How To Unlock Characters In Dead By Daylight

Dead by Daylight features many different characters, divided into the Survivor and Killer role. Over 24 Survivors and 22 Killers are now available for every player, each coming with its own unique Perks and Powers. 

In Dead by Daylight, a Killer or Survivor can be purchased and unlocked for Iridescent Shards. Licensed Killers and Survivors, such as Freddy Kruger or Ghost Face, can only be unlocked with Auric Cells or by purchasing the DLC on Steam.

Iridescent Shards can be earned for free by increasing the player account level. After each Trial, you will earn XP depending on the played time in the Trial and the highest Emblem quality. One second in the Trial is 1 XP.

Note: On Steam, prices vary slightly between some DLCs, but most cost $5 if there is no special sale going on.

Here is a list of all Killers and Survivors and how they can be unlocked:

Killer SurvivorPrice/StatusDLC
TrapperDwight FairfieldIncluded in the base game
WraithMeg ThomasIncluded in the base game
HillbillyClaudette Morel / Jake ParkIncluded in the base game
NurseNea KarlssonFree DLC CharacterThe Last Breath Chapter
Shape (Michael Myers)Laurie StrodeDLC CharacterThe Halloween Chapter
HagAce Visconti9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsOf Flesh and Mud
William “Bill” OverbeckFree DLC CharacterLeft Behind
DoctorFeng Min9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsSpark of Madness
HuntressDavid KingFree DLC CharacterA Lullaby for the Dark
Cannibal (Leatherface)DLC CharacterLEATHERFACE™
Nightmare (Freddy Kruger)Quentin SmithDLC CharacterA Nightmare on Elm Street™
PigDavid TappDLC CharacterThe SAW™ Chapter
ClownKate Denson9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsCurtain Call
SpiritAdam Francis9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsShattered Bloodline
LegionJeffrey “Jeff” Johansen9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsDarkness Among Us
PlagueJane Romero9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsDemise of the Faithful
Ash J. WilliamsDLC CharacterAsh vs Evil Dead
Ghost FaceDLC CharacterGhost Face®
DemogorgonNancy Wheeler / Steve HarringtonDLC CharacterStranger Things
OniYui Kimura9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsCursed Legacy
DeathslingerZarina Kassir9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsChains of Hate
Executioner (Pyramid Head)Cheryl MasonDLC CharacterSilent Hill
BlightFelix Richter9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsDescend Beyond
TwinsÉlodie Rakoto9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsA Binding of Kin
TricksterYun-Jin Lee9.000 Iridescent Shards / 500 Auric CellsAll Kill

Is there a way to get Auric Cells for free?

Auric Cells are the premium currency in Dead by Daylight that players can use to purchase character skins and new characters. 

Auric Cells can only be obtained through the in-game Store. The premium track of The Rift is the only way to get Auric Cells for free; however, the player has to unlock the premium pack for 1.000 Auric Cells.

Another option on how to get free Auric Cells would be events or giveaways by Behavior like they have done in the past. That said, it is unlikely that such an event will go live (an anniversary event would be a good option).

How do you get free Killers in Dead by Daylight?

Over the years, many new chapters got revealed, each one including a Killer (except Ash vs. Evil Dead & Left Behind). Now, there are over 22 different Killers, including iconic characters, such as Pyramid Head, Michael Myers, Leatherface, or Freddy Krueger.

Every new player gets The Huntress and the Nurse as free Killer right from the start. On PS4, each player receives The Doctor and The Hag for free as well. Killers can also be unlocked with Iridescent Shards, an in-game currency that can be earned for free.

Each original Killer (created by the DBD developers) costs 9.000 Iridescent Shards; licensed Killers can only be unlocked by purchasing the particular DLC or spending 500 Auric Cells.


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