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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Max Thompson Jr.
Alt. Name
"The Crooked"
Coldwind Farm
The Hammer
115% | 4.6m/s
Alt. Speed
230% | 9.2m/s (Chainsaw)
Voice Actor
Filip Ivanovic

Max Thompson Jr. or "The Hillbilly" is one of 10 Killers in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.



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.

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

If obtained other Killers are able to find the Hillbilly's perks in their Bloodwebs from that point on.

The Hillbilly is about persistence and resilience. This will make it harder for Survivors to foil the Hillbilly.

Icon Name Description

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.


Unlike other beasts of the fog, you have adapted to light. Resistance to blindness is increased by 20/40/60 %. 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.


Add-ons IconHelp addons.png that affect the charge time of your Power are 6/8/10 % more effective.

"The Crooked makes impressive tools out of scraps... Tools aimed at maiming us in creative ways... It's horrifying to think it's actually intelligent." — Unknown, Notebook

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


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.

  • When he gets a successful hit, the Hillbilly twists the hammer into the air, making sure he'll use the other side of the hammer at the next hit, so the blood can drip off of it.

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 sprint on activation.
  • Turning is tremendously slower without any add-ons.
  • Automatically triggers dying state on a successful hit.
  • Running into an obstacle will stun the Hillbilly.
  • Instantly break pallets with a reduced stun time.
    • Must sprint into the pallet, standing directly beside it will only stun the Hillbilly.

The Chainsaw Add-ons

Icon Name Stacks? Tinkerer? Rarity Description
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Vegetable Oil
A rancid oil used as a poor quality lubricant.
  • Slightly decrease the Chainsaw's cooldown.
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Spark Plug
A clean spark plug fitted for a Chainsaw.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Chainsaw File
A file whose purpose is to hone Chainsaw chains.
  • Slightly reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Spiked Boots
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
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 dying state.
  • Get 50% more Bloodpoints for Chainsaw score events in the Deviousness category.
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Shop Lubricant
An oil specifically formulated for Chainsaws. A special additive prevents oil throw off.
  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
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Primer Bulb
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
A sturdy iron replacement bar for long chains.
  • Slightly increases the reach of the Chainsaw attack.
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Homemade Muffler
A makeshift exhaust system made of black gas pipes.
  • Moderately reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Grisly Chains
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.
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Depth Gauge Rake
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
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
A special oily substance used in the lubrication of all machinery concocted by the Thompson's themselves.
  • Considerably decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Rusted Chains
This chain is covered with crusty and volatile rust spots that make injuries particularly difficult to heal.
  • Considerably increases the healing time of survivors injured by the Chainsaw.
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Light Chassis
A light and durable Chainsaw chassis with a shorter guide bar. Makes the Chainsaw easier to handle.
  • Slightly reduces the reach of the Chainsaw attack.
  • Considerably reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
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Doom Engravings
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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Carburetor Tuning Guide
A crudely drawn guide to properly adjust and tune a Chainsaw carburetor.
  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
  • 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 afflicts anyone it touches with debilities.
  • Slightly decreases the repair speed on survivors injured by the Chainsaw until healed.
  • Considerably increases the healing time of survivors injured by the Chainsaw.


Main article: Achievements

There are currently 2 achievements related to the Hillbilly.

Icon Name Description
Ach adeptHillbilly.jpg Adept Hillbilly Unlock the Hillbilly's 3 perks and teachable perks.
Ach theGrind.jpg The grind With the Hillbilly, chainsaw a total of 100 survivors.


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


Main article: Downloadable Content

The Hillbilly is currently part of 1 DLC package:

Available DLC


  • 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.
  • In the game files, the Hillbilly's avatar image is called iconChar_theCrooked.png.
  • Character reveal for the Hillbilly.
  • Affiliated with the maps of Coldwind Farm in the mythos.
  • Possibly based off Leatherface, with both having similarly disfigured faces and wielding Hammers and Chainsaws. The Hillbilly may also be based on Victor Crowley from the movie Hatchet as they were both born with deformities and were hidden by a parent however Victor's father actually cared for him whereas The Hillbilly's parents did not.
    • 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, this character killed his parents - but the site contradicts itself on whether or not their bodies were found. In the "Coldwind Farm" Lore, it says: "...remains were discovered in the basement. Both from Mr. and Mrs. Adams together with livestock." But in Hillbilly's description, it reads: "they never found the bodies of Max and Evelyn, but they did find tortured and disemboweled animals, all over the farm."
  • Benedict Baker's journal entry makes little sense as the first handheld chainsaw was invented in 1918[1] and thus a man from 1896 should not know what it is.
  • The Hillbilly was the first Killer with an ability that allowed him to instantly put a survivor into the dying state.
  • The Hillbilly limps when he walks and hunches over when he stands. However, when breaking a pallet, his posture is completely straight.
  • The Hillbilly's breathing, like that of The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png, is very congested but more muffled and less sharp.
  • The Hillbilly is one of three Killers that can instantly put Survivors into the Dying State IconHelp dying.png without any Perks IconHelp perks.png or Add-ons IconHelp addons.png. The other two Killers being The Shape IconHelpLoading shape.png and The Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png.
  • The Hillbilly is one of 3 Killer with glowing eyes, the others being The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png and The Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png.


Main article: Hints

  • Your secondary action sends you into a sprinting rage. Any successful hit instantly sends the victim into the dying state.
  • You can tap the secondary action to keep it almost full and use it exactly when you need to.
  • If you stop revving your chainsaw, it will keep making sound while the amount of rev gets depleted back to 0%.
  • Every time you rev your chainsaw, you audibly give away your position on the whole map. Use your secondary wisely.
  • Your secondary action may also mask the sounds of survivors, (breathing, injured, footsteps,) and generally revving it up constantly should be kept for catching survivors around corners or windows.
  • Your secondary action causes you to sprint much faster than walking if you hold the secondary action button down, and when you release, you launch the chainsaw's attack.
  • The sprint can be used as long as you hold down the secondary action button until you run into a wall or object.
  • Remember to use the chainsaw sprint to move around maps quickly, or to gain distance on a survivor before using the chainsaw's attack. Keep in mind the chainsaw is loud and gives away your position while you use it.
  • The chainsaw is capable to destroying dropped barricades in half the normal time of destroying them. However, the chainsaw will not destroy it when right next to the barricade, and a few meters of distance is necessary.
  • Although using the chainsaw to destroy barricades is much faster, the time it takes to rev up the chainsaw and the brief stun on destroying a barricade will take longer than simply breaking it by hand. This method of destruction is preferable in tight chase, where time spent looking at the ground is crucial and the quicker barricade destruction will benefit you.
  • In the first few seconds of charging with the chainsaw, you are slightly slower but you have far more control over your turning. As you keep going, however, your movement becomes less responsive.
  • 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.
  • You'd be surprised as to how the chainsaw's sound alone can make survivors nervous, causing them to fail skill checks and generate noise.
  • You can cancel the chainsaw's sprint by prematurely "attacking." This ensures that you won't run into an obstacle and stun yourself, or to stop right next to a survivor who has turned the other way.
  • The longer your sprint, the longer your stun will be.


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