Dead by Daylight: The Nurse is Getting Nerfed

A long time coming.
A long time coming. Behaviour Interactive

A lot of Dead by Daylight players have long considered The Nurse as the strongest killer, especially in the right hands. She has a steep learning curve but once you get the hang of it, there's little that can stand between you and the survivors. Over time she's slowly grown in power, thanks to new perks. However, that is about to change in the upcoming update.

One of the reasons why The Nurse is so strong is because her attacks are considered basic attacks, which benefit from a wide range of perks. Because of this, her blink attacks will become special attacks once Patch 6.5.0 goes live. This means that her blink attacks no longer activate basic attack perks like Starstruck, Hex: No One Escapes Death, and more.

But that's not all. A new sound cue will be added when her blink charges have fully regenerated. With this, users can now know when they're ready to blink again.

But wait there's more! The Dead by Daylight team also looked into the add-ons and introduced new effects to make sure that the strongest and weakest of the bunch are brought closer in line with the rest. Any add-on that increases the maximum blink range of The Nurse is going to be replaced with a completely new effect.

Here are the add-on updates to look forward to:

  • Catatonic Boy’s Treasure
    • Lowers extra fatigue from Chain Blinks by 65%.
  • Dark Cincture
    • Increases movement speed after a Blink but before the following fatigue by 30%.
  • Heavy Panting
    • Extends the duration of a Lunge by 30% after more than one Blink.
  • Ataxic Respiration
    • Reduces base Blink fatigue duration by 7%.
  • Fragile Wheeze
    • Blink Attacks inflict the Mangled status effect.
  • Campbell's Last Breath
    • After reappearing from a fully charged Blink, The Nurse immediately Blinks again at full charge in the direction she is currently facing.
    • This only works if The Nurse has a remaining Blink charge.
  • “Bad Man's” Last Breath
    • Hitting a survivor with a successful Blink Attack grants the Undetectable status effect for 25 seconds.
    • This effect can only be triggered once every 45 seconds.
  • Kavanaugh's Last Breath
    • When succumbing to fatigue, any survivors within eight meters of The Nurse are afflicted with the Blindness status effect for 60 seconds.
  • Jenner's Last Breath
    • Once The Nurse has exhausted all her Blinks, The Nurse can immediately Blink back to her original position by pressing the Active Ability Button.
    • This must be triggered before The Nurse succumbs to fatigue.
    • After returning to her original position, all Blink charges are restored.
  • Torn Bookmark
    • Adds one Blink charge.
    • Increases Blink recharge time by 30%.
  • Matchbox
    • Sets maximum number of Blink charges to one.
    • Increases The Nurse's base movement speed to 4.4 m/s.

You can learn more about what’s being planned in the upcoming update. You can also read about the changes made to the wiggle mechanic or the addition of a new HUD for survivor Activity.

Dead by Daylight is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS.

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