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Killer Instinct is a Game Mechanic in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png that was introduced with Patch 2.4.0 alongside The Legion IconHelpLoading legion.png.


Killer Instinct is a mechanic that for its entire duration will reveal the location of Survivors via a pulsating orange spiderweb overlay, that will follow the Survivor if they are moving.
Additionally, the Survivor's outline is highlighted in orange.

Unlike Aura-reading, this effect is not blocked by Lockers IconHelp lockers.png or any Perks IconHelp perks.png that reveal one's Aura.


The following Killer Powers make use of Killer Instinct:

  • Feral Frenzy IconPowers feralFrenzy.png after hitting at least one Survivor not yet affected by Deep Wound IconStatusEffects deepWound.png: Killer Instinct will reveal all other Survivors not yet affected by the Status Effect within a certain range.
  • Night Shroud IconPowers nightShroud.png after getting revealed mid-stalk: Killer Instinct will reveal the Survivor who revealed him.
  • Of the Abyss IconPowers ofTheAbyss.png while using it: Killer Instinct will reveal all Survivors in close-proximity to an active Portal.
  • Rites of Judgement IconPowers ritesOfJudgement.png: Killer Instinct will reveal all Survivors walking or running on top of the Torment Trail.
  • Blood Bond IconPowers bloodBond.png: Killer Instinct will reveal all Survivors walking or running within Victor's Shriek range.


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