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Dbd-journal-hatch.png This hatch I found baffles me. As I witnessed the last survivor being, yet again, the victim of the dreaded hook I stumbled upon it as I slowly backed away. I finally found my keyhole. With my last strength I opened it, entered its tunnels and somehow found my way to the campfire. Now I sit here contemplating its purpose. Is hope more important for the Entity than I thought? Is this hatch just a treat you give a dog to as encouragement? For now I take what I can get.
~ Benedict Baker's Journal
On one rare occasion, I encountered an alternative way to escape. It suddenly dawned on me that I was the only remaining Survivor
~ A Note signed 'V.' (potentially Vigo)

The Hatch, also known as a "Black Lock", is one of the two potential ways for Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png to escape a Trial in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.


IconHelpLoading hatch.png

The Black Lock will automatically open when there's only one living Survivor left on the Map. If there are more Survivors remaining in the Trial, special spawn conditions apply to the Hatch and it requires a Key in order to be opened prematurely.


It can be opened manually with a Key IconItems key.png once turned visible (and interact-able). It will then remain open for 30 seconds and may be used by any other remaining Survivor in that time-frame to escape the trial. The Survivor that opens the Hatch using a Key will jump automatically.


The Skeleton Key FulliconItems skeletonKey.png and the Dull Key FulliconItems dullKey.png both have the ability to open the Hatch when there are still multiple Survivors in the trial, given that it already spawned.

Unless the Key is equipped with the Milky Glass FulliconAddon milkyGlass.png Add-on, the Key and its Add-ons will be consumed upon opening the Hatch.

The Key is also required to unlock the Where Did They Go?!? Achievement.


During the 2.0.0 PTB, the Hatch could be closed by the Killer if they reached it before the Survivor. This mechanic received two iterations on the Public Test Build, the first required that another Generator must be repaired in order to re-open the Hatch, the second iteration powered all remaining Generators upon closing the Hatch, thus having the Survivor open an Exit Gate IconHelp exitGates.png instead. The Hatch-closing mechanic was not implemented in Patch 2.0.0 as the Developers and parts of the Community were not satisfied with how the changes played out in the Public Test Build. It also opened up other Problems which lead to the Developers deciding to revisit the entire end-game situation instead of just the Hatch in some future update.

Later this feature made its way into the game, along with the Endgame Collapse.

Spawn Location

The Hatch will spawn in a randomly selected location on the Map at the very start of the trial and remain invisible and non-interact-able to both the Survivors and the Killer.

This allows for it to be tracked with a Rainbow Map FulliconItems rainbowMap.png or a regular Map (Item) FulliconItems mapItem.png equipped with the Black Silk Cord FulliconAddon blackSilkCord.png Add-on, even though it is still invisible to the Players.

The Hatch will reveal its location once open by emitting a peculiar sound:


The Hatch will become visible ("spawn") whenever the number of fully repaired Generators IconHelpLoading generators.png exceeds the number of living Survivors by 1:

  • 4 Survivors remaining: 5 repaired Generators / Exit Gates IconHelp exitGates.png are powered
  • 3 Survivors remaining: 4 repaired Generators / 1 Generator left
  • 2 Survivors remaining: 3 repaired Generators / 2 Generators left
  • 1 Survivor remaining: Spawns and opens regardless of how many generators remain.


There are currently three Achievements related to the Hatch.

Icon Name Description
Ach agonisingEscape.jpg
Agonising Escape Hidden: Crawl your way out of the Exit Gates IconHelp exitGates.png or into the Hatch IconHelp hatch.png.
Ach backdoorEscape.jpg
Backdoor Escape Hidden: Escape from the trial through the Hatch IconHelp hatch.png.
Ach whereDidTheyGo.jpg
Where Did They Go?!? Hidden: All 4 Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png escaped through the Hatch IconHelp hatch.png in a single trial.

Requires the use of either the Skeleton Key FulliconItems skeletonKey.png or the Dull Key FulliconItems dullKey.png and the repair of all 5 Generators IconHelpLoading generators.png in order for the Hatch to spawn with all Survivors still alive.

Change Log

Patch 2.7.0

  • The Hatch now always spawns and opens when there is only one last Survivor remaining in the Trial (used to only spawn and open if there were at least 2 repaired Generators).
  • The Killer may close an open Hatch, which will initiate the Endgame Collapse and require a Key for it to be re-opened by the Survivor.
  • Killers can no longer perform a Hatch Interrupt.


  • The name "Black Lock" stems from an earlier concept version back when the Hatch mechanic was not conceived yet and instead there would have been several "Black Locks" distributed across the Map, that could be unlocked with the Skeleton Key.
  • Up to Patch 2.7.0, much like with Windows IconHelp window.png, the Killer could interrupt a Survivor in the process of jumping into the Hatch. If timed correctly, the Survivor would be grabbed out of the Hatch and hoisted onto the Killer's shoulder, regardless of the Survivor's current Health State.
  • During one of their weekly Streams, Developers Dave and Ash revealed the Hatch having a deep connection with a particular Character. Said Character has been mentioned at least at some point in the Game.
  • The Hatch automatically closes upon the death/escape of the final survivor, for no apparent reason.

Audio Sequence

The following audio file shows the entire sequence of the Hatch's behaviour in-game:


IconStatusEffects sleepPenalty.png Alarm Clocks IconPowers trap.png Bear Traps Dbd-gameplay-crate.png Chests IconPerks spiesFromTheShadows.png Crows
IconFavors murkyReagent.png Dark Mist IconHelp exitGates.png Exit Gates IconHelpLoading generators.png Generators IconHelpLoading hatch.png Hatch
IconHelpLoading hook.png Hooks IconHelp jigsawBoxes.png Jigsaw Boxes IconHelp lockers.png Lockers IconFavors quarterMoonBouquet.png Moonlight
IconHelp pullDown.png Pallets IconHelp poolsOfDevotion.png Pools of Devotion IconHelpLoading totem.png Totems IconHelp window.png Windows