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Decisive Strike is a Teachable Perk IconHelp perks.png unique to Laurie Strode SurvivorLaurie.png.
It can be unlocked for all other Characters from Level 40 onwards:

Icon Cost
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2,000
IconHelp iridescentShards.png
5,000
IconHelp bloodpoints.png
4,000IconHelp bloodpoints.png
5,000IconHelp bloodpoints.png
6,000IconHelp bloodpoints.png
Description
Values from upcoming patch
Using whatever is at hand, you stab your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike activates for the next 40/50/60 seconds:

  • When being grabbed or picked up by the Killer, succeed a Skill CheckIconHelp skillChecks.png to automatically escape their grasp, stunning them for 3 seconds.
  • Successfuly stunning the Killer will disable Decisive Strike for the remainder of the Trial and result in you becoming the ObsessionIconHelp obsession.png.

While Decisive Strike is active, performing Conspicuous Actions will deactivate it for the remainder of the Trial.

Decisive Strike deactivates once the Exit GatesIconHelp exitGates.png are powered.

Increases the odds of becoming the Killer's initial Obsession by +100 %.
The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

"There is nothing to be scared of." — Laurie Strode

Icon Description
Teachable decisiveStrike.png
Unlocking this Perk makes it available in the Bloodweb of all Survivors
Using whatever is at hand, you stab your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike activates for the next Several Seconds:

  • When being grabbed or picked up by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape their grasp, stunning them for 3 seconds.
  • Successfuly stunning the Killer will disable Decisive Strike for the remainder of the Trial and result in you becoming the Obsession.

While Decisive Strike is active, performing Conspicuous Actions will deactivate it for the remainder of the Trial.

Decisive Strike deactivates once the Exit Gates are powered.

Increases the odds of becoming the Killer's initial Obsession by +100 %.
The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

"There is nothing to be scared of." — Laurie Strode

May be unlocked in the Shrine of Secrets or in Laurie's Bloodweb at Level 40


History

Version 1.2.1

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 3 seconds 4 seconds 5 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

Once per Trial, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun them for 3/4/5 seconds.

Version 1.3.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 3 seconds 3.5 seconds 4 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

Once per Trial, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun them for 3/3.5/4 seconds.

Version 1.4.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 3 seconds

45 %

3.5 seconds

40 %

4 seconds

35 %

Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

Once per Trial, when the Killer's Obsession, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun them for 3/3.5/4 seconds.

When not the Killer's Obsession, succeed a Skill Check when the wiggle meter is at 45/40/35 % to escape the Killer's grasp.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

Version 2.6.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 40 seconds 50 seconds 60 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike will become active and usable for 40/50/60 seconds.

While Decisive Strike is active, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun the Killer for 3 seconds.

  • Succeeding or failing the Skill Check will disable Decisive Strike.
  • Successfully stunning the Killer will result in you becoming the Obsession.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

Version 2.6.3

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 40 seconds 50 seconds 60 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike will become active and usable for 40/50/60 seconds.

While Decisive Strike is active, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun the Killer for 5 seconds.

  • Succeeding or failing the Skill Check will disable Decisive Strike.
  • Successfully stunning the Killer will result in you becoming the Obsession.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

Version 4.6.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 40 seconds 50 seconds 60 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike will become active and usable for 40/50/60 seconds.

While Decisive Strike is active, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun the Killer for 5 seconds.

  • Successfully stunning the Killer will result in you becoming the Obsession.

While Decisive Strike is active, the following interactions will deactivate it for the remainder of the Trial:

  • Succeeding or failing the Decisive Strike Skill Check.
  • Repairing a Generator.
  • Healing yourself or other Survivors.
  • Cleansing a Totem.
  • Sabotaging a Hook.
  • Unhooking other Survivors.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

Version 5.4.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 40 seconds 50 seconds 60 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike will become active and usable for 40/50/60 seconds.

While Decisive Strike is active, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun the Killer for 5 seconds.

  • Successfully stunning the Killer will result in you becoming the Obsession.

While Decisive Strike is active, the following interactions will deactivate it for the remainder of the Trial:

  • Succeeding or failing the Decisive Strike Skill Check.
  • Repairing a Generator.
  • Healing yourself or other Survivors.
  • Cleansing or Blessing a Totem.
  • Sabotaging a Hook.
  • Unhooking other Survivors.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

Version 6.1.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks decisiveStrike.png 40 seconds 50 seconds 60 seconds Using whatever is at hand, you stab at your aggressor in an ultimate attempt to escape.

