Max Thompson Jr.

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Dbd-journal-hillbilly.png A most terrible man to behold. His physique is all twisted and disfigured as of by some awful accident. He carries a deadly and cruel chainsaw which he wields with devastating violence, seemingly imbuing him with a superhuman speed for a while. His advantage is also a weakness as the loud noise can give away his position. So I have tried to heighten my sense of sound. Honing in on any sound that is not stemming from nature.
~ Benedict Baker's Journal, Nov. 1896 on The Hillbilly
The Hillbilly
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Name
Max Thompson Jr.
Alias(es)
"Crooked"
Gender
Male
Nationality
American
Realm
Coldwind Farm
Power
Chainsaw
Weapon
The Hammer
Speed
115 % | 4.6 m/s
Alt. Speed
230 % | 9.2 m/s (Chainsaw)
Terror Radius
32 metres
Height
Tall
Voice Actor
Filip Ivanovic
Interal reference
Slasher Character 03

Max Thompson Jr. or "The Hillbilly" is one of 16 Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png currently featured in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.


Overview

The Hillbilly is a high-mobility Killer, able to cover large distances in a short amount of time and instantly down Survivors using his Chainsaw.

His personal Perks, Enduring IconPerks enduring.png, Lightborn IconPerks lightborn.png & Tinkerer IconPerks tinkerer.png, allow him to enhance his Power and make him harder to lose during chases.

He is about persistence and resilience. This will make it harder for Survivors to foil him.

Difficulty rating: Easy (Developers) / Intermediate (Community)
(based on the amount of time and effort that is required to properly learn to play him and use his Power effectively)


Lore

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The son of wealthy landowners Max Thompson Sr. and Evelyn Thompson, this unnamed boy was an unwanted child born to savage parents. Hideously disfigured, he was shut away from society. So ashamed of their son, they bricked him off into a room and fed him through a hole in the wall. When the boy escaped, he took his revenge savagely and terribly, slaughtering the parents that had tortured him instead of raising him.

After the deed was done, he continued to live his life at the farm, taking out his deranged violence on the animals that were allowed to run free. As he finally broke free from his shackles he ran through the cornfields, chasing and slaughtering whatever he could find. They never found the bodies of Max and Evelyn, but they did find tortured and disembowelled animals all over the farm.

Coldwind Farm was quickly settled and the land split up and sold off. There was never a buyer for the farmhouse. Perhaps it was the sound of the chainsaw you could hear throughout those hot summer nights.


The Hillbilly's Perks

These are Perks which start off only appearing in The Hillbilly's Bloodweb IconHelp bloodweb.png. After achieving Level 30, Teachable versions of these Perks can be found:

  • Enduring - Level 30
  • Lightborn - Level 35
  • Tinkerer - Level 40

Once obtained, other Killers will be able to find The Hillbilly's Perks in their respective Bloodwebs from that point onwards

Icon Name Description
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Enduring

You are resilient to pain.

Your rate of recovery from stuns is increased by 50/60/75 %.

"He stops at nothing."

Unique to The Hillbilly until Level 30, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.

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Lightborn

Unlike other beasts of The Fog, you have adapted to light.

Resistance to Blindness is increased by 60/70/80 %.

Recovery from Blindness is increased by 50 %.

"These monsters... they adapt! They emerge with strange new abilities." — Vigo, Vigo's Journal

Unique to The Hillbilly until Level 35, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.

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Tinkerer

When a Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png is repaired at 85 %, you receive a noise notification and your Terror Radius is reduced to 0 metres for 8/10/12 seconds.

Unique to The Hillbilly until Level 40, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.


Load-out

Weapon: The Hammer

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The Hammer is the primary weapon of the Hillbilly. The cattle hammer deals a sharp blow to the skull as the most effective manner of slaughter.

Weapon Trivia

  • After The Hillbilly successfully hit a Survivor, during the hit cool-down, he twists the hammer while holding it up into the air, thus making sure to use the other side of the hammer for the next hit and letting the blood drip off of it.

Power: The Chainsaw

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The Chainsaw is the secondary weapon of the Hillbilly. A hulking and deadly Chainsaw of terrifying strength. Grinds through flesh, bone, and soul. Once revved up, sends its user into a violent frenzy.

  • Break into a crazed Chainsaw Sprint upon activation.
  • Automatically triggers the Dying State IconHelp dying.png on a successful hit.

Power Trivia

  • Running into an any obstacle during a Chainsaw Sprint will stun The Hillbilly.
  • You can use the Chainsaw to instantly break Pallets IconHelp pullDown.png.

