How to Counter Flirt in Dead By Daylight

The Dredge is an original killer in dead in broad daylight, released alongside the survivor, Haddie Kaur, during the game’s sixth anniversary celebrations. The Slayer’s power is locker-based, with the developers deciding to add more lockers across maps to allow the Slayer to use their power.

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While The Dredge isn’t the strongest killer in the game, he’s definitely up there. This is due to its anti-loop mechanics, as well as the ability to teleport across the map and knock people out of generators instantly after a hook. Since the killer has a unique mechanic, the games to counter him must also be unique so that you can survive and escape.


Tips for countering flirting

When you load into a trial, it’s easy to identify if you’re facing a drag. When you look at the lockers, you will see an illuminated padlock on their handles. These only appear when the killer is Dredge. So if you know you have one, use these tips to avoid it.

Avoid lockers at all costs

This one’s for all the Dwight networks – lockers aren’t safe from this killer. Although you can always hide in a locker to avoid aura reading from Barbecue and chilli, that’s usually not a good idea because there’s a good chance The Dredge will teleport to your locker. If you’re in a locker while this killer teleports there, you instantly enter a death state, and there’s a new animation that finds you in the locker.

Similarly, when repairing a generator, try to find one as far away from the lockers as possible. While this can’t be done on all maps, some maps like Coldwind Farm or Haddonfield can serve as a hard counter for the killer, if the survivors repair the correct generators.

If you are forced to work on a generator near certain lockers, be sure to at least lock them. Use the item button near a locker to do this – it only takes a moment, and when The Dredge teleports into a locked locker, it takes him a lot longer to get out. It gives you a chance to escape.

The locks are for single use. If you have locked a certain locker, you cannot delete it. Once the killer teleports into the locker and breaks the lock, he disappears for the rest of the match. The killer can also strike the locks, if he sees them while passing a locker, to destroy them.

Beware of its anti-loop

Many people are unaware that The Dredge actually has an anti-loop ability. When maintaining his power, the killer leaves behind a vestige, as he walks at a slower speed than the survivors. The catch is that he can teleport to his Remnant, as long as there are batteries left for his power. When you’re on loop, you’ll see the killer use his power and follow you, while forcing you to go towards his Remnant. The player can simply teleport there and hit youa bit like The Hag.

To avoid this, whenever you see the killer using his power, the best option is to exit the loop entirely and head to another. The killer is slower than you while maintaining his ability, and there is a brief moment where he is extremely slow whenever the player decides to cancel the ability.

Sometimes, the option to leave a loop does not exist, because you might be in a dead zone where you can’t go into another loop. In these scenarios, you can pretend to go to the Remnant, and when The Dredge teleports there, you can run back to the killer’s original position.

Listen carefully during nightfall

Nightfall is a mechanic unique to this killer, and it stacks over time. There is an audible warning when nightfall is about to start and after it has started the The Survivor’s screen becomes extremely dark, making it nearly impossible to see. Slayer gains the Undetectable status effect, removing their terror radius for the duration. Nightfall is basically when Dredge is strongest, but if you listen carefully you can avoid being caught off guard.

Dredge has a slayer-related hissing sound effect, which can be heard when it gets close to you. It’s also directional, so you can tell where it’s coming from. It is recommended turn up your volume against this killer, to hear him even better.

Staying injured during a trial increases the speed at which Nightfall begins. The more injured survivors, the faster Nightfall will return. So, make it a point to seek medical treatment as soon as possible whenever you are injured.

Advantages to counter flirting

While no perks directly counter The Dredge, some perks can help against the Slayer’s power if used in a certain way. Let’s see how to escape the killer who ate our beloved Maurice!

decisive strike

While Decisive Strike is a good perk to run in order to avoid tunneling against any killer, it can sometimes work wonders against The Dredge. We all know there’s a mechanic with the advantage where you can enter a locker, and the killer must then wait 60 seconds or eat the stun if you have Decisive Strike. However, this can actually be used interactively against The Dredge.

For example, if you have Decisive Strike, you run around a loop that has lockers, and you know The Dredge would teleport to them to close the distance, you can preemptively enter the locker and trigger the animation of it being inside. It will waste the killer a lot of time, and give you the distance to head to another loop – hopefully without lockers this time, because the killer will definitely be angry if you pull this trick on him.


Quite simply, it’s a bad idea to break into the lockers in order to avoid the aura reading of Barbecue and Chili, but then how to avoid it? This is where Distortion comes in. Whenever your aura is meant to be revealed to the killer, Distortion consumes a stack and prevents this from happening. This way you can avoid showing the killer where you are, without ever needing to break into the closet and risk getting caught.


This perk can help you when a teammate is addicted, and it can help your teammates when you are addicted. The advantage Reveals Slayer’s Aura whenever near an Addicted Survivor. Therefore, even if The Dredge isn’t camping, each time they hook a survivor, you can tell which locker they will teleport to depending on which direction the killer is looking.

The dredge gains an undetectable status effect during nightfall. There was an update recently where the Slayer Aura is not revealed to survivors in any way if they have this status effect. So during Nightfall, Kindred is not doing its job.

windows of opportunity

Simply put, Windows Of Opportunity reveals the aura of nearby pallets and windows. While this perk is generally good for new players, it can be especially good against Dredge during Nightfall. Since you can’t see where you’re going most of the time, the aura revealed by this perk will help you find a loop and give you a general direction to run in.

You can also combine this perk with Sprint Burst, meaning you can get distance even if The Dredge approaches you during Nightfall. This can additionally be combined with Premonitionso you know exactly where the killer is coming from whenever he’s near you during Nightfall.

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