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The Executioner
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Name
Pyramid Head
Game Alias(es)
"Red Pyramid Thing"
Gender
Male
Nationality/Ethnicity
Unknown
Silent Hill
Rites of Judgement
Power Attack Type
Special Attack
(PotD 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
CHAPTER XVI: Silent Hill
Voice Actor
Jean-Baptiste Garnier
Breathing
Menu Music
Terror Radius Music

Pyramid Head or "The Executioner" is one of 25 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.

He originates from the video game franchise Silent Hill, specifically Silent Hill 2 (2001).


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.

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 Broken IconStatusEffects broken.png Status Effect for the next 60/70/80 seconds.
Trail of Torment Trail of Torment
You guide your victims along a path of pain and punishment.

After kicking a Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png, you are granted the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect until that Generator stops regressing or you damage a Survivor by any means.

  • The Aura IconHelp auras.png of that Generator is revealed to all Survivors in yellow.

Trail of Torment has a cool-down of 80/70/60 seconds.

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

When a Survivor heals another Survivor for the equivalent of 1 Health State IconStatusEffects healing.png at least 32 metres away from you, that Survivor will scream, revealing their location and activating Deathbound:

  • For the next 60 seconds, that Survivor suffers 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.

  • His knife is big and long which makes it difficult to dodge his attacks.

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 forwards in any direction to carve a Torment Trail into the ground.

Survivors who walk or run on the Torment Trail will trigger Killer Instinct, as well as become afflicted with Torment.
Survivors afflicted with Torment may be sent to a Cage of Atonement when they are in the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.
Being rescued or rescuing another Survivor from a Cage of Atonement will remove Torment.


SPECIAL ATTACK: Punishment of the Damned Atl Hud PB punishmentOfTheDamned.png
Press the Attack button while Rites of Judgement is active to perform Punishment of the Damned.
This unleashes a wave of force in the form of an Attack Trail, damaging any Survivors in its path.


SPECIAL ABILITY: Cage of Atonement IconHelp cagesOfAtonement.png
Press the Active Ability button while standing over a dying Survivor afflicted with Torment to send them to a Cage of Atonement IconHelp cagesOfAtonement.png.
Survivors in a Cage of Atonement undergo the regular Sacrifice process as if they were on a Hook IconHelpLoading hook.png.


SPECIAL ABILITY: Final Judgement Atl Loadout Icon MementoMoris.png
Press the Active Ability button while standing over a dying Survivor afflicted with Torment and who has reached the second Hook Stage either on a Hook or in a Cage of Atonement to execute them using a Mini-Mori.

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 of 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 (+10 seconds) 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 (-2 seconds) 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 (+1 second) 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 (+0.5 metres) 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 (+1 metre) 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 (+1.5 seconds) 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 (+0.5 seconds) 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 (-3 seconds) 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 (+15 seconds) 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 (-4 seconds) Rites of Judgement Recharge time.
Tablet of the Oppressor
Tablet of the Oppressor A metal tablet engraved with Aztec figures.
  • Considerably increases (+2 seconds) 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 (+1 second) 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 (+20 seconds) 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 (+1.5 metres) 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 (+1.5 seconds) 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:

Base Cosmetics

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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K20 outfit 008.png Pyramid Blight

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Very Rare The putrid serum took hold of the creature born from a dark wish, rotting with putrid ways to punish the guilty. One-piece Outfit Hallowed Curse
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

  • The Executioner was the thirteenth licensed Character to be introduced to Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.
    • He is also the first videogame licensed killer.
  • The Executioner was the fifth Killer to have a special chase music.
  • Cages of Atonement are internally referred to as "Deathbeds".
  • The Executioner shares his voice-actor with The Oni IconHelpLoading oni.png, The Twins IconHelpLoading twins.png (Victor), and partially with The Blight IconHelpLoading blight.png.
  • The Executioner is the tallest Killer to date, being just taller than both The Nemesis Nemesis T-Type}} and The Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png.
  • The Executioner possesses an unused model of a tongue in the Game Files.
    • The Executioner's tongue originally appears in Silent Hill 2, when he grabs James Sunderland by the throat in a boss fight.
    • The Executioner's creator Masahiro Ito explains "Strictly speaking, it's a something like a tongue. I used that word "tongue" for convenience. There's no way the helmet is his actual head. Also the bottom left of the front plate of Pyramid Head's helmet "is turned up"."[1]
  • It is unknown how The Executioner can be blinded by the survivors as he doesn't posses physical eyes, nor are there any holes in his helmet.

Mori Trivia

  • The Executioner has the most ways of killing the Survivors than any Killer;
    • Sacrificing the Survivors to The Entity.
    • Performing a Mori on a Survivor.
    • Letting a Survivor bleed out.
    • A Survivor being killed by The Entity during the Endgame Collapse.
    • A Survivor being killed while inside a Cage of Atonement.
    • Performing The Final Judgment on a Survivor.
  • The Executioner was the third Killer to have two Memento Mori animations.
    • The Executioner's default Mori features him lifting a Survivor up with his right hand, then wrapping them in barbed wire and twisted steel and then finally piercing them with his Great Knife.
    • The Executioner's Final Judgement features him simply cutting the Survivor in half lengthwise with his Great Knife.
  • The Executioner is the third Killer with a unique way to kill Survivors.
  • The Executioner's default Mori appears to be partially inspired by a kill animation in Silent Hill 2, where he grabs James Sunderland by the throat in a boss fight.

