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Totems are Props and a Game Mechanic that were added to Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png with Patch 1.3.0.


There are two types of Totems: Dull Totems and Hex Totems.
Each Map spawns 5 Totems at the beginning of a Trial.

Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png can walk up to a Totem and cleanse it, which will destroy it and in case of a Hex Totem, deactivate its associated Hex Perk.
This action also rewards them with Bloodpoints IconHelp bloodpoints.png in the Boldness Category.

The cleansing action takes 14 seconds to complete by default and resets if the Survivor interrupts it.
The Killer can increase this time by using the Perk Hex: Thrill of the Hunt IconPerks hexThrillOfTheHunt.png and Thanatophobia IconPerks thanatophobia.png.

Dull Totems

Dull Totems are unlit Totems found in random locations throughout the Trial Grounds.

Unless the Killer does not use any Hex Perk, or just Hex: No One Escapes Death IconPerks hexNoOneEscapesDeath.png prior to its activation, all five Totems will be dull ones.

Cleansing a Dull Totem will reward the Survivor with 1,000 Bloodpoints.

Hex Totems

Hex Totems are a special kind of Totem, identifiable, and differing from Dull Totems, by the lit candles underneath them.

If the Killer uses any of the 11 available Hex Perks equipped (with the exception of Hex: No One Escapes Death IconPerks hexNoOneEscapesDeath.png that will not light its potential Totem until its activation), a randomly chosen Dull Totem will be become a Hex Totem at the start of the Trial.
Each Hex Perk is tied to its own Hex Totem. Neither the Killer nor the Survivors have any means to discern, which Hex is associated with which Hex Totem.

Cleansing a Hex Totem will reward the Survivor with 1,500 Bloodpoints and disable the associated Hex Perk for the remainder of the Trial.

The only exception to this is when the Killer is using Hex: Undying IconPerks hexUndying.png, in which case the cleansed Hex, including any acquired Tokens, will be transferred to Undying's Totem and replace it.
Cleansing a Hex Totem will trigger a map-wide sound cue, akin to a strike of thunder.

Change Log

Patch 2.5.0

  • Improved the hiding spots of Totems as new interaction mechanics allow them to be placed closer to other objects.


  • In the Game files, Hex Totems are referred to as "Hex Bags".
  • In rare cases and due to bugs, it has occurred that some iterations of the largest Maps spawned an additional sixth Totem.
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