on Freddy is unnecessary, but I have added decent ones that should help you out.

Slot 1: Swing Chains

Decreases most survivor actions (Repairing, healing, or sabotaging hooks.) This add-on affects any survivor. It doesn’t matter if they are in the dream phase or not.

Slot 2: Jump Rope or Garden Rake if you want to replace dream snare

It has the same effect as Swing Chains but only triggers when a survivor is in the dream phase. This add-on stacks with Swing Chains

Suppose you use both Swing Chains and Jump Rope. You can replace Corrupt Intervention perk with Thanatophobia.

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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