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Ultimate Guide To The Trapper in Dead by Daylight

Ultimate Guide To The Trapper in Dead by Daylight

The Trapper or Evan MacMillan is one of the founding roster of killers that came with Dead by Daylight. In this article, we will go over everything you need to know about this killer. What are his perks? What special abilities are at his disposal? And we will include some tips and tricks at the end to teach you how to play him more effectively.

The Trapper has one of the easiest learning curves in Dead by Daylight. He is an uncomplicated killer that anyone could get used to. However, his plainness makes him incredibly unproductive when going up against a much-experienced team of survivors. You will have to truly practice the art of placing traps and play into his strengths.


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

Is The Trapper (Evan MacMillan) good for beginners?

The Trapper (Evan MacMillan)

The Trapper is an extremely easy killer to pick and play for new players. He is a mechanically simple character. You do not need to practice with him a lot to understand his play style. You can technically master him within a few sessions.

Great for beginners but there are some caveats since he is one of, if not, the weakest killers in Dead by Daylight.

Are The Trapper Perks worth upgrading?

His unique perks are serviceable at best. There is not a dire need to upgrade them especially if you are a beginner. Nothing too fancy in the later Tiers here.

What are The Trapper Perks?

The Trapper has 3 unique perks with three tier levels:

Unnerving Presence

Unnerving Presence

Survivors repairing or healing within your Terror Radius suffer from the following effects:

  • Increases the Trigger odds of Skill Check by 10 %.
  • Decreases the Success zone of Skill Checks by 40/50/60 %.
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Brutal Strength

  • Increases the Action speed of breaking Pallets and Breakable Walls, and damaging Generators by 10/15/20 %.
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When carrying a Survivor, you benefit from the following effects:

  • Increases your Movement Speed by 6/12/18 %.
  • Increases your Terror Radius by +12 meters.

What Weapon does The Trapper have?

The Cleaver

This killer carries the Cleaver as his weapon. It is a simple weapon that he only swings to deal direct damage to survivors. There is nothing special about this weapon.

What Powers does The Trapper have?

Bear Traps

Staying true to his name, this killer comes with Bear Traps as his special power in the game. He starts off with 2 traps in his hands. There are 6 more traps that can be found in the arena. Their placement is random so you will have to locate them.

The Trapper can only carry 2 traps at any given time so you will have to arm the ones in your hand before you can pick up the other traps. Regardless of whether armed or not, you can see the aura of the traps on your HUD.

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These traps can be laid on the ground to catch unsuspecting survivors. You will have to go through a setting trap animation before they are active which takes 2.5 seconds. Activated traps can be reset by standing over them and re-arming them. Or you can collect them to place anywhere else.

These traps will hold the ensnared survivor in place for you to finish the job and will put them in an Injured State. As a side note, these traps can also trap the killer himself so be extra vigilant when walking near an active trap. Survivors can also disarm the traps if they are able to spot them.

The trapped survivor will have to either break free from the trap or other survivors will have to rescue them. If The Trapper interacts with a trapped survivor, he will immediately carry them without having to down them.

Is The Trapper fun to play?

The Trapper can be fun to play if you are playing extremely casually. If you are interested in ranking up your killer career then it’s best to avoid this feeble killer. Nevertheless, his trap-laying ability can disable loops if you play them just right.

This killer suffers greatly from a slow early game and has to rely on the survivor’s mistakes to truly shine. He has no way of tracking survivors which makes hunts much more difficult. He has negligible mobility skills. The Trapper can also be easily countered by many items and perks at the survivor’s disposal.

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

Trapper Tips and tricks

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

  • If you are running any perks that inflict some sort of status effect, it is best to hit a trapped survivor instead of carrying them on your shoulder. You have to judge when is the right time to carry or when to hit.
  • Placing traps at strategic locations (near Pallets, Windows, Corners, Totems, etc.) will be most effective. Survivors will have to disarm them before interacting. This will aid in the chase by either getting them trapped or them trying to disarm traps mid-chase.
  • Traps can be placed in tight corridors and paths like door openings and unused Pallets. Try to place them in the middle without leaving space for them to bypass the trap. As for Pallet trapping, place the trap after or before the pallet otherwise the pallet can be dropped on top of the trap and completely ignored.
  • Avoid placing traps in the open. These traps have a low probability to catch a survivor. Don’t leave things to chance.
  • Place traps near hooks to catch other survivors coming to rescue their comrades.
  • Never stray too far away from your traps otherwise you won’t be able to capitalize on their catch.
  • Try to use arm traps mid-chase loop so that you can guarantee the pursuing target gets caught in the trap.
  • Try to herd survivors in a way that forces them to walk over your traps.

The Trapper lacks overall map pressure. His strength lies in setting up traps in a corner and holding it to create pressure in a particular area. His simplicity can be made more effective with the help of complimentary add-ons like Iridescent Stone, Honing Stone, and Bloody Coil.