Pyramid Head

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The Executioner
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Name
Pyramid Head
Gender
Male
Nationality
Unknown
Silent Hill
Rites of Judgement
Power Attack Type
Special Attack
Great Knife
115 % | 4.6 m/s
Alternate
Movement speed
92 % | 3.68 m/s
(Charging Torment Mode)
110 % | 4.4 m/s
(Torment Mode)
32 metres
Height IconHelp height.png
Tall
DLC
Silent Hill
Voice Actor
Voice Actor Unknown
Breathing
Menu Music
Terror Radius Music

Pyramid Head or "The Executioner" is one of 22 Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png currently featured in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

He was introduced as the Killer of CHAPTER XVI: Silent Hill, a Chapter DLC released on 16 June of 2020.


Overview

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The Executioner is a map-manipulation Killer, able to torment Survivors with the hazards he creates. Affected Survivors will be vulnerable to his special Hook, the Cage of Atonement and his special mori, Final Judgement.

His personal Perks, Forced Penance IconPerks forcedPenance.png, Trail of Torment IconPerks trailOfTorment.png, and Deathbound IconPerks deathbound.png allows him to aggressively defend his prey while deceiving and tracking Survivors.

Difficulty rating: Intermediate

(based on the amount of time and effort that is required to properly learn to play him and use his Power effectively)

Lore

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A sadistic and merciless executioner, Pyramid Head is fixated on dispensing punishment through pain.

Encumbered by the steel frame upon his head and with a hulking great blade in tow, he stalked the hellish corridors of Silent Hill, committed to a duty that no one truly understood. Where he trod, even monsters fled for the shadows, and those who crossed his path fell victim to unrestrained acts of aggression.

When his duty was complete and his presence no longer needed, he prepared for the long rest — and yet, his skills were required elsewhere. The Fog that streamed over him was somehow different than that he was accustomed to in Silent Hill, as if each wisp contained the nerves of a creature, writhing, seeking him out.

There was an unspoken agreement in that moment. The billowing cloud was an invitation to duty and sadism, and Pyramid Head, taking a step into The Fog, accepted his obligation once more.


The Executioner's Perks

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

  • Forced Penance - Level 30
  • Trail of Torment - Level 35
  • Deathbound - Level 40

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

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Forced Penance

Those who stand in the way of duty will suffer harsh judgement.

Survivors who take a Protection Hit are inflicted with the Broken IconStatusEffects broken.png Status Effect for 60/70/80 seconds.

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Trail of Torment

You guide your victims along a path of pain and punishment.

After kicking a Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png, you become Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png until the Generator stops regressing or a Survivor is put into either the Injured State IconHelp injured.png or the Dying State IconHelp dying.png by any means.
During this time, the Generator's Aura IconHelp auras.png is revealed in yellow to all Survivors.

Trail of Torment can only be triggered once every 80/70/60 seconds.

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Deathbound

Those whose lives are intertwined in darkness are destined to suffer together.

When a Survivor heals another Survivor for one Health State IconStatusEffects healing.png at least 32 metres away from the Killer, the Survivor performing the Healing action will scream, revealing their location and activating Deathbound for the next 60 seconds.

During that time, the Survivor will suffer from the Oblivious IconStatusEffects oblivious.png Status Effect when farther than 16/12/8 metres away from the healed Survivor.


Load-out

Weapon: Great Knife

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A massive chef's knife to reap affliction and misery from his victims.

Power: Rites of Judgement

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Quotes left.png Open the Gates of Suffering and be judged! The Great Knife splits the ground, giving rise to an infernal construct and spreading agony to all who approach. Quotes right.png


RITES OF JUDGEMENT:
Hold the Power button to activate, then move forward in any direction to carve a trail into the ground.

Survivors who walk or run on the trail will trigger Killer Instinct and be afflicted with Torment.
Survivors affected by Torment may be sent to a Cage of Atonement while they are in the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.


SPECIAL ATTACK: Punishment of the Damned
Press the Attack button while Rites of Judgement is active to perform Punishment of the Damned.
This unleashes a wave of force, damaging any Survivors in its path.


SPECIAL ABILITY: Cage of Atonement
Press the Active Ability button while standing over a dying Survivor suffering from Torment to send them to a Cage of Atonement IconHelp cagesOfAtonement.png.
Survivors in a Cage of Atonement can be sacrificed as if they were on a Hook IconHelpLoading hook.png.
During the second phase of the summoning ritual, they will be forced to complete Skill Checks IconHelp skillChecks.png to hold off The Entity IconHelp entity.png.

Being rescued or rescuing another Survivor from a Cage of Atonement will remove Torment.


SPECIAL ABILITY: Final Judgement
Press the Active Ability button while standing over a dying Survivor suffering from Torment, who has reached the second stage on a Hook or in a Cage of Atonement, to execute them.

