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Detective David Tapp

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I am not a stranger to law enforcement professionals. I have learned to…spot them. To recognize their posture and sway. Now, one seems to inhabit this, my new home. He looks worn down, but just like me, he refuses to simply lay down and await the coming pain and death. The struggle is the only thing that keeps him sane – something to focus on. Just as you can recognize the hardship of a law enforcer, many times you can also spot a man that has experienced what others never come near. Beatings and violence, determination. Maybe this new man seeks justice? Maybe he still carries a badge? Whatever might he be looking for here, at this place that lacks justice or an end?

~ Unknown (Potentially Benedict Baker)
David Tapp
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Obsessed Detective
African American
The SAW™ Chapter
Voice Actor
Dave Blake
Interal reference
Camper Male 07

Detective David Tapp is one of 17 Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png currently featured in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.

He was introduced as the Survivor of CHAPTER VII: The SAW™ Chapter, a Chapter DLC released on 23 January 2018.

He originates from the 2004 Horror Movie franchise of the same name, SAW.


David Tapp is an obsessed Detective, able to locate and complete Objectives faster.

His personal Perks, Tenacity IconPerks tenacity.png, Detective's Hunch IconPerks detectivesHunch.png & Stake Out IconPerks stakeOut.png, make him objective-focused and able to rapidly recover.

His Perks are all about determination and not giving up. You are dead set on reaching your goal and survive no matter what. 

Difficulty rating: Intermediate
(based on only using his Unique Perks)


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Detective David Tapp was one of the good guys. His determination to see Killers brought to justice and their victims avenged had led him through a long and respected career.

When he first saw the details of the Jigsaw case, it seemed like many others. More grisly and macabre, sure, but just another lunatic with a penchant for the over-dramatic, who would soon be behind bars.

A stroke of insight brought Tapp, and his partner Detective Stephen Sing, to an abandoned mannequin factory, where they discovered Jigsaw’s lair. They apprehended the man but he managed to escape before being unmasked, slashing Tapp's throat as he did so. Leaving his partner, Sing went in pursuit but fell victim to a booby trap. Tapp had failed to go by the book on this one occasion, entering the lair without a warrant, and it had resulted in a Detective's death. He was discharged from the force and left with a ruined throat and crippling guilt.

He channelled that guilt into an obsession: he would find the killer, stop the murders, vindicate himself, and avenge his friend and colleague. Following the evidence trail brought him to Dr Lawrence Gordon and he staked out the doctor’s apartment, sure that he would find some evidence of guilt.

Then he saw a stranger at Gordon's window and heard gunshots. Tapp confronted him and the man fled, with the pursuit leading to an industrial building.

Tapp's age caught up with him, a fight that he would easily have won in his younger days ended with Tapp taking a bullet to the chest. Slumping to the floor, he saw only failure. He had failed his partner and the other victims. Whoever the killer was, Tapp had been unable to stop him. More would die and it would be his fault.

He let the rage and guilt consume him and closed his eyes for the final time. Beneath him, the concrete floor softened. He dug his fingers into the ground, feeling dirt and leaves. Where his chest had been wet with blood, the shirt was now dry and the pain had gone. His eyes opened onto a darkened sky and the jagged, searching fingers of branches.

Screams echoed through the forest and a new determination filled him. His mind was clear for the first time in months. Victims needed to be avenged, killers thwarted. He didn’t know what this place was, but he was still a cop, and he always would be. He had a job to do.

David's Perks

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

  • Tenacity - Level 30
  • Detective's Hunch - Level 35
  • Stake Out - Level 40

Once obtained, other Survivors will be able to find David's Perks in their respective Bloodwebs from that point onwards.

Icon Name Description

There is nothing stopping you.

Your ferocious tenacity in dire situations allows you to crawl 30/40/50 % faster and recover at the same time.

"What the hell is this? I'm taking this bastard down!" — Detective David Tapp

Unique to David Tapp until Level 30, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Survivors.

Detective's Hunch

Unlocks potential in one's Aura-reading ability.

When completing a Generator, the Auras IconHelp auras.png of Generators IconHelpLoading generators.png, Chests IconHelp chests.png and Totems IconHelpLoading totem.png within 32/48/64 metres are revealed to you for 5 seconds.

If you are holding a Map IconItems map.png that can track Objectives, Generators revealed by Detective's Hunch are added to the Map.

"Are you able to tell us where you were last night?" — Detective David Tapp

Unique to David Tapp until Level 35, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Survivors.

