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Exhaustion Perks are PerksIconHelp perksIconHelp perksIconHelp perks that interact with the Exhaustion Mechanic, which was first introduced with Patch 1.5.0.

The mechanic intends to prevent Survivors from chaining multiple sprint-inducing Perks together in quick succession, which was a major balancing issue before the introduction of the Exhaustion Mechanic.

Nowadays, the mechanic can also affect Perks that have a very strong effect that should receive a substantial cool-down and does not necessarily induce a sprint burst.

There are currently 15 Exhaustion Perks available in Dead by DaylightIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogo.


Overview[]

Exhaustion Perks are unique to Survivors and generally provide their user with a temporary speed boost upon activating them.
Some Exhaustion Perks, however, may only just stun the Killer or interact with the mechanic while not necessarily benefitting from it.


Exhaustion Perks[]

Adrenaline Adrenaline You are fuelled by unexpecting energy when on the verge of escape.

Once the Exit GatesIconHelp exitGatesIconHelp exitGatesIconHelp exitGates are powered, Adrenaline activates:

  • Instantly heal the equivalent of 1 Health StateIconStatusEffects healingIconStatusEffects healingIconStatusEffects healing.
  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 3 seconds.
Adrenaline ignores an existing ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect , but causes it for 60/50/40 seconds.
Background Player Background Player You are not usually the centre of attention and in some cases, this can be a good thing.

When another Survivor is picked up, Background Player activates for 10 seconds.
Starting to run while it is active causes the following effect:

  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 5 seconds.
Background Player causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 30/25/20 seconds.

Background Player cannot be used when Exhausted.

"You forget about me?" — Renato Lyra

Balanced Landing Balanced Landing Your agility and cat-like relexes are incomparable.

When falling from height, you benefit from the following effects:

  • Reduces the duration of the Stagger upon landing by -75 %.
  • Suppresses all noises associated with falling.
  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 3 seconds upon landing.
Balanced Landing causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.
Balanced Landing cannot be used when Exhausted.

"I have jumped from higher places." — Nea Karlsson

Blood Rush Blood Rush Your mind and body are honed for great feats, allowing you to push through with extra effort when necessary.

Once you are one Hook away from instant death, Blood Rush activates:

  • Press the Active Ability button to lose a Health StateIconStatusEffects healingIconStatusEffects healingIconStatusEffects healing and instantly recover from the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect.
  • Causes the BrokenIconStatusEffects brokenIconStatusEffects brokenIconStatusEffects broken Status Effect for 28/24/20 seconds, while you are automatically healing back to HealthyIconHelp healthyIconHelp healthyIconHelp healthy.
  • Cancels the healing effect upon taking damage.

Blood Rush is disabled for the remainder of the Trial after use.

"Just gotta... push through!" — Renato Lyra

Buckle Up Buckle Up Unlocks potential in your Aura-reading ability.

When healing a Survivor in the Dying StateIconHelp dyingIconHelp dyingIconHelp dying, Buckle Up activates:

  • The AuraIconHelp aurasIconHelp aurasIconHelp auras of the Killer is revealed to the both of you.

  • Completing a Healing Action on the dying Survivor suppresses their Scratch MarksIconHelp scratchMarksIconHelp scratchMarksIconHelp scratchMarks and grants them a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 3/4/5 seconds.
Buckle Up does not cause the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect.

"Ghost beaters never leave a man behind." — Ash Williams

Dead Hard Dead Hard You can take a beating.

When you are injured, and Dead Hard is active, tap into your adrenaline bank to avoid damage.

  • Press the Active Ability button while running to trigger the EnduranceIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivorIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivorIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivor Status Effect for 0.5 seconds.
Dead Hard activates after you are rescued from a HookIconHelpLoading hookIconHelpLoading hookIconHelpLoading hook or after you unhook yourself, and deactivates after use.

Dead Hard causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.

Dead Hard cannot be used when Exhausted.

"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

Dramaturgy Dramaturgy When people bring you on to their project, they do so because of the unexpected magic you bring to your performance.