After being unhooked or unhooking yourself, Decisive Strike will become active and usable for 40/50/60 seconds.

While Decisive Strike is active, when grabbed by the Killer, succeed a Skill Check to automatically escape the Killer's grasp and stun the Killer for 3 seconds.

  • Successfully stunning the Killer will result in you becoming the Obsession.

While Decisive Strike is active, performing Conspicuous Actions will deactivate it for the remainder of the Trial.

Decisive Strike deactivates once the Exit Gates are powered.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

The Killer can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.


Change Log

Patch 1.3.0

  • Nerf: slightly reduced the original stun times of 3/4/5 seconds to 3/3.5/4 seconds.

Patch 1.4.0

  • Rework: Decisive Strike is now an Obsession Perk IconHelp perks.png.
    • No change: Decisive Strike remains unchanged in functionality for the Killer's Obsession.
    • Nerf: Decisive Strike now requires non-Obsession Survivors to progress the wiggle meter to 45/40/35 % first, before receiving the Skill Check.

Patch 2.6.0

  • Quality of Life: moved the Skill Check prompt to the beginning of the pick-up animation, rather than shortly afterwards.
    • This causes a successful Skill Check to stun the Killer right after finishing the pick-up animation.
    • This change was implemented in an attempt to mitigate the time-waste that comes for the Killer with a successful stun.
  • Nerf: Decisive Strike is now only available after having been unhooked within the last 40/50/60 seconds.
  • Nerf: reduced the Stun timer to 3 seconds across all Tiers.

Patch 2.6.3

  • Buff: increased the Stun timer to 5 seconds.
    • This change was motivated by the ability of Enduring IconPerks enduring.png to reduce the Stun duration.

Patch 3.0.0

  • Indirect Buff: Decisive Strike's stun timer is no longer mitigated when the Killer is using Enduring IconPerks enduring.png.

Patch 4.6.0

  • Nerf: added several Deactivation conditions to prevent the use of Decisive Strike as a temporary immunity shield while progressing objectives, which was not the Perk's intended use.

Patch 5.4.0

  • Change: added Blessing to the Deactivation conditions.

Patch 6.1.0

  • Quality of Life: reworked the description to just mention the newly created and standardised Conspicuous Actions as Decisive Strike's deactivation conditions.
  • Nerf: reduced the Stun timer back to 3 seconds.
    • This change fulfils a belated promise that the Developers would reduce the Stun timer after removing Enduring's ability to affect it, since that ability was originally the reason for having increased the Stun timer to 5 seconds in the first place.
  • Nerf: Decisive Strike is now automatically deactivated once the Exit Gates are powered.
    • This change was motivated by the general inability of Killers to prevent a Survivor from escaping during the end of the match if Decisive Strike had not yet been used.


Conspicuous Actions

Conspicuous Actions are interactions that improve one's chances of survival:

  • Repairing a Generator
  • Healing yourself or other Survivors
  • Cleansing or Blessing a Totem
  • Sabotaging a Hook
  • Unhooking other Survivors
  • Opening an Exit Gate


Trivia

  • While Decisive Strike may only be used once per Trial, one is not obligated to use it after the first unhook.
    Letting the Skill Check run out without pressing the associated button is not considered a use, allowing for the Perk to instead be used after the second unhook.
  • Players commonly referred to the use of this Perk as "stabbing the Killer".
  • Decisive Strike is often abbreviated as "DS".

History Trivia

  • Between Patch 2.6.0 and Patch 3.0.0, Decisive Strike was affected by the newly reworked stun timer reduction of Enduring IconPerks enduring.png, which prompted the Developers to buff the stun timer to 5 seconds with Patch 2.6.3.
    • Despite initial claims of reverting that change once Enduring no longer affects Decisive Strike, the reversal has not taken place to this date.
  • Up to Patch 3.4.0, Decisive Strike was affected by Unnerving Presence IconPerks unnervingPresence.png, greatly reducing the size of the Skill Check success zone.
  • Older versions of Decisive Strike, before the rework in Patch 2.6.0, were bugged and always stunned the Killer for nearly ~4.5 seconds, regardless of the specified stun time.


Video

The Killer picking up a Survivor while Decisive Strike is active Repairing a Generator to cause Decisive Strike to deactivate
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