Best Perk builds for Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight

Best Perk builds for Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight
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Jack Roberts

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9th Oct 2023 17:00

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With Nicolas Cage now firmly in Dead by Daylight we’ve got some of the best Perk builds you can use on him to make use of his acting prowess, his survival instinct, and his... strange but fun Perks.

After being revealed during Dead by Daylight’s 7th Anniversary celebrations, Nicolas Cage found his way into The Fog with an assortment of new Perks for us to try out in the role of a lifetime. As he goes up against the likes of The Xenomorph alongside Ellen Ripley, he'll no doubt be an asset to any team - and so will his Perks.

So, read on to find out some of the best Perk builds you can use on Nicolas Cage in the game, and how his unique Perks are affecting the current meta.

Who is Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight?

Nicolas Cage, the iconic horror movie actor, runs away from The Trapper, a terrifying Killer in Dead by Daylight.
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Quite simply, Nicolas Cage is appearing as himself in Dead by Daylight. At Summer Game Fest 2023, the actor appeared on stage and revealed he was drawn to Dead by Daylight as his son played it, and was further enticed by the appearance of Sadako (The Onryo) from Ringu.

In the game, Nicolas Cage was drawn into The Fog after reading the script for a new movie “Descend Beyond” (a reference to an earlier DbD chapter) and soon realised that the horrors of the movie were becoming all too real.

While other famous faces have appeared in Dead by Daylight, such as Bruce Campbell as Ashley J. Williams and Doug Bradley as The Cenobite (Pinhead), they appear and voice the iconic characters they’re known for playing.

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What are Nicolas Cage’s Perks in Dead by Daylight?

Dramaturgy, Scene Partner and Plot Twist, Nicolas Cages three unique Perks in Dead by Daylight
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As with any new survivor coming to Dead by Daylight, Nicolas Cage has three unique Perks: Dramaturgy, Plot Twist and Scene Partner. By increasing Cage’s Prestige Level, you will also unlock these perks for other Survivors to use.

However, in Nicolas Cage’s case, his Perks are a little unconventional to the usual loadouts.

Perk

Description

Dramaturgy

While running, pressing the Active Ability button will have you running with your knees high for 0.5 seconds to gain Haste for 2 seconds. Afterwards, it will be followed by a random effect:

  • Suffer from the Exposed Status effect for 12 seconds
  • Extend Haste duration for 2 seconds
  • Scream without notifying the Killer
  • Receive a random Rare Item with random add-ons attached to it

After use, Dramaturgy causes Exhaustion for up to 40 seconds. 

Plot Twist

Plot Twist can only be activated when you are injured. While crouching, press the Active Ability button to silently enter the Dying State and activate the following effects:

  • Grunts of Pain will be silent
  • Pools of Blood will be stifled
  • You can fully recover to be instantly healed

After full recovery using the Perk, you will gain Haste for up to 4 seconds. 

Scene Partner

When you are inside the Killer’s Terror Radius (heartbeat), Scene Partner Activates with the following effects:

  • Looking at the Killer causes you to scream and reveals their Aura for up to 5 seconds
  • There is a 50% chance you will scream again and extend the Aura reveal

This Perk then goes on cooldown for 60 seconds.

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Best Perk builds for Nicolas Cage in DBD

Nicolas Cage heals Meg Thomas near a Hook in Dead by Daylight
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Along with his teachable Perks, there are several fun and unique builds you can try on Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight. Each of these builds utilises Nicolas Cage’s Perks to create a synergy that will help you best escape the match.

Adept Build

The Adept Build, one of the best builds to run on Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight
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For this build, you need Nicolas Cage’s three teachable Perks: Dramaturgy, Plot Twist and Scene Partner. While it may seem they might not have much synergy, they can be used quite effectively together in chases and while repairing Generators.

We also recommend you bring one of the following items to help you in your escape:

  • Med-Kit - To heal yourself and others
  • Toolbox - To repair Generators faster
  • Key - To give you an extra chance of escape, should the Killer close the Hatch

Plot Twist Build

If you want to make the most of the Plot Twist Perk, we’ve accompanied it with some Perks that will allow for faster recovery, greater chances of escaping the Killer’s grasp and even fighting back if you should get caught unawares.

Perk

Description

Plot Twist (Nicolas Cage)

Plot Twist can only be activated when you are injured. While crouching, press the Active Ability button to silently enter the Dying State and activate the following effects:

  • Grunts of Pain will be silent
  • Pools of Blood will be stifled
  • You can fully recover to be instantly healed
  • After full recovery using the Perk, you will gain Haste for up to 4 seconds

Unbreakable (Bill Overbeck)

Recover quickly from the Dying State and allows you to recover to the Injured State once. 

Flip-Flop (Ashley J. Williams)

While in the Dying State, 50 % of your Recovery progression is converted into Wiggling progression.

Power Struggle (Elodie Rakoto)

When you are in the Dying State, the Auras of Pallets are revealed to you. While being carried by the Killer after reaching up to 15% Wiggling progression, you can drop a nearby standing Pallet on the Killer and escape their grasp.

Rare Item Build

Nicolas Cage's Rare Item Build, using his unique Perk Dramaturgy in DBD
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While Dramaturgy largely relies on luck, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a rare item or two. So, if you’re feeling lucky and want some extra rewards for escaping a match, then this is the Perk build for you.

Perk

Description

Dramaturgy (Nicolas Cage)

While running, pressing the Active Ability button will have you running with your knees high for 0.5 seconds to gain Haste for 2 seconds. Afterwards, it will be followed by a random effect:

  • Suffer from the Exposed Status effect for 12 seconds
  • Extend Haste duration for 2 seconds
  • Scream without notifying the Killer
  • Receive a random Rare Item with random add-ons attached to it

After use, Dramaturgy causes Exhaustion for up to 40 seconds. 

Plunderer’s Instinct (General Perk)

The Auras of closed Chests and dropped items are revealed to you. Increased the chances of finding higher rarity items. 

Appraisal (Elodie Rakoto)

This Perk has 3 Tokens. After searching a Chest, consume a Token to rummage through the Chest again for another item.

Ace in the Hole (Ace Visconti)

Increases your chances of receiving an item of greater rarity, along with rarer add-ons.

Aura Reading Build

It always pays to know where the killer is, so we’ve got an Aura Reading build that will allow you to see the Killer’s Aura under various circumstances, so you know when to run, should they be heading your way.

Perk

Description

Scene Partner (Nicolas Cage)

When you are inside the Killer’s Terror Radius (heartbeat), Scene Partner Activates with the following effects:

  • Looking at the Killer causes you to scream and reveals their Aura for up to 5 seconds
  • There is a 50% chance you will scream again and extend the Aura reveal

This Perk then goes on cooldown for 60 seconds. 

Alert (Feng Min)

The Killer’s Aura is revealed after they perform a Breaking action (Pallets, Generators or Walls). 

Kindred (General Perk)

When a Survivor (including yourself) is Hooked, the Aura of all Survivors are revealed to each other, as well as the Aura of the Killer when they are near the Hook. 

Wiretap (Ada Wong

After repairing a Generator for 50% of its progress, place a Wiretap on it for 120 seconds. The Wiretap will allow you to see the Killer’s Aura when they are close to the Generator. If the Killer kicks the Generator, the Wiretap will be broken.

And that’s everything you need to get started with Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight. With these Perk builds, you’ll be able to demonstrate to any killer that nobody messes with the greatest actor of all time. If you're looking to become a Nic Cage main, check out some of the best Survivor Perks you could run on him in DBD.

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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