Save the Best for Last is a staple perk of Dead by Daylight for players who like a little obsession in their gameplay. Although this is a personal perk for the Shape (otherwise known as Michael Meyers), it fits with many Killer builds. With all the changes it’s seen over the different iterations of DBD, however, it can be confusing to learn and master. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on everything you need to know about Save the Best for Last!
Save the Best for Last Perk — General Overview
In true Michael Meyers fashion, all his perks focus around Obsession. The Killer picks a Survivor and tags them as their Obsession, and can trigger deadly effects based on their Obsession status. Save the Best for Last requires you to attack every other Survivor before your Obsession. This grants you stacking Tokens that reduce your cooldown before you use your power to take out your Obsession.
Prior to Chapter 2: The Halloween, which introduced Michael Meyers, Save the Best for Last was available as a general perk. Its icon was a generic Survivor head until it switched to Laurie Strode, who was introduced to the game with Michael Meyers.
How Save the Best for Last Works in DBD
Over the years in DBD, Save the Best for Last has gone through numerous changes to its structure. This has made it harder for Killers to adjust their playstyle to compensate. Fortunately, these changes have generally made using the perk simpler for Killers.
After tagging your Obsession, your gameplay strategy changes to focus on the other three Survivors. Each time you hit a Survivor other than your Obsession with a Basic Attack — such as a Lunge or Quick Attack — you receive 1 Token in “Save the Best for Last.” You can receive up to a maximum of 8 Tokens.
The Tokens add a stacking 5% cooldown reduction on successful attacks, up to a total maximum of 40%. The table pictured below shows the latest breakdown for the cooldown reduction of each Token:
The cooldown reduction makes the Killer’s ability to attack again faster, resulting in downing more Survivors. The faster you’re able to attack, hook, and kill the other Survivors, the sooner you’re able to go after your Obsession. Ideally, if you’re raking in Tokens, it will also improve your ability to pursue and kill your Obsession.
Drawbacks to Save the Best For Last in DBD
While the structure of Save the Best for Last is fairly straightforward, it gets more complicated in gameplay — especially when your Obsession learns their role. Killers are penalized by losing Tokens every time they hit their Obsession with a Basic Attack.
- Tier 1 (Yellow): -4 Tokens
- Tier 2 (Green): -3 Tokens
- Tier 3 (Purple): -2 Tokens
This creates an added complication if your Obesession keeps trying to draw attention or body block to protect other Survivors. Also, as previously mentioned, Save the Best for Last only works with Basic Attacks. Attacking with a Killer’s Special Attack (which is unique to each Killer) neither gains nor loses you Tokens.
Killers can also only be obsessed with one Survivor at a time. If you’re running multiple Obsession perks, they’ll all focus on a single Survivor. After your Obsession is sacrificed or killed, you can no longer gain or lose Save the Best for Last Tokens. If your Obsession escapes the Trial through the Exit Gates, however, you can still gain Tokens to use on the remaining Survivors.
Finally, it’s important to note that the cooldown reduction for Save the Best for Last doesn’t include the 0.33 seconds of wind-up time before an attack. You’ll need to take that into consideration when going in for the second hit!
When to Use Save the Best for Last in DBD
With all this in mind, you should be thoughtful when considering when to use Save the Best for Last. it isn’t necessarily beneficial to every Killer in DBD!
This perk is best-suited for Killers with slower movement speeds that need additional help getting a second tap in. This includes the Doctor, Spirit, and Wraith. It also works well for Michael Meyers, as his Evil Within power increases his viability when stalking Survivors, giving him increased movement speed, faster Lunge attacks, and reduced vaulting time.
Save the Best for Last also benefits Killers who have alternate ways of downing Survivors outside their attacks. Examples include the following:
- Trapper: Setting up traps that Survivors run into.
- Demogorgon: M2 Shred doesn’t count as a Normal Attack.
- Hag: Teleporting across the map through traps.
- Pig: Getting close enough to crouch and ambush Survivors keeps you from losing progress, and can help you get a trap on a Survivor a few seconds sooner.
Save the Best for Last also makes a great fourth perk if your other three perks are a build within themselves. You won’t need to solely rely on this perk to win, but it can give you a distinct advantage.
Overall, Save the Best for Last is useful depending on your preferred playstyle. For certain Killers, however, it can be a make-or-break perk.
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