Dead by Daylight killers divided as BHVR cuts horror game DC penalty (2023)

Dead by Daylight killers and survivors are sharing conflicting views over the DBD Reddit, as horror game developer BHVR opts to remove the disconnection penalty for multiplayer matches, potentially owing to issues around the Halloween update.

In the past, if DBD players prematurely left a competitive game, either through an inadvertent disconnect or because they opted to quit out, they would bebanned from joining matchmaking for five minutes, with the length of theban increasing with each subsequent transgression. Theoretically, this ensured that players would remain honest to one another, and not just leave matches because they were losing.

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However, it also created the possibility that honest players would be punished because they had abandoned games where their opponents were using cheats. This arguably created a situation where cheaters benefitted from the disconnection penalties, as players would feel compelled to remain in matches against cheaters in order to avoid a sanction.

Currently, Dead by Daylight players report that the disconnection penalties have been removed from the multiplayer horror game, and speculate that this may be connected to performance and crashing issues following the launch of the Halloween update on October 13 – since crashes force players to disconnect, BHVR has, potentially, removed the penalties until DBD’s performance issues are resolved, so that killers and survivors won’t be penalised. Dead by Daylight players subsequently report a variety of experiences in competitive matches, with some arguing that DC penalties should be removed permanently, while others believe they are necessary to the game’s integrity.

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“Usually when I see people DC in DBD,” writes Redditor DBPeanut, “it’s actually on a killer that massively slows down the game with their power like Legion, Artist, Pinhead, or Doctor. On the killer end, people tend to DC because it’s a bully squad…or because the game has genuinely gone by too fast to apply pressure. When players have these absolutely demotivating games and then you punish them for not wanting to play in those games, what happens is they usually go to another game or stop playing altogether for the day. When people DC they’re already having a bad time, the penalty will just add to it.”

Other DBD players suggest that the disconnection penalty should remain, as it is not a valid or justifiable reason to quit a match because you are not enjoying yourself. “Most of the time,”says one Redditor, “I see people DC out of anger. Sometimes due to bad luck, other times because they wanted to play ‘bully the killer’ and lost. When you disconnect on the first hook, you punish everyone else in the game.”

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“The DC penalty is essential,” writes another. “If you only want to conditionally play the game, then you should just not play at all. Every time [BHVR] turn the DC penalty off, you get people who will DC on their first down, people who DC when generators pop in rapid succession, or those who see a killer or map they don’t like and just DC. If players have the option to just nope out whenever they have to deal with something they don’t like, the game becomes unplayable.”

BHVR is yet to confirm why the Dead by Daylight disconnection penalty has been removed or when it may be reinstated.

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If you’re thinking of getting into Dead by Daylight, however, make sure you pick the right murderer from our tier list of the best Dead by Daylight killers. You may also want to try out some of the other best multiplayer games or, given the time of year, the best Halloween games on PC.


Is there a penalty for leaving Dead by Daylight? ›

Feature - Disconnection Penalties: Players who disconnect early from games will receive temporary matchmaking bans, with the duration escalating for repeat offenders.

Who is the hardest killer in DBD? ›

Dead By Daylight: 12 Killers That Are The Hardest To Master
  • 8 The Blight.
  • 7 The Plague.
  • 6 The Executioner — Pyramid Head.
  • 5 The Hag.
  • 4 The Artist.
  • 3 The Nurse.
  • 2 The Onryo-Sadako Yamamura.
  • 1 The Spirit.
Oct 12, 2022

What happens if you leave a DBD match? ›

When players leave or get disconnected from a Competitive Match, they are banned from matchmaking for a set length of time. This system was introduced to reduce the number of players quitting midmatch. Initially, the ban is short, only five minutes. Each time a player leaves, the length of time will increase.

How many DBD killers are there? ›

Players may assume the role of one of the 31 Killers, some original and some licensed. Each Killer has a power that is unique to them. Sets bear traps to catch and injure Survivors.

