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A new varmint has entered the arena. I spotted her as she, somehow, moved through a wall. Clad in bandages that tell an untold tale of something horrid. This...nurse as it seems, brings me new angst during my lonely nights, as my mind runs amok.
~ Unknown (Potentially Benedict Baker)
The Nurse
NR charSelect portrait.png
Name
Sally Smithson
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Anglo-American
Realm
Crotus Prenn Asylum
Power
Spencer's Last Breath
Weapon
The Bonesaw
Speed
96.25% | 3.85m/s
Alt. Speed
333% | 13.33m/s (Blink)
DLC
The Last Breath Chapter
Voice Actor
Anais Renevey
Interal reference
Slasher Character 04

Sally Smithson or "The Nurse" is one of 12 Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png currently featured in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

She was introduced as the Killer of CHAPTER I: The Last Breath Chapter, a Chapter DLC released on 18 August 2016.


Overview

The Nurse is a warping Killer, able to blink through obstacles and quickly close gaps with her Power.

Her personal Perks, Stridor IconPerks stridor.png, Thanatophobia IconPerks thanatophobia.png & A Nurse's Calling IconPerks aNursesCalling.png, allow her to decrease Survivor abilities and track them when they are injured.

She is focused on spotting and tracking, making it harder for Survivors to hide.

Difficulty rating: Hard
(based on the amount of time and effort that is required to properly learn to play her and use her Power effectively)


Background

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Sally Smithson came to town with dreams of children's feet and laughter in a wooden home built by her husband Andrew. But life came not with smiles but with plans of destruction. Andrew worked as a lumberjack - a job with its perils. And one day Andrew's foreman had to pay Sally a visit, forever changing her life.

She was alone. Without food on the table, the only employment she could get was at the Crotus Prenn Asylum. Nobody sought employment there unless they were in dire need. Just like Sally.

Without any education, she started at the bottom and after two decades she hadn't progressed any closer to the top. Instead her mind had reached its limits. Two decades of seeing horrid things that violates the eyes. Memories that are re-played every night. Being abused verbally and physically, by people without limits. Sally saw insanity from the outside, just to catch it herself.

Finally she could not take it any more and concepts of purification emerged inside her. She did what she felt was necessary.

As the morning staff arrived one day in September - they found over fifty dead patients, lifeless, in their bed. Sally was the only one at the scene, rocking back and forth. Exactly what happened is only known by her, but it seems that some of them had been choked as they had marks around their necks.

The Nurse's Perks

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

  • Stridor - Level 30
  • Thanatophobia - Level 35
  • A Nurse's Calling - Level 40

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

Icon Name Description
Stridor.gif
Stridor

Breathing of Survivors in pain is 25/50/50 % louder. Regular Survivor breathing is now also 0/0/25 % louder.

"If you don't stop and catch your breath... she will."

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

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Thanatophobia

All Survivors receive penalties to repair, healing and sabotage speeds for each injured, dying or hooked Survivor.

  • 1 injured, dying or hooked survivor decrease repair, healing and sabotage speed by 4/5/6 %.
  • 2 injured, dying or hooked survivor decrease repair, healing and sabotage speed by 7/8/9 %.
  • 3 injured, dying or hooked survivor decrease repair, healing and sabotage speed by 10/11/12 %.
  • 4 injured, dying or hooked survivor decrease repair, healing and sabotage speed by 13/14/15 %.

"She plays with us and revels in our pain."

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

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A Nurse's Calling

Unlocks potential in one's Aura reading ability. The Auras IconHelp auras.png of Survivors who are healing or being healed are revealed to you when they are within 20/24/28 metres of range.

"Still attached to the fragments of her past life, she is drawn to those in need of help."

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


Load-out

Weapon: The Bonesaw

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The Bonesaw is the primary weapon of the Nurse. Rusty metal implement for tearing through flesh and bone.

  • When she attacks, she swings her whole body into the swing.
  • When hitting a survivor, she wipes the blood off with her fingers.
  • The Bonesaw has a shorter lunge-attack range, but a larger range itself. This means that the Nurse has a bigger chance of hitting them by clicking than the other killers, but less of a chance when holding the attack button down.