Gallery

References

THE SURVIVORS IconHelpLoading survivor.png
BASE GAME
+ CHAPTER I
S01 charSelect portrait.png Dwight Fairfield SurvivorDwight.png S02 charSelect portrait.png Meg Thomas SurvivorMeg.png S03 charSelect portrait.png Claudette Morel SurvivorClaudette.png S04 charSelect portrait.png Jake Park SurvivorJake.png S05 charSelect portrait.png Nea Karlsson SurvivorNea.png
CHAPTERS II - V S06 charSelect portrait.png Laurie Strode SurvivorLaurie.png S07 charSelect portrait.png Ace Visconti SurvivorAce.png S08 charSelect portrait.png Bill Overbeck SurvivorBill.png S09 charSelect portrait.png Feng Min SurvivorFengMin.png S10 charSelect portrait.png David King SurvivorDavidKing.png
CHAPTERS VI - X S11 charSelect portrait.png Quentin Smith SurvivorQuentin.png S12 charSelect portrait.png David Tapp SurvivorDavidTapp.png S13 charSelect portrait.png Kate Denson SurvivorKate.png S14 charSelect portrait.png Adam Francis SurvivorAdam.png S15 charSelect portrait.png Jeff Johansen SurvivorJeff.png
CHAPTERS XI - XIV S16 charSelect portrait.png Jane Romero SurvivorJane.png S17 charSelect portrait.png Ash Williams SurvivorAsh.png S18 charSelect portrait.png Nancy Wheeler SurvivorNancy.png S19 charSelect portrait.png Steve Harrington SurvivorSteve.png S20 charSelect portrait.png Yui Kimura SurvivorYui.png
CHAPTERS XV - XIX S21 charSelect portrait.png Zarina Kassir SurvivorZarina.png S22 charSelect portrait.png Cheryl Mason SurvivorCheryl.png S23 charSelect portrait.png Felix Richter SurvivorFelix.png S24 charSelect portrait.png Élodie Rakoto SurvivorElodie.png S25 charSelect portrait.png Yun-Jin Lee SurvivorYun-Jin.png
CHAPTERS XX - XXI S26 charSelect portrait.png Jill Valentine SurvivorJill.png S27 charSelect portrait.png Leon Scott Kennedy SurvivorLeon.png S28 charSelect portrait.png Mikaela Reid SurvivorMikaela.png
THE KILLERS IconHelpLoading killer.png
BASE GAME
+ CHAPTERS I - II
K01 charSelect portrait.png Evan MacMillan - The Trapper IconHelpLoading trapper.png K02 charSelect portrait.png Philip Ojomo - The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png K03 charSelect portrait.png Max Thompson Jr. - The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png K04 charSelect portrait.png Sally Smithson - The Nurse IconHelpLoading nurse.png K05 charSelect portrait.png Michael Myers - The Shape IconHelpLoading shape.png
CHAPTERS III - VI K06 charSelect portrait.png Lisa Sherwood - The Hag IconHelpLoading hag.png K07 charSelect portrait.png Herman Carter - The Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png K08 charSelect portrait.png Anna - The Huntress IconHelpLoading huntress.png K09 charSelect portrait.png Bubba Sawyer - The Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png K10 charSelect portrait.png Freddy Krueger - The Nightmare IconHelpLoading nightmare.png
CHAPTERS VII - XI K11 charSelect portrait.png Amanda Young - The Pig IconHelpLoading pig.png K12 charSelect portrait.png Jeffrey Hawk - The Clown IconHelpLoading clown.png K13 charSelect portrait.png Rin Yamaoka - The Spirit IconHelpLoading spirit.png K14 charSelect portrait.png Frank, Julie, Susie, Joey - The Legion IconHelpLoading legion.png K15 charSelect portrait.png Adiris - The Plague IconHelpLoading plague.png
CHAPTERS XII - XV K16 charSelect portrait.png Danny Johnson - The Ghost Face IconHelpLoading ghost.png K17 charSelect portrait.png The Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png K18 charSelect portrait.png Kazan Yamaoka - The Oni IconHelpLoading oni.png K19 charSelect portrait.png Caleb Quinn - The Deathslinger IconHelpLoading deathslinger.png K20 charSelect portrait.png Pyramid Head - The Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png
CHAPTERS XVI - XXI K21 charSelect portrait.png Talbot Grimes - The Blight IconHelpLoading blight.png K22 charSelect portrait.png Victor & Charlotte Deshayes - The Twins IconHelpLoading twins.png K23 charSelect portrait.png Ji-Woon Hak - The Trickster IconHelpLoading trickster.png K24 charSelect portrait.png Nemesis T-Type - The Nemesis Nemesis T-Type}} K25 charSelect portrait.png Elliot Spencer - The Cenobite IconHelpLoading cenobite.png
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S22 Lisa charSelect portrait.png Lisa Garland K07 Look-See charSelect portrait.png The Look-See K08 Mordeo charSelect portrait.png The Mordeo
ULTRA RARE CHARACTERS
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