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Totems are a Game Mechanic that was added to Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png with Patch 1.3.0.


There are two types of Totems, Dull Totems and Hex Totems. Each Map spawns five Totems at the beginning of a trial.

Survivors can walk up to a Totem and cleanse it, which will destroy the Totem and in case of a Hex Totem, deactivate its associated Hex Perk. This action also rewards them with Bloodpoints IconHelp bloodpoints.png in the Boldness category.

The cleansing action takes 14 seconds to complete by default and resets if the Survivor interrupts it. The Killer can increase this time by using the Perk Hex: Thrill of the Hunt IconPerks hexThrillOfTheHunt.png.

Dull Totems

Dull Totems are unlit Totems found in random locations across the map.

If the Killer doesn't use any Hex Perk or just Hex: No One Escapes Death IconPerks hexNoOneEscapesDeath.png prior to its activation post-exit, all five Totems are dull.

Cleansing a Dull Totem will reward the Survivor with 1000 Bloodpoints.

Hex Totems

Hex Totems are a special kind of Totem. A randomly chosen Dull Totem is made into a Hex Totem if the Killer equipped one of the currently 7 available Hex Perks.

Each Hex Perk is tied to its own Hex Totem and it is not discernible for either the Killer nor the Survivors, which Hex is tied to which Totem.

Cleansing a Hex Totem will reward the Survivor with 1500 Bloodpoints and disable the associated Hex Perk for the remainder of the trial.
It also creates global sound effect of a strike of thunder that can be heard by everyone in the trial and the Killer as well as the other Survivors will receive a noise indicator alongside it.


  • Hex: Thrill of the Hunt IconPerks hexThrillOfTheHunt.png will decrease a Survivor's cleansing speed based on how many Totems are left on the Map and will also notify the Killer should a Survivor start cleansing any Hex Totem.

Change Log

Patch 2.5.0

  • Improved the hiding spots of Totems as new interaction mechanics allow them to be placed closer to other objects.


  • In the Game files, Hex Totems are also being referred to as Hex Bags.


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