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Ultimate Guide To The Artist in Dead by Daylight

Ultimate Guide To The Artist in Dead by Daylight

The Artist or Carmina Mora is an original killer added to the Dead by Daylight roster with the Chapter 22 DLC. What are the unique abilities of this killer? Is her perks worth upgrading? How can you play her effectively? All will be answered in this ultimate guide to The Artist.

The Artist is a ranged killer and literally nothing can stand in the way of her Birds of Torment. She can send these birds through any surface. These birds not only wound survivors but they are great at gathering tracking information, swarming survivors, and causing panic. Use them mid-chase or just fire them at the far ends of the map to gain the upper hand.


Here is a detailed guide that covers everything there is to know about The Artist in Dead by Daylight to make it easier for you to decide whether to pick her or not.

Is The Artist (Carmina Mora) good for beginners?

The Artist (Carmina Mora)

The Artist is a relatively easy killer for most beginners. Her abilities do require some time to get used to but are much easier to figure out than some of the more challenging killers in the roster. Focus on perfecting the art of dispatching the Birds of Torment and you will get a hang of it in a short span.

New players will also love the fact that you don’t have to actively chase survivors all the time. Firing the crows while planted in a certain location is quite an effective way to bring down survivors.

Are The Artist Perks worth upgrading?

Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance is an amazing perk for greatly ruining the progression of most repaired generators. It even provides audible information about any survivor currently repairing that generator.

Grim Embrace is another perk that targets the generators. It will cause a massive slowdown with its ability to block all generators. Also, the Obsession survivor is revealed to you.

What are The Artist Perks?

The Artist has 3 unique perks with three tier levels in Dead by Daylight:

Grim Embrace

Grim Embrace

Each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time, this perk gains 1 Token. Upon reaching 4 Tokens, the perk activates with the following effects:

  • Blocks all Generators for 30/35/40 seconds.
  • The Aura of the Obsession is revealed to you for 6 seconds.
Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance

Scourge Hook: Pain Resonance

At the start of the Trial, 4 random Hooks are changed into Scourge Hooks The Auras of these hooks are revealed to you in white.

It starts the Trial with 4 Tokens. Each time a Survivor is hooked on a Scourge Hook for the first time, 1 Token is consumed and the following effects apply:

  • The Generator with the most Progression explodes and instantly regresses by 15/20/25 % of its maximum possible Progression. Normal Generator Regression applies afterward.
  • All Survivors repairing that Generator will scream, but not reveal their location.

The perk is disabled for the remainder of the Trial once all Tokens are consumed.

Hex: Pentimento

Hex: Pentimento

You see the Auras of cleansed Totems. You can perform a ritual on a cleansed Totem to resurrect it as a Rekindled Totem. For each Rekindled Totem active at the same time, this perk gains an additional effect:

  • 1 Totem: reduces all Survivors’ Repair speed by 20/25/30 %.
  • 2 Totems: reduces all Survivors’ Healing speed by 20/25/30 %.
  • 3 Totems: reduces all Survivors’ Recovery speed from being downed by 20/25/30 %.
  • 4 Totems: reduces all Survivors’ Exit Gate Opening speed by 20/25/30 %.
  • 5 Totems: All Totems are permanently blocked by The Entity.

When a Rekindled Totem is cleansed, its remains are consumed by The Entity and it cannot be rekindled.

What Weapon does The Artist have?

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The killer uses the Sharp Palette Blade as her primary weapon. This simple painting tool has transformed into a ghastly blade, turning the blood of its victims into dye for macabre paintings.

What Powers does The Artist have?

Birds of Torment

The Artist summons Birds of Torment as her main power. By holding the power button, she conjures a Dire Crow that remains idle on the spot. She can summon multiple crows using this ability continuously. By pressing the ability button, these crows can be propelled in the direction of your choosing.

These crows will harm any survivor that comes in their path. However, when their flight path runs out or if they collide with an obstacle, they turn into a Swarm. In this state, they can phase through anything in their course. They will continue flying to the edge of the map.

Swarms can not damage survivors, instead, they reveal the location of any nearby survivors with their Killer Instinct. If the swarm connects to a survivor, a Murder of Crows will latch on to the target and harass them. If another swarm lands on the already-swarmed survivor, they will receive damage.

The killer can see the Aura of the swarm at all times, giving her valuable tracking information especially if they are latched on to a survivor.

Survivors can use the Repel action to remove the swarm of crows or they can enter lockers to disband them. During repelling, the aura of the swarm is not visible to the killer.

Is The Artist fun to play?

Is The Artist (Carmina Mora) fun to play?

The Artist is a robust ranged killer. Sending Birds of Torment in any direction is an extremely strong power and can cover the entire map.

She can effectively control the whole map just by standing in the middle and even bringing down survivors without having to manually chase them. This power alone makes her an insanely assertive killer and damn fun to play.

She is ranked in the top 5 killers on our list for a good reason. Her powers are incomparable to others if used properly. Let your corvine minions do all the heavy lifting while you bask in the casual terror you spread.

What are some tips and tricks to get better with The Artist?

tips and tricks - The Artist (Carmina Mora)

Here are some tips that you can employ when playing as The Artist in Dead by Daylight:

  • Add-ons like Thick Tar will increase the time for survivors to repel the crows. You can use this extended time to either chase them or send another swarm to attack them.
  • The Festering Carrion add-on will allow her to shoot Dire Crows faster and recover faster before sending out another barrage of crows.
  • Oil Paints add-on will increase the Killer Instinct range further. This is great for locating survivors in the crow’s path.
  • One of the easiest and most effective strategies to employ with her is to send crows in the direction of the farthest generators on the map as you start the trial. Many times it will land on a survivor and disrupt their task. You can do this throughout the match.
  • While looping, place a Dire Crow’s path at one end of the loop and chase them through the other side. As soon as the survivor walks in the path of the bird, fire them and watch as they go down (if already hurt).
  • Place the birds in a way the survivors can’t escape them. This killer is a menace at terrorizing choke points especially the corners of the maps.
  • If you send multiple crows at a time, the ability has a longer cooldown. It is best to send out one crow particularly when you are nearing a survivor. This way you will have the ability ready to fire in the middle of the chase.
  • You will be surprised by the bird’s hitbox. It will catch survivors you wouldn’t even know was possible.
  • The Killer Instinct of the birds is a fantastic tool to reveal survivor locations. Use them when you feel a bit lost.
  • Sending birds straight on while chasing is sometimes better than closing the distance yourself. Make sure nothing is blocking their flight path. Or if they are already swarmed, then obstacles won’t hold back their damage potential.

The Artist is a very versatile killer in Dead by Daylight. She can harass survivors passively without having to chase them. She can trap loops and she can accumulate useful information on the fly. On top of that, she is easy to master. What else do you want from a killer?