What offenses are Bannable Dead by Daylight? ›

What offenses are bannable?
  • Camping.
  • Slugging.
  • Tunneling.
  • Streamsniping.
  • Teabagging.
  • Bodyblocking.
  • Looping.
Jun 21, 2021

How long does DBD penalty last? ›

This penalty always applies -1 pip, and starts at a 5 minute ban, then 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours, and finally a repeating 72 hours. I understand there's both toxic survivors, and toxic killers which make you want to not play out a match.

What is the oldest killer in DBD? ›

Introducing our “oldest” Killer in Dead by Daylight, The Plague. Learn more about The Plague, her Power, and her Perks in the Demise Of The Faithful Chapter.

Who is the slowest killer in DBD? ›

It's still a little tough to hunt them down as Caleb is one of the slowest killers in the game. He's not the worst killer, he just has a hard time as he can only truly focus on one survivor at a time.

Who is the highest LVL in DBD? ›

Prestige 100 is the maximum achievable Prestige Level.

How long are DBD bans? ›

48 Hours-> 1 Week -> 1 Month -> PERMANENT

If an offense is considered to be particularly egregious, the duration of the ban may skip one or more steps in this process. Note: Any previous permanent bans on your record, including those from previous accounts, will result in all future offenses being permanent bans.

Is it possible to refund DBD? ›

If you receive a product that is damaged, broken or defective, please email us at with your order and product details to inquire about a refund or exchange.

Can your DBD rank go down? ›

So what are the big differences? Well, first off, unlike before you can increase your grade by earning pips but there's now a limit to how many pips you can lose each match. Plus, you'll never move down a Grade, so the only way is up.

How old is DBD killers? ›

However, the Dead by Daylight developers stated that all the characters are over 18. (Developer Stream #32 "A Very Mori Christmas")

Who is the coolest killer in DBD? ›

A Tier – Excellent Killers, but less optimal than the S Tier
  • Anna – Huntress.
  • Bubba Sawyer – Cannibal.
  • Carmina Mora – Artist.
  • Frank, Julie, Susie, Joey – Legion.
  • Herman Carter – Doctor.
  • Kazan Yamaoka – Oni.
  • Nemesis T-Type – Nemesis.
  • Philip Ojomo – Wraith.
Jan 9, 2023

Is DbD a toxic game? ›

Indeed, the DbD community is not commonly perceived as toxic, even if toxic behaviour can manifest itself in certain situations. Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical game opposing survivors and killers that can be played on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One.

Can you get reported for camping in DbD? ›

*Camping/face-camping can be reported under specific circumstances. If a Survivor is being targeted by the same Killer and face-camped repeatedly for multiple games, then this falls under "Griefing" and is a reportable offense (reporting via in-game and support ticket required).

How long does it take for DC penalty to reset? ›

Reset=1st penalty return to 5 minutes.

How long is LOL penalty? ›

Time penalties
Queue typeFirst dodgeSecond dodge
Normal6 minutes30 minutes
Ranked6 minutes -3 LP30 minutes -10 LP
ARAM15 minutes30 minutes
Co-Op vs. AI6 minutes30 minutes
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Are killer addons permanent DBD? ›

Add-ons are single-use only and generally lost after a Trial. Add-ons can be saved between Trials by using the following: Black Ward. Offering as Killer.

How rare is it to unhook yourself in Dead by Daylight? ›

Attempt to Self-Unhook, which has a default Success Chance of 4 % per attempt. Failed attempts penalise the Survivor by reducing the Hook Stage duration by -20 seconds each, thus allowing for a maximum of 3 attempts.

How do DBD penalties work? ›

Anything that results in you leaving the match will count as a disconnect. This includes but is not limited to: Turning off your PC/console, disconnecting your Internet, closing the game, or leaving a match through the leave match button. This is crucial to ensure that the system cannot be exploited.

Can you get unbanned from Dead by Daylight? ›

To unban a Dead by Daylight account, you must submit a ban appeal via their Support website. Here's how to do that: Choose “Dead by Daylight” as the game you're inquiring about; For the mobile version of the game, you can choose “Dead by Daylight Mobile”.

How many charges does it take to heal yourself DBD? ›

Healing Speeds & Times

Healing yourself or other Survivors fills the Health State with Charges. A Health State requires 16 charges to be fully healed or completed.


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