Dead by Daylight Survivor Loadouts: How to Unlock and Equip Perks and Items

There are quite a few systems in play when it comes to unlocking and utilizing Perks and Items for your Dead by Daylight Loadouts. We’re going to go over all of it in some detail, so if you need specific info, use the Contents bar to find what you’re looking for.

When you are first playing a new character, they will start at Level 1 on the Bloodweb. To unlock Perks and Items, you’ll need to spend Bloodpoints bloodpoints icon dbd to buy them in the Bloodweb. Once you’ve unlocked an entire Bloodweb (or once you and the Entity together have cleared it), a new Bloodweb will be randomly generated. Each Bloodweb levels up your character when completed, and higher level items and Teachables will begin to appear. The Bloodweb is random, but contains all of the standard Perks, plus the special Perks of the Survivor whose Bloodweb it is, and whatever Teachables you’ve unlocked.

Each Survivor in DBD has 3 Unique Perks, which can be unlocked by prestiging the character. To prestige a Survivor, simply get to level 50 on the character’s Bloodweb — your only option will then be to spend 20,000 Bloodpoints to gain a Prestige level. The first three Prestige levels will unlock levels 1-3 of that character’s Unique Perks for all the other Survivor (note that once you’ve unlocked the initial Prestige level, you can still randomly find the 2nd and 3rd level of their unique perks in the Bloodweb).

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The Shrine of Secrets (with one Perk acquired)

In addition to unlocking Teachable perks from your Killers, you can also find Unique perks in the Shrine of Secrets. 4 Perks are offered in the Shrine of Secrets; 2 Survivor Perks and 2 Killer Perks. The Shrine of Secrets resets every Wednesday at 00:00:00 UTC (GMT+0). You have to spend Iridescent Shards iridescent shards icon dbd (a premium currency earned by increasing your Player Level) to unlock Perks from the Shrine. Costs vary depending on the level of the perk:

  • Tier 1 – 2,000 Iridescent Shards
  • Tier 2 – 4,000 Iridescent Shards
  • Tier 3 – 6,000 Iridescent Shards

You must purchase Tier 1 before you can purchase Tier 2, and Tier 2 before Tier 3, unless you have already unlocked the Perk via the Prestige System. Having the perk already available via the Prestige System discounts the price:

  • Tier 1 via Prestige – 2,000 Iridescent Shards for Tier 2, 4,000 Iridescent Shards for Tier 3
  • Tier 2 via Prestige – 2,000 Iridescent Shards for Tier 3

The Shrine of Secrets can be accessed from the Store page in-game.

To increase your Player Level and earn Iridescent Shards, all you have to do is play games! You’ll earn bonus XP for your first Survivor and first Killer game of the day, so optimal leveling requires playing at least 1 game of each.

To equip perks, you’ll need to select the Survivor you want from the Survivors menu, and then go to the Loadout menu. Once there, the first Perk slot will be selected by default. Left-clicking a perk from the Inventory/Perks box will put it in the first Perk slot. If you have open Perk slots, the next empty Perk slot will be selected by default. To swap out a specific Perk, simply left-click it from the Perks row.

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Clicking the empty square labeled Item will swap your Inventory screen from Perks to Items. Then you may left-click any item you have available to equip

it. Note that if you die in a trial, or otherwise lose control of your item, it will be left in the trial.

dbd inventory menu

Many items have Addons that can be equipped, that improve or modify your Item. There are two Addon slots to the right of the Item box at the top of the Loadout menu. Once you have an Item equipped, clicking on either of the two Addon slots will show all the possible Addons for that item in your Inventory. Unlike items, which you can keep if you survive the Trial, all Addons are lost when the Trial ends.

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You equip offerings just like Perks and Items, by clicking on the empty Offering hexagon. Offerings are consumed just like Addons and can only be used once each, and allow you to choose a map, gain bonus Bloodpoints, or offer other effects.

Every survivor has their own Loadout — what that means is, you’ll need to equip Perks and Items separately for each Survivor in your roster that you want to play. However, you can create up to three separate loadouts for each character — use the numbered buttons in the upper right of the Loadout to select a different loadout page.

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That should be all you need to know about Survivor Loadouts in Dead by Daylight! Please leave any questions or suggestions in the comments below!

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