Power: Spencer's Last Breath

The Nurse's Power

The last breath taken from Crotus Prenn Asylum Warden Patrick Spencer. Holding the attack button will charge up a Blink, the range depending on how long you charge the Breath. After Blinking, there is a short window of opportunity in which The Nurse can choose to attack, or Blink again if she has any Chain Blinks left. By default, the Nurse can Blink 1 more time (2 times total). After at least 1 Blink, the Nurse will enter a fatigue. The fatigue duration scales with the number of Blinks used.

The Nurse can chain multiple Blinks together before attacking. To prevent herself from being fatigued even longer, The Nurse can choose to not use her extra Blinks. She can also choose to not attack, as attacking will delay the onset of the stun. The Nurse will clench her fist when her first Blink is fully charged. The "floating dots" in The Nurse's palm indicate how many Blinks she has left.

Add-ons for Spencer's Last Breath

Icon Name Stacks? Tinkerer? Rarity Description
FulliconAddon woodenHorse.png
Wooden Horse
Yes
No
Common
An unpainted toy carved out of cheap wood to resemble a horse. Once the symbol of a deep connection between a catatonic patient and her Nurse.
  • Slightly decreases the accuracy of the Blink.
  • Slightly increases the maximum range of the Blink.
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White Nit Comb
Yes
No
Common
A parasitic nit comb taken from the clinic. Once the symbol of a deep connection between an anxious patient and her Nurse.
  • Slightly increases the Blink movement speed.
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Torn Bookmark
Yes
No
Common
A white and pristine piece of ribbon once attached to a sacred book. Once the symbol of a dispute.
  • Adds 1 additional chain Blink.
  • Slightly decreases the maximum range of the Blink.
  • Slightly reduces the chain Blink window.
FulliconAddon metalSpoon.png
Metal Spoon
Yes
Yes
Common
A dull, partially rusted and stained metallic spoon. Confiscated from Room 202's patient, the "Bad Man".
  • Slightly increases the charge speed of the Blink.
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Matchbox
Yes
No
Common
A matchbox containing an odd collection of mismatched buttons.
  • Slightly increases the chain Blink window.
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Bad Man Keepsake
Yes
Yes
Common
A rotten molar ripped from the "Bad Man's" cold dead hand.
  • Moderately increases the charge speed of the Blink.
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Pocket Watch
Yes
Yes
Uncommon
A charred and broken pocket watch with rattling pieces. Taken from Nurse Moris' body.
  • Slightly decreases the charge speed of the Blink.
  • Moderately reduces the fatigue time of the Blink.
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Dull Bracelet
Yes
Yes
Uncommon
A worthless piece of jewelry that might have an important significance to someone. Taken from the Anxious Girl's body.
  • Moderately increases the Blink movement speed.
  • Slightly decreases Blink charge speed.
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Dark Cincture
Yes
No
Uncommon
A black rope used as a belt in times of mourning. Taken from Father Campbell's body.
  • Adds 1 additional chain Blink.
  • Slightly reduces the maximum range of the Blink.
FulliconAddon catatonicBoysTreasure.png
Catatonic Boy's Treasure
Yes
No
Uncommon
A pine-cone which unexpectedly calmed a patient's repetitive movement. Taken from the Catatonic Boy's body.
  • Moderately increases the maximum range of the Blink.
  • Moderately decreases the accuracy of the Blink.
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Spasmodic Breath
Yes
Yes
Rare
The twitchy and tremulous breath stolen from the "Bad Man". Aggressively pulses and jumps at The Nurse's touch.
  • Considerably increases the charge speed of the Blink.
  • Slightly increases the fatigue time of the Blink.
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Heavy Panting
Yes
No
Rare
The slow and bulging breath stolen from the fat Orderly. Dimly oscillates at The Nurse's touch.
  • Moderately increases the chain Blink window.
  • Moderately increases fatigue duration.
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Fragile Wheeze
Yes
No
Rare
The whistling and rattling breath stolen from Father Campbell. Silently curves and bends at The Nurse's touch.
  • Adds 1 additional chain Blink.
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Ataxic Respiration
Yes
No
Rare
The irregular and deteriorating breath collected from the Catatonic Boy. Normally stable and calm, becomes incredibly agitated at The Nurse's touch.
  • Considerably increases the maximum range of the Blink.
  • Considerably decreases the accuracy of the Blink.
FulliconAddon anxiousGasp.png
Anxious Gasp
Yes
Yes
Rare
The gasp of surprise collected from an Anxious Girl which the Nurse was fond of. Twitches vigorously at The Nurse's touch.
  • Considerably increases the Blink movement speed.
  • Moderately decreases Blink charge speed.
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Plaid Flannel
No
No
Very Rare
A torn piece of red and black plaid flannel. The scrap of fabric imbues The Nurse with devastating focus.
  • Allows you to see the landing area of the Blink.
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Kavanagh's Last Breath
Yes
No
Very Rare
A powerful last breath snatched from Crotus Prenn Asylum Orderly Harvey Kavanagh. In the hands of The Nurse, it wobbles with intensity.
  • Moderately increases the chain Blink window.
  • Slightly increases fatigue duration.
  • Removes 1 chain Blink.
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Jenner's Last Breath
Yes
Yes
Very Rare
A powerful last breath snatched from Crotus Prenn Asylum patient Mary Jenner. In the hands of The Nurse, it trembles with intensity.
  • Tremendously increases the Blink movement speed.
  • Moderately decreases Blink charge speed.
  • Removes 1 chain Blink.
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Campbell's Last Breath
Yes
No
Very Rare
A powerful last breath snatched from Crotus Prenn Asylum priest Father Campbell. In the hand of The Nurse, it crackles with intensity.
  • Adds 2 additional chain Blinks.
  • Slightly reduces the maximum range of the Blink.
FulliconAddon badMansLastBreath.png
"Bad Man's" Last Breath
Yes
No
Very Rare
A powerful last breath snatched from Crotus Prenn Asylum patient the "Bad Man". In the hands of The Nurse, it jolts with intensity.
  • Tremendously increases the charge speed of the Blink.
  • Slightly increases the fatigue time of the Blink.
  • Removes 1 chain Blink.


