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Portrait of a Murder
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Release Date 30 November 2021 (Tuesday)
Category Chapter DLC
Cost $6.99
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CHAPTER XXII: Portrait of a Murder is the twenty-second Chapter DLC for Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

This DLC features:


As the night spreads, there is nothing to draw hope from but the darkness. Yet, such salvation comes with a price, for the creatures that dwell within are unknowable, their motivations concealed behind shimmering black eyes. Though there is comfort in their embrace, the darkness flows from them like ink spilling over a pale corpse.

Join the murderous flock as The Artist, a young woman transformed by The Entity into the matron of crows. Following her gruesome torture, she has gained the ability to summon ferocious winged fiends. Quickly send your servants to flight searching for Survivors and swarming them with beating wings.

Crack the code as Jonah Vasquez, a CIA codebreaker who's a mathematical mastermind. Haunted by a mysterious set of numbers, he finally decoded the horrifying truth. Now he finds himself in The Entity's Realm, using logic to escape the Trials, hoping someday to break the code that keeps the horror alive.

Killer: The Artist[]

Main Article: The Artist

The Artist's Info[]

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The Artist

Carmina Mora's surrealist paintings were both compelling and controversial. After a brutal encounter left her maimed, The Artist was taken by The Entity. Twisted into a grotesque vessel of vengeance, she turned anyone in her path into carrion for the flock.

The Artist's Power: Birds of Torment

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Quotes left.png From a wellspring of eternal agony comes a swarm of darkness, a wild and ferocious murder of ink black crows. Quotes right.png

Press the Power button to charge Birds of Torment.
Once fully charged, tap the Attack button to summon a Dire Crow.
This action can be repeated in quick succession by continuously holding the Power button and tapping the Attack button again.

Dire Crow:
When at least one Dire Crow is summoned, it stays idle for a limited amount of time.
Spawning a new Dire Crow will extend the time the previously spawned Dire Crow stays idle.

Tap the Ability button to propel all Idle Dire Crows into flight, following their indicated Flight Path.

Flight Path:
Dire Crows inflict damage to Survivors while on their Flight Path, which is indicated to The Artist.

Once Dire Crows continue past their individual Flight Paths, they turn into a Swarm, able to pass through any obstacles while flying on through the environment.

While a Swarm continues in a straight line throughout the environment, it will reveal any nearby Survivors through Killer Instinct.

If a Swarm collides with a Survivor, it will start to swarm them with a murder of crows.
The Aura IconHelp auras.png of the Swarm is revealed to The Artist in white at all times, except for when it is being repelled.

If a Swarm collides with a Swarmed Survivor, it will inflict damage.

Swarmed Survivors can repel the Swarm either by completing the Repel action or by entering a Locker IconHelp lockers.png.
During this time, the Swarm's Aura is not revealed to The Artist.

Colliding with an idle Dire Crow while repelling the Swarm, will reset the Repel action.

Light Vulnerability:
Both Idle Dire Crows as well as the Swarm can be destroyed by Survivors using Flashlights IconItems flashlight.png, Firecrackers IconItems chineseFirecracker.png, or Flash Grenades FulliconItems flashGrenade.png.

The Artist's Perks[]

Grim Embrace Grim Embrace
Your act of servitude to The EntityIconHelp entity.png has not gone unnoticed.

Each time a SurvivorIconHelpLoading survivor.png is hooked for the first time, Grim Embrace gains a Token.
Upon reaching 4 Tokens Grim Embrace activates:

  • The Entity blocks all GeneratorsIconHelpLoading generators.png for 30/35/40 seconds.
  • The AuraIconHelp auras.png of the Obsession is revealed to you for 5 seconds.
"Are we nothing but prisoners to our sorrow?" — Carmina Mora
Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance
Overwhelming pain reverberates outwards.

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 hooked on a Scourge Hook, the following effects apply:

  • The GeneratorIconHelpLoading generators.png with the most Progression explodes, instantly losing 9/12/15 % of its Progression and starting to regress.
  • Survivors repairing that Generator will scream, revealing their location.
"The pain spills beyond flesh/darkness staining the horizon." — Girl in the Shadow by Carmina Mora
Hex: Pentimento Hex: Pentimento
You reveal the true power of the Totems, hidden within their remains.

You can perform a ritual on a cleansed Totem to resurrect it as a Rekindled Totem.
The more Rekindled Totems you create, the greater their effects:

  • 1 Totem: Reduces the Repair speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 2 Totems: Reduces the Healing speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 3 Totems: Reduces the Recovery speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 4 Totems: Reduces the Gate Opening speed of all Survivors by 20/25/30 %.
  • 5 Totems: All Totems are blocked by The EntityIconHelp entity.png.

When a Rekindled Totem is cleansed, its remains are consumed by The Entity.

"Though a pentimento is an inherently concealed piece of art, there is something to be said of the desire to discover that which is beyond." — A Guide to Art & Process (1961)

Survivor: Jonah Vasquez[]

Main Article: Jonah Vasquez

Jonah Vasquez's Info[]

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Deciphering math equations and the secrets within was second nature for the seasoned codebreaker. Now, he sees the ominous truth at every turn. A formula pointing to a haunting reality beyond comprehension. But as Vasquez knows better than most, there's strength in numbers.

Jonah Vasquez's Perks[]

Overcome Overcome
You have calculated how much energy you can risk to expend.
  • Whenever you become injured, you retain the Movement Speed burst for 2 additional seconds.

Overcome causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted.png Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.
Overcome cannot be used when Exhausted.

"After careful analysis, we are getting the hell out of here!" — Jonah Vasquez

Corrective Action Corrective Action
You quickly analyse problems and correct others' work when they make a mistake.

You start the Trial with 1/2/3 Token(s) and gain a Token each time you succeed at a Great Skill CheckIconHelp skillChecks.png, up to a maximum of 5 Tokens.

  • Each time another Survivor cooperating with you on the same GeneratorIconHelpLoading generators.png fails a Skill Check, Corrective Action consumes 1 Token, transforming their Failed Skill Check into Good Skill Check instead.
"Cannot hurt to have another set of eyes on the problem." — Jonah Vasquez
Boon: Exponential Boon: Exponential
When it seems like your number is up, you consider ways to recalculate the odds.

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:

  • 90/95/100 % bonus to the Recovery speed.
  • Unlocks the Self-Recovery ability, allowing you to fully recover from the Dying StateIconHelp dying.png.
You can only bless one Totem at a time.
All equipped Boon Perks are active on the same Boon Totem.

"It is not our time to die... probably." — Jonah Vasquez


The Artist[]

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Jonah Vasquez[]

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  • Prior to the release of the Chapter, there was an ARG teaser.
    • A website detailing personal information about the upcoming Killer aswell as artwork they made was created, but it also contained a hidden console terminal.
      Upon inputting the names of the artworks and a passcode, the console would reveal a set of numbers.
      If you combined the first 3 numbers, or just the fourth and final number, and then converted it to letters would reveal the message: The Black Vale.


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