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- 1 Playing Matches
- 2 Team setup
- 3 Character tactics
- 4 Against Hunter tactics
Playing Matches[edit | edit source]
Read the Beginner's Guide first.
Early Game[edit | edit source]
Decoding Cipher Machines[edit | edit source]
Finishing all five ciphers as soon as possible is key to winning a match. Deciding when to decode together is important and not always a bad thing. After all, finishing a cipher in fifty seconds (30 seconds quicker) is definitely advantageous. However, if two people are decoding one cipher together, they will complete two ciphers in one minute and forty seconds. Decoding separately will get those same two ciphers done in one minute and twenty seconds.
Which ciphers you pick can also determine the success of the game. Certain ciphers are safe and others are unsafe, which can make kiting easier or harder. Familiarizing yourself with the maps will help you determine the best spots.
Avoiding the Hunter[edit | edit source]
Avoiding the hunter early game can put you out of situations where you have to kite and allow you to decode. While it is not mandatory to completely memorize spawn points, more experienced players have an idea of spawn points.
Pallet dropping and vaulting alert the hunter of where you are. Self Deception is a good talent to have so the hunter is not alerted when you miss calibrations. If you are going to vault over something, make sure you are walking or crouching so the hunter does not receive a noise notification.
Kiting[edit | edit source]
Kiting is one of the best ways to help your team. It takes the pressure off of them and allows them to finish ciphers. However, your style of kiting will constantly be changing depending on who the hunter is. Being aware of what traits and talents the hunter has is also important.
Early game, positioning yourself at a cipher near a good kiting area can help the chase last longer.
Practice kiting and always aim for at least a 60 second kite. It is a huge inconvenience to your team if no ciphers have popped and you are already down.
Late Game[edit | edit source]
Decoding Cipher Machines[edit | edit source]
Decoding together when there is only one or two ciphers left is always something to consider late game. It will allow you to finish quicker and activate Borrowed Time for those who have it.
Having the message “Cipher machine primed!” in your list will tell your team that the last cipher is incredibly close to finishing and will encourage rescues (if someone is chaired) or give your teammate a boost while being kited (if they have Borrowed Time). “Focus on decoding!” is your que to pop the cipher.
Refrain from leaving the cipher if it is primed and no one is there to finish it. Wait for someone else to come if you want to go in for a save. Timing is key to popping ciphers, and too early or too late will make it completely useless.
Interacting with the Hunter[edit | edit source]
Attempting to perform rescues while the Hunter has Detention can be difficult. Be especially reluctant to rescue someone if the rest of your team is alive and at the Exit Gate. A three person win is still a win, while a failed rescue will result in a draw. Reading the situation is important and your decisions will vary between each game.
General Tips[edit | edit source]
- Rescuers should always carry Tide Turner and be willing to body block. Tide Turner helps waste the Hunter’s time and body blocking gives the other person a better chance to escape.
- Certain hunters might carry Trump Card, which allows them to change their trait in game. Be wary of this. Just because the hunter had Blink in the beginning of the match does not mean they can’t teleport to your Exit Gate.
- Basement saves are not usually successful, so carrying Tide Turner will help the chaired person out of the basement and hopefully make the next rescue easier.
- Bait hits from the hunter before rescuing so they hit the chair. Their recovery time allows you to free the chaired person.
- Know when to vault. Certain areas are very unsafe and allow the hunter easy access to you if you choose to vault over something. Wait for a moment and read the hunter’s movements. Sometimes, both of you will just stand still for a long time.
Team setup[edit | edit source]
It starts in the hall. Usually too many similar survivors are weaker than a variant setup. E.g: playing with 3 or 4 Gardeners thinking that destroying all the chairs will help win the game doesn't necessarily work.
Also, keep in mind that a skilled player will select a Hunter and a Trait that will help counter the Survivor's perk's.
In high tier rank matches, Coordinator or Mercenary are commonly used as rescuing roles. For them the Tide Turner talent is selected to allow teammates a 20-second invincibility time when they either rescue or are rescued from the rocket chair.
One example: Seer, Mechanic, Perfumer, Coordinator
Seer and Perfumer are decoding and kiting roles, as they both have abilities that allow them to kite the hunter for a long period of time, and they possess no debuffs in decoding (except Perfumer, but only when she misses a calibration). Mechanic's main role is to decode (given her 125% decoding speed). A tactic used by Mechanic is to quickly decode a cipher machine at the beginning of the match, then control your robot. That way, even if the mechanic is placed on the rocket chair, her robot is still decoding at 125% speed. Coordinator's role is to rescue the survivors.
If you play as a Gardener and you break chairs, you are putting your team in a dangerous position for three reasons.
1: Every time you break a chair, you alert the hunter of your position.
2: You are not decoding. Your teammates are depending on you to decode as fast as possible, especially if they are kiting the hunter for 60 seconds.