Add-ons for The Chainsaw

Icon Name Rarity Description
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Vegetable Oil
Common
A rancid oil used as a poor quality lubricant.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's cool-down.
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Spark Plug
Common
A clean spark plug fitted for a Chainsaw.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Chainsaw File
Common
A file whose purpose is to hone Chainsaw chains.
  • Slightly reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Spiked Boots
Uncommon
Boots with metal spikes protruding from the soles, which provide more stability and control when walking on slippery soil.
  • Moderately increases steering while using the Chainsaw.
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Speed Limiter
Uncommon
Chainsaw:

A mechanical device that limits the amount of fuel small engines can intake at one time, forcing a constant and safe speed.

  • Chainsaw does not automatically trigger the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.
  • Get 50 % more Bloodpoints for Chainsaw Score Events in the Deviousness Category.

Bubba's Chainsaw: A mechanical device that limits the amount of fuel small engines can intake at one time, forcing a constant and safe speed.

  • Chainsaw does not automatically trigger the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.
  • Get 25 % more Bloodpoints for Chainsaw Score Events in the Deviousness Category.
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Shop Lubricant
Uncommon
An oil specifically formulated for Chainsaws. A special additive prevents oil throw off.
  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's cool-down.
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Primer Bulb
Uncommon
Pumps more gas in the ignition system to ensure a quick and powerful start.
  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Long Guide Bar
Uncommon
A sturdy iron replacement bar for long chains.
  • Slightly increases the reach of the Chainsaw attack.
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Homemade Muffler
Uncommon
A makeshift exhaust system made of black gas pipes.
  • Moderately reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Grisly Chains
Uncommon
A chain with unusually hefty cutter teeth that leaves victims crippled even after being healed.
  • Moderately decreases the repair speed of survivors injured by the Chainsaw for 90 seconds.
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Depth Gauge Rake
Uncommon
Tool that increases the angle of the depth gauge, making the chain eat more "wood".
  • Moderately reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
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Death Engravings
Uncommon
Engravings found on the Chainsaw body counting the amount of lives it took. Fills the user with determination.
  • Slightly increases the Chainsaw's movement speed.
  • Slightly increases charge time.
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The Thompson's Mix
Rare
A special oily substance used in the lubrication of all machinery concocted by the Thompson's themselves.
  • Considerably decreases the Chainsaw's cool-down.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Rusted Chains
Rare
This chain is covered with crusty and volatile rust spots that make injuries particularly difficult to heal.
  • Hit target suffers considerably from the Mangled IconStatusEffects mangled.png Status Effect for 120 seconds.
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Light Chassis
Rare
A light and durable Chainsaw chassis with a shorter guide bar. Makes the Chainsaw easier to handle.
  • Considerably reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
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Doom Engravings
Rare
Engravings found on the Chainsaw body representing the dark beast that lives in the Fog. Fills the user with determination.
  • Moderately increases the Chainsaw's movement speed.
  • Slightly increases charge time.
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Carburettor Tuning Guide
Rare
A crudely drawn guide to properly adjust and tune a Chainsaw carburetor.
  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's cool-down.
  • Slightly reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
  • Slightly reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Thompson's Moonshine
Very Rare
A strong beverage made from corn and a recipe passed down in the Thompson's family. Instils rage and headache.
  • Tremendously increases steering while using the Chainsaw.
  • Considerably increases the time penalty when bumping into objects.
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Begrimed Chains
Very Rare
This chain is stained with a foul substance that debilitates anyone it touches.
  • Moderately decreases the repair speed on Survivors injured by the Chainsaw.
  • Hit target suffers considerably from the Mangled IconStatusEffects mangled.png Status Effect for 120 seconds.


Achievements

Main article: Achievements

There are currently 2 Achievements related to The Hillbilly.

The value of a Console Achievement that differs from the Steam (PC) version of Dead by Daylight is written in Purple.

Icon Name Description
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Adept Hillbilly Achieve a Merciless Victory with The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png using only his Unique Perks: Enduring IconPerks enduring.png, Lightborn IconPerks lightborn.png & Tinkerer IconPerks tinkerer.png.
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The Grind With The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png, chainsaw a total of 100 / 50 Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png.


Customisation

Players can customise their Character by choosing one outfit style from each Category. Blood-stained attire is obtained after The Hillbilly reaches Level 50 and prestiges.

Some Items of clothing can only be worn if the appropriate DLC is owned.

