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Windows are a type of obstacle in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.


They are the standard hole-in-a-wall which Players can quickly climb (vault) through to try and lose the Killer. They are common features in every trial, and can appear in the derelict walls that surround the Map or in and around landmarks.


In order to vault over a Window, both Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png and Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png must walk up to it and press SPACE (PC), R1 (PS4), RB (Xbox), or R (Switch).

Whereas the Killer usually only has a slow vaulting speed (with some exceptions), Survivors are able to vault Windows at three different speeds:

Fast Vault

If a Survivor runs straight towards a Window for at least 2.5 metres, they will quickly vault over the Window and continue running without losing speed.

  • This vault will take 0.5 seconds.
  • This type of vault is considered a rushed action and will alert the Killer with a noise notification.

Medium Vault

If a Survivor attempts to quickly climb through a Window but they don't have enough momentum or do it at an angle, they will quickly climb over the Window but with more of their body exposed, making it easier for the Killer to hit them from a distance.

  • This vault will take 0.9 seconds.
  • This type of vault is also considered a rushed action and will also alert the Killer.

Slow Vault

If a Survivor walks up to a Window and climbs through it, the vault will be slow and quiet.

  • This vault will take 1.5 seconds.
  • This type of vault will not alert the Killer.
    • It still makes a quiet noise that can be identified by experienced Killers if they are close enough to hear it.

Window Grab

Any injured Survivor can be grabbed mid-vault by the Killer and hoisted directly onto their shoulder by tapping the attack button (default: M1, R2, or RT), putting them instantly into the Dying State IconHelp dying.png upon a drop.

Entity Blocker

If a chased Survivor rush vaults the same Window thrice during the same Chase, The Entity IconHelp entity.png will temporarily block it for that Survivor for 30 seconds. Other Survivors and the Killer can still vault the Window and are unaffected by the Blocker.

If a Survivor vaults a blocked Window just as it becomes unblocked near the Killer, it will be blocked on the first vault, as opposed to the three vaults. The vault counter only resets after the offending Survivor refrained from vaulting the recently unblocked Window for another 30 seconds.

There is a Window of 5 seconds after escaping a Chase in which a rushed vault will still trigger the Entity Blocker.

Change Log

Patch 1.1.2

  • Added the Window Blocker mechanic.

Patch 2.0.0

  • All Killers now vault Windows in 1.7 seconds.

Patch 2.3.0

  • Survivors must now run straight at a Window with at least 2.5 metres of clearance in order to fast-vault.

Patch 2.5.0

  • Medium Vault now has a unique animation to better distinguish it from a fast vault.
  • Medium Vault time decreased from 1 second to 0.9 seconds.
  • Survivors will carry over any momentum they had from before the vault instead of being reset to 0.


  • The Shape, The Wraith (the latter using the Shadow Dance Add-ons) and The Legion are the only Killers with the ability to vault through Windows faster than other Killers, to the point of being only slightly slower or even slightly faster than a medium vault of a Survivor.
  • Only two Perks can make the vault speed of the other Killer faster: Fire Up IconPerks fireUp.png and Bamboozle IconPerks bamboozle.png.


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