Decisive Strike

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

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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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Using whatever is at hand, you stab at 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 Check IconHelp skillChecks.png to automatically escape their grasp, stunning them for 5 seconds.
  • Successfully 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, the following interactions will deactivate it:

  • Repairing a Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png.
  • Healing yourself or other Survivors.
  • Cleansing a Totem IconHelpLoading totem.png.
  • Sabotaging a Hook IconHelpLoading hook.png.
  • Unhooking other Survivors.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

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

"There's nothing to be scared of." — Laurie Strode

Icon Teachable Description
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5,000

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

Using whatever is at hand, you stab at 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 5 seconds
  • Successfully 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, the following interactions will deactivate it:

  • 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.

"There's 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.


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 second.
  • Nerf: reduced the stun time to 3 seconds across all Tiers.

Patch 2.6.3

  • Buff: increased the stun time to 5 seconds.

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.


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 refer 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.