The primary goal of the Killer is to hook all Survivors and sacrifice them to The Entity. To get all four Survivors sacrificed, Killers can play around their Perks or use other “strategies,” such as tunneling.
Tunneling is when the Killer focuses on a particular Survivor until the Survivor got sacrificed to The Entity while all other Survivors will be ignored. When a Survivor loops the Killer for a long time or generally plays very toxic, Killers could choose to tunnel the player to make sure he won’t survive the game.
Compared to experienced players on higher ranks, players who are new to the game are probably more likely to tunnel a Survivor because they lack experience dealing with more intelligent Survivors.
How to deal with tunneling in DBD?
Escaping from the Killer, which only focuses on you, is not that easy, especially if the Killer has some experience. However, there are a few Perks that help you to deal with tunneling.
Borrowed Time: William “Bill” Overbeck has one of the best anti-tunnel Perks in Dead by Daylight. If you unhook a Survivor while using Borrowed Time, the Survivor will be protected by the Endurance Status Effect for a short time.
Any damage that would put the Survivor into the Dying state will be ignored; however, the Survivor has to mend themself before the timer runs out. If the timer goes down to 0, the Survivor will be put into the Dying state.
Decisive Strike: At Bloodweb level 40 on Laurie Strode, you can unlock Decisive Strike for all other Survivors. DS is considered one of the best Perks for Survivors in DBD because after you got unhooked but picked up by the Killer again, Decisive Strike triggers a Skill Check.
If you succeed at hitting the Skill Check, the Killer will be stunned for 5 seconds, and you escape his grasp immediately. Please note that DS will be deactivated for the rest of the Trial if you
- Succeed or fail the Decisive Strike Skill Check
- Repair a Generator
- Heal yourself or other Survivors
- Cleanse a Totem
- Sabotage a Hook
- Unhook other Survivors
while DS is active. Also, equipping Decisive Strike increases the chance of becoming the Killers Obsession.
Deliverance: When the Killer hooked you after tunneling, you can unhook yourself with a chance of 100% by using Adam Francis Perk Deliverance. To activate Deliverance, you have to perform a Save Hook Rescue on another Survivor at least once during the game.
After rescuing yourself with Deliverance from the Hook, you will be inflicted with the Broken Status Effect for 100/80/60 seconds. As long as the Broken status is active, the Survivor is unable to heal, regardless if he uses Self-Care or a Med-Kit.
Adrenaline: If you manage to run the Killer around long enough, so the other Survivors repaired all five Generators, Adrenaline is a fantastic Perk for getting distance between you and the Killer.
When Adrenaline activates, you will start sprinting at 150% of normal running speed for 5 seconds. Also, you’ll be healed for one Health State, so if you’re currently in the Dying State, you will be healed into the Injured State.
Is tunneling toxic?
If you ever played against a Killer who chooses to tunnel a Survivor, you will know that it is not fun to play against, especially if you are the #1 target of the Killer.
Many players consider tunneling as toxic behavior, destroying the game experience and preventing Bloodpoint gaining for one particular Survivor. Usually, Killers choose to tunnel to secure at least one kill or to eliminate a survivor that pissed him of the most.
Tunneling and Facecamping are probably the most annoying things to go against, and besides bringing Perks that help escape from a tunneling Killer, Survivors can’t do anything to stop the Killer from doing it.
Is tunneling bannable in Dead by Daylight?
After the Trial ends, all players have the option to report players for cheating, abusing bugs, griefing, or communications abuse through the in-game report system.
Tunneling is considered a not bannable offense by the Dead by Daylight development team. Camping, Slugging, Streamsniping, Teabagging, Bodyblocking, and Looping are also not bannable.