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Detective David Tapp

Quotes left.png I am not a stranger to law enforcement professionals. I have learned to…spot them. To recognize their posture and sway. Now, one seems to inhabit this, my new home. He looks worn down, but just like me, he refuses to simply lay down and await the coming pain and death. The struggle is the only thing that keeps him sane – something to focus on. Just as you can recognize the hardship of a law enforcer, many times you can also spot a man that has experienced what others never come near. Beatings and violence, determination. Maybe this new man seeks justice? Maybe he still carries a badge? Whatever might he be looking for here, at this place that lacks justice or an end?

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~ Unknown (Potentially Benedict Baker)
David Tapp
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Obsessed Detective
African American
The SAW™ Chapter
Voice Actor
Dave Blake

Detective David Tapp is one of 27 Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png currently featured in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

He was introduced as the Survivor of CHAPTER VII: The SAW™ Chapter, a Chapter DLC released on 23 January 2018.

He originates from the 2004 Horror Movie franchise of the same name, SAW.


David Tapp is an obsessed Detective, able to locate and complete Objectives faster.

His personal Perks, Tenacity IconPerks tenacity.png, Detective's Hunch IconPerks detectivesHunch.png, and Stake Out IconPerks stakeOut.png, make him objective-focused and able to rapidly recover.

His Perks are all about determination and not giving up. You are dead set on reaching your goal and survive no matter what. 

Difficulty rating: Intermediate
(based on only using his Unique Perks)


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Detective David Tapp was one of the good guys. His determination to see Killers brought to justice and their victims avenged had led him through a long and respected career.

When he first saw the details of the Jigsaw case, it seemed like many others. More grisly and macabre, sure, but just another lunatic with a penchant for the over-dramatic, who would soon be behind bars.

A stroke of insight brought Tapp, and his partner Detective Stephen Sing, to an abandoned mannequin factory, where they discovered Jigsaw’s lair. They apprehended the man but he managed to escape before being unmasked, slashing Tapp's throat as he did so. Leaving his partner, Sing went in pursuit but fell victim to a booby trap. Tapp had failed to go by the book on this one occasion, entering the lair without a warrant, and it had resulted in a Detective's death. He was discharged from the force and left with a ruined throat and crippling guilt.

He channelled that guilt into an obsession: he would find the killer, stop the murders, vindicate himself, and avenge his friend and colleague. Following the evidence trail brought him to Dr Lawrence Gordon and he staked out the doctor’s apartment, sure that he would find some evidence of guilt.

Then he saw a stranger at Gordon's window and heard gunshots. Tapp confronted him and the man fled, with the pursuit leading to an industrial building.

Tapp's age caught up with him, a fight that he would easily have won in his younger days ended with Tapp taking a bullet to the chest. Slumping to the floor, he saw only failure. He had failed his partner and the other victims. Whoever the killer was, Tapp had been unable to stop him. More would die and it would be his fault.

He let the rage and guilt consume him and closed his eyes for the final time. Beneath him, the concrete floor softened. He dug his fingers into the ground, feeling dirt and leaves. Where his chest had been wet with blood, the shirt was now dry and the pain had gone. His eyes opened onto a darkened sky and the jagged, searching fingers of branches.

Screams echoed through the forest and a new determination filled him. His mind was clear for the first time in months. Victims needed to be avenged, killers thwarted. He didn’t know what this place was, but he was still a cop, and he always would be. He had a job to do.

Tapp's Perks

These are Perks that start off only appearing in Tapp's Bloodweb IconHelp bloodweb.png. After achieving Level 30, Teachable versions of these Perks can be found:

  • Tenacity - Level 30
  • Detective's Hunch - Level 35
  • Stake Out - Level 40

Once obtained, other Survivors will be able to find Tapp's Perks in their respective Bloodwebs from that point onwards.


There is nothing stopping you.

Your ferocious tenacity in dire situations allows you to crawl 30/40/50 % faster and also recover at the same time.

"What the hell is this? I'm taking this bastard down!" — Detective David Tapp

Detective's Hunch

Unlocks potential in your Aura-reading ability.

Each time a Generator is completed, the Auras IconHelp auras.png of any Generators IconHelpLoading generators.png, Chests IconHelp chests.png, and Totems IconHelpLoading totem.png within 32/48/64 metres are revealed to you for 10 seconds.

  • If you are holding a Map IconItems map.png that can track the corresponding objects revealed by Detective's Hunch, they are automatically added to it.

"Are you able to tell us where you were last night?" — Detective David Tapp

Stake Out

Getting close to the Killer fills you with determination.

