The Best and Easiest Survivors for Beginners in Dead by Daylight

Find out about the easiest Survivors you should start playing with if you're new to Dead by Daylight. This guide focuses on the best possible characters that are also not too difficult to use. Most of them are free and they're even included in the base game, so it's worth checking out!

The Best and Easiest Survivors for Beginners in Dead by Daylight.

I recently made a guide for the Best and Easiest Killers for Beginners in Dead by Daylight, and now it’s time for the Survivors to shine. Contrary to Killers, all Survivors play the exact same way. They don’t have any powers tied to that specific character, only perks. So… which one should you use if you’re new to the game?

The Best and Easiest Dead by Daylight Survivors for Beginners

You should choose a Survivor with good perks that are also not too difficult to use. For example, David King or Laurie Strode may not be the best choices if you don’t know about complex Survivor strategies yet. And since it will be too difficult to know which character may suit you well, below you have a very useful list explaining the best possible Survivors for beginners. Most of these characters are free and none of them are licensed. So there’s no need to buy them using real money either.

Claudette Morel

Claudette is one of the few default characters. She is part of the main roster of Dead by Daylight and she’s available in the main game version of all platforms.

Claudette is the most basic Survivor in the game.

Claudette is the most basic Survivor in the game.

Perks

  • Empathy: The auras of Survivors in the injured state or in the dying state within 64/96/128 metres of your location are revealed to you.
  • Botany Knowledge: Increases your healing speed by 30/40/50%. Reduces the healing efficiency of med-kits by -20 %.
  • Self-Care: Allows you to self-heal without needing a med-kit at 25/30/35 % of the normal healing speed.

Tips & Strategies

Claudette is the best choice for beginners. She is great for every possible playstyle because of the fact that she can simply Self-Care to heal herself at any moment. While this ability has been nerfed several times over the course of the game, it is still very useful if you pair it with Botany Knowledge. This speeds up Claudette’s healing time and allows you to go back into action very quickly!

There are no excuses to be bleeding around the whole map. Find a corner after being injured or unhooked and heal yourself as soon as you can. Objectives, Altruism, and Boldness: Whatever your role is in the match, you’re going to be useful to waste the Killer’s time if you focus on staying healed at all times. 

Kate Denson

Kate was added through the Curtain Call Chapter DLC but she can be unlocked with 9000 Iridescent Shards. She can also be bought for 500 Auric Cells or by purchasing the DLC pack.

Kate is one of the best characters to learn the evasion mechanics.

Kate is one of the best characters to learn the evasion mechanics.

Perks

  • Dance With Me: When performing a rushed action to vault a window, pallet, or leave a locker, you will not leave any scratch marks for the next 3 seconds. Dance With Me has a cool-down of 60/50/40 seconds.
  • Windows of Opportunity: The auras breakable walls, pallets, and windows are revealed to you within 24/28/32 metres.
  • Boil Over: This perk becomes active whenever you’re being carried by the Killer. Increases the intensity of the Struggle Effects on the Killer from your Wiggling by 60/70/80%. Obscures the auras of all hooks from the Killer within 16 metres, and fills your wiggle meter by 33% of your current wiggle progression upon landing when the Killer drops from great heights.

Tips & Strategies

Kate is another great choice for beginners, especially those who want to extend chases. All of her perks will allow you to distract the Killer for a long time if you play your cards right. You must focus on all your possible loop points to avoid getting caught and keep stunning the Killer using pallets. Windows of Opportunity is Kate’s most useful tool, so don’t be randomly running around wide open areas of the map. Keep tracing a plan to avoid the Killer. Buildings usually have several pallets for you to drop and windows to vault (which will confuse the Killer thanks to Dance With Me).

You are your team’s distraction, and Kate makes this job seem easy compared to other Survivors. Focus on not getting caught for as long as you can and you’ll give your team enough time to turn on several generators in the meantime. Also, you will have a good chance to escape the Killer’s grasp if they catch you thanks to Boil Over. The more you waste the Killer’s time by running around windows and pallets, the more generators will be turned on thanks to you!

