Best Perk builds for Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight

Best Perk builds for Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight
Images via Behaviour Interactive | Remedy Entertainment

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Jack Roberts

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5th Feb 2024 10:20

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Alan Wake has made his way into The Fog of Dead by Daylight, so we’ve rounded up our picks for some of the best Perk builds that you should be running on him to help you survive in the game.

Joining the likes of Ellen Ripley and Nicolas Cage, Alan Wake, fresh from the success of his own game (and one of our games of the year in 2023) is bound to shine a light in the dark as he takes on some of the most malevolent Killers.

Best Perk builds for Alan Wake in DbD

Below you’ll find builds that complement each of Alan Wake’s unique Perks in DbD. These include some of the best Survivor Perks that may even counteract some of the best Perks that the Killers bring.

Champion of Light build

The Champion of Light build for Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight, with the Perks, Fixated, Champion of Light, Residual Manifest and Smash Hit
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What would Alan Wake be without his trusty flashlight? Well, Champion of Light puts that at the forefront and gives the item that all Killers fear a huge boost. Smash Hit is used here, but it could easily be swapped out with Chemical Trap or Background Player for some more unique combinations.

Perk

Survivor

Description

Champion of Light

Alan Wake

While you are holding a flashlight, this Perk activates. When you are shining a flashlight, you have 50% Haste. When you successfully blind the Killer, they also gain 20% Hindered for 6 seconds. This effect cannot stack with itself. Then, this Perk goes into cooldown for up to 60 seconds.

Fixated

Nancy Wheeler

You can see your scratch marks at all times. You walk 20% faster.

Residual Manifest

Haddie Kaur

After a successful Killer Blind action, the Killer is affected by the Blindness status effect for 30 seconds.

This Perk grants the ability to rummage through an opened chest once per trial and will guarantee a basic Flashlight.

Smash Hit

Yun-Jin Lee

After stunning the Killer with a pallet, break into a sprint at 150% of your normal running speed for 4 seconds. Causes the Exhausted status effect for 20 seconds, This Perk cannot be used while Exhausted.

Deadline build

We’ve all been there, a tight deadline can be a thing of terror. However, Alan Wake takes this pressure and runs with it with his Deadline Perk, which enhances the power of Skill Checks.

Perk

Survivor

Description

Deadline

Alan Wake

This Perk activates when you are injured. Skill Checks appear up to 10% more frequently when repairing or healing and appear in random places. The penalty for missing skills checks is reduced by 50%.

Autodidact

Adam Francis

You start the trial with a -25% progress penalty for Skill Checks to heal Survivors. For every successful Skill Check, while healing a Survivor, you receive a token up to a maximum of 5 tokens. Each token grants you a +15% progress bonus.  

Fogwise

Vittorio Toscano

Hitting a Great Skill Check while repairing a Generator reveals the Killer’s aura to you for 6 seconds.

Hyperfocus

Rebecca Chambers

After hitting a great Skill Check while repairing or healing, this Perk gains 1 token, up to 6 tokens. Each token increases the chance of a Skill Check trigger by 4%, the Skill Check cursor speed by 4% and the bonus progression for great Skill Checks by 30% of its base value. The Perk loses all tokens in case of normal Skill Check successes, fails or if the action is stopped by any means.

Boon: Illumination build

The Boon: Illumination build for Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight, using the Perks: Boon: Illumination, Ace in the Hole, Appraisal and Boon: Dark Theory
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A Boon is a safe space for all, and creating a light in The Fog will always bring comfort and opportunity, especially with Illumination helping Survivors to get their bearings.

Perk

Survivor

Description

Boon: Illumination

Alan Wake

Press and hold the Active Ability Button 1 near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Survivors inside your Boon Totem’s range see the aura of all chests and Generators in blue. If you have lit a Boon Totem, you cleanse or bless Totems up to 10% faster.

Ace in the Hole

Ace Visconti

When retrieving an item from a chest, there is a 100% chance that a very rare (or lower) add-on will be attached to it. 50% chance of finding an add-on of uncommon rarity (or lower) When escaping, keep any add-ons your item has.

Appraisal

Elodie Rakoto

Start the trial with 3 tokens. When a chest has already been opened, consume a token to rummage through it for an item. Rummaging can only be performed once per chest. You can rummage through chests 80% faster.

Boon: Dark Theory

Yoichi Asakawa

Press and hold the Active Ability Button 1 near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Survivors inside your Boon Totem’s range gain a 2% Haste status effect. This effect lingers after leaving the Boon’s range.

What are Alan Wake’s unique Perks in Dead by Daylight?

Alan Wake's Perks in Dead by Daylight. The Perks from left are Champion of Light, Boon: Illumination and Deadline
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Like all characters in Dead by Daylight, Alan Wake comes with three unique Perks, including a brand new Boon Perk that is shown above. By upgrading him using Bloodpoints (a few DbD codes can help you out there) these Perks can be taught to other Survivors.

Perk Description
Boon: Dark Theory Press and hold the Active Ability Button 1 near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Survivors inside your Boon Totem’s range gain a 2% Haste status effect. This effect lingers after leaving the Boon’s range. If you have lit a Boon Totem, you cleanse or bless Totems 10% faster.
Champion of Light While you are holding a flashlight, this Perk activates. When you are shining a flashlight, you have 50% Haste. When you successfully blind the Killer, they also gain 20% Hindered for 6 seconds. This effect cannot stack with itself. Then, this Perk goes into cooldown for up to 60 seconds.
Deadline This Perk activates when you are injured. Skill Checks appear up to 10% more frequently when repairing or healing and appear in random places. The penalty for missing skills checks is reduced by 50%.

Who is Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight?

Like Jill Valentine, Cheryl Mason, Bill Overbeck, and more, Alan Wake is video game royalty and a horror icon to boot. An author whose best-selling Alex Casey novels have brought him profound success, but also to the brink of ruin.

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After taking a writer’s retreat at the behest of his wife, Alice, to Bright Falls, he quickly finds himself entangled in the ominous presence of The Dark Place. As Alice disappears, Alan finds that what he writes is brought to life. He is the author of his own fate, and it is his only way of finding his way out of The Dark Place, and now, The Fog of DbD.

Alan Wake staring at a projection of himself in Alan Wake 2
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Image via Remedy Entertainment

Alan Wake 2 was recently released by Remedy almost 13 years after the cult success of the original game. In a recent roundtable with devs at Behaviour Interactive and Remedy Entertainment, horror is at the root of the Alan Wake series. With his own Tome and a legendary skin for Saga Anderson, Alan Wake's inclusion in the horror pantheon is a no-brainer.

That’s everything you need to know about creating some of the best Perk builds for Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight so you too can become the Champion of Light. If you’re on the hunt for more DbD content, check out our Dead by Daylight homepage where you’ll find guides like the best Perk builds to run on The Singularity, The Xenomorph and The Demogorgon.

Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.

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