Terror Radius

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Dbd-journal-heartbeat.png Quotes left.png Maybe it is the will to survive that makes me even more alert to sounds. Sight is limited in this darkened part of the world. In this case their heartbeats. Not my own, but instead the Killers' as they close in on me. I just hope that they do not pick up on mine as my heart races for every thump I can hear even clearer. Quotes right.png
~ Benedict Baker's Journal, Nov. 1896
IconHelp note.png Quotes left.png Again, my senses have proven to be the keys to my survival. If my heartbeat rings in my ears, the Killer is close. If I see the "red stain" in my surroundings, the Killer is even closer! Quotes right.png
~ Mysterious Note

The Terror Radius is an integral Game Mechanic in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.


Overview

The Terror Radius is a feature intended to induce fear and anxiety in Survivors, causing them to experience The Heartbeat, a sound effect triggered whenever Survivors enter the Killer's Terror Radius and intensifies with proximity.


The Terror Radius

A Killer's Terror Radius is generally set to 32 metres for those moving at 4.6 m/s or at 24 metres for those moving at 4.4 m/s.
However, there are some Killers that do not follow this general rule and have a different Terror Radius and sometimes multiple Terror Radii (see Table below).

Status Effect

There are several Unlockables that can temporarily cloak a Killer's Terror Radius, all of which apply the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect.

Powers

Some Killer Powers will temporarily cloak their Terror Radius upon use:


The Heartbeat

The Terror Radius causes a Survivor's very own heart to beat audibly.
The Heartbeat sound effect will get louder and quicker the closer in proximity the Survivor is to the Killer.
That it is indeed their own Heartbeat and not the Killer's, as Benedict's journal entry would imply, is confirmed by a Mysterious Note found in The Fog and by the actually visible, beating heart Dead by Daylight Mobile introduced into the Survivor model as a replacement for the audible Heartbeat in cases of Players playing without sound.

The Terror Radius Music

The Terror Radius Music plays for Survivors whenever they are inside the Killer's Terror Radius.
The music gets progressively louder and more aggressive the closer in proximity the Killer is to them, but outside of a Chase.

Older Killers generally use one of 6 available generic Terror Radius Music themes, whereas newer and reworked Killers have their own, unique Terror Radius Music.

The Terror Radius Music has 4 layers to it; whenever the distance between a Killer and a Survivor undercuts the next quadrant of the maximum Terror Radius distance, the music seamlessly transitions to the next layer, which can be used to accurately gauge a Killer's proximity, based on the knowledge of a Killer's default Terror Radius range, given that the Killer does not use any Terror-Radius-altering Unlockables.

The Chase Music

Killers do not hear their own Terror Radius music, instead they hear the general background music that plays on all Maps.
It is only when a Survivor initiates a Chase that the background music will be replaced by the Chase Music.
The Chase Music is similar to the Terror Radius Music, but without the aforementioned layering based on distance.
In a Chase, it will be heard only by the Killer, while the Survivors hears the regular Terror Radius Music.

Akin to the Terror Radius Music, older Killers use one of 3 available generic Chase Music themes, whereas newer and reworked Killers have their own, unique Chase Music.


List of Terror Radii

Killer Type Radius Affected by Unlockables* Terror Radius Music Chase Music
Trapper IconHelpLoading trapper.png - 32 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png Cloaked 0 metres No
Uncloaked 32 metres Yes
Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png - 32 metres Yes
Nurse IconHelpLoading nurse.png - 32 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Shape IconHelpLoading shape.png Evil Within I 0 metres No
Evil Within II 16 metres Yes
Evil Within III 32 metres Yes
Hag IconHelpLoading hag.png - 24 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png - 32 metres Yes
Huntress IconHelpLoading huntress.png - 20 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Lullaby, Humming 45 metres No n/a
Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png - 32 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Nightmare IconHelpLoading nightmare.png Lullaby, Dream World 32 metres No Lullaby n/a
Overworld 32 metres Yes Themes 01-06 Themes 01-03
Pig IconHelpLoading pig.png - 32 metres Yes
Clown IconHelpLoading clown.png - 32 metres Yes
Spirit IconHelpLoading spirit.png - 24 metres Yes
Legion IconHelpLoading legion.png Default 32 metres Yes
Feral Frenzy 40 metres Yes
Plague IconHelpLoading plague.png - 32 metres Yes
Ghost Face IconHelpLoading ghost.png Default 32 metres Yes
Night Shroud 0 metres No
Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png - 32 metres Yes
Oni IconHelpLoading oni.png - 32 metres Yes
Deathslinger IconHelpLoading deathslinger.png - 24 metres Yes
Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png - 32 metres Yes
Blight IconHelpLoading blight.png - 32 metres Yes
Twins IconHelpLoading twins.png Charlotte 32 metres Yes File:ChaseMusic Aurora.ogg
Victor, idle 10 metres No
Victor, attached 14 metres No
Victor, controlled 18 metres No