Meg Thomas

Meg is also a default character in Dead by Daylight available for everyone on all platforms. Meg’s specialty is speed.

Meg is the fastest Survivor on the list.

Meg is the fastest Survivor on the list.

Perks

  • Quick & Quiet: You do not make as much noise as others when quickly vaulting over obstacles or hiding in lockers. Suppresses both the loud noise notification and the sound effects triggered by rushing to vault windows, pallets, or rushing to enter or exit lockers. Quick & Quiet has a cool-down of 30/25/20 seconds.
  • Sprint Burst: When starting to run, break into a sprint at 150% of your normal running movement speed for 3 seconds. Sprint Burst causes the exhausted status effect for 60/50/40 seconds and cannot be used when exhausted.
  • Adrenaline: Once the exit gates are powered, instantly heal one health state and sprint at 150% of your normal running movement speed for 5 seconds. Adrenaline is on hold if you are disabled at the moment it triggers and will instead activate upon being freed. If playing against The Nightmare, Adrenaline will wake you from the Dream World upon activation.

Tips & Strategies

Meg is a pretty versatile character. Sprint Burst makes you run faster than the Killer for 3 seconds, allowing you to begin any chase with a great advantage. It’s also amazing for objectives and altruism since reaching generators and hooked teammates is a lot quicker when you’re using this perk. It is a good strategy to save it until the Killer finds you, you will have plenty of time to run away before they get the chance to hit you. Not to mention hiding in lockers and vaulting windows is going to be a lot stealthier thanks to Quick & Quiet.

When using Meg, you can play any role you want. However, it is very helpful to use her to distract the Killer if there is only one generator left. Adrenaline is going to automatically heal you if injured once the last generator gets turned on, and you’re going to run faster than the Killer for 5 seconds. This is more than enough time to extend the chase for a very long time until your teammates open the exit gates.

Dwight Fairfield

The last of the main characters on the list. He’s also the “Protagonist” Survivor of Dead by Daylight.

Dwight speeds up generator progression per Survivor repairing it.

Dwight speeds up generator progression per Survivor repairing it.

Perks

  • Bond: The auras of all other Survivors within 20/28/36 metres of your location are revealed to you 
  • Prove Thyself: Increases your repair speed by +15% for each other Survivor within 4 metres of your location, up to a maximum of +45% (this effect is also applied to all other Survivors within that range). Grants 50/75/100% bonus bloodpoints for Co-operative actions.
  • Leader: Increases the action speeds of other Survivors in healing, sabotaging, unhooking, cleansing, opening, and unlocking by 15/20/25% while they are within 8 metres of your location. This effect lingers for 15 seconds when leaving Leader’s range.

Tips & Strategies

Dwight isn’t very overpowered or anything, but it’s a great choice if you want to focus on helping everyone escape the match. His perks have a very noticeable effect on generators. It is insanely helpful when to have someone using Prove Thyself since this speeds up generator progress. And if you’re working on the same generator with other Survivors, the effect increases! Dwight’s perks are very good for speeding up pretty much every process that is usually very slow.

Dwight is mostly useful if playing for the objectives. But he is also good for altruism since Leader speeds up a lot of altruistic events too like unhooking, healing, or sabotaging. Despite you won’t have any greater chances against the Killer like previous characters on the list, Dwight’s perks are always welcome. Remember, powering generators is what makes everyone escape. So it’s always nice to let someone do that job, and even better if more people work on the same generator.

You can also find other Survivors easily thanks to Bond. Always look out for Survivors and help them repair those generators much faster thanks to your objective-based perks!

Nea Karlsson

Nea was the first Survivor added through DLC in Dead by Daylight. She was released for free in The Last Breath Chapter DLC and she’s also available by default on the console versions.

Nea is both fast and stealthy. She's great for chases and objectives.

Nea is both fast and stealthy. She’s great for chases and objectives.

