How to use a Flashlight in Dead By Daylight

This light does not shine brightly.

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Survivors in Dead By Daylight have an uphill battle to contend with as they attempt to escape the playing area with their lives. The Killer is a behemoth that will not stop chasing you and trying to sacrifice you to The Entity. There are not many ways the Survivors can fight back, they kind of just need to hope the Killer doesn’t find them, or they should have good enough fleeing skills to get away when in danger. The Flashlight is a tool Survivors can equip to help a little, but it’s hard to get any use out of. Here is how to use Flashlights in Dead By Daylight.

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How to use a Flashlight in Dead By Daylight

Using a Flashlight is really simple, but getting any good use out of it can be a little tricky. First, be sure to equip one in your loadout after unlocking it in the Bloodweb, or you can find one in a Chest in-game. Like other items, if you die with it equipped, you will lose it and need to get another one from the Bloodweb. Use the right trigger on consoles or right-click on PC to turn it on.

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Flashlights do not have a lot of charge in Dead By Daylight by default, so be sure to use them only when needed. There are add-ons that can give you more duration, but even then it is not a lot. When a Killer is chasing you, shine it in their eyes to blind them. Of course, this will stop them from seeing you for a short duration, but they can still move and attack, so quickly get out of the way. The beam stretches for 10 meters and will blind the Killer for two seconds. If you blind a Killer as they carry a teammate to a hook, the teammate will drop free in the injured state and can run away. This is undoubtedly the best use for the Flashlight.

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There are also some secondary special effects of using the Flashlights on certain Killers:

  • Hag traps will be revealed and destroyed
  • The Wraith will be stunned while cloaked
  • Hitting The Nurse when she is blinking will cause her to be fatigued
  • The Legion will be sent out of his frenzy instantly
  • The Spirit’s Husks will be destroyed

Overall, we recommend using another equipment piece if you are a new player to Dead By Daylight. Getting the beam into the Killers eyes while they are chasing you can be very finicky and challenging. Seasoned players are pretty good at getting the Killer to drop their teammates whenever they are picked up, so it definitely has its use, but don’t put yourself in danger because of it.