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Ultimate Guide To The Cenobite in Dead by Daylight

Ultimate Guide To The Cenobite in Dead by Daylight

The Cenobite or Elliot Spencer best known as Pinhead from the Hellraiser series is another franchise killer added to the Dead by Daylight roster. How to play this sadistic monstrosity? What are his powers? Are there any perks worth looking into? All this and some tips and tricks will be answered in this ultimate guide to The Cenobite.

The Cenobite is not an easy killer to pick up and play. The Lament Configuration box and the continuous Chain Hunt can keep every survivor in check without your intervention. He can even send out Possessed Chains from a distance to hold his prey in place. There is tons of potential in his arsenal but requires a lot of attention to get right.


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

Is The Cenobite (Elliot Spencer) good for beginners?

The Cenobite (Elliot Spencer)

The Cenobite isn’t meant to be played as a beginner. His abilities and powers need a lot of training to get the best result. The gate that sends forth the Possessed Chains needs to be placed just right especially while chasing to effectively slow down the target.

This killer is one of the hardest ones of the lot. Ability utilization, keeping track of the Lament Configuration box, and knowing went to harass the survivor with the box will make or break your game. There are so many things to keep account of and vigorous training is a must in this killer’s case.

Are The Cenobite Perks worth upgrading?

Deadlock is a great perk to restrict the generator with the highest repair progression. Survivors will be forced to move on to another generator while this effect persists. Other killers benefit from this perk as well so upgrading it is a wise decision.

Another amazing perk in this killer’s arsenal is the Hex: Plaything. It will curse hooked survivors with debuffs and they will be pushed to seek out the Totem to cleanse it otherwise they will keep on suffering. It is great at making a member of the survivor team unproductive for a while.

What are The Cenobite Perks?

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



Whenever a Generator is completed, The Entity blocks the Generator with the most progression for 20/25/30 seconds.

The Aura of the blocked Generator is revealed to you in white during this time.

Hex: Plaything

Hex: Plaything

If there is at least one Dull Totem remaining in the Trial Grounds, this perk activates on a random Totem each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time:

  • The hooked Survivor suffers from the Cursed and Oblivious Status Effects until Hex: Plaything is cleansed.
  • For the first 90 seconds, only the Cursed Survivor is able to cleanse the Hex Totem.
  • The Aura of Hex: Plaything’s Hex Totem is revealed to the Cursed Survivor within 24/20/16 meters.
  • All effects of the Hex Perk persist until its Totem is cleansed or blessed.
Scourge Hook: Gift of Pain

Scourge Hook: Gift of Pain

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

Each time a Survivor is unhooked from a Scourge Hook, the following effects apply:

  • The Survivor suffers from the Haemorrhage and Mangled Status Effects until healed.
  • Upon being healed, the Survivor suffers a 10/13/16 % Action Speed penalty to Healing and Repairing until they are injured again.

What Weapon does The Cenobite have?

Hook & Chain

The Cenobite brings forth the Hook & Chain, a sadistic torture weapon to attack its mark. Designed to string its prey like a piece of meat while it feeds on the sweet visceral energy of pain.

What Powers does The Cenobite have?

Summons of Pain

The Cenobite has a plethora of abilities stemming from his Summons of Pain power.

Firstly, he can open a gate to send Possessed Chains to hunt survivors. You have to manually aim the location of the gate, the more you charge it the farther it will spawn. The initial chain can be manually controlled.

Once the chain binds a survivor, they suffer from the Incapacitated Status Effect, meaning they can’t sprint and their movement is hindered. The controls return to the killer once the survivor is caught so that he can finish the job.

If the chain stays latched on for some time, another two chains (each after an interval) will come forth and apply an even more stackable status effect, lowering their movement even further. However, these chains can be broken in a couple of ways:

  • By the survivors themselves using the Break Free action.
  • If an obstacle comes in between the gate and the survivor the chain will break. However, in this case, another chain will spawn automatically and will attempt to grab the survivor again.
  • If another survivor or the Cenobite himself walks in the path of the chain, it will break. A replacement chain will be summoned in this instance as well.
Lament Configuration

The killer’s true menacing ability arises from the Lament Configuration box. This special box will spawn randomly on the map and both the survivors and the killer can interact with it, although survivors can see its aura at all times.

If the box is not interacted with by the survivors for 90 seconds, it will initiate a Chain Hunt. Every survivor in the trial will be harassed by chains during the hunt. It will end only when a survivor picks up the box. The Cenobite can also attempt to find the box and if he interacts with it before any survivor, Chain Hunt will commence. In this instance, all survivors will be bound by chains and scream to reveal their location to the killer.

Survivors who do get a hold of the box can solve it in 6 seconds. It will respawn randomly again in the trial after a bit of delay. During the solving window, the killer can Teleport to the said survivor and they will be held in place with chains for him to arrive.

Additionally, the survivor with the box will suffer from the Oblivious Status Effect and occasionally be attacked by chains until the box is solved. When they are solving the box, their location will be revealed for the killer to transport.

Is The Cenobite fun to play?

Is The Cenobite (Elliot Spencer) fun to play?

The Cenobite can be played as a regular killer if you choose but he truly shines with the right use of his somewhat convoluted ability. When you can harness his power properly, he is an extremely powerful killer in DBD making him exceptionally fun to play.

The right tactics of sending forth the Possessed Chain, playing with the Lament Configuration, and capitalizing on the Chain Hunt can easily oppress the entire survivor team. Just give this killer the time he deserves and you won’t be disappointed.

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

tips and tricks - The Cenobite (Elliot Spencer)

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

  • Leather Strip add-on lowers the cooldown of Possessed Chains.
  • Add-ons like Burning Candle and Torture Pillar decrease the timer to begin the Chain Hunt. The lower countdown will cause greater panic.
  • Larry’s Remains add-on is great at increasing the time it takes survivors to solve the box.
  • The best scenario is to look for the Lament Configuration box yourself. The power to slow down every survivor is quite OP and opens up multiple targets on the ground ready to be hooked. Since the box is not visible to you, you will have to actively search for it or stumble upon it.
  • It is not recommended to always teleport to a survivor when they are solving the box. Use this ability at the most opportune time otherwise, it may backfire.
  • Downing a survivor with the box is another great way of claiming it and initiating the Chain Hunt.
  • It is a good idea to create the Possessed Chain gate while chasing. With a successful hit, the survivor will be slowed down for you to come in for the hit.
  • The perfect time to use the Possessed Chain is when a survivor is busy doing something. The extended range of this attack will force them to buck instead of focusing on the task.
  • Prioritize downing the survivor with the box as it will not only reset the Chain Hunt but also reveal the location of every other survivor.
  • The Possessed Chain gateway can be aimed through walls and obstacles. You can quickly spawn it from behind a wall and chase the survivor on the other side.
  • Controlling and catching survivors at longer distances with the Possessed Chain is a useless endeavor.
  • The Possessed Chain can be used as a surveillance camera to scan the environment of any survivor.

The Cenobite in Dead by Daylight relies on the trademark box for his most deadly abilities and is really not in control of the killer itself. Due to this and many other reasons, this killer is harder than the rest. But once you understand his playstyle, very few killers can match the widespread pressure of this guy.