Achievements

Main article: Achievements

There are currently 3 achievements related to the Nurse.

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

Icon Name Description
Ach adeptNurse.jpg Adept Nurse Achieve a merciless victory with the Nurse using only her 3 unique perks.
Ach inTheVoidSheWalks.jpg In the void she walks With The Nurse, successfully land a Blink attack or a Blink interrupt a total of 500 (100) times.
Ach fromTheVoidSheKills.jpg From the void she kills Chain 3 or more blinks and land on a survivor, grabbing him successfully.


Customisation

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

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

The Nurse's attire includes:

Head Body Weapon

Prestige

  • Prestige I - Bloody Bonesaw (Weapon)
  • Prestige II - Bloody Bag (Head)
  • Prestige III - Bloody Nurse (Body)


DLC

Main article: Downloadable Content

The Nurse is currently part of 3 DLC packages:

Available DLC


Tips

Main article: Hints
  • Survivors can see a stripe behind you if you Blink.
  • You can hit Survivors before having to cool down after a Blink.
  • The Nurse glides notably slower than other Killers, even slower than a normal Survivor's running speed. Hence, it is imperative that you use a Blink to catch up to Survivors in a chase.
  • Blinking is a very good way to gain distance on Survivors who have ran away.
  • You can spin freely while you Blink. This will not change the trajectory of the Blink, but can be used to turn around and hit a Survivor if they attempt to juke you by changing directions.
  • If you face the floor while blinking, you can blink to the floor beneath you, (given there is a room there, such as the Basement or if you are on the second floor of a building.)
    • You can likewise blink to a floor above you if you look up, also given that the area up above is not blocked and has collision for you to stand on.
    • You can "cancel" your Blink by looking at the ground, which will make you stay in place (assuming there is no floor beneath you, otherwise you will be teleported down). However, you still have to wait until the Blink and cool-down finishes.
  • If you charge your Blink so that it would teleport you into an obstacle, the Blink will instead teleport you in front of the obstacle.
  • The best way to go about the Nurse is to predict where a Survivor is going. Because the Nurse cannot properly chase Survivors, blinking on top of them and cutting them off is necessary to land a hit.
  • The Nurse doesn't need to vault windows or break Pallets since she can blink through them.