Power Trivia

Rites of Judgement:

  • Rites of Judgement takes 1 second to both activate and cancel.
    • The Executioner is slowed down to 92 % or 3.68 m/s during this time and may not attack.
  • Rites of Judgement lasts for 5 seconds and requires to recharge 5 Charges.
    • The fixed Recharge rate is set to 0.25 c/s.
    • It therefore takes 20 seconds to recharge by default.
    • Remaining stationary while using Rites of Judgement will pause the Power gauge depletion until movement is re-initiated.
      This also applies to falling from a ledge.
  • Killer Instinct will last for 3 seconds by default.
  • Rescuing Survivors from Cages of Atonement takes 1 second.
  • Cages of Atonement will relocate if The Executioner stands within a 5-metre radius for 3.5 seconds.
    • Cages that relocate apply a cool-down of 10 seconds to the Entity-progression.

Punishment of the Damned:

  • Punishment of the Damned applies damage during 0.6 seconds.
    • Survivors hit by the attack will become shielded from additional damage for 1 second.
  • Punishment of the Damned has a default cool-down time of 2.25 seconds.
    This applies to successful, missed and obstructed hits.
  • The Punishment of the Damned Attack Trail will spawn with a delay of 0.267 seconds.
    The individual Attack Trail Elements will spawn with a time offset of 0.033 seconds between each element to simulate a propagating attack wave.
  • The Punishment of the Damned Attack Trail has a default length of 8 metres.
  • Punishment of the Damned costs 20 % of the maximum Rites of Judgement charges per attack.

Torment Trail:

  • The Torment Trail is comprised of individual Trail Elements that make up the Trail as a whole.
    • 100 Trail Elements can co-exist at any given time on the Map, at which point they will start to replace the oldest ones in chronological order.
    • Restricted Trail Elements mark a special exception as they are elements placed in too close proximity to certain Props:
      only 25 Restricted Trail Elements may co-exist at any given time.
      • Trail Elements remain for 75 seconds by default.
      • Restricted Trail Elements only remain for 3 seconds by default.
    • Restricted Trail Elements are spawned at the following distances to Props:
      • within 4 metres of Hooks and Generators
      • within 3 metres of Exit Gate Switches and the Hatch
  • The Torment Trail is revealed to The Executioner within a range of 32 metres.
  • Torment Trails cannot be placed in the Basement.

Add-ons for Rites of Judgement

Add-ons support Mouse-over functionality (desktop version only): hovering over the modifier words with your cursor will reveal the values behind them.
On mobile browsers, the values are displayed in small text after the modifier words. Desktop users experiencing issues with the mouse-over may temporarily switch to mobile view at the bottom of an Article page.
Icon Name Description
Lead Ring
Lead Ring Found in a refrigerator. It's engraved with a disgusting, bloated face.
  • Slightly increases the duration Rites of Judgement trails remain in the environment.
Dead Butterfly
Dead Butterfly A butterfly found on a bed at Wood Side Apartments. It's frail and nearly falls apart when touched.
  • Slightly reduces Rites of Judgement Recharge time.
Copper Ring
Copper Ring Found in the basement of Brookhaven Hospital. It's engraved with a picture of a spider.
  • Slightly increases Rites of Judgement Power duration.

"I was locked up inside the basement's basement. It was so small and dark, and I was so afraid. I dropped my precious ring. But I'll never ever go back there."

Black Strap
Black Strap A nylon strap that was used to restrain a victim to a metal frame. The colour makes it difficult to see the blood-soaked into it.
  • Slightly increases Punishment of the Damned Attack range.
Wax Doll
Wax Doll A doll carved from wax, handcrafted by a prisoner who would soon face their judgement.
  • Moderately increases Punishment of the Damned Attack range.
Spearhead
Spearhead The sharp, rusted tip of a spear. It's flaked with blood from its last victim.
  • Moderately increases Rites of Judgement Power duration.
Leopard-Print Fabric
Leopard-Print Fabric A shred of pink, leopard-print fabric. It's difficult to tell what it was used for.
  • Slightly increases Killer Instinct duration when triggered by Rites of Judgement.

"It doesn't matter who I am. I'm here for you, James." — Maria

Forgotten Videotape
Forgotten Videotape A videotape of two lovers vacationing in Silent Hill. Despite its sentimental value, it was left behind in the Lakeview Hotel.
  • Moderately reduces Rites of Judgement Recharge time.
Cinderella Music Box
Cinderella Music Box A music box with a figure from the fairy tale Cinderella, found inside a suitcase adorned with stickers from multiple destinations.
  • Moderately increases the duration Rites of Judgement trails remain in the environment.
Valtiel Sect Photograph
Valtiel Sect Photograph A photograph of two figures in red hoods. Entitled Crimson and White Banquet for the Gods.
  • Considerably reduces Rites of Judgement Recharge time.
Tablet of the Oppressor
Tablet of the Oppressor A metal tablet engraved with Aztec figures.
  • Considerably increases Rites of Judgement Power duration.
Misty Day, Remains of Judgement
Misty Day, Remains of Judgement A painting of an imposing figure wearing a steel pyramid atop his head. Victims are caged in the background.
  • Moderately increases Killer Instinct duration when triggered by Rites of Judgement.

"It's him..."

