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Dead by Daylight: How to Play the Wraith Killer

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How to Play the Wraith Killer in Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight, Wraith Abilities

The Wraith can easily be one of the most difficult killers to play in Dead by Daylight. Because the Wraith focuses more on intelligence and out-playing the survivors rather than brute strength or raw speed, its abilities come in the form of stealth and mind games. The Wraith is equipped with the Wailing Bell which will cause the killer to become invisible after a short cast time. While invisible the Wraith is unable to attack, however movement speed is increased which allows for greater map coverage. As an added bonus, while the Wraith is invisible the survivors’ heartbeat sense won’t activate which gives the Wraith the unique ability to sneak up right behind them.

The Wailing Bell comes with a fairly large side effect though. In order to drop invisibility, the Wraith must initiate another cast and while doing so is unable to perform any actions. This means that the survivors will have a small window of opportunity to run away before you mercilessly chase them down. It’s important to position yourself accordingly and force them to run in a direction that’ll make capture easier. Also, while casting the bell a ringing noise will be heard across the entire map. The closer a survivor is to the Wraith, the louder the ringing sound will be. Try to de-cloak behind a wall or tree and not directly behind a survivor or they’ll be quick to spring into action. The key to being successful with the Wraith’s abilities is to be devious about their usage.


How to Play the Wraith Killer in Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight, Wraith Loadout

Out of each of the killers in Dead by Daylight, the Wraith is the most formidable tracker. This is very evident when looking through the Wraith’s perks and add-ons. Each of the Wraith-specific perks allow the subtle killer enhanced ways of stalking and chasing their prey.  The Shadowborn perk gives the Wraith a wider field-of-vision allowing them to spot the survivors from greater distances, while the Predator perk keeps survivor footprints visible for longer periods of time. Combine these with the Insidious, Whispers, and Spies from the Shadows perks and no survivor will be safe from your sight.

The Wailing Bell also has the opportunity for strong add-ons that will turn you into a more potent killer in Dead by Daylight. One of the biggest downsides to the Wailing Bell is the time it takes to reappear after being invisible, however the Swift Hunt add-on will reduce the time it takes to drop the invisibility by a good margin. Windstorm is another key addition that will grant you a short boost of movement speed after reappearing which will help close any gaps the bolting survivor may have created. Finally, the All Seeing add-on will grant an invisible Wraith the ability to see survivors’ auras  within 8 meters, which is invaluable when searching for the perky teens. Each Wraith perk gives a bonus to their ability to find and track the survivors while the add-ons aid in chasing them causing a steady balance in the loadout that creates one of the most dangerous killers in Dead by Daylight.


How to Play the Wraith Killer in Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight, Wraith Gotcha

Clever is the name of the game when playing as the Wraith in Dead by Daylight. It’s imperative that you out-think the survivors and predict their movements. Invisibility is important, however it can be a big detriment if used improperly. Make sure to un-stealth in positions that aren’t visible by the survivors. Spooking them too early will cause them to run and if they get an ample head start you’ll find difficulty catching up with them. Note that while invisible your footsteps will still make noise and moving through tall grass or corn stalks can still alert the survivors to your presence. Choose your pathways carefully, use cover to your advantage, and stay away from well lit areas as you’ll give off a shimmer while invisible under bright light.

Don’t be afraid to spam the Wailing Bell, but don’t finish the actual cast time. By simply pressing the ability button you’ll give off a loud ringing sound and if continuously used, it can deeply confuse the survivors. They won’t be sure if your invisible or not and as such they won’t know exactly what to watch out for. Survivors can even be used to your advantage. If you manage to meat hook a survivor you can use invisibility to essentially camp their bodies and take down any ally that comes to aid the helpless victim. It may be worth it to consider following a wounded survivor for a period of time in case they seek healing from another. It may just lead you to two sacrifices instead of just one.

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