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Whether killers perform their heinous acts by the compulsions of their diseased minds, or if they are forced into them by external pressures, has long been a matter of debate. But for one killer, nature and nurture are inextricably linked. Leatherface kills not from a desire to exert his will over others, to satisfy carnal urges, or even to quiet the voices in his head. He kills because he is scared. Scared that others will hurt him; scared that his family will be displeased with him, scared that their shared willingness to eat human flesh will be discovered.
— Unknown (Potentially Benedict Baker)

Jedidiah "Jed" Sawyer, also known as Leatherface and The Cannibal, is the ninth killer in Dead By Daylight. He is known for his appearance in the cult-classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film series. He is the second playable guest killer (first being The Shape), and the second killer wielding a chainsaw.

Biography Edit

Whether killers perform their heinous acts by the compulsions of their diseased minds, or if they are forced into them by external pressures, has long been a matter of debate. But for one killer, nature and nurture are inextricably linked.

Leatherface kills not from a desire to exert his will over others, to satisfy carnal urges, or even to quiet the voices in his head. He kills because he is scared. Scared that others will hurt him; scared that his family will be displeased with him, scared that their shared willingness to eat human flesh will be discovered.

He does as he is told, his family loves him and that is all that matters. Outsiders are a threat, and threats need to be dealt with.

Like those kids that came into the house, uninvited. Walked in like they owned the place. Looked around the house, trying to find out his family’s secrets, no doubt. But Leatherface deals with them, protects his family, just as he’s been taught.

He is not just protector, he has many roles, and each role has its own face. He serves dinner, cares for the family, dresses well when they eat. His Grandpa and Ma used to care for them all, but Grandpa he is old now and she has been still for a while, so Leatherface and his brothers had to take over. Family is everything to him. Family is security and safety.

But, even though he did his best, one of the kids got away. He tried to stop her, chasing after her as fast as he could, but she had help: another outsider, driving a truck. The evil trucker killed his brother, ran him over like he was a possum. In a fury, Leatherface leapt at him, the saw ready to avenge his family, but the trucker was too quick. He knocked Leatherface aside and turned his own saw against him.

As he watched the outsiders driving away, the rage, grief and pain combined with the worry about what would happen to his family now. They would surely return with the police, and the police would take his brothers, his Grandpa. Without them, what would he do? Without their commands, he would wither and die.

As his world collapsed, Leatherface spun in circles, swinging the saw all around, trying to fight off the myriad external threats that surrounded him.

Then another feeling overtook him. It came from outside his vision, crawling over his skin with cold dread. He realized that no matter what outsiders could do to him, there was something worse, something bigger that lived in the shadows. He was filled with a terror unlike any he had ever felt before. But it was almost comforting, like the fear he’d felt with his family. The fear of disappointing them.

He was brought to a place that was familiar but unknowable, and he instinctively knew what he had to do. He couldn't fail it, the way he had his family. Outsiders would come but he would use his skills to overcome any threats. There would be screaming, but he could make the world quiet again. Until the only sound remaining was the blessed howl of the saw.

Let the outsiders come.

Perks Edit

These are Perks which start off only appearing in Leatherface's Bloodweb. After achieving level 30, teachable versions of these perks can be found:

  • Knock Out - level 30
  • Barbecue & Chili - level 35
  • Franklin's Demise - level 40

If obtained other Killers are able to find Leatherface's perks in their Bloodwebs from that point on.

The Leatherface's Perks revolve around the unknown. Nobody knows where anyone is. Especially Leatherface himself. You are not aware of his presence until his Chainsaw bursts through your spinal cord.

Icon Name Description
Leatherface KnockOut Knock Out The trauma caused by your brutal attacks makes crying for help painfully difficult. Dying Survivors' Auras  are not revealed to other Survivors when they are standing outside of a 32/24/16 meter range.

"Oh, that gun's no good. The old way... with a sledge! You see, that way's better. They die better that way." — Nubbins Sawyer

Unique to Leatherface until level 30, which its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.

Leatherface BBQ&Chili Barbecue & Chilli A deep bond with The Entity  unlocks potential in one's Aura reading ability. After hooking a Survivor, all other Survivors' Auras are revealed to you for 4 seconds when they are further than 52/46/40 meters from the Hook .
  • Grants 100% Bonus Bloodpoints on any scoring event while a Survivor is on the Hook.