Terror Radius Themes 01-06

Theme 01
Theme 02
Theme 03
Theme 04
Theme 05
Theme 06

Chase Music Themes 01-03

Theme 01
Theme 02
Theme 03


Unlockables

Add-ons

Grandma's Heart}}
Grandma's Heart The cold heart of the cannibal village elder. The trapped life essence within unlocks tremendous potential in The Hag's power.
  • Decreases The Hag's Terror Radius to 0 metres when a Survivor triggers a Phantasm Trap.
  • Increases a Mud Phantasm's Terror Radius to 16 metres for the tripped Phantasm Trap duration.

"Bring me another slice of the girl." — Grandma

Blackened Catalyst IconPowers blackenedCatalyst.png
"Calm" - Class I}}
"Calm" - Class I An ECT procedure using a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure can cause mild anxiety in the patient.
  • Slightly increases Terror Radius while Static Blast is ready.
  • Slightly decreases Terror Radius while Static Blast is on cool-down.

Survivors with Madness suffer from the Affliction of Calm:

  • Madness II: Intermittently causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.
  • Madness III: Constantly causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.
Carter's Spark IconPowers cartersSpark.png
"Calm" - Class II}}
"Calm" - Class II A risky ECT procedure using a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure can cause moderate anxiety in the patient.
  • Moderately increases Terror Radius while Static Blast is ready.
  • Moderately decreases Terror Radius while Static Blast is on cool-down.

Survivors with Madness suffer from the Affliction of Calm:

  • Madness II: Intermittently causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.
  • Madness III: Constantly causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.

"Electro-convulsive therapy is one of the safest medical procedures." — Léry's Memorial Institute

"Calm" - Carter's Notes}}
"Calm" - Carter's Notes An experimental version of the ECT procedure annotated by Doctor Herman Carter himself. Uses a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure causes uncontrollable fear and anxiety in the patient.
  • Considerably increases Terror Radius while Static Blast is ready.
  • Considerably decreases Terror Radius while Static Blast is on cool-down.

Survivors with Madness suffer from the Affliction of Calm:

  • Madness II: Intermittently causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.
  • Madness III: Constantly causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.

"Higher quality seizures trigger catatonia. At least it gives me peace for the time it lasts." — Herman Carter

Iridescent King}}
Iridescent King A glass-like king chess piece moulded from The Fog itself. The Entity's trace reverberating within can break the most powerful minds.

Survivors with Madness suffer from the following Afflictions: Calm, Discipline, Order, and Restraint.

  • Intermittently causes Survivors to hear a distant Illusionary Terror Radius.
  • While in a Chase, Survivors perceive an Illusionary Red Stain and Terror Radius as though The Doctor were directly behind them. This effect persists for 6 seconds after the Chase ends in Madness II and is constantly active in Madness III.
  • Broken Pallets may appear to be replaced with Illusionary Pallets that persist until approached. A new Illusionary Pallet is generated at the location of a random Broken Pallet every 20 seconds.
  • Moderately increases Illusionary Doctor duration.
  • The Doctor shares in his patients' Madness in order to see the Illusionary Red Stain as well as the Auras IconHelp auras.png of Illusionary Doctors and Illusionary Pallets.

"Gazing in the iridescent glass is plunging oneself into madness."

Dead Rabbit}}
Dead Rabbit A grey rabbit which has been opened from neck to tail. Evil Within IconPowers stalker1.png
Iridescent Button}}
Iridescent Button A glass-like button moulded from The Fog that captures The Legion's likeness. The surface is warm and reverberating with The Entity's power.

During Feral Frenzy:

  • The Legion's Terror Radius affects the entire Map.
  • Any Pallets you vault are immediately broken.

This effect lasts until the Power gauge is depleted.

"The youth consumed by the iridescent glass magnifies and widens the reach of The Entity."

Feral Frenzy IconPowers feralFrenzy.png
Violet Waxcap}}
Violet Waxcap A dark fleshed mushroom from the Upside Down that allows The Demogorgon to telepathically distort the senses in its prey.
  • Slightly increases the duration of the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect applied to The Demogorgon when emerging from a Portal.
Of the Abyss IconPowers ofTheAbyss.png
Vermilion Webcap}}
Vermilion Webcap A bright red poisonous mushroom from the Upside Down.
  • Moderately increases the duration of the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect applied to The Demogorgon when emerging from a Portal.

