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Ultimate Guide To The Deathslinger in Dead by Daylight

Ultimate Guide To The Deathslinger in Dead by Daylight

The Deathslinger is a staple for all Shooter-loving Killers in Dead By Daylight. He grants you access to long-range as a killer and hunts down the survivors effectively. Know everything you need to master this death-defying demon’s perks and powers here.

The Deathslinger is a deadly Killer summoned by The Entity to haunt all unassuming Survivors with his trusted old long gun, Death to Bayshore. He is a hard Killer to master, but once you get the hang of him you will love reeling in all of your prey to satiate his thirst for blood.


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

Is Deathslinger (Caleb Quinn) good for beginners?

Deathslinger  Dead by Daylight

‘Upon catching prey unaware, the Deathslinger uses his handmade gun – The Redeemer – to skewer fleeing Survivors with a long-distance harpoon.’

The Deadslinger, or ‘Caleb Quinn’ is a measly old, vengeful killer zombie first of  Dead By Daylight presented in ‘Chapter 15: Chains of Hate’. This spiteful monstrosity is capable of spearing any fearful prey from a distance and reeling them towards himself using the Power of his gun, The Redeemer.

The Deathslinger has some complicated move-sets that you must get used to before getting comfortable with him. His perks include Gearhead, Hex: Retribution, and Dead Man’s Switch. These perks are very useful in targeting Survivors, obstructing their progress in the match, and punishing them for destroying any totem.

Regardless, you will need to gain a lot of practice with The Deathslinger before you can master him. You will really need to hone in on your accuracy and shooting skills to be able to be effective with this killer. Having said that, if you do come from a Shooter background and have played a lot of First-Person Shooters back in the day, you might find him a little easier.

Difficulty level: Hard.

Are Deathslinger Perks worth upgrading?

The Deathslinger has a fascinating collection of Perks that could really salivate any Killer’s tongue and rouse their appetite. If you upgrade Caleb Quinn’s Bloodweb to level 50, you will unlock Prestige 1.

Prestige 1 is a whole new tier list that enables you to teach any other Killer a perk that belongs to The Deathslinger. Prestige 2 and 3 unlock the remaining Perks for all other Killers.

Whether you wish to utilize these perks with another Killer you play as main, or you just have a crazy idea to combine The Deathslinger’s Perks with another Killer’s Powers for a vicious combination – you know that it’s a given you’ll need to upgrade The Deathslinger’s Perks.

Along with that incentive, another reason you would want to upgrade The Deathslinger’s Perks is perhaps because you want to main this Killer. And for that, you will definitely need to invest in his Perks.

What Perks does Deathslinger Have?

The Deathslinger has 3 unique perks dedicated to him:


In a nutshell, your ears will perk up whenever a gear is being fixed by a wounded Survivor.
As soon as a Survivor loses a Health State, Gearhead comes into play for 30 seconds. In this duration, if a Survivor is successful in completing a Good Skill Check as he fixes a generator, he will end up revealing his Aura to you for 6/7/8 seconds.

Dead Man’s Switch

Once you have hooked a Survivor, you will activate this perk for a duration of 20/25/30 seconds. When Dead Man’s Switch is active, The Entity will come in between and block any incomplete Generator from being completely repaired once abandoned by a Survivor.
Moreover, any Generators blocked by the Entity will have a White Aura expose them for the given duration.

Hex: Retribution

This is essentially a Hex that can lash out when destroyed to punish anyone who crosses The Deathslinger. Any Survivor that dares to cleanse (or bless) any Totem will gain the Oblivious Status Effect for a duration of 35/40/45 seconds.

That is not all! If a Survivor does succeed in blessing or cleansing any Hex Totem, he will end up causing every Survivor’s Auras to be revealed to The Deathslinger for about 15 seconds.
Every Effect caused by Hex: Retribution will linger until its own Hex Totem is blessed or cleansed.

What Weapon does Deathslinger have?

Dead by Daylight Deathslinger  Weapons

The Deathslinger works with a personally crafted long gun with a deadly punch. The Death to Bayshore will be your Primary Weapon when playing this Killer.

Death to Bayshore utilizes The Deathslinger’s main Power, The Redeemer.

What Power does Deathslinger have?

The Redeemer

Power: The Redeemer

“The Deathslinger’s ingenuity affords him the ability to reel in bounties with a unique invention – a heavily modified, hybrid rifle that replaces conventional ammunition with a razor-sharp spear affixed to a chain.”

When you press the Power button and Hold it down, The Deathslinger will begin aiming at sights. Upon pressing the Attack button, Caleb will begin to shoot a spear that will inevitably lodge itself in a Survivor. Once lodged, you can use this Spear to reel in the wounded Survivor towards yourself.

Reeling Mechanic:
Once you have successfully Spear a Survivor with the help of your power – The Redeemer – you can hold down the Power button to begin reeling the Speared Survivor towards you against their will.
Survivors can struggle against being reeled in by utilizing their environment or trying to break free. 

If a Survivor successfully gets out of the reel, it will result in stunning The Deathslinger and invoking the Injured State Status Effect onto the freed Survivor.

The Deathslinger must reload The Redeemer after each attempted shot in order to use it again. To reload, you must hold down the Activity button.

Is Deathslinger fun to play?

If you love playing Shooters or enjoy the thrill of landing skill shots and invoking fear into the hearts of every Survivor in the match – you will love playing as The Deathslinger.

But in case you are starting out as a beginner in Dead By Daylight, then maybe choose another Killer that is easier to learn as your starter’s main, or else you may find it a little hard to work with The Deathslinger.

What are some tips and tricks to get better with Deathslinger?

  1. Practice, practice practice! This goes without saying, You will need a lot of practice before you can master The Deathslinger.
  2. If you aim correctly, you can even shoot through some really tiny crevices and gaps, such as those around variations of Killer Shack.
  3. If you break the chain when reeling in a Survivor yourself, you can do the same damage as hitting the Survivor and inflicting a Deep Wound on him. So, you should not be afraid to sometimes break your own chain.
  4. Try to use reload add-ons.
  5. Keep The Redeemer reloaded for any possible occasion.
  6. If you need to reload during a chase down, only do so if you are 100% sure you can make the shot.
  7. Go for that shot! Think you have a risky shot you can take once you have spotted an unassuming Survivor? What’s the most that can happen? Don’t hesitate to go for the kill, literally.

That’s everything for now on the Deathslinger killer in Dead by Daylight. We hope you find this guide helpful and stay tuned for more on DBD in the days to come.