How to Master the Flashlight in Dead by Daylight

Key Takeaways:

  • Flashlights are versatile items that can blind Killers, save teammates, and help you escape chases
  • Aim for the Killer’s face and time your blinds carefully for maximum effectiveness
  • Choose the right Flashlight and add-ons based on your playstyle and objectives
  • Practice makes perfect – don’t get discouraged if you miss some blinds at first

Flashlights are one of the most powerful items in Dead by Daylight, but they can also be tricky to master. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player looking to up your game, this guide will help you become a Flashlight pro in no time.

Understanding Flashlights

In Dead by Daylight, Flashlights are items that only Survivors can use. Their main purpose is to temporarily blind the Killer, which can help you escape chases, save teammates from being hooked, and generally make the Killer’s life harder.

There are several types of Flashlights available, each with different stats and add-ons that can affect their performance:

Flashlight TypeBattery LifeAccuracyBeam BrightnessBlindness Duration
Sport Flashlight8 seconds+10%
Utility Flashlight12 seconds-20%+30%+15%
Camping Aid Kit16 seconds

When choosing a Flashlight, consider your playstyle and objectives. If you want to focus on blinding the Killer, go for a Utility Flashlight with add-ons that increase beam brightness and blindness duration. If you prefer a more stealthy approach, a Sport Flashlight with increased accuracy might be a better choice.

Mastering the Technique

To effectively use a Flashlight, you need to aim it directly at the Killer’s face. The closer you are, the easier it will be to land a successful blind. However, be careful not to get too close, or the Killer might be able to hit you before you can blind them.

Timing is also crucial when using Flashlights. Here are some key moments to look out for:

  • Pallet Saves: When the Killer breaks a pallet, they will be locked in an animation for a short time. This is your chance to blind them and save your teammate.
  • Pickup Saves: If the Killer is picking up a downed Survivor, aim your Flashlight at their face just before they complete the pickup animation. If timed correctly, the Killer will drop the Survivor, allowing them to escape.
  • Locker Saves: If a teammate is hiding in a locker and the Killer opens it, quickly blind the Killer to give your teammate a chance to escape.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t get discouraged if you miss some blinds at first – even experienced players don’t have a 100% success rate. Keep at it, and you’ll soon be a Flashlight master.

Building the Perfect Loadout

To get the most out of your Flashlight, pair it with perks and add-ons that complement your playstyle. Here are some popular choices:

  • Perks:
  • Borrowed Time: Gives your unhooked teammates a temporary speed boost and protection from being downed.
  • Decisive Strike: Allows you to escape the Killer’s grasp once per match.
  • Spine Chill: Alerts you when the Killer is looking in your direction, even through walls.
  • Add-ons:
  • Battery: Increases the Flashlight’s battery life.
  • Intense Halogen: Considerably increases beam brightness.
  • Low Amp Filament: Reduces battery consumption.

Experiment with different combinations to find what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try out new builds and adapt your strategy based on the Killer you’re facing.

Advanced Tips and Tricks

Once you’ve mastered the basics, here are some advanced techniques to take your Flashlight game to the next level:

  • Chain Blinding: If you’re working with a coordinated team, take turns blinding the Killer to keep them disoriented for longer periods.
  • Flashlight Baiting: Use your Flashlight to get the Killer’s attention and lure them away from generators or hooked teammates.
  • Mid-Chase Blinds: If you’re being chased, try to blind the Killer while running to create some distance and potentially escape.

Remember, using a Flashlight effectively requires a mix of skill, timing, and game sense. Keep practicing, communicate with your team, and most importantly, have fun!


How long does a Flashlight blind last?

The duration of a Flashlight blind depends on the type of Flashlight and any add-ons being used. On average, a successful blind will disorient the Killer for 2-3 seconds.

Can I blind the Killer while they’re carrying a Survivor?

Yes, if you time your blind correctly just before the Killer finishes the pickup animation, they will drop the Survivor, allowing them to escape.

What’s the best Flashlight to use?

The best Flashlight depends on your playstyle and preferences. Many players prefer the Utility Flashlight for its increased beam brightness and blindness duration, but experiment with different types and add-ons to find what works best for you.

How do I counter Lightborn?

Lightborn is a Killer perk that makes them immune to Flashlight blinds. If you suspect the Killer has Lightborn, focus on other objectives like repairing generators and saving teammates rather than trying to blind them.

Can I use a Flashlight while injured?

Yes, you can use a Flashlight while injured, but keep in mind that you’ll be slower and easier to catch. If you’re injured, it’s often better to prioritize healing or escaping rather than trying to blind the Killer.