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Protection Hits are a core Gameplay Mechanic for Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

They were first used in a Perk's mechanics with the introduction of We're Gonna Live Forever IconPerks wereGonnaLiveForever.png in Patch 1.6.0.


Overview[]

Protection Hits are exclusively used as a trigger condition for a handful of Perks IconHelp perks.png.

Protection Hit Tokens are accumulated by triggering the Protection Hit Score Event.

Mechanic[]

The Protection Hit Score Event can be triggered once every 3 seconds under the following conditions:

  • Get hit by the Killer while within 10 metres of an injured Survivor.
  • Get hit by the Killer while they are carrying a Survivor on their shoulder.


Protection Hit Triggers[]

Killer Attack Protection-Hit-Interaction Last Tested
All Killers Basic Attack Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
Grab Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Trapper IconHelpLoading trapper.png Bear Trap Catch Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png Chainsaw Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png Shock Therapy Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Huntress IconHelpLoading huntress.png Hunting Hatchet Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png Chainsaw Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Pig IconHelpLoading pig.png Ambush Dash Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Clown IconHelpLoading clown.png Bottle Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Legion IconHelpLoading legion.png Feral Frenzy Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Plague IconHelpLoading plague.png Corrupt Purge Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png Shred Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Oni IconHelpLoading oni.png Demon Strike Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Deathslinger IconHelpLoading deathslinger.png Harpoon Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png Punishment of the Damned Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Blight IconHelpLoading blight.png Lethal Rush Hit Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Twins IconHelpLoading twins.png Pounce Hit (Victor) Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Trickster IconHelpLoading trickster.png Blade Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 12 February 2022, Patch 5.5.2
Blade Hit at maximum Laceration Triggers Protection Hits 12 February 2022, Patch 5.5.2
The Nemesis Nemesis T-Type}} Tentacle Strike Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
Tentacle Strike Hit while Contaminated Triggers Protection Hits 3 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Cenobite IconHelpLoading cenobite.png Possessed Chain Hit Does not trigger Protection Hits 4 November 2021, Patch 5.3.2
The Artist IconHelpLoading artist.png Dire Crow Hit Triggers Protection Hits 7 December 2021, Patch 5.4.1


Unlockables[]

The following Perks make use of Protection Hits:

Forced Penance Forced Penance
Those who stand in the way of duty will suffer harsh judgement.
Survivors who take a Protection Hit suffer from the BrokenIconStatusEffects broken.png Status Effect for the next 60/70/80 seconds.
Mettle of Man Mettle of Man
Evil has a way of always finding you.

After triggering your third Protection Hit, Mettle of Man activates and you are protected by the EnduranceIconStatusEffects endurance.png Status Effect:

  • Any damage taken that would put you into the Dying StateIconHelp dying.png from the Injured StateIconHelp injured.png is blocked.
  • When you are healed again, your AuraIconHelp auras.png will be revealed to the Killer whenever you are farther than 12/14/16 metres away.

Mettle of Man deactivates the next time you are put into the Dying State.
Increases the odds of becoming the Killer's initial Obsession by +100 %.

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

"Evil has a bullseye on my back the size of Tiger Stadium." — Ash Williams

We're Gonna Live Forever We're Gonna Live Forever
Values from upcoming patch
Your few friends deserve the best protection.
  • Increases your Healing speed by 100 % when healing a dying SurvivorIconHelpLoading survivor.png.

When performing any of the following actions, We're Gonna Live Forever gains 1 Token:

  • Performing a Safe Hook Rescue
  • Taking a Protection Hit for an injured Survivor.
  • Stunning or Blinding the Killer to rescue a carried Survivor
Consume 1 Tokento grant the EnduranceIconStatusEffects endurance.png Status Effect for 6/8/10 seconds to any Survivor healed from the Dying StateIconHelp dying.png

"Come on then, let's ave' it! I don't give a shit pal." — David King

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