Stake Out

Getting close to the Killer IconHelpLoading killer.png fills you with determination.

For each 15 seconds you are standing within the Killer's Terror Radius and are not in a Chase, you gain a Token up to a maximum of 2/3/4 Tokens.

When Stake Out has at least 1 Token, Good Skill Checks IconHelp skillChecks.png are considered Great Skill Checks and consume 1 Token.

"I had you, I had you on your knees. You're runnin' scared because we had you. We're gonna close this case!" — Detective David Tapp

Unique to David Tapp until Level 40, at which point its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Survivors.


Main article: Achievements

There is currently 1 Achievement which is related to David.

Icon Name Description
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Adept Tapp Escape with David Tapp using only his Unique Perks: Tenacity IconPerks tenacity.png, Detective's Hunch IconPerks detectivesHunch.png & Stake Out IconPerks stakeOut.png.


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

David's attire includes:


Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
FS Head01.png Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Common A brilliant homicide detective, obsessed with the Jigsaw case.
FS Torso01.png Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso.png Common A vest resistant to gunshots, engineered for comfort and maneuverability.
FS Legs01.png Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs.png Common Field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points.


Icon Name Body Rarity Description Additional Notes
FS Head01 P01.png Bloody Detective Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Rare A battle-hardened homicide detective, obsessed by the Jigsaw cases. 3rd Prestige Reward
FS Torso01 P01.png Bloody Ballistic Vest CategoryIcon torso.png Rare A vest resistant to gunshots but clearly not impervious to all threats. 1st Prestige Reward
FS Legs01 P01.png Bloody Tactical Trousers CategoryIcon legs.png Rare Blood-drenched field trousers with concealed pockets and handy attachment points. 2nd Prestige Reward


Icon Name Body Rarity Description DLC
FS Head02.png Investigation Tapp CategoryIcon head.png Common It's only a matter of time before he gets you. The SAW™ Chapter
FS Torso02.png Investigation Suit CategoryIcon torso.png Common One of many sober outfits in Tapp's wardrobe. The SAW™ Chapter
FS Legs02.png Duty Jeans CategoryIcon legs.png Common Comfortable blue jeans decorated with the City Homicide badge. The SAW™ Chapter

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CategoryIcon outfits.pngOutfits
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Icon Name Rarity Description Contents Collection Price
FS outfit 007.png Undercover Cop Very Rare Detective Tapp has had a long and varied career, including time undercover. Peaked Police Cap

"This is a Raid!"

Walking the Beat

Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 1080
FS outfit 006.png Beat Cop Very Rare Before he was Detective Tapp, Tapp walked the beat, like most other cops. Blending In

Hardwearing Police Jacket

Dirty Slacks

Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 1080
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
FS Head007.png Blending In Very Rare A more casual cut, to help Tapp fit in with the low-lifes he's investigating. Undercover Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400
FS Head006.png Peaked Police Cap Very Rare A traditional five-pointed cap, paired with dark glasses. If the suspect can't see Tapp's eyes, they can't see him observing them. Beat Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400
CategoryIcon torso.pngTorsos
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
FS Torso007.png "This is a Raid!" Very Rare Tapp's scuffed jacket is paired with a bulletproof vest: essential for the raid that cracks the case. Undercover Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400
FS Torso006.png Hardwearing Police Jacket Very Rare A jacket designed to keep the wearer comfortable in all weathers. The radio is mysteriously inoperable. Beat Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400
CategoryIcon legs.pngLegs
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Icon Name Rarity Description Outfit Collection Price
FS Legs007.png Dirty Slacks Very Rare Clean pants are a dead giveaway when undercover. The artful application of grime goes a long way in selling the role. Undercover Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400
FS Legs006.png Walking the Beat Very Rare Comfortable boots are the main wish of most cops. They keep the feet warm, dry and protected over many miles a day. Beat Cop Career Cop AuricCells Icon.png 400


Main article: Downloadable Content

David is currently part of 1 DLC package:

Available DLC


For additional and more detailed information about the Character of Detective David Tapp from the SAW™ franchise, please refer to the SAW™ Wiki Article.
  • Detective David Tapp is the eighth licensed Character.
    • He is the fourth licensed Survivor to be introduced.
  • Detective David Tapp shares his first name with David King.
  • Detective David Tapp is one of two survivors to visually represent their on-screen counter part; the other being Ash Williams.


For more go to David Tapp's Gallery

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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
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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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