Every 15 seconds you are standing within the Killer's Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png without being chased, Stake Out gains 1 Token, up to a maximum of 2/3/4 Tokens.

  • When Stake Out has at least 1 Token, Good Skill Checks IconHelp skillChecks.png consume 1 Token and are considered Great Skill Checks, granting an additional Progression bonus of 1 %.
  • Great Skill Checks do not consume any Tokens.

"I had you, I had you on your knees. You're runnin' scared because we had you. We're gonna close this case!" — Detective David Tapp


Main article: Achievements

There is currently 1 Achievement which is related to Tapp.

Icon Name Description
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Adept Tapp Escape with David Tapp using only his Unique Perks: Tenacity IconPerks tenacity.png, Detective's Hunch IconPerks detectivesHunch.png & Stake Out IconPerks stakeOut.png.


Players can customise their Character by choosing one outfit style from each category. Blood-stained attire is obtained after Tapp reaches Level 50 and prestiges.

Tapp's attire includes:


Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
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Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Common A brilliant homicide detective, obsessed with the Jigsaw case.
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Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso.png Common A vest resistant to gunshots, engineered for comfort and maneuverability.
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Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs.png Common Field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points.


Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
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Bloody Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Rare A battle-hardened homicide detective, obsessed by the Jigsaw cases. 3rd Prestige Reward
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Bloody Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso.png Rare A vest resistant to gunshots but clearly not impervious to all threats. 1st Prestige Reward
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Bloody Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs.png Rare Blood-drenched field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points. 2nd Prestige Reward


Icon Name Body Rarity Description DLC
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Investigation Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Common It's only a matter of time before he gets you. The SAW™ Chapter
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Investigation Suit CategoryIcon torso.png Common One of many sober outfits in Tapp's wardrobe. The SAW™ Chapter
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Duty Jeans CategoryIcon legs.png Common Comfortable blue jeans decorated with the City Homicide badge. The SAW™ Chapter

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CategoryIcon outfits.pngOutfits
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Undercover Cop Very Rare Detective Tapp has had a long and varied career, including time undercover. Peaked Police Cap

"This is a Raid!"

Walking the Beat

Career Cop
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Beat Cop Very Rare Before he was Detective Tapp, Tapp walked the beat, like most other cops. Blending In

Hardwearing Police Jacket

Dirty Slacks

Career Cop
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Crisis Ready Very Rare Learning advanced tactics and improving crisis management skills at a police retreat. Being prepared requires hours of training and practice. Freshly Cut

Academy Dress

Cargo Style

True Swine
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
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Blending In Very Rare A more casual cut, to help Tapp fit in with the low-lifes he's investigating. Undercover Cop Career Cop
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Peaked Police Cap Very Rare A traditional five-pointed cap, paired with dark glasses. If the suspect can't see Tapp's eyes, they can't see him observing them. Beat Cop Career Cop
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Freshly Cut Very Rare Nothing to grab in combat scenarios. One thing less to worry about! Crisis Ready True Swine
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
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Wary Greetings Rare There was something suspicious nagging him. He couldn't focus on anything else, not even taking a well-deserved break during the holidays; he had to investigate the matter further. No Outfit Ugly Sweaters
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"This is a Raid!" Very Rare Tapp's scuffed jacket is paired with a bulletproof vest: essential for the raid that cracks the case. Undercover Cop Career Cop
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Hardwearing Police Jacket Very Rare A jacket designed to keep the wearer comfortable in all weathers. The radio is mysteriously inoperable. Beat Cop Career Cop
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Academy Dress Very Rare A comfortable jacket to spend free time or chase down pigs in the slaughter bin. Crisis Ready True Swine
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
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Dirty Slacks Very Rare Clean pants are a dead giveaway when undercover. The artful application of grime goes a long way in selling the role. Undercover Cop Career Cop
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Walking the Beat Very Rare Comfortable boots are the main wish of most cops. They keep the feet warm, dry and protected over many miles a day. Beat Cop Career Cop
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Cargo Style Very Rare Non-regulation cargo pants once worn by police officers protesting against unfair working conditions and wage cuts. Crisis Ready True Swine


Main article: Downloadable Content

Tapp is currently part of 1 DLC package:

Available DLC


  • Detective David Tapp is the eighth licensed Character.
    • He is the fourth licensed Survivor to be introduced.
  • Detective David Tapp shares his first name with David King.
  • It was originally planned to add Eric Matthews from the "Saw" series to Dead By Daylight instead of Detective David Tapp. As a consequence of this decision, Detective David Tapp continues to use the codename "Eric" in the game code.
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