The Hillbilly's attire includes:

Body Legs Weapon

Prestige

  • Prestige I - Blood Soaked Cattle Hammer (Weapon)
  • Prestige II - Bloodstain Farmwear (Legs)
  • Prestige III - Slaughterhouse Casual (Body)


DLC

Main article: Downloadable Content

The Hillbilly is currently part of 1 DLC package:

Available DLC


Tips

Main article: Hints

  • By repeatedly tapping the secondary action button, you can "hold" the Chainsaw charge near completion and quickly press it down to go into the Chainsaw Sprint.
    • This strategy can be used to better time the activation of the Chainsaw Sprint while following a Survivor running in front of you.
  • If you want to keep the element of surprise as to your identity at the start of a Trial, avoid immediately revving up your Chainsaw as it can be heard from far away.
  • Constantly revving the Chainsaw is not advised as it can mask small sound any nearby Survivors might make.
  • The Chainsaw Sprint can be used for as long as you hold down the secondary action button or until you run into an obstacle.
  • Keep in mind the Chainsaw is loud and gives away your general position while you use it.
  • In the first couple of split seconds of breaking into the Chainsaw Sprint, turning is much more sensitive than afterwards. This can be used to catch a Survivor with a very sharp initial turn, but also throw off inexperienced Hillbillies.
  • You don't necessarily have to use the Chainsaw charge to hit Survivors. It's a great way to travel quickly through the map, patrolling many Generators far away from each other.
  • The longer your Chainsaw Sprint, the longer your stun will be upon running into an obstacle.


Trivia

  • In the Lore, The Hillbilly is described as an unnamed child, the Artbook however revealed his first name being the same as his father's.
    • His full name is thus Max Thompson Jr.
  • Affiliated with the Coldwind Farm Realm in the Lore.
  • He is based off of Leatherface, both having similarly disfigured faces and wielding Hammers and Chainsaws.
    • The developers originally wanted to have Leatherface in the game, but obtaining the licence was not an option at that point during development.
    • As of the LEATHERFACE™ DLC, having added that very Killer he is based on, there are now two very similar, but still quite different Killers in the game.
  • According to the Manual, The Hillbilly killed his parents - but the site contradicts itself on whether or not their bodies were found. The Coldwind Farm Lore states: "...remains were discovered in the basement, both from Mr and Mrs Adams together with livestock.", but the Hillbilly's Lore states: "they never found the bodies of Max and Evelyn, but they did find tortured and disemboweled animals, all over the farm."
    • It should be noted that the family name "Adams" was likely a WIP name for the Thompsons and that "Mr and Mrs Adams" here actually refers to Max and Evelyn Thompson.
  • Benedict Baker's journal entry about The Hillbilly makes little sense as the first hand-held, motorised Chainsaws weren't invented until in 1918 and thus a man that was taken into the Entity's Realm in 1896 should not know about their existence, let alone how to use one.
  • The Hillbilly was the first Killer with an ability that allowed him to instantly put a Survivor into the Dying State IconHelp dying.png.
  • The Hillbilly limps when he walks and hunches over when he stands. However, when breaking a Pallet or damaging a Generator, his posture is completely straight as this interaction uses a default animation for most Killers.
  • The Hillbilly's breathing, like that of The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png, is very congested but more muffled and less sharp.


Gallery

For more go to the Hillbilly's Gallery


THE SURVIVORS IconHelpLoading survivor.png
DF charSelect portrait.png Dwight Fairfield MT charSelect portrait.png Meg Thomas CM charSelect portrait.png Claudette Morel JP charSelect portrait.png Jake Park NK charSelect portrait.png Nea Karlsson LS charSelect portrait.png Laurie Strode
AV charSelect portrait.png Ace Visconti BO charSelect portrait.png Bill Overbeck FM charSelect portrait.png Feng Min DK charSelect portrait.png David King ES charSelect portrait.png Quentin Smith FS charSelect portrait.png David Tapp
GS charSelect portrait.png Kate Denson HS charSelect portrait.png Adam Francis KS charSelect portrait.png Jeff Johansen MS charSelect portrait.png Jane Romero AW charSelect portrait.png Ash Williams
THE KILLERS IconHelpLoading killer.png
TR charSelect portrait.png Evan MacMillan - Trapper WR charSelect portrait.png Philip Ojomo - Wraith HB charSelect portrait.png Max Thompson Jr. - Hillbilly NR charSelect portrait.png Sally Smithson - Nurse SH charSelect portrait.png Michael Myers - Shape HA charSelect portrait.png Lisa Sherwood - Hag
DO charSelect portrait.png Herman Carter - Doctor BE charSelect portrait.png Anna - Huntress CA charSelect portrait.png Bubba Sawyer - Cannibal EK charSelect portrait.png Freddy Krueger - Nightmare FK charSelect portrait.png Amanda Young - Pig GK charSelect portrait.png Jeffrey Hawk - Clown
HK charSelect portrait.png Rin Yamaoka - Spirit KK charSelect portrait.png Frank, Julie, Susie, Joey - Legion MK charSelect portrait.png Adiris - Plague OK charSelect portrait.png Danny Johnson - Ghost Face
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