3: Broken chairs may not necessarily help yourself, or a team-member who is kiting the hunter. For one, the hunter can carry the skill [Abnormal] to fix rocket chairs. The hunter can also carry the talent [Hindsight], which increases their attack recovery speed by 6% if you break more than 2 chairs, and this effect can multiply for every chair broken after that.
Character tactics[edit | edit source]
Decoder[edit | edit source]
- He can find 3 password pages in the map, each pages can decodes 50% of cipher machines in quickly time.
- He 's the only Decoder not weak, he always can kite the hunter.
- If there are 2-4 Explorers in one match, they are totally weak, because there are only 3 password pages for all.
Mechanic[edit | edit source]
- Spawn the doll early in the match (Doll 125% decoding power > normal survivor)
- 1st priority of decoding in a safe place, other roles must give the decoder to mechanics
- Do not ever use your doll to rescue, unless the door is open and you are guaranteed to escape.
- Rescue only when 2 or more survivors are injured/ chaired.
The Mind's Eye[edit | edit source]
- Fastest decoder in the game, but is rather slow at vaulting over windows and pallets and has very limited vision.
- It is recommended that you do not play The Mind’s Eye unless you are familiar with the map.
- Use echo immediately. This will allow your teammates to position themselves/prepare to kite if the hunter is near them. If the hunter uses headphones, they can hear the direction of your ability so beware.
- The best Mind's Eye users will never see hunter for the entire game.
- Be prepared to kite and get tunneled as The Mind's Eye. As you are the fastest decoder, a good hunter will try to find you first.
- Do not rescue unless you're the only one uninjured or if you're near the chair and you know that the cipher is primed. Stick to decoding ciphers whenever you can!
-Broken Windows is a must for all survivors, but is definitely required for Mind’s Eye players.
Rescuer[edit | edit source]
Coordinator[edit | edit source]
-1st line rescuer in small maps
-Often, if not always, used in high-tier matches.
-Able to shoot the Hunter
Shoot the Hunter when they are carrying a Survivor. The ballooned Survivor is immediately freed from the Hunter's grasp onto the ground. Shooting the Hunter will also leave them stunned for a few seconds. Be careful with this tactic, however, for the Hunter can counter this by releasing the Survivor when they see you rushing their direction with a gun.
Only shoot when you have a CLEAR aim, without any walls or obstacles potentially blocking your bullet and wasting your shot.
Get time for yourself or for another Survivor to run away.
Shoot while the match is at an early stage to avoided the Hunter levelling up with their skill.
- If needed, switch places on a chair with a rescued Survivor. Coordinator stays quite long in the chair, which gives time to others for decoding.
Mercenary[edit | edit source]
-1st line rescuer in large maps
-Can take two or more hits to be knocked down since he has delayed damage effect.
-Run away from rocket chairs when hit twice with your ability.
Forward[edit | edit source]
-Sometimes used in high-tier matches
- Requires good controls and no lag.
- His ability to stun hunters and rescue survivors from balloons make him a good rescuer and kiter. It is recommended for the Forward to carry [Tide Turner] as well.
-Avoid using the rugby ball to escape. If possible, always make a U-turn and stun the hunter.
Kiter[edit | edit source]
Magician[edit | edit source]
- Often used in high-tier matches
- When you create an illusion change direction, immediately. It is even better if you can create the illusion right before a corner or a wall or some kind of other obstacle.
- When played correctly, the Magician's illusion can block the attack of the hunter.
- Be aware of your weakness. The Magician takes longer to rescue when chaired and requires a good rescuer to go for the rescue. Be sure to bring broken windows as to not get downed too quickly and make your team rescue you early game.
Seer[edit | edit source]
-Now commonly banned in legendary match.
- Always try to look at the hunter whenever you're kiting. Best way to gain owls is running around the carousel in Moonlit River Park, and especially constantly staring at a certain hunter (Geisha).
-The Seer can see the hunter(s) for five seconds after the game begins.
Perfumer[edit | edit source]
- Very strong kiter if perfume is used correctly
- Occasionally acts as 2nd line rescuer
- Will raise Hunter's presence point, making it extremely difficult for another kiter to kite later on.
- Good Times to Use Her Perfume
Before jumping from a height
Before vaulting a window
Right before a Hunter lands a blow on you
Thief[edit | edit source]
- An old kiter, not commonly seen nowadays with other strong character(s)
- Sometimes used in high-tier matches
- Sadly, dazing the hunter usually doesn't work. It is very easy to defend against it as a Hunter
- Thief's moonwalking is best when the Hunter is Geisha.
-Even though the Thief’s flashlight is a very unaffective item, he can also work as a supporter character, as his chest-opening buff allows him and other survivors (Lucky Guys, especially) to go through chests much more quickly.
