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Dead by Daylight - How to Escape when the Hatch is Closed

Written by KryTeK   /   Jun 25, 2019    
Dead by Daylight - How to Escape when the Hatch is Closed

You are alone, the hatch just got closed by the killer and you have to escape by 1 of the 2 doors. Problem is, you don't have enough time to open 1 before the killer comeback... what to do?

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Welcome to this guide on "How to escape when the hatch is closed". This trick will show you what to do when you are alone and the killer closed the hatch. Opening a door might not be possible depending on how close to each other they are, in which this guide solves the issue. You will learn how to use the door's red light to your advantage and to judge if the trick can be performed by analyzing the map's environment.

This guide apply only when you are the last survivor in the match and the hatch is about to be closed (or is already closed).

The Doors

To use this trick, you need to understand how the 2 doors work when powered, its very simple:

  • The doors takes 15 seconds to open.
  • 3 red lights show the progress of the door's opening.
  • It takes +/- 3 seconds for the first light to turn on.

Dead by Daylight - How to Escape when the Hatch is Closed

The Trick

By faking the opening of a door, you will "force" the killer to look for you in the area when you are in fact long gone and opening the other door and escaping.

You will open a door until the first light turn on, then run to the other door and escape. At this stage of the game, the killer will heavily patrol the 2 doors back and forth. Depending on the map layout, you might not have time to fully open 1 until the killer comes back, resulting in a certain death.

What we will do is open 1 door for +/- 3 seconds (until we see the first light), run to the other door NOT in a straight path since the killer will be using the most efficient path to patrol the 2 doors and we dont want him to see us and finally, escape.

Analyzing the Map Layout

Probably the most important part of this trick is to understand the map layout.

  • Where are the 2 doors?
  • Are they far from each other?
  • Does the killer have vision of the lever from a long distance?
  • Are the doors obstructed by walls/trees?
  • Are there many hiding spots around the door?

This will help you judge the situation and let you determine the best timing to start the trick.

Step #1 - Reaching for the Decoy Door

We will call the door that we won't open fully the "decoy" door and the door we will open the "escape" door for clarity.

The decoy door doesnt have to be a specific door, generally you will be using the one closest to you.

Before opening it for +/- 3 seconds, you will need to locate the killer. You dont want to be opening the door while the killer is watching you or walking in your direction. Hide very close to the door if possible and wait for a visual cue of the killer and or its heartbeat. As soon as he walks away after checking your door (or as the heartbeat fades away), open the door until the first light turns. Then get away and reach for the "escape door".

Step #2 - Running to the Escape Door

Easy to do, as long as you are not crossing the killer's path.

Dead by Daylight - How to Escape when the Hatch is Closed

Step #3 - Opening the Escape Door

As soon as you reach the "escape" door, open it! The killer is looking for you at the "decoy" door and you wont have any other chance to escape.

Now you pray to god that he does'nt abandon the search and goes back to the "escape" door.

Dead by Daylight - How to Escape when the Hatch is Closed

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Written by KryTeK.