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Quotes left.png From the depths, a dark presence stirs. Spread the curse to Dead by Daylight, with a new Chapter inspired by Kōji Suzuki’s novel Ringu and the original film adaptation. Sadako Rising features a new Killer – The Onryō – and a new Survivor, Yoichi Asakawa.​ Quotes right.png
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Sadako Rising
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Release Date 08 March 2022 (Tuesday)
Category Chapter DLC
Cost $6.99
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CHAPTER 23: Sadako Rising is the twenty-third Chapter DLC for Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

It was released on 8 March 2022.

This DLC features:


Sadako Rising is a brand-new Chapter for Dead by Daylight. It includes a Killer, The Onryō; a Survivor, Yoichi Asakawa. Purchasing the add-on unlocks the new Killer, Survivor and an exclusive universal Charm.

Unspeakable horrors lurk beneath the water.

Spread the curse to Dead by Daylight with Sadako Rising, a new Chapter inspired by Kōji Suzuki’s novel Ringu and the original film adaptation.

Killer: The Onryō

Main Article: Sadako Yamamura

The Onryō's Info

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A powerful and lethal onryō, Sadako Yamamura was once the daughter of a famed seer from Izu-Oshima, Japan. When a journalist called her mother a fraud, Sadako’s powers surged, and the journalist collapsed on the floor, struck dead.

Then everything went wrong.

Her mother passed away and shortly after Sadako was lured to an old, crumbling well. As she leaned over the rim, a long shadow fell over her. She felt two hands pushing her over the rim. Pain exploded in her skull as she hit the cold ground. A grinding noise came from above and the well darkened, all light obscured like a midday eclipse.

She dug her nails into the muddy ground and slowly crawled toward the cobbled wall. Each time she clawed up a few inches, her nails slid against the wet wall and she slipped down. Her fingers gushed with blood as the coarse cobblestone tore off her nails and lacerated the flesh underneath. And yet she tried, again and again.

Decades later, the meadow became a resort, and a log cabin was built above the well. When a visitor rented the cabin, Sadako found an opportunity for revenge. She summoned all her nensha power and projected a terrible curse on a videotape that killed its viewer after seven days. Her wrath was like the tides of a stormy sea, violent and unforgiving.

The Onryō's Power: Deluge of Fear

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Quotes left.png Through the medium of a mysterious videotape, Sadako spreads her curse to unwitting viewers and causes their untimely deaths. Quotes right.png

Before Manifesting, The Onryō gains the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect and is invisible to Survivors, but becomes intermittently visible when within 24 metres of them.

The Onryō must physically manifest to attack Survivors.
Press and hold the Power button to Manifest into material form in your current location.

For a brief duration after Manifesting, The Onryō will continue to be intermittently visible to Survivors when within 24 metres.
Afterwards, she will be fully visible within 24 metres for as long as she remains Manifested.

The Onryō can Demanifest by pressing and holding the Power button again.

The Onryō can also take material form by Projecting herself through a TV IconHelp tv.png.
Press the Ability button while looking at a powered TV to Project into it, shutting off the TV in the process and automatically Manifesting yourself.

All Survivors within 16 metres of the TV gain Condemned progress.

A fully Condemned Survivor is revealed by Killer Instinct for 6 seconds and can be killed with the Inexorable Stare when in the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.

Survivors can walk up to any TV to retrieve its VHS Tape FulliconItems vhsTape.png, which turns off that TV temporarily.
Holding a VHS Tape, they can walk up to any other TV and turn it off temporarily too.
These interactions, however, come at the cost of adding Condemned progress to the Survivor.
Survivors also passively gain Condemned progress over time when holding a VHS Tape.

Retrieving the VHS Tape procs a Loud Noise Notification, revealing the location of a TV, whose Aura IconHelp auras.png is highlighted to the Survivor.
This TV allows the Survivor to spread The Onryō's message by inserting the VHS Tape into it.
Doing so removes some Condemned progress.

The Onryō's Perks

Scourge Hook: Floods of Rage Scourge Hook: Floods of Rage
You form a psychic connection with The EntityIconHelp entity.png and alter the rules of the Trial.

At the start of the Trial, 4 random Hooks are changed into Scourge Hooks:

  • The AurasIconHelp auras.png of Scourge Hooks are revealed to you in white.

Each time a Survivor is unhooked from a Scourge Hook, the following effects apply:

  • The Auras of all other Survivors are revealed for 5/6/7 seconds.
Call of Brine Call of Brine
Your psychic abilities influence technology in devastating ways.