Supporter[edit | edit source]
Lawyer[edit | edit source]
- Lawyer can still kite because the trait calls "Heart of Steel" makes him more stronger, Kite without Terror Shock.
- He can use the map to know where are the teamates, the hunters, but you should use the map carefully.
- He can rescue very good, try to prime the cipher machine when hunter is nearby and try open the gate when the hunter is nearby.
Priestess[edit | edit source]
- Not used in high tier matches.
- Create a portal as an escape route if hunter appears.
- Use your portals on wide 'walls' or on large objects to make the portal tunnel as long as you can.
- Before rescuing, make sure too have at least TWO portals ready, you never know.
- Her Portals Is Useful in Late Game due to the fact they can teleport when used at a correct time -She is better partnered with a doctor due to their healing buffs which can alter the game -Her main weakness is her portals also take a lot of time and she cant kite as she has a kiting debuff -She also is slower by 10% when decoding which makes her preferably a rescuer over a decoder -Rarely used on Legendary Rank because more survivors can rescue better and has no decoding debuff
Dancer[edit | edit source]
- Dancer is a great survivor which is capable of all sorts of kiting and also can act as a decoder. Dancer was a kiter before the new update where her Decoding debuff has been removed
- She has 2 main types of music boxes The Slow box is preferably better when you get distance from a hunter.It is also best to use it from a building behind the survivor caught. Ex: Leo’s Memory Use The Slow Box on the wall behind the chair on the little shack. Her Buff “Duets” make her immune for the slowing effect which guarantees a possibly long kiting time
- Her Fast Box is Preferably Used for a Decoder :(Mechanic , Mind’s Eye) to make use of their fast decoding speed which if added by the fast music box can rush a cipher easy in the first 5 minutes.
- Her Skills are preferably better to be used on a building which has a large space that can be advantageous for her box. A Great Way to make an easy win is As soon as the fifth cipher pops , put a slow music box on the center of the place your standing .Since you arent affected by slow music you can easily escape even if the hunter teleports , blinks or has detention.Her Main Map is The Moonlit River Map where space is large and wide which is an advantage for her kiting abilities.
Doctor[edit | edit source]
- Rarely used in high-tier matches
- Use Doctor and First Aid talents.
- You can heal yourself, so go and rescue others from chair. Especially from hunters who loves camping.
-The Doctor is capable of healing the smallest of damage, which makes her a good counter against hunters like the Soul Weaver or The Photographer.
Against Hunter tactics[edit | edit source]
Photographer - Joseph[edit | edit source]
Joseph is a hunter that can take photos of the survivors and enter the Mirror World. The Mirror World lasts about 60 seconds and Joseph can walk faster when he is inside. When the Mirror World ends, all ciphers will lose half of the progress made on them during the time the Mirror World lasted.
One strategy is to hide in the beginning of the match and wait for Joseph to take a photo, then go to a cipher that was no where near your spawn point. If you are found decoding in the Mirror World, Joseph will either terror shock and chair you in the Mirror World (leaving you incapacitated when it ends) or leave the Mirror World and terror shock you in real life.
If you are chaired in the Mirror World, immediately leave and go to corner of the map/good hiding place and heal yourself. You can also try and find a teammate, but hiding allows everyone to keep decoding. You can heal yourself past the limit by equipping Exit Path.
- Doctor is a good counter against the Photographer (She can heal you past being a one-shot)
Remember that Joseph is very good at making the game last longer. It is important to focus on hiding or avoiding him early game to avoid being injured or chaired.
Wu Chang - White Guard/Black Guard[edit | edit source]
Wu Chang is a hunter that carries an umbrella (allows him to teleport to where it landed) and can change between White Guard and Black Guard. White Guard has a longer recovery time, but has a longer hit-box. Black Guard has a shorter recover time, but with a shorter hit-box.
Black Guard has access to a bell once his presence reaches a certain point. When in a chase, watch behind you and observe Wu Chang to avoid stepping on the blue path that comes from his bell. A calibration will appear on your screen if you step on the blue path. If you fail these calibrations twice, you will start to walk in the opposite direction of where you want to go. Avoiding the bell is essential to keeping distance, since, regardless of whether you missed the calibration or not, you will fall to the ground for a second and allow Wu Chang to catch up to you.
White Guard can attempt to siphon your soul once his presence has reached a certain point. This allows Wu Chang to fly over to you, closing whatever distance you had. Wu Chang must be very close to you to actually siphon your soul. It takes around five seconds to do and will prompt hallucinations of multiple Wu Changs trying to hit you. These Wu Changs do no harm, but may confuse you and allow the real Wu Chang to hit you. Once your soul has been siphoned, you will also be unable to interact with other people (making rescues impossible). White Guard’s longer recovery time allows for keeping distance, but keep in mind White Guard’s hit box is larger and Wu Chang can simply move his camera and follow you if you try and juke him.