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This Article lists all currently available Game Modes in Dead by DaylightIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogoIconHelp DBDlogo.

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Play As Survivor[]

formerly known as Be A Survivor

Join a ranked Lobby as a SurvivorIconHelpLoading survivorIconHelpLoading survivorIconHelpLoading survivor with up to three of your Survivor friends and get matched with a random Killer.

Survive With Friends[]

often abbreviated as SWF

With Patch 3.2.0, Survive With Friends merged with Play As Survivor.

Play As Killer[]

formerly known as Be A Killer

Create a ranked Lobby as a KillerIconHelpLoading killerIconHelpLoading killerIconHelpLoading killer, the 4 Survivors will join the Lobby at random.

Custom Game[]

formerly known as Kill Your Friends and often abbreviated as KYF

Create a Party with up to seven befriended Players (1 Killer, 4 Survivors, 2 Spectators) and play an unranked game as friends, with special customisation options regarding Unlockables and Map selection.


This new (for now temporary) game mode will be available between 25 July and 8 August 2024, instead of this year's Summer Event.

It features 2 Killers going up against 8 Survivors with some modified gameplay loops and rules (e.g. replacing Hooks with new Entity-Cages, similar to Cages of Atonement).

The Killer-Selection is restricted to the first five original Killers and features a Team-Power.


  • Dead by Daylight used to have a Quick Play mode, designed to randomly join or create a ranked lobby as either a Survivor or the Killer, depending on whichever was faster.
    • The mode was ultimately removed as barely any Player used it.