Late January 2019
|“||Maybe it is the will to survive that makes me even more alert to sounds. Sight is limited in this darkened part of the world. In this case their Heartbeats. Not my own, but instead the Killers’ as they close in on me. I just hope that they do not pick up on mine as my heart races for every thump I can hear even clearer.||„|
|~ Benedict Baker's Journal, Nov. 1896|
|“||Again, my senses have proven to be the keys to my survival. If my heartbeat rings in my ears, the Killer is close. If I see the "red stain" in my surroundings, the Killer is even closer!||„|
|~ Mysterious Note|
The Heartbeat, as the name states, is a heartbeat sound effect heard by Survivors within the so-called Terror Radius of a Killer. The Terror Radius is set at a default range of 32 metres, that can change from Killer to Killer.
The Heartbeat is intended to induce fear and anxiety into the Survivors, but also acts as a warning sound effect for an approaching Killer.
According to Benedict Baker's Journal, the Heartbeat heard by the Survivors is not their own, but the Killer's. However, this is contradicted by a Mysterious Note found in The Fog, which states that it is indeed the Survivors' own heartbeat that they hear.
Tempo & Volume
The rate of the Heartbeat is directly dependent on the Killer's proximity to the Survivors - with a faster and louder sound denoting the idea that the Killer is extremely close to the Player. If a Killer then engages in a chase with a Survivor, the Heartbeat will be replaced by a thrilling chase music from the Soundtrack.
Interaction with Unlockables
|Granma's Heart||The cold heart of the cannibal village elder. The trapped life essence within unlocks tremendous potential in The Hag's power.
"Bring me another slice of the girl." — Granma
|"Calm" - Class I||An ECT procedure using a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure can cause mild anxiety in the patient.
Survivors with Madness II/III have the following affliction:
|"Calm" - Class II||A risky ECT procedure using a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure can cause moderate anxiety in the patient.
Survivors with Madness II/III have the following affliction:
"Electro-convulsive therapy is one of the safest medical procedures." — Léry's Memorial Institute
|"Calm" - Carter's Notes||An experimental version of the ECT procedure annotated by Doctor Herman Carter himself. Uses a deep wavelength that soothes various mental illnesses. With Carter's Spark as its source, this procedure causes uncontrollable fear and anxiety in the patient.
Survivors with Madness have the following affliction:
"Higher quality seizures trigger catatonia. At least it gives me peace for the time it lasts." — Herman Carter
|Iridescent King||A glass-like king chess piece moulded from The Fog itself. The Entity's trace reverberating within can break the most powerful minds.|
"Gazing in the iridescent glass is plunging oneself into madness."
|Red Paint Brush||A large paint brush, wet with crimson paint.
|Dead Rabbit||A grey rabbit which has been opened from neck to tail.
|Iridescent Button||A glass-like button moulded from The Fog that captures The Legion's likeness. The surface is warm and reverberating with The Entity's power.
When the Deep Wound Status Effect has been applied during Feral Frenzy:
This effect lasts until the power gauge is depleted.
"The youth consumed by the iridescent glass magnifies and widens the reach of The Entity."
|"The Ghost" - Soot||The Khugwemuu symbol, representing the spirit world, is finger-drawn out of soot on the body of the Bell.
You get excited in anticipation of hooking your prey.
"At some point, the excitement of hooking one of us becomes more important than the desire to kill us."
You are fuelled with an unexpected energy when saving an Ally from a Hook within the Killer's Terror Radius.
After unhooking a Survivor within the Killer's Terror Radius, for 15 seconds, any damage taken that would put the unhooked Survivor into the Dying State will instead apply the Deep Wound Status Effect. The Survivor has 10/15/20 seconds to Mend themselves.
If the unhooked Survivor takes any damage while affected by Deep Wound or if its timer ends, the unhooked Survivor is immediately put into the Dying State .
"Probably stings like hell, but it ain't gonna kill ya. Up and at 'em soldier. Time to move!" — Bill Overbeck
Your horrifying emanation strikes at a supernaturally long distance.
Your Terror Radius is increased by 22/24/26 %.
The Bonus Bloodpoints are only awarded during the trial.
"Bask in their fear."
Unlocks the stealth ability.
By standing still for 4/3/2 seconds, you reduce your Terror Radius to 0 metres and thus become stealthy until you move or act again.
|Monitor & Abuse||
Meticulous in your approach, terrifying in your application.
While in a Chase, your Terror Radius is increased by 6/7/8 metres.
Otherwise your Terror Radius is decreased by 6/7/8 metres and your Field Of View is slightly/moderately/considerably increased.
Field Of View gains do not stack.
"It's time for your treatment!." — Herman Carter, The Doctor
|Object Of Obsession||
A supernatural bond links you to the Killer.
If you are looking in the Killer's direction, your link will reveal your Auras to each other.
This effect applies only if you are outside of the Killer's Terror Radius.
As the Killer's Obsession, this effect applies to a maximum range of 56/64/72 metres. Otherwise, it applies to a maximum range of 44/56/64 metres.
Increases your chance to be the Killer's Obsession.
Only one Obsession per trial.
"He was watching me!" — Laurie Strode
Your presence alone instils great fear. Survivors within your Terror Radius suffer from inefficiency.
Affected Survivors' Item consumption rates are increased by 80/90/100 %.
"Shit!! I dropped the gauze!"
Getting close to the Killer 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 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
Your presence alone instils great fear.
Triggered Skill Checks' success zones are reduced by 40/50/60 %.
"Its presence befalls us."
Standing within the Killer's Terror Radius while not in a Chase for 45 seconds activates the Perk.
"There's what is easy and then there's what is right. If you confuse the two, there's no telling what you become." — Adam Francis
Hiding the Heartbeat
There are several ways for a Killer to hide the Heartbeat and prevent it from playing, thus alerting Survivors to their presence and proximity.
- A Killer with the Insidious Perk will be able to reduce the Terror Radius to 0 metres after standing still for a certain amount of time (4/3/2 seconds), dependening on the Tier of the Perk.
- The Wraith cloaking himself and entering the Spirit World will have no Terror Radius.
- The Wraith using the "The Ghost" - White Add-on will have a Terror Radius of 0 metres after uncloaking when he stands still, similar to Insidious.
- The Pig crouching down will have no Terror Radius.
- The Shape using Monitor & Abuse while remaining in Evil Within I, will have virtually no Terror Radius whilst not in a chase.
- The Hag using the Granma's Heart will have her Terror Radius reduced to 0 metres after a Survivor trips one of her Phantasm Traps.
- The Nightmare using the Red Paint Brush and Monitor & Abuse will have no Terror Radius whilst not in a chase.
Terror Radii of Killers
|Killer||Type||Radius||Affected by Unlockables|
|Shape||Evil Within I||6 metres||Yes|
|Evil Within II||16 metres||Yes|
|Evil Within III||32 metres||Yes|
|Doctor||Treatment Mode||32 metres||Yes|
|Lullaby, Humming||20-45 metres||No|
|Nightmare||Dream World||24 metres||Yes|
|Lullaby, Overworld||24 metres||No|
- The Lullabies of The Huntress and The Nightmare are not considered part of their Terror Radius and cannot be altered with any Perks.
- The Nightmare's Terror Radius also affects Survivors both in and outside the Dream World, even if they don't hear the Heartbeat outside of it.
- The Hag, The Huntress, The Nightmare and The Spirit are the only Killers who have a different Terror Radius than the default 32 metres.
- Until Patch 2.5.0, The Pig too had a lower Terror Radius (28 metres)