The Huntress or Anna was another original killer that came with Chapter 5 free DLC in Dead by Daylight. What makes this killer stand out? What are her perks and which ones should you focus on? Her special abilities, weapons, and even some tips and tricks to play her right are all part of this ultimate guide for the Huntress.
The Huntress is a no-frills killer on the surface. However, her Hatchet throwing ability does make her learning curve a bit harder to get accustomed to. You need to practice a lot on how to throw these projectiles and when is the right time to do so to truly master her kit. You’ll be downing survivors left and right when your hatchets start landing.
Here is a detailed guide that covers everything there is to know about The Huntress in Dead by Daylight to make it easier for you to decide whether to pick her or not.
Is The Huntress (Anna) good for beginners?
The Huntress is a somewhat beginner-friendly killer in Dead by Daylight. The only troubling bit of her kit is her throwing hatchets. Practice makes it perfect when it comes to successfully catching your targets with these lobbed projectiles.
Otherwise, she is as simple as they come. No convoluted abilities plague her play style. A chase here and a thrown hatchet there and your prey will be ready to be hooked.
Are The Huntress Perks worth upgrading?
The only perk worth upgrading in her arsenal is the Hex: Huntress Lullaby. Since this is a hex perk, its power will remain active till it gets cleansed/blessed. As you hook survivors, this perk will grow in power making it harder for survivors to complete Skill Checks for Repairing and Healing.
This perk is one of the best perks in the game and unlocking/upgrading it will benefit other killers as well.
What are The Huntress Perks?
The Huntress has 3 unique perks with three tier levels:
Beast of Prey
Upon gaining the Bloodlust Status Effect, this perk activates:
- Grants the Undetectable Status Effect for as long as Bloodlust is active.
- Beast of Prey grants 30/40/50 % bonus Bloodpoints for actions in the Hunter Category.
Whenever you are farther than 24 meters from the Basement while a Survivor enters it, this perk activates:
- The Aura of that Survivor is revealed to you for 4/5/6 seconds.
- This perk has a cool-down of 45 seconds.
Hex: Huntress Lullaby
Survivors failing a Repair Skill Check instantly regress the Generator by 2/4/6 % of its maximum possible Progression in addition to the default Progression penalty.
Survivors failing a Healing Skill Check instantly regress the Healing Action by 2/4/6 % of its maximum possible Progression in addition to the default Progression penalty.
Each time a Survivor is hooked, this hex grows in power and gains 1 Token, up to a maximum of 5 Tokens. Each Token reduces the timer between the Skill Check Warning cue and the Skill Check appearing for both Repair and Healing Skill Checks:
- 1 Token: reduction of -14 %.
- 2 Tokens: reduction of -28 %.
- 3 Tokens: reduction of -42 %.
- 4 Tokens: reduction of -56 %.
- 5 Tokens: Complete suppression of the Warning cue.
What Weapon does The Huntress have?
The Huntress comes packing with a Broad Axe as her main weapon. A killer can never go wrong with their trusty axe ready to chop its prey down a peg.
What Powers does The Huntress have?
Besides her primary axe, she starts off the Trial with 5 smaller Hunting Hatchets which is the source of her special power. These tiny axes can be charged up and thrown from a distance, hurting any survivor it lands on. These hatchets deal the same amount of damage as a normal melee attack does.
The hatchets can be thrown quickly at slower speeds by partially charging them. The more you charge it, the faster and straighter the hatchet will fly.
A fully charged hatchet can reach speeds up to 40m/s. This ability makes her extremely efficient at taking out survivors from afar. However, you will have to practice your throws to get a hang of their bullseye-ing.
Thrown hatchets can’t be picked up for reuse. You need to replenish them by interacting with the Lockers in the Trial.
On a side note, she has a unique passive ability that haunts survivors with a Lullaby within a 45-meter radius of the killer. This will muffle her terror radius when she gets close to a survivor and gets a jump on them. But this lullaby radius does warn the survivor of your presence causing panic in the process. Depending on your strategy, this lullaby can be a good thing or a bad thing.
Is The Huntress fun to play?
The Huntress is a fun killer and extremely popular in DBD for this reason. Her easy abilities make her an incredibly uncomplicated choice. If you fully grasp her throwing hatchet ability, the ranged downing potential puts her next to the best killers in the game.
Nevertheless, she is not a stealthy killer. The survivors will literally hear her a mile away which can lead to them bucking before you can reach them. On the other hand, it can be used to disrupt them from completing their tasks from a distance.
What are some tips and tricks to get better with The Huntress?
Here are some tips that you can employ when playing as this killer:
- Make sure to put on any perk that will aid her in tracking targets. The best perks in this category for her are Spies from the Shadows and Bitter Murmur.
- Add-ons that decrease the wind-up time of her hatchet throw are a godsend. These are Flower Babushka and Manna Grass Braid. Just be aware that these add-ons might mess with your throwing practice timing.
- Leather Loop add-on will increase the number of hatchets you can carry.
- Any add-on that inflicts status effects from thrown hatchets works wonders too.
- Hatchet throw cooldown-decreasing add-ons are also great.
- The recovery time after the hatchet throw is faster than a regular melee attack. For this reason, sometimes it will be best to attack with the hatchet throw even when you are at melee range. Since the recovery is faster, it will give you the opening to throw another hatchet or melee attack to down the pursuing survivor or even target another one.
- When you are in an indoor location or anywhere with loads of corners and loops to run, it is advised to hold off from throwing hatchets. Use them when there are open areas and deadzones.
- Lure survivors to dead zones where there is nowhere to hide, and all they can do is run so you can finish the job from a distance.
- Keep the hatchet fully charged and centered and wait for the survivor to line up just right to hurl it. Do not use these hatchets willy-nilly otherwise, you will be wasting a lot of restocking them.
- If you are certain a survivor is going to vault then take this time to charge the hatchet and let it fly as soon as they are on the other side.
- Reload hatchets whenever you down or hook a survivor, especially if you are not confident in your throwing skill.
- Be extremely patient when your throw is fully charged. Sometimes the survivors can outmaneuver you.
There is not much to this killer which is why she is a favored pick of many beginners. With your aim true, these hatchets will make most chases trivial. Just practice, practice, and practice and you will get there!