Best Perk builds for Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight

Best Perk builds for Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight
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Jack Roberts

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10th Oct 2023 09:59

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Joining the horror pantheon during Chapter 29 of DbD, Ellen Ripley, the iconic last survivor of the Alien movie, found herself in Dead by Daylight, along with several Perks that can make for some unique builds – so here’s a breakdown of the ones that we think are the best to run.

No stranger to an iconic licence, Behaviour Interactive bringing Alien’s Ellen Ripley into The Fog includes some of the best Survivor Perks right now and could see some changes to the current meta.

Below, we’ll be breaking down everything you need to know about Ellen Ripley in the game so that you can create some of the best builds to help you survive a Trial.

Who is Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight?

Key art of Ellen Ripley, as she appears in Dead by Daylight
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In Dead by Daylight, Ellen Ripley is the legendary 'final girl' of the Alien franchise, who has survived encounters with The Xenomorphs multiple times. This iteration of Ripley hails from the very first film, where the titular Alien wiped out the entire crew of the Nostromo, leaving her the sole survivor.

As the ship’s Warrant Officer, Ripley took every precaution to stop The Xenomorph (among other villainous forces) from killing the crew, only to be met with contempt and adversary. However, in The Fog, the Survivors will have to work with Ripley if they’re going to have any chance of making it out alive.

What are Ellen Ripley’s Perks in Dead by Daylight?

Lucky Star, Chemical Trap and Light-Footed, Ellen Ripley's unique Perks in Dead by Daylight
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As with any Survivor in Dead by Daylight, Ellen Ripley has three unique Perks: Chemical Trap, Light Footed and Lucky Star. By increasing Ripley’s Prestige Level, you will also unlock these Perks for other Survivors to use.

Perk

Description

Chemical Trap

After completing 70%/60%/50% progress on any generator, this perk activates. While standing next to a dropped pallet, press the Active Ability Button 2 to install a Trap, which stays active for 100/110/120 seconds. The auras of trapped pallets are revealed in yellow to all Survivors. When the Killer performs the break action on the trapped pallet, the trap explodes, and they are slowed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Light Footed

When you are healthy, this perk activates. Your running footsteps are silent. This perk goes on cool-down for 28/24/20 seconds after doing a rushed action.

Lucky Star

When you hide in a locker, this perk activates. You leave no pools of blood and make no grunts of pain for 10 seconds. When you exit the locker, you see other survivors and the closest generator's aura in yellow for 10 seconds. This perk then goes on cooldown for 40/35/30 seconds.

Best Perk builds for Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight

Ellen Ripley explores the wreck of the Nostromo in Dead by Daylight
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Along with her teachable Perks, there are several fun and unique builds you can try out on Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight, from getting yourself the Adept achievement to setting intricate traps for the Killers.

Adept Build

The Adept Build for Ellen Ripley, one of the best builds she can use in Dead by Daylight
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For this build, you need Ellen Ripley’s three teachable Perks: Chemical Trap, Light Footed and Lucky Star. While they may not have much synergy in this state, they can be used to outwit the Killer in chases, and while injured.

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

The Adept build is all about escaping the get the trophy, so don’t be afraid to take a stealthy approach with these Perks.

Killer Trap Build

The Killer Trap Build for Ellen Ripley, one of the best builds she can use in Dead by Daylight
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Several Perks allow you to affect the Killer’s pace, and Chemical Trap is a new Perk added to that selection. This is the Survivor’s way of fighting back. These Perks involve hindering and keeping tabs on the Killer.

Perk

Description

Any Means Necessary (Yui Kimura)

Allows you to pick up unbroken Pallets that have been dropped.

Blast Mine (Jill Valentine)

After completing a set amount of progress on any Generator, this Perk activates. You leave a trap on the Generator and, when kicked by the Killer, it stuns and blinds them for several seconds, hindering their progress.

Chemical Trap (Ellen Ripley)

After completing a set amount of progress on any Generator, this Perk activates. While standing next to a dropped pallet, press the Active Ability Button 2 to install a Trap, which stays active for up to 120 seconds. When the Killer performs the break action on the trapped pallet, the trap explodes, and they are slowed by 50% for 4 seconds.

Wiretap (Ada Wong)

After completing a set amount of progress on any Generator. Leaving a trap on the Generator allows you to see the Aura of the Killer in the vicinity. If the Killer kicks the Generator, the trap breaks.

Silent Locker Build

The Silent Locker build for Ellen Ripley, one of the best builds she can use in Dead by Daylight
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If you need to find a safe place to hide from a relentless Killer, there is no better place than a locker. If you’re injured while doing so, Ripley’s Perks can help protect you in lockers even more.

Perk

Description

Head On (Jane Romero)

After climbing into a locker, you can burst out of it to stun the Killer.

Inner Healing (General Perk)

After cleansing a Totem, while injured, climb inside a locker and this Perk will heal you.

Lucky Star (Ellen Ripley)

When you hide in a locker, this perk activates. You leave no pools of blood and make no grunts of pain for 10 seconds. When you exit the locker, you see other survivors and the closest generator's aura in yellow for 10 seconds before it goes on cooldown.

Quick and Quiet (Meg Thomas)

Allows you to perform rushed actions, such as quickly vaulting or jumping into a locker, silently.

Muddied Tracks build

Sometimes, chases can be intense, so making it harder for the Killer to track you will help you escape more often. Ripley’s Perks can help you do just that, especially if you want to run silently. This may even come in handy when a tricky Spirit is using sound to hunt you down.

Perk

Description

Dance With Me (Kate Denson)

After vaulting a window, your scratch marks will burst out in multiple directions, making it difficult for the killer to discern your location.

Fixated (General Perk)

Allows you to see your scratch marks and walk faster.

Light Footed (Ellen Ripley)

When you are healthy, this perk activates. Your running footsteps are silent.

Lightweight (Jeff Johansen)

Your scratch marks disappear sporadically while in the chase.

That’s everything you need to create some of the best Perk builds for Ellen Ripley in Dead by Daylight. With these builds, you’ll be outrunning The Xenomorph and other foes that are just as deadly.

Be sure to check out our Dead by Daylight homepage for all the latest news and guides, or check out our guide on all the maps you can play a match on in DbD so you have a better chance of surviving.

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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