After damaging a GeneratorIconHelpLoading generators.png, Call of Brine activates for 60 seconds.

  • The Generator regresses at 150/175/200 % of the normal Regression speed and its AuraIconHelp auras.png is revealed to you.
  • Each time a Survivor completes a Good Skill CheckIconHelp skillChecks.png on a Generator affected by Call of Brine, you receive a Loud Noise Notification.
Merciless Storm Merciless Storm
Your horrible trauma is felt by everyone.
  • Whenever a GeneratorIconHelpLoading generators.png is repaired to 90 %, Survivors repairing it are faced with continuous Skill ChecksIconHelp skillChecks.png.
  • If they miss one or stop repairing, the Generator becomes blocked for 16/18/20 seconds.
Merciless Storm can only trigger once per Generator per Trial.

Survivor: Yoichi Asakawa

Main Article: Yoichi Asakawa

Yoichi's Info

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As a child, Yoichi gained an interest in the supernatural from his father and mother when an inexplicable curse claimed both their lives. As an adult, Yoichi graduated with top honours in marine biology at a university in Tokyo, and, following in his father’s footsteps, became the youngest professor in the school’s history.

His career began to unravel when two of his students disappeared doing research in Izu Oshima. Hidden memories bubbled up from the murky, black depths of his subconscious. Blurred faces on images, twisted mouths, inexplicable deaths suddenly filled his mind. Sadako rose from the abyss to let him know the curse would never be over.

Thirsting for truth, he came across a story that mirrored the disappearances of his students: four vloggers had vanished near a lighthouse in Scotland. There was said to be some kind of darkness calling from the sea like an ancient siren. As Yoichi examined the research, his father suddenly appeared to let him know he was on the right path.

Yoichi chartered a fishing boat and headed toward a small cluster of islands. Darkness fell as they approached. The ocean began to stir violently, tossing the ship high and low. A giant wave lifted the boat and dashed it to pieces against jagged rocks. Yoichi didn’t remember much after that. He remembered staggering through thick black fog as he climbed the lighthouse stairs. He remembered the water level rising with every step until the frothing mouth of the ocean swallowed him whole.

Yoichi's Perks

Parental Guidance Parental Guidance
You have inherited the ability to hear the dead — and now the dead warn you of danger.
  • After stunning the Killer by any means, Parental Guidance suppresses your Scratch MarksIconHelp scratchMarks.png, Pools of BloodIconStatusEffects bleeding.png, and Grunts of Pain for the next 5/6/7 seconds.
Empathic Connection Empathic Connection
Your presence psychically projects itself to those in danger.
  • Whenever another SurvivorIconHelpLoading survivor.png is injured, they can see your AuraIconHelp auras.png when within 32/64/96 metres of your location.
  • You heal other Survivors 10 % faster.
Boon: Dark Theory Boon: Dark Theory
Your obsessive study of the paranormal has given you unprecedented knowledge of other Realms and planes of existence.

Press and hold the Active Ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon TotemIconHelpLoading totem.png.
Soft chimes ring out within a radius of 24 metres.

Survivors inside the Boon Totem's range benefit from the following effects:

  • 2 % HasteIconStatusEffects haste.png Status Effect.
  • This effect lingers for 2/3/4 seconds after leaving the Boon Totem's range.
You can only bless one Totem at a time.
All equipped Boon Perks are active on the same Boon Totem.


The Onryō

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Yoichi Asakawa

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  • CHAPTER 23: Sadako Rising was teased by the Developers in December 2021, three months prior to its announced release month of March 2022, which was hitherto unprecedented.
  • CHAPTER 23: Sadako Rising marks the second time the Developers announced a Chapter prior to its corresponding Public Test Build.
  • At the time of its teaser, the Chapter featured a different Logo and a different name: "CHAPTER 23: Ringu".
  • In an interview, Dead by Daylight's Creative Director Dave Richard explained that CHAPTER 23 was going to be based on the original Ringu and the protagonists Reiko Asakawa and Ryūji Takayama were the team's first choices to be the Survivor. However, BHVR could not secure the likenesses of actors Nanako Matsushima or Hiroyuki Sanada, which made including their characters difficult. The team improvised by using Yoichi Asakawa instead (who was a child in Ringu and the sole survivor of Sadako's curse), making the chapter a sequel to Ringu instead of an adaptation.[1]


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