"Still experimenting with this specimen, so far our results are inconsistent." — Hawkins National Laboratory

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

Rites of Judgement IconPowers ritesOfJudgement.png
"Bad Man's" Last Breath}}
"Bad Man's" Last Breath A powerful last breath snatched from Crotus Prenn Asylum Patient known as the "Bad Man". In the hands of The Nurse, it jolts with intensity.
  • Grants The Nurse the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect after hitting a Survivor with a successful post-Blink Attack.
  • This effect lasts for 16 seconds and may only be triggered once every 60 seconds.
Spencer's Last Breath IconPowers breath.png
"The Beast" - Soot}}
"The Beast" - Soot The Kunwulju symbol, representing the Realm of Fear, is finger-drawn out of soot on the body of the Bell.
  • The Wraith's Terror Radius is no longer suppressed when cloaked.
  • Grants 100 % Bonus Bloodpoints for Stalking and Surprise Attack Score Events.
Wailing Bell IconPowers bell.png
"The Ghost" - Soot}}
"The Ghost" - Soot The Khugwemuu symbol, representing the spirit world, is finger-drawn out of soot on the body of the Bell.
  • After uncloaking, The Wraith's Terror Radius and Red Stain will remain suppressed for 6 seconds.

Perks

Agitation}} Agitation

You get excited in anticipation of hooking your prey.

While carrying a Survivor, your Movement speed is increased by 6/12/18 % and your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png is increased by 12 metres.

"At some point, the excitement of hooking one of us becomes more important than the desire to kill us."

Borrowed Time}} Borrowed Time

You are fuelled with an unexpected energy when saving an Ally from a Hook within the Killer's Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png.

After unhooking a Survivor within the Killer's Terror Radius, for 15 seconds, any damage taken that would put the unhooked Survivor into the Dying State will instead apply the Deep Wound IconStatusEffects deepWound.png Status Effect. The Survivor has 10/15/20 seconds to mend themselves.

If the unhooked Survivor takes any damage while affected by Deep Wound or if its timer ends, the unhooked Survivor is immediately put into the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.

"Probably stings like hell, but it ain't gonna kill ya. Up and at 'em soldier. Time to move!" — Bill Overbeck

Unique to William "Bill" Overbeck until Level 35, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Survivors.

Coulrophobia}} Coulrophobia

Your presence alone instils great fear.

Survivors within your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png have a 30/40/50 % penalty to the Healing progression speed.

Dark Devotion}} Dark Devotion

The display of your Powers creates a whirlwind of panic that spreads throughout the land.

You become obsessed with one Survivor. Hitting the Obsession IconHelp obsession.png with a Basic Attack causes the Obsession to emit a Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png of 32 metres for 20/25/30 seconds.

You are granted the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect for the duration. The Obsession hears the Terror Radius they emit for the duration.

You can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

"And terror shall take hold of a defiant non-believer, who shall falsely announce my arrival." (The Tablet of Adiris, 48.9)

Distressing}} Distressing

Your horrifying emanation strikes at a supernaturally long distance.

Your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png is increased by 22/24/26 %.

Gain 100 % more Bloodpoints IconHelp bloodpoints.png for actions in the Deviousness Category.

The Bonus Bloodpoints are only awarded during the Trial.

"Bask in their fear."

Diversion}} Diversion

Activate-able Perk.

Standing within the Killer's Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png while not in a Chase for 45 seconds activates Diversion.

Once Diversion is activated, press the Active Ability button while crouched and motionless to throw a pebble, which creates a distraction for the Killer at a distance of 10/15/20 metres.

The distraction consists of the following:

Diversion's timer resets once the ability has been activated.

"There's what is easy and then there's what is right. If you confuse the two, there's no telling what you become." — Adam Francis

Furtive Chase}} Furtive Chase

You become obsessed with one Survivor.

You lurk in the shadows, eliminating your victims one by one.

When your Obsession IconHelp obsession.png is hooked, Furtive Chase receives a Token, up to a maximum of 2/3/4 Tokens.

Each Token decreases your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png by 4 metres while in a Chase.

When a Survivor rescues the Obsession from a Hook, the rescuer becomes the Obsession. You lose all Tokens if the Obsession is sacrificed or killed.

You can only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time.

