Dead By Daylight best Leatherface build (November 2022)

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An iconic killer from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface (Bubba Sawyer) is chainsaw-wielding Killer in Dead by Daylight. He was revealed in a DLC that shares the Killer’s name. Unlike most of the other Killers, he did not come with a Survivor, and instead was released by himself.

In-game, Leatherface is referred to as The Cannibal, but for this guide we’ll be using his movie name. While Leatherface does not have a good reputation amongst the Dead by Daylight community, don’t let that stop you from playing him! With this handy guide, we’ll let you know the best Killer perks, powers, add-ons and tips that’ll make you stand out from the crowd.

For more licensed killers, check out our best Ghost Face build, as well as the best Michael Myers build. If you want to see where they rank alongside other killers, look no further than our Dead By Daylight tier list.

Dead By Daylight Leatherface perks

Leatherface has three unique perks that can be unlocked for other Killers via the Bloodweb.


When you down a Survivor with your basic attack, their field of view (FOV) is decreased, they gain the Blindness status effect and crawl 50% slower for 15 seconds. Survivors are not able to see the knocked down Survivor’s aura farther away from them than 32/24/16 metres.

BBQ & Chilli

Each time a Survivor is hooked, all other Survivor Auras are revealed to you for 4 seconds if they are 40 metres away from the Hook’s location. For each unique Survivor hooked once, you also earn a 25% bonus to all Bloodpoint gains.

Franklin’s Demise

When hit with a basic attack, Survivors will drop their items and if not recovered within 150/120/90 seconds, it’ll become lost to the Entity.

What is the best build and perks for Leatherface?

We would go with the following perks for the best possible Leatherface build:

BBQ & Chili (The Cannibal Perk)

A deep bond with The Entity unlocks potential in one's Aura-reading ability. After hooking a Survivor, all other Survivors' Auras are revealed to you for 4 seconds when they are farther than 40 metres from the Hook. Each time a Survivor is hooked for the first time, gain a stack-able 25% bonus to all Bloodpoint gains, up to a maximum of several percent.

Hex Ruin (The Hag Perk)

A Hex that affects all Survivor's Generator Repair progress. All Generators automatically regress at percentage of the normal Regression speed whenever they are not being repaired. The Hex effects persist as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.

Franklin's Demise (The Cannibal Perk)

Your vicious Basic Attacks make Survivors drop their regular Items or Limited Items on impact. If not recovered within several seconds, the lost Items will have their Charges depleted by The Entity. The Auras of lost Items are revealed to you within 32 metres and slowly fade from white to red as the timer elapses.

Distressing (General Killer Perk)

Your horrifying emanation strikes at a supernaturally long distance. Your Terror Radius is increased by 22/24/26%. Distressing grants 100% bonus Bloodpoints for actions in the Deviousness Category.

Dead By Daylight Leatherface powers

Leatherface’s Power is called Bubba’s Chainsaw. When you first enter a Trial, Bubba’s Chainsaw has three charges. To use the Chainsaw for two seconds gets rid of one of the charges, and to keep using the charges you’ll need to press the Power button again - turning your Chainsaw attack into a Chainsaw Sweep. The charges for Bubba’s Chainsaw replenish when not in use.

When Survivors are hit via a Chainsaw attack, they’ll immediately be put into the Dying state. This can be changed to only injure Survivors via an add-on.

Revving Bubba’s Chainsaw increases the Tantrum meter. Once full or after hitting an obstacle during a Chainsaw Sweep, Leatherface will spiral into a Tantrum and slash and hit wildly - putting Survivors in the Dying state if they get close. However, Leatherface’s movement speed is tremendously decreased during a Tantrum - making it easier for Survivors to rush away.

Best add-ons for Leatherface in Dead By Daylight

Leatherface is an average Killer in every sense of the word. He has an average Movement Speed, and while his power is something to be scared of when up close and personal with him, he doesn’t have the finesse of The Huntress nor the calculating of The Trapper. Still, there are Add-Ons that can help him against Survivors.

Iridescent Flesh

This add-on lets Leatherface’s charges replenish each time he hits a Survivor. This is incredibly useful if Survivors are clumped together, allowing you to possibly down one or two Survivors in one Chainsaw Sweep.

Light Chassis

While revving Bubba’s Chainsaw, you’re able to see the Auras of Survivors within 8 metres of you. This is extremely helpful for rooting out immersive Survivors who want to hide from you, but does have the risk of triggering a Tantrum if you use the add-on too much.

Award-Winning Chilli

Move faster for longer with this add-on. Leatherface’s Chainsaw Dash and Sweep are moderately increased, making it easier to catch up to Survivors and down them with your power.

Begrimed Chains

This add-on works like a mini Franklin’s Demise, as Survivors hit with this actively drop their items. Unfortunately, you’re unable to see the Auras of these dropped items, but it does cause a good amount of confusion and slow down, as most Survivors will either return for their item or leave it rather than risk being hit again.

Dead By Daylight Leatherface tips and tricks

  • Leatherface can bait Survivors to drop a Pallet by revving his chainsaw. Make sure not to get stunned by it, and then use your power on the Pallet to break it and continue on with your Chase. Your power gets rid of Pallets faster than the usual Break animation.
  • You want to try your best to get Survivors out in the open and away from places that you’re not good at with your Chainsaw - aka Windows and Vaults. That’s why Bamboozle is a very good Perk on Leatherface as it blocks the areas off that most Survivors use to escape from you.
  • If Survivors go into Lockers during a Chase with you, bump into the Locker and cause a Tantrum. If the Survivors leave the Locker, even to stun you with Head-On, they’ll be immediately downed. And if they don’t leave, you can just grab them out of the Locker instead.
  • Don’t rely too much on Bubba’s Chainsaw - if you need to do a simple basic attack then do so. Otherwise, you’ll risk losing the Survivor or not getting a hit at all. An Injured Survivor is better than a healthy one.
  • Hook Survivors in the Basement whenever possible. It’s a tight area, and you’re able to use your Chainsaw Sweep to knock down more than one Survivor if aimed and timed correctly. Tight areas with multiple Survivors in are your one-way ticket to winning the Trial.
  • Camping Survivors is certainly a strategy associated with Leatherface, but it really isn’t the play. Getting Survivors off generators is, so even if you’re tempted to camp the Hook… Just don’t. It’s not fun, for you or the people you’re playing with.

That's all you need to know about the best Leatherface builds in Dead by Daylight. Be sure to check back regularly to see how your build could be improved. In the meantime, check out the killers we wish to see in Dead by Daylight soon, or some games like DBD for when you need a break.

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