"I just can't take no pleasure in killing. There's just some things you gotta do. Don't mean you have to like it." — Drayton Sawyer

Unique to Leatherface until level 35, which its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.

Leatherface Franklin'sDemise Franklin's Demise Your vicious attacks make the Survivors drop their Item  on impact. The lost item is damaged in the fall, losing 0/5/10 % of its base amount of Charges.

"Sally, I hear something. Stop! Stop!" — Franklin Hardesty

Unique to Leatherface until level 40, which its Teachable version can then be learned and taught to the other Killers.

Load-Out Edit

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The Sledge Edit

The Sledge is the Primary Weapon of Leatherface. The Sledge might be old-fashioned but it is still the fastest and cleanest way to put down cattles.

  • When he gets a successful hit to a Survivor, Leatherface will shake the blood off of his Weapon.
  • When he's about to perform his Memento Mori, he first hits the Survivor in the head with his Weapon then he drops it before revving up Bubba's Chainsaw.

Bubba's Chainsaw Edit

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An incredibly powerful and heavy Chainsaw which sank its teeth into countless victims. A suitable birthday gift for Leatherface.

  • Start a timed sweeping attack on activation.
  • Can hit multiple targets in one Chainsaw charge.
  • Running into an object forces Leatherface into a Tantrum, this attack damages anyone around him.
  • Automatically puts victims into the dying state on a successful hit.
  • The Chainsaw charge won't stop until the user bumps into an object or gets stunned.

Bubba's Chainsaw Add-ons Edit

Icon Name Stacks? Tinkerer? Rarity Description
64px-FulliconAddon vegetableOil
Vegetable Oil
Yes
No
Common
A rancid oil used as a poor quality lubricant.


  • Slightly decrease the Chainsaw's cooldown.
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Spark Plug
Yes
Yes
Common
A clean spark plug fitted for a Chainsaw.


  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
64px-FulliconAddon chainsawFile
Chainsaw File
Yes
No
Common
A file whose purpose is to hone Chainsaw chains.


  • Slightly reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Speed Limiter
No
No
Uncommon
A mechanical device that limits the amount of fuel small engines can intake at one time, forcing a constant and safe speed.


  • Chainsaw does not automatically trigger dying state.
  • Get 50% more Bloodpoints for Chainsaw score events in the Deviousness category.
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Shop Lubricant
Yes
No
Uncommon
An oil specifically formulated for Chainsaws. A special additive prevents oil throw off.


  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
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Primer Bulb
Yes
Yes
Uncommon
Pumps more gas in the ignition system to ensure a quick and powerful start.


  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Long Guide Bar
No
No
Uncommon
A sturdy iron replacement bar for long chains.


  • Slightly increases the reach of the Chainsaw attack.
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Knife Scratches
No
Yes
Uncommon
Scratches cover the Chainsaw's body, caused by a searing blade. Memories of reprimands fill its holder with the fear of failure.


  • Slightly increases the Chainsaw movement speed.
  • Slightly increases the Chainsaw's charge time.
64px-FulliconAddon homemadeMuffler
Homemade Muffler
Yes
No
Uncommon
A makeshift exhaust system made of black gas pipes.


  • Moderately reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
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Grisly Chains
Yes
No
Uncommon
A chain with unusually hefty cutter teeth that leaves victims crippled even after being healed.


  • Moderately decreases the repair speed of survivors injured by the Chainsaw.
64px-FulliconAddon depthGaugeRake
Depth Gauge Rake
Yes
No
Uncommon
Tool that increases the angle of the depth gauge, making the chain eat more "wood".


  • Moderately reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
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Chilli
No
No
Uncommon
A big bowl of steaming Chilli to keep you fresh and strong.


  • Moderately increases acceleration when using the Chainsaw.



"I got some good barbecue here!" — Drayton Sawyer

64px-FulliconAddon theGrease
The Grease
Yes
Yes
Rare
A thick yellowish ooze, concocted by the Sawyers. Used for all-purpose lubrication around their house.


  • Considerably decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
64px-FulliconAddon theBeastsMarks
The Beast's Marks
No
Yes
Rare
Jagged marks cover the Chainsaw's body, punishment from the dark beast that lives in The Fog. Memories of violent reprimands fill its holder with the fear of failure.


  • Moderately increases the Chainsaw movement speed.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
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Rusted Chains
Yes
No
Rare
This chain is covered with crusty and volatile rust spots that make injuries particularly difficult to heal.