"You have no idea what I have planned for you. It'll be in the news for weeks. I'll make sure of that." — The Ghost Face

Insidious}} Insidious

Unlocks the stealth ability.

Standing still for 4/3/2 seconds will grant you the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect until you act or move again.

Monitor & Abuse}} Monitor & Abuse

Meticulous in your approach, terrifying in your application.

While in a Chase, your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png is increased by 8 metres.

Otherwise, your Terror Radius is decreased by 8 metres and your Field of View is increased by 3/5/10 °.

Field of View gains do not stack.

"It's time for your treatment!." — Herman Carter, The Doctor

Object of Obsession}} Object of Obsession

A supernatural bond links you to the Killer.

If you are looking in the Killer's direction, your link will reveal your Auras IconHelp auras.png to each other.

This effect applies only if you are outside of the Killer's Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png.

As the Killer's Obsession IconHelp obsession.png, this effect applies to a maximum range of 56/64/72 metres. Otherwise, it applies to a maximum range of 44/56/64 metres.

Increases the odds of being the Obsession.

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

"He was watching me!" — Laurie Strode

Overwhelming Presence}} Overwhelming Presence

Your presence alone instils great fear. Survivors within your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png suffer from inefficiency.

Affected Survivors' Item IconHelp items.png Consumption rates are increased by 80/90/100 %.

"Shit!! I dropped the gauze!"

Stake Out}} Stake Out

Getting close to the Killer IconHelpLoading killer.png fills you with determination.

For each 15 seconds you are standing within the Killer's Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png and are not in a Chase, you gain a Token up to a maximum of 2/3/4 Tokens.

When Stake Out has at least 1 Token, Good Skill Checks IconHelp skillChecks.png are considered Great Skill Checks, consume 1 Token, and grant an additional Progression bonus of 1 %.

"I had you, I had you on your knees. You're runnin' scared because we had you. We're gonna close this case!" — Detective David Tapp

Tinkerer}} Tinkerer

When a Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png is repaired to 70 %, you receive a Loud Noise notification and you are granted the Undetectable IconStatusEffects undetectable.png Status Effect for 12/14/16 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 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.

Unnerving Presence}} Unnerving Presence

Your presence alone instils great fear.

Survivors within your Terror Radius IconHelp terrorRadius.png have a 10 % greater chance of triggering Skill Checks IconHelp skillChecks.png when repairing, healing or sabotaging.

Triggered Skill Checks' success zones are reduced by 40/50/60 %.

"Its presence befalls us."


Change Log

Patch 1.8.1

  • Increased The Nightmare's Terror Radius to 24 metres from formerly 16 metres.

Patch 1.9.3

  • Decreased The Hag's Terror Radius to 24 metres from formerly 28 metres.

Patch 2.5.0

  • Increased The Pig's Terror Radius to 32 metres from formerly 28 metres.

Patch 2.6.0

  • The intensity of the Terror Radius is now also scaled based on the vertical distance, in addition to the horizontal distance.

Patch 2.7.0

  • Increased The Legion's Terror Radius to 32 metres from formerly 24 metres.


Terror Radius Examples

The following table lists several examples of resulting Terror Radii when using Unlockables that affect it in some way:

Unlockable Modifier 4.6 m/s Killer 4.4 m/s Killer
no Unlockables - 32 metres 24 metres
Nothing.png
Agitation IconPerks agitation.png +6 % 33.92 metres 25.44 metres
+12 % 35.84 metres 26.88 metres
+18 % 37.76 metres 28.32 metres
Nothing.png
Distressing IconPerks distressing.png +22 % 39.04 metres 29.28 metres
+24 % 39.68 metres 29.76 metres
+26 % 40.32 metres 30.24 metres
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Furtive Chase IconPerks furtiveChase.png -4 m (1 Token) 28 metres 20 metres
-8 m (2 Tokens) 24 metres 16 metres
-12 m (3 Tokens) 20 metres 12 metres
-16 m (4 Tokens) 16 metres 8 metres
Nothing.png
Monitor & Abuse IconPerks monitorAndAbuse.png* -16 m (no Chase) 24 metres 16 metres
default (in Chase) 40 metres 32 metres


Trivia

  • The Lullabies of The Huntress and The Nightmare are not considered part of their Terror Radius and cannot be altered with any Perks.
    • The Nightmare's Terror Radius also affects Survivors both in and outside the Dream World, even if they do not hear the Heartbeat outside of it.
  • Unlockables that affect the Terror Radius via a percentage will generally have their effect applied first before Unlockables that affect it via a given number.