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Tinkerer is a Teachable Perk IconHelp perks.png unique to The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png. It can be unlocked for all other Characters from Level 40 onwards:

Descriptions may vary from their in-game version for reasons explained here.
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Icon Cost
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2,000
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5,000
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4,000Bloodpoints}}
5,000Bloodpoints}}
6,000Bloodpoints}}
Description
Whenever a GeneratorIconHelpLoading generators.png is repaired to 70 %, you benefit from the following effects:
Icon Description
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Unlocking this Perk makes it available in the Bloodweb of all Killers

Whenever a Generator is repaired to 70 %, it triggers a Loud Noise notification and you are granted the Undetectable Status Effect for the next several seconds.

May be unlocked in the Shrine of Secrets or in The Hillbilly's Bloodweb at Level 40.


History

Version 1.0.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks tinkerer.png 5 % 10 % 15 % Add-ons that affect the charge time of your Power are 5/10/15 % more effective.

NOTICE: The application of these modifiers was multiplicative.

Version 1.3.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks tinkerer.png 6 % 8 % 10 % Add-ons that affect the charge time of your Power are 6/8/10 % more effective.

NOTICE: The application of these modifiers was additive.

Version 2.1.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks tinkerer.png 8 seconds 10 seconds 12 seconds When a Generator is repaired to 85 %, you receive a Loud Noise notification and your Terror Radius is reduced to 0 metres for 8/10/12 seconds.

Version 3.4.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks tinkerer.png 8 seconds 10 seconds 12 seconds When a Generator is repaired to 85 %, you receive a Loud Noise notification and you are granted the Undetectable Status Effect for 8/10/12 seconds.

Version 4.1.0

Icon Tier I Tier II Tier III Description
IconPerks tinkerer.png 12 seconds 14 seconds 16 seconds When a Generator is repaired to 70 %, you receive a Loud Noise notification and you are granted the Undetectable Status Effect for 12/14/16 seconds.


Change Log

Patch 1.3.0

  • Quality of Life: Tinkerer now only affects modifiers positively.
  • Nerf: decreased the bonus applied to modifiers to 6/8/10 %.
  • Buff: Tinkerer's bonus is now additive.

Patch 2.1.0

  • Mechanics Change: Tinkerer now gives the Killer a noise notification if a Generator is repaired to 85 % and also reduces their Terror Radius to 0 metres for 8/10/12 seconds.

Patch 3.4.0

Patch 4.1.0

  • Buff: lowered the activation threshold to 70 %.
  • Buff: increased the Undetectable duration.


Rework details

Tinkerer required an immense workload of additional coding each time new Add-ons were created, since the Developers had to work with a static buff and keep in mind that Add-ons without it shouldn't be too weak and those with it shouldn't be too strong.

They compared that workload to creating a second set of Unique Perks for any new Killer, something they were no longer willing to do and thus intended for Tinkerer to be reworked eventually, which happened with Patch 2.1.0.

Add-on support issue

The old Tinkerer did not officially support any new Add-ons released after CHAPTER IV.

However, due to intertwined code, it unintentionally somewhat supported the wind-up Add-ons for the Hunting Hatchets IconPowers huntingHatchets.png (CHAPTER V) and the The Afterpiece Tonic IconPowers gasBomb.png (CHAPTER VIII).


Trivia

  • Until its rework, Tinkerer was effectively without use on several Killers.
  • The Noise notification may trigger multiple times on the same Generator if it regresses back below the trigger-threshold and is repaired back up to it.
  • Tinkerer's old flavour text still addressed The Hillbilly by his Alpha name "The Crooked", rather than by his current name:
    • "The Crooked makes impressive tools out of scraps... Tools aimed at maiming us in creative ways... It's horrifying to think it's actually intelligent." — Unknown, Notebook


Videos

Current Tinkerer

Killer POV Survivor POV

Old Tinkerer (pre 2.1.0)

FulliconAddon primerBulb.png + FulliconAddon carburettorTuningGuide R.png FulliconAddon primerBulb.png + FulliconAddon carburettorTuningGuide R.png + IconPerks tinkerer.png Tier III
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