Perks

  • Balanced Landing: This perk triggers whenever you fall from a great height. Reduces the stagger duration by 75%. Suppresses grunts of exertion from falling. Upon landing, break into a sprint at 150% of your normal running movement speed for 3 seconds. Balanced Landing causes the exhausted status effect for 60/50/40 seconds and cannot be used when exhausted.
  • Urban Evasion: Increases your crouching movement speed by 90/95/100%.
  • Streetwise: Increases the efficiency of your items by 15/20/25%. Streetwise extends its effect to all other Survivors within 8 metres of your location and lingers for 15 seconds.

Tips & Strategies

Nea is easily one of the best options if you want to escape from the Killer’s sight. Similar to Meg’s Sprint Burst, Balanced Landing will allow you to run faster than the Killer for 3 seconds but only after dropping from a high altitude. This is still one of the most useful Survivor perks in the game because it lets you control when you’re going to get that small speed boost instead of just using it whenever you start running. Lure the Killer to a high place on the map and let yourself fall from it when you see it convenient. This will waste the Killer’s time so much that other Survivors will have plenty of time to power a few generators.

Urban Evasion is very helpful if you want to play stealthy. Crouching will be as fast as walking, so you will not be as visible and you’re not going to be leaving your scratch marks all over the place. It is insanely helpful to confuse the Killer and end the chase without them ever knowing where you went. Remember to use the environment to your advantage to disappear from the Killer’s sight, you don’t want to make it obvious. As long as you make them lose time (even if they still catch up to you later), you succeeded.

You should also bring an item to the match if you want to make good use of Streetwise. Your toolboxes and med-kits are going to be much more efficient, so playing for the objectives for as long as you can is also an option!

Mikaela Reid

Mikaela was added through the Hour of the Witch DLC. She is available for 9000 Iridescent Shards, 500 Auric Cells, or by buying the character on your corresponding platform’s store.

Mikaela is the best support character in the game.

Mikaela is the best support character in the game.

Perks

  • Clairvoyance: Whenever you cleanse a totem, this perk activates. When empty-handed, press and hold the ability button to see the auras of exit gate switches, generators, hooks, chests, and the hatch within 64 metres for 8/9/10 seconds.
  • [Boon] Circle of Healing: Press and hold the active ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Survivors inside the Boon Totem’s 24 metres range benefit from its effects. Increases all healing speeds by 40/45/50%. Unlocks the Self-Care ability, allowing you to self-heal without needing a med-kit at 50% of the normal healing speed.
  • [Boon] Shadow Step: Press and hold the active ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Survivors inside the Boon Totem’s 24 metres range benefit from its effects. Scratch Marks are suppressed. Auras are hidden from The Killer. Both effects linger for 2/3/4 seconds after leaving the Boon Totem’s range.

As a side note, you can only bless one totem at a time. All equipped Boon Perks are active on the same Boon Totem.

Tips & Strategies

Mikaela is easily the best support character in the game, and she’s not complicated to use at all. You better focus on finding any totem around the map to bless it. Your teammates will have the chance to heal very quickly in that area thanks to Circle of Healing. Also, any scratch marks will be suppressed in this area too thanks to Shadow Step. So it’s also a good place to confuse the Killer and try to lose them.

Mikaela doesn’t have any specific function for the team other than allowing everyone to self-heal in a certain area. You can focus on generators or unhooking Survivors if you want. But whenever you see the Killer deactivating your Boon Totem, it is time to find another. If you lose the effect of those two perks for a long while, everyone is going to be bleeding around the whole place and making everything easier for the Killer.

Those are probably all of the easiest Survivors for beginners in Dead by Daylight. Remember you can unlock their unique perks for the rest of the Survivors by spending enough bloodpoints in their corresponding bloodwebs.

Dead by Daylight is available for PC, PS4 & PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. The new Forged in Fog Chapter will be released with a new map in a few days so it is a great time to jump into the game. See you all in the fog!

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