In Dead by Daylight, the killer is always the most robust piece on the board. They are continuously on the hunt for the survivors and need to feed the Entity with bodies. Even though the killer will always be the biggest threat in a match, there can be a varying degree to their effectiveness, depending on the surroundings. In some games, they can dominate a map, while in another, they could fail to put anyone on a hook at all. With that in mind, here are the five best and five worst maps in Dead by Daylight for killers.
Note: it is difficult to nail down the best and worst maps to play on as killers. With such a wide variety of killers with different abilities and strengths and weaknesses, a map can sometimes work great for one particular killer but awful for another. The following are maps that the Dead by Daylight community particularly love and hate the most.
Best maps for killers
Lampkin Lane is Michael Myers’ (or The Shape’s) map and takes place in his small hometown. You can go in many of the buildings, but none of them offer good escape routes for survivors, with one building being a deathtrap with a generator stuck in a corner that leaves you wide open to be grabbed. Walking around outside as a survivor will surely have you found by the killer, and the underground sections are not wide enough for anyone to have a cohesive escape plan. In short, Lampkin Lane is one trap after another for the survivors, but it’s a welcome playground for a killer.
Léry’s Memorial Institute
Inside maps can be rather challenging for survivors, and Léry’s Memorial Institute is no exception. The way the map is set up can make it feel like a labyrinth. While they can potentially use the many corners and turns through each room, there are not many places to hide. Besides the basement and am upstairs section near the middle, the map is entirely flat. Tight spaces and a lack of escape routes make this one of the best maps for killers.
Midwich Elementary School
This Silent Hill-inspired map is easily one of the most lopsided maps in Dead by Daylight. It plays incredibly in favor of the killer. It is small, with not many pallets, and there are long corridors that give killers ample chances to catch up to a survivor. When chasing a survivor, there are not many places for them to go to escape your reach, and a hook is always nearby.
Mount Ormond Resort
Mount Ormond Resort is the only map in the game with snow, which lights up the field more, making it harder for survivors to hide and easier for a killer to find them. Aside from visibility being in the killer’s favor here, the ski lodge building in the middle of the map is a difficult area to escape from during a chase. There are many lanes for killers with long-range attacks to damage survivors easily.
The Game is the map that is associated with The Pig and the Saw franchise. The iconic bathroom from the movies is here, with multiple ways to trap a survivor. There are not many pallets that can be dropped on the killer, and the upstairs portion of the map is very wide-open, leaving survivors with essentially no places to hide. This will lead to many survivors pursuing the basement, which will further play into the killer’s hands since many hooks reside down there.
Worst maps for killers
Whereas Blood Lodge lacks buildings for survivors to hide in, it makes up for walls to obstruct the killer’s vision. Junk is thrown everywhere and can hide sneaky survivors who are careful about their movements, and in that junk lie tons of pallets for them to drop on you. The whole area does not play well for the killer and it’s essentially a playground for survivors.
Fractured Cowshed is a map designed with many obstacles to get in the killer’s way. First off, there is a cornfield that obstructs the player’s view and can hide survivors for a significant portion of the map, but there is also a wooded area that gives survivors many ways to turn to try and shake a killer in a chase. The cowshed that the map gets its name from also has multiple windows for survivors to escape from and lockers to hide in. Pretty much anywhere you go on this map, there is a viable escape plan for a survivor.
Being set in an abandoned gas depot, Gas Heaven is one of the least liked maps for fans of Dead by Daylight. The gas station features a generator that will open its big door when powered on. If the killer comes in there before the generator is turned on, there are multiple windows that the survivor can easily escape through, and sometimes there’s a pallet to drop on them. When the door closes, that essentially ends the chase immediately for the killer. Outside of the gas station, there are many structures to hide survivors and pallets galore.
The swamp levels are not very popular among Dead by Daylight players, regardless if they are playing as a killer or survivor. The map gets its name from the stranded boat in the level. This boat has multiple pallets, levels, staircases, and windows for a survivor to escape and it can be a real headache for the killer. Away from the ship, the map is one of the largest in the game and gives survivors many chances to hide in the foliage and obstructions laid about. Pale Rose also has some of the poorest positionings for hooks in the game for a killer, and it can be very difficult to point out survivors in its fog.
Rotten Fields is a large cornfield with barely else in it. The corn is a big problem though for some players who have issues seeing past the many cornrows, giving survivors a tremendous advantage. Aside from corn, little stands out from this map besides a tree with dead pigs hanging from it. It is a very bland map that people playing as either survivor or killer do not particularly enjoy.