Dead Hard

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Dead Hard is a teachable Unique David King Perk IconHelp perks.png. It can be unlocked for all other Characters from Level 35 onwards:

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
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4,000

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5,000

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6,000

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Activate-able Perk.

You can take a beating. When Injured, tap into your adrenaline bank and dash forward quickly to avoid damage.

  • Press the Active Ability button while running to dash forward.
  • During the dash, you avoid damage.

Causes the Exhausted IconStatusEffects exhausted.png Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.

Dead Hard cannot be used when Exhausted.

You do not recover from Exhaustion while running.

"We were walkin' through t'ginnel one night when a beer bottle flew past me, then another, and another. I thought to myself "Gonna 'ave some fun 'ere lads, let's get stuck in!". It were a right dust up, I swear down!" — David King

Icon Teachable Description
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5,000

IconHelp bloodpoints.png

Unlocking this Perk makes it available in the Bloodweb of all Survivors

Activate-able Perk.

You can take a beating. When Injured, tap into your adrenaline bank and dash forward quickly to avoid damage.

  • Press the Active Ability button while running to dash forward.
  • During the dash, you avoid damage.

Causes the Exhausted Status Effect for several seconds.

Dead Hard cannot be used when Exhausted.

You do not recover from Exhaustion while running.

"We were walkin' through t'ginnel one night when a beer bottle flew past me, then another, and another. I thought to myself "Gonna 'ave some fun 'ere lads, let's get stuck in!". It were a right dust up, I swear down!" — David King

May be unlocked in the Shrine of Secrets or in David's Bloodweb at Level 35.


Change Log

Patch 1.9.1

  • Quality of Life: adjusted the speed curve of Dead Hard to have it match the animation.
    • This was step 1 of 2 steps to make the use of Dead Hard more visible to a Killer.

Patch 2.0.0

  • Quality of Life: added a new animation to indicate that the Perk is active.
    • This was step 2 of 2 steps to make the use of Dead Hard more visible to a Killer.
  • Quality of Life: removed the speed bonus while in the air. This change aims to fix a variety of game hostage issues in multiple Maps.


Trivia

  • Dead Hard was originally called Line Break according to an interview with Mathieu Côté (Producer).
  • Dead Hard achieves the invulnerability by temporarily removing the Survivor's hitbox, allowing them to Dead Hard over Bear Traps IconPowers trap.png even.
  • Using Dead Hard will cause Survivors to dash forwards at 250 % of their base Movement speed for 0.5 seconds.