Mannequin Foot
Mannequin Foot The smooth grey foot of a mannequin, brutally torn from its leg.
  • Considerably increases the duration Rites of Judgement trails remain in the environment.
Burning Man Painting
Burning Man Painting A diagram of the Lakeview Hotel. Red flames are painted over this place of guilt.
  • Considerably increases Punishment of the Damned Attack range.
Scarlet Egg
Scarlet Egg A fresh egg, strikingly red in colour, about the size of a quail's egg.
  • Considerably increases Killer Instinct duration when triggered by Rites of Judgement

"I've never been so scared in my whole life! You couldn't care less about me... could you?" — Maria

Rust-Coloured Egg
Rust-Coloured Egg An old-looking egg, coloured reddish orange, about the size of a quail's egg.
  • Survivors affected by Rites of Judgement suffer from the Blindness IconStatusEffects vision.png Status Effect for 60 seconds.

"James... you made me happy." — Mary

Lost Memories Book
Lost Memories Book A book about the history and legends of Silent Hill and the surrounding area.
  • Survivors affected by Rites of Judgement suffer from the Oblivious IconStatusEffects oblivious.png Status Effect for 15 seconds.

"They called this place 'The Place of the Silent Spirits'."

Crimson Ceremony Book
Crimson Ceremony Book A book about an ancient god. Author unknown.
  • Injured Survivors affected by Torment suffer from the Haemorrhage IconStatusEffects bleeding.png Status Effect.

"Speak! I am the Crimson One! The lies and the mist are not they, but I!"

Obsidian Goblet
Obsidian Goblet An ancient looking goblet carved from pure obsidian.
  • The Executioner gains the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect when standing on a Rites of Judgement trail.

"Forgive me for waking you. But without you, I just can't go on." — James Sunderland

Iridescent Seal of Metatron
Iridescent Seal of Metatron A talisman with an odd design inscribed on it. The Entity's influence seems to have altered it.
  • When sending a Survivor to a Cage of Atonement, the Auras IconHelp auras.png of all Survivors suffering from Torment are revealed for 6 seconds.

"This magic square, with strong protective and dispelling properties, is called the 'Virun VII Crest' or the 'Seal of Metatron'."


Achievements

Main article: Achievements

There are currently 2 Achievements related to The Executioner.

Icon Name Description
Adept Executioner}}
Adept Executioner Achieve a Merciless Victory with The Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png using only his Unique Perks: Forced Penance IconPerks forcedPenance.png, Trail of Torment IconPerks trailOfTorment.png & Deathbound IconPerks deathbound.png.
Cleansed in Agony}}
Cleansed in Agony With The Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png, ensnare 30 Survivors in Cages of Atonement IconHelp cagesOfAtonement.png.


Customisation

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

The Executioner's attire includes:

Default

Icon Name Body Rarity Description
K20 Head01.png Pyramid Head CategoryIcon head.png Common A manifestation of guilt, this punishing force took shape in the nightmares of the tormented.
K20 Body01.png Butcher's Apron CategoryIcon body.png Common Born from the unhinged minds of his victims tormented by guilt.
K20 Weapon01.png Great Knife CategoryIcon weapons.png Common A massive chief's knife to reap affliction and misery from his victims.

 Prestige

Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
K20 Head01 P01.png Blood-Soaked Pyramid Head CategoryIcon head.png Rare A manifestation of guilt, this punishing force took shape in Cheryl's dreams and tormented her with nightmarish visions of gore. 3rd Prestige Reward
K20 Body01 P01.png Gory Butcher's Apron CategoryIcon body.png Rare Born from the unhinged minds of his victims that he tormented with brutal and sanguinary methods. 2nd Prestige Reward
K20 W01 P01.png Bloodthirsty Great Knife CategoryIcon weapons.png Rare A massive, bloodstained chef's knife to reap affliction and misery from his victims. 1st Prestige Reward

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CategoryIcon outfits.pngOutfits

Linked Cosmetics IconHelp cosmetic sets small.png: click on the icon in the table below to see the individual parts of a Cosmetic Set and their descriptions.
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Icon Name Rarity Description Contents Collection Price
K20 outfit 006.png The Corrupted

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Very Rare Born from a dark wish, his purpose was to find and punish the guilty. One-piece Outfit Dark Wish
1080
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K20 outfit 007.png Forge Born

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Very Rare Straight from the fiery forge, an inferno of cruelty and malice rages. One-piece Outfit Immolation
1080
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DLC

Main Article: Downloadable Content

The Executioner is currently part of 1 DLC package:


Change Log

Patch 4.3.0

  • Nerf: cancelling Rites of Judgement now applies the same slow-down for the same duration as activating it (3.68 m/s for 1 second).
    • During this time, The Executioner is also prevented from initiating a Basic Attack.
  • Buff: reduced the cool-down after using Punishment of the Damned to 2.25 seconds from 2.75 seconds.


Trivia

  • Pyramid Head is the thirteenth licensed Character to be introduced to Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.
  • Cages of Atonement are internally referred to as "Deathbeds".


Gallery


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