Whenever you are HealthyIconHelp healthyIconHelp healthyIconHelp healthy, Dramaturgy activates:

  • While running, press the Active Ability button to run with knees high for 0.5 seconds to gain a +25 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 2 seconds, followed by one of the following effects:
    • Suffer from the ExposedIconStatusEffects exposedIconStatusEffects exposedIconStatusEffects exposed Status Effect for 12 seconds.
    • Extend the duration of the HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for another 2 seconds.
    • Scream, but without notifying the Killer.
    • Receive a random ItemIconHelp itemsIconHelp itemsIconHelp items of Rare Rarity, with a random selection of Add-onsIconHelp addonsIconHelp addonsIconHelp addons attached to it, automatically dropping any previously held Item.
  • The same effect cannot happen twice in a row.

Dramaturgy causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.

Dramaturgy cannot be used when Exhausted.

"Take the part. It's a good movie, he says. What's the worst that can happen?" — Nicolas Cage

Head On Head On When your mind is set, there better be no one standing in your way.

After hiding in a LockerIconHelp lockersIconHelp lockersIconHelp lockers for 3 seconds, Head On activates:

  • Performing a Rush Exit out of the Locker stuns a nearby Killer for 3 seconds.
Head On causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.
Head On cannot be used while Exhausted or when having accrued Idle CrowsIconHelp crowsIconHelp crowsIconHelp crows.

"People are remembered for the challenges they overcome. You can run away and forget what you're capable of or you can face your fears and remind the world of who you are." — Jane Romero

Iron Will Iron Will You are able to concentrate and enter a meditative-like state to numb some pain.
  • Reduces the volume of Grunts of Pain while in the Injured StateIconHelp injuredIconHelp injuredIconHelp injured by 80/90/100 %.

Iron Will cannot be used when suffering from Exhaustion, but does not cause the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect.

Lithe Lithe Performing a Rushed Vault triggers Lithe:
  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 3 seconds.

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

"U mad?" — Feng Min

Made for This Made for This You were born to survive, and raised to adapt.

Whenever you are in the Injured StateIconHelp injuredIconHelp injuredIconHelp injured, Made for This activates and you benefit from the following effects:

  • Grants the EnduranceIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivorIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivorIconStatusEffects enduranceSurvivor Status Effect for 6/8/10 seconds, after completing a Healing action on another Survivor.
  • Grants a 1/2/3 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect while running and also suffering from the Deep WoundIconStatusEffects deepWoundIconStatusEffects deepWoundIconStatusEffects deepWound Status Effect.
"I didn't come here to be robot food!" — Gabriel Soma
Overcome Overcome You have calculated how much energy you can risk to expend.

Becoming injured by any means triggers Overcome:

  • Extends the duration of the On-hit Speed Boost by +2 seconds.
Overcome causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted 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

Smash Hit Smash Hit When your rival makes a mistake, you seize the opportunity.

Stunning the Killer with a PalletIconHelp pullDownIconHelp pullDownIconHelp pullDown triggers Smash Hit:

  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 4 seconds.
Smash Hit causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 30/25/20 seconds.
Smash Hit cannot be used when Exhausted.

"I have dealt with psychopaths in suits. You're just uglier and worse dressed." — Yun-Jin Lee

Sprint Burst Sprint Burst Starting to run triggers Sprint Burst:
  • Grants a +50 % HasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects hasteIconStatusEffects haste Status Effect for 3 seconds.

Sprint Burst causes the ExhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhaustedIconStatusEffects exhausted Status Effect for 60/50/40 seconds.
Sprint Burst cannot be used when Exhausted.

"See you if you can catch up..." — Meg Thomas

Vigil Vigil You look over your friends even in dire situations.

"I am gonna be here when you wake up. You are gonna make it." — Quentin Smith


Trivia[]

  • The first two Exhaustion Perks were categorised as such retroactively, because they already existed in the game before the mechanic was conceptualised and implemented.
    • Indeed, it was the chaining of Sprint BurstIconPerks sprintBurstIconPerks sprintBurstIconPerks sprintBurst and Balanced LandingIconPerks balancedLandingIconPerks balancedLandingIconPerks balancedLanding that prompted the Developers to come up with a mechanic that would prevent this.
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