Trivia

  • The Nurse was the first female Killer.
  • The Nurse was the first Killer to be introduced as a DLC.
  • The Nurse's blinking ability, Spencer's Last Breath, is the ability to "blink" across distances; i.e. to teleport. This ability also holds references to several other games with the ability under the same name, "Blink".
  • Other than the Blink ability, The Nurse also seems to possess a telekinesis-like ability that is exhibited in other killer actions. Instead of breaking pallets with her feet, she makes some gestures with the Last Breath and destroys it. When she vaults, she floats over the opening. When picking up Survivors, she uses her telekinesis to levitate them into her arm.
  • The Nurse could likely be inspired by the Nurses featured in the Silent Hill franchise.
  • The Nurse is one of the Killers who has a different Movement Speed than the default speed. She has the lowest base speed, and is even slower than the Survivor's running speed.
  • Prior to Patch 1.9.0, the Nurse had the shortest lunge-attack range compared to the other Killers. Now she has the same lunge-attack range as a Killer moving at the default speed.
  • The Nurse was the first notably shorter Killer introduced into the game in comparison to the original Killer trio.
  • The Nurse is the only Killer who floats and so she does not have an audible footstep. However, when she moves, her dress makes a faint rustling noise.
  • The Nurse passively leaves a trail of glowing dots and black smoke behind her, including during a Blink.
  • The Nurse is one of the few Killers whose breathing isn't distorted in some way. She makes a rather human-like wheeze, which also sounds stressed, as if her throat was closed up.
    • This is possibly due to her suffering from "Stridor", a high-pitched wheezing sound that is caused by a disrupted airflow, likely due to her burns.
      • This medical condition is also the namesake for Stridor IconPerks stridor.png, one of her Unique Perks.
  • The Nurse noticeably inhales upon starting to charge her Blink and gives a soft sigh once it's fully charged.
  • The Nurse and the Hag IconHelpLoading hag.png are the only two killers to not break the Pallets IconHelp pullDown.png and damage the Generator IconHelpLoading generators.png with their foot, but with their hand instead.
  • The Nurse is one of 9 Killers without glowing, potentially Entity-touched eyes. However, she has glowing blisters across her arms, an indication that she still got potentially Entity-touched in a different way.
  • The Nurse is one of just two Killers suffering from a unique Game Mechanic called Lightburn.
  • The Nurse screams and sighs with every Blink. According to the Developers, blinking is a painful procedure, so The Nurse literally screams from pain and sighs from relief.

Gallery

For more go to the Nurse'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 QS charSelect portrait.png Quentin Smith FS charSelect portrait.png David Tapp
GS charSelect portrait.png Kate Denson
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 Junior Sawyer - Cannibal SD charSelect portrait.png Freddy Krueger - Nightmare FK charSelect portrait.png Amanda Young - Pig GK charSelect portrait.png Jeffrey Hawk - Clown
Unseen Characters
A. Azarov Aizeyu Alex Andrew Smithson Andy Anna's Mother
Archie MacMillan The "Bad Man" Benedict Baker The "Catatonic Boy" Cecil Adams Clyde
Donna Dr. Sam Loomis Drayton Sawyer Dylan The Entity Evelyn Thompson
Father Campbell Franklin Hardesty Gideon John Kramer Harvey Kavanagh Jill Tuck John Kramer
Judith M. Myers Kenneth's Parents Max Thompson Sr. Mary Jenner - The "Anxious Girl" Murf Nancy Holbrook
Nubbins Sawyer Nurse Moris Otto Stamper Patrick Spencer Philip Elliott Sally Hardesty
Sassy Sujan Vigo
Unused Characters
The Smasher The Teacher
Speculated Characters
The Scream / The Actor John Kramer - The Jigsaw Sidney Prescott
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