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Ultimate Guide To The Hillbilly in Dead by Daylight

Ultimate Guide To The Hillbilly in Dead by Daylight

The Hillbilly or Max Thompson Jr. belongs to the starting set of killers that shipped with Dead by Daylight. What makes this killer great? His perks? What is his special ability, and how to effectively use it to get kills? Is he even good for beginners? We will go over everything and some tips at the end of this ultimate guide to the Hillbilly.

The Hillbilly is a straightforward killer. He does require a bit of practice to fully grasp his true potential with the chainsaw. If you can understand the basics of his playstyle and are able to control him in his most maniacal state, he can be a lethal force. Feathering and Curving are some of the best tactics for this killer.


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

Is The Hillbilly (Max Thompson Jr.) good for beginners?

The Hillbilly (Max Thompson Jr.)

The Hillbilly has a moderate difficulty curve. This means that beginners will have to invest a bit of time to understand this killer’s play style. The difficulty lies in handling his Chainsaw Sprint ability.

This is the only ability he has at his disposal, making him a shallow character, but if you end up mastering it, it does open up opportunities to instantly downing your targets.

He is a good killer to start things off in Dead by Daylight. His simple kit allows anyone to take advantage of this killer.

Are The Hillbilly Perks worth upgrading?

Pallets are Hillbilly’s biggest nightmare, so the Enduring perk will come in handy resetting after you get stunned by a pallet drop. Tinkerer is another great perk at his disposal as it allows him to not only see the generators that are about to finish but also become Undetectable for a more stealthy approach.

The Bitter Murmur is another perk that should be given attention. This will potentially let you see all the survivors in a particular radius of a completed generator. With your boosted mobility, this great tracking perk will lead to some downed survivors.

You should equip add-ons that will impact his overheating for a much more effective Chainsaw Sprint without needing to constantly stop because of overheating.

The Pighouse Gloves, Punctured Muffler, and the Junkyard Air Filter are great at reducing his overall overheating. Heavy Clutch is another add-on you should opt for as it decreases collision zones when sprinting.

What are The Hillbilly Perks?

The Hillbilly has 3 unique perks with three tier levels:



  • Reduces Pallet Stun duration by 40/45/50 %.


  • The Auras of Survivors attempting to blind you by any means are revealed to you for 6/8/10 seconds.
  • Grants immunity from being blinded by Flashlights, Firecrackers, Flashbangs, and Blast Mines.


Whenever a Generator is repaired to 70 %, you benefit from the following effects:

  • Triggers a Loud Noise Notification for that Generator, revealing its location.
  • Grants the Undetectable Status Effect for the next 12/14/16 seconds.

What Weapon does The Hillbilly have?

The Hammer

The Hillbilly rocks The Hammer as his primary weapon. This weapon is a regular bludgeoning damage dealer. Nothing too fancy.

However, this killer has another weapon in his arsenal i.e. the Chainsaw. His special ability is linked to this weapon. We will cover that weapon in the next section.

What Powers does The Hillbilly have?


The Hillbilly will bring out his Chainsaw when the special ability button is triggered. This weapon is only used in the special ability and not as his primary weapon.

You need to first hold the Power button for 2.5 seconds before you break into a Chainsaw Sprint. This burst will double the killer’s speed, bee-lining to wherever you point him.

If the sprint connects to a survivor, they will go down instantly, putting them in Dying State. You can then just put them on your shoulder and hook them.

Be extra careful when you trigger this ability since it gets hard to steer him once he is sprinting. If end up hitting a wall or any obstacle in the environment, it will stop your sprint right then and there.

To top it off, the revving of the chainsaw and its general usage will fill up an Overheat meter. When this meter reaches its limit, the chainsaw can not be used for a considerable duration before it cools down. Managing this meter should be your top priority since, in the cooldown state, this killer loses out on his appeal.

Is The Hillbilly fun to play?

Fun to play Hillbilly

The Hillbilly is a very fun killer to play in Dead by Daylight if you truly master his chainsaw sprint ability. Knowing when to give chase and when to move in for the kill while using this ability can make this simple killer into a downing machine.

This is one of the few killers in the game that can instantly down survivors with a successful ability hit. It all boils down to how you control him while sprinting. It certainly is an ordeal to perfect this ability control, but once you do, this killer will be hooking survivors left and right.

He is simple yet extremely deadly in the right hands. So take your time understanding his playstyle. Go over the tips mentioned below to up your game even further.

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

Tips and tricks - Hillbilly

Here are some tips that you can employ when playing as this killer:

  • Keep your controller sensitivity to 80% in the settings even if you are playing on a PC. This will let you steer Hillbilly’s sprint at a much wider and quicker angle. It is great when trying to rush survivors around corners.
  • Once you have a survivor in your crosshairs and he is extremely zippy, try feathering your chainsaw. Feathering means tapping the power ability to keep the charging or Use Chainsaw bar at around 90%. As soon as you feel you can go in for the kill, fully commit to the chainsaw sprint.
  • Keep an eye on the survivor’s foot instead of their torso. By doing so you can predict their movements better and only use the sprint ability at the right type without potentially whiffing it.
  • Some corners will be easier to hug and curve while sprinting without colliding. Others shouldn’t be hugged and curved at all. You need to figure out these corner/tile types ASAP.
  • Do not always use the Chainsaw sprint to go in for the kill. This ability is great at covering distances. Utilizing this great chasing mechanic will cause panic and might lead to mistakes that you can capitalize on.
  • Do not rely on the chainsaw sprint all the time. Survivors will easily catch on to your tactics. Mix up your playstyle by adding hammer swings every now and then to throw them off.
  • Try to lure survivors into an open deadzone by fake feathering and going to a side where there are more structures that they can run into. This will ensure the survivor moves to the open side and you can simply sprint and finish the job.

The Hillbilly is a great killer for beginners in Dead by Daylight. His learning curve is relatively easy to get hold of, and if played right, there is no stopping this chainsaw-crazy kook. Take your time learning to control his speed burst, and there will no stop to your terror.