  • Considerably increases the healing time of survivors injured by the Chainsaw.
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Light Chassis
Yes
No
Rare
A light and durable Chainsaw chassis with a shorter guide bar. Makes the Chainsaw easier to handle.


  • Slightly reduces the reach of the Chainsaw attack.
  • Considerably reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
64px-FulliconAddon carburetorTuningGuide
Carburetor Tuning Guide
Yes
Yes
Rare
A crudely drawn guide to properly adjust and tune a Chainsaw carburetor.


  • Moderately decreases the Chainsaw's charge time.
  • Slightly decreases the Chainsaw's cooldown.
  • Slightly reduces the time penalty when bumping into objects.
  • Slightly reduces the noise made by the Chainsaw.
64px-FulliconAddon chainsBloody
BegrimedChains
Yes
No
Very Rare
This chain is stained with a foul substance that afflicts anyone it touches with debilities.


  • Slightly decreases the repair speed on survivors injured by the Chainsaw until healed.
  • Considerably increases the healing time of survivors injured by the Chainsaw.
64px-FulliconAddon awardWinningChilli
Award-Winning Chilli
No
No
Very Rare
A big bowl of spicy Chilli made famous thanks to prime meat.


  • Tremendously increases acceleration when using the Chainsaw.
  • Considerably increases the time penalty when bumping into objects.



"The secret's in the meat" — Drayton Sawyer

Achievements Edit

There are currently 2 achievements related to The Cannibal.

Icon Name Description
ACH Adept Cannibal
Adept Cannibal Achieve a merciless victory with The Cannibal using only his 3 Unique Perks
ACH Butcherin
Butcherin' With The Cannibal, successfully Chainsaw a total of 100 times.

Customization Edit

Players may customize their character by choosing one outfit style from each category. Blood-stained attire is obtained after The Cannibal reaches Level 50 and prestiges.

The Cannibal, as a unique case, has 4 customisation options based on the four original Survivors, Dwight, Meg, Claudette & Jake, that are locked. They are unlocked by sacrificing 25 of the respective Survivor.

The Cannibal's attire includes:

Head Edit

Body Edit

Weapon Edit

Prestige Edit

Edit

  • Prestige I - The Bloody Sledge (Weapon)
  • Prestige II - The Bloody Butcher (Body)
  • Prestige III - Bloody Leatherface (Mask)

Trivia Edit

  • The Leatherface used in Dead By Daylight is the one from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) movie.
    • This means that Leatherface's real name is Jedidiah Sawyer.
  • Leatherface is the fourth licensed Character to be introduced to Dead by Daylight .
    • He is the second licensed Killer to be introduced after Michael Myers as The Shape then following The Nightmare as the third licensed killer.
  • The Hillbilly is said to be based directly on Leatherface and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, explaining their similarities in looks and abilities.
  • Leatherface is of 6 Killers without glowing eyes. The others being The Trapper, The Nurse, The Shape, The Hag and The Huntress.
  • Leatherface is one of three Killers that can instantly put Survivors into the Dying State  without any Perks or Add-ons . The other two Killers being The Hillbilly and The Shape.
  • Leatherface when in Tantrum mode has his speed dropped to about equal to that of the Nurse when she is warp fatigued.
  • Leatherface's Memento Mori animation was the first one in which the Survivor attempts to get up on their own.
  • Dead By Daylight is the Second game that Leatherface has been a Guest Character for. (First being Mortal Kombat X/XL)
  • Killing the four original survivors (Claudette, Dwight, Jake, and Meg) 25 times gives you their face as a customizable mask for Leatherface.

Tips Edit

  • While revving the chainsaw Leatherface moves slower than survivors, use the Chainsaw when close to survivors.
  • Bumping into objects will result in long stun animation which brings Leatherface to a crawl. as well, well timed pallet drops can stun Leatherface out of his chainsaw attack.
  • If survivor tries to avoid your Chainsaw charge by jumping into a locker, simply bump into the locker. If the survivor comes out they will get downed by the chainsaw and if they wait it out you'll still be able to catch them easily.
  • Use Chainsaw to counter Hook saves, when survivor is about to unhook another one rev up your chainsaw and then attack with it when both survivors are stuck in animation.
  • Chainsaw charge is especially strong against basement rescues.
  • Try to use the Chainsaw attack in open, rather than in clustered place, as you can easily bump into objects and get stunned.

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