"“This place plays tricks on your mind…constantly I question whether I dream or if I am awake. This most recent horrid ghoul seems to bridge that gap – between the states of being awake or asleep. I saw him hunting another poor soul, someone who was not as lucky as me. A man with a hat and a claw clad hand, a scarred man of sorts. He spotted me and what actually happened next is still a mystery to me. Dreams took over, and I was sure to die. But I woke up. Not like in the manner where I awake a the campfire, but instead I just woke up…inside this wretched forest, with memories of nightmares within. I am now afraid to sleep, but also to stay awake.”"

The Nightmare or Freddy Krueger is a character from a horror video game called Dead by Daylight and also from a horror film "A Nightmare On Elm Street"

Freddy Krueger is apart of the A Nightmare on Elm Street Chapter.


Even while he lived, Freddy Krueger was a creature of nightmare for those who truly knew him. Hiding behind a mask of warmth and friendliness, Freddy’s actual temperament was known only to his victims. When those victims were finally heard, the parents of Springwood tracked Freddy down and took the law into their own hands. They thought that fire had rid them of a monster that night, that their children were finally safe, but evil as strong as his has a way of surviving.

Years passed, the horror was buried, the victims mercifully forgot. Then, somehow, Freddy returned, and dreams became nightmares once again.

Freddy focused his anger on those he felt had wronged him, building up to his one true obsession, Nancy Holbrook. But he underestimated her strength and resourcefulness. Together with her friend Quentin, she managed to weaken Freddy, mutilating him and leaving him for dead once more.

Death didn’t want Freddy the first time he encountered it, why did they think it would take him now? He emerged once more, consumed with vengeance. Then he turned his sights on the boy who had blocked his path to Nancy, his number one.

Freddy invaded Quentin’s dreams, terrorising him night after night, until his strength and defences would be at their lowest. When the time was right, he forced the boy to return to the dark reflection of Badham Preschool. Here he would have his final revenge.

Freddy stalked the boy through the school’s halls. He took his time, savouring every moment of the hunt. This was what he enjoyed the most, the smell of their sweat in the air, the ragged gasps of their terrified breath. They were his to toy with.

There was the boy, at the end of a long corridor. Too tired and scared to run anymore? Resigned to his fate? Freddy closed in, arms wide, claws raking the wall. Their tips traced along a pipe, the metallic shrieking only adding to the boy’s apprehension.

A shower of sparks rained on the ground, and into the liquid that covered the tiled floor. A blue flame blossomed and quickly engulfed the room.

The boy took flight as Freddy burst from the flames in a fury. Rooms and walls raced past in a blur until they were in Freddy’s basement. There would be no escape from here.

Slowly Freddy closed in on the boy. His fear was so strong now that Freddy could almost taste it, but his eyes burned with a defiant hatred that was almost admirable.

Freddy drew back his claws.

Then Freddy felt another presence with him; something old, powerful and dark. A miasma enveloped him and the only sensation was a sound like wooden beams flexing and creaking in the distance. The echoing groan of metal crushing against metal. Something arcane and unknowable, half-way between language and pure terror.

A moment of falling and spinning and then Freddy was back in the school. But not his school. It looked the same, but it felt different. His powers were tempered in some ways and focused in others. The boy had gone for now, but other prey walked the hallways. Some would be inconsequential; others would become his new favourites. All would fall before his claws.

Weapon: Clawed Glove

Clawed Glove is the Primary Weapon of The Nightmare. A homemade device, crafted to torture and kill.

Power: Dream Demon

Death won't accept him and thus he remains, a calamity, indisputable master of his victims' nightmares. Dream Demon allows The Nightmare to pull Survivors into the Dream World.

  • Survivors who are awake do not see or hear The Nightmare.
  • Once targeted by The Nightmare power, Survivors enter the Dream Transition after some time.
  • During the Dream Transition they can see The Nightmare intermittently.
  • When the Dream Transition lapse, the Survivor is pulled into the Dream World.

Once in the Dream World:

  • Survivors' Auras are revealed to The Nightmare when they are outside of his terror radius.
  • Survivors suffer an action speed penalty
  • To exit the Dream World, Survivors can find other non-sleeping Survivors to perform a wake up action
  • Some failed actions can wake up the Survivor.
  • Failing a sabotage skill check will not wake you up
  • Getting hooked wakes up the Survivor

"You have nothing to worry about. This won't hurt one... little... bit." — Freddy Krueger

Add-ons for Dream Demon

Icon Name Stacks? Rarity Description
??? Wool Shirt
A small boy's orange and yellow striped shirt. Identified with a sewn name tag to "Jesse".
  • Slightly decreases Skill Check chances in the Dream World.
??? Sheep Block
A white and blue wooden block depicting two woolly Lambs grazing and the letter "S".
  • Slightly reduces the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep reduced by 0.5 seconds.
??? Kid's Drawing
An unattributed drawing clearly crafted by a young child.
  • Slightly increases the Power range.
??? Garden Rake
A small claw rake, a must have tool for any accomplished gardener.
  • Slightly increases movement speed after successfully putting a Survivor into the Dream World.
??? Prototype Claws
A home-made tool to facilitate bush trimming.
  • Moderately increases movement speed after successfully putting a Survivor into the Dream World.
??? Outdoor Rope
Sturdy outdoor rope, handy to tie up anything.
  • Moderately decreases the Survivors' Action Speed when in the Dream World.
??? Nancy's Sketch
A crude and bold sketch made with Fusain, signed by Nancy H.
  • Moderately increases the Power range.
??? Green Dress
A little girl's green dress with a silky white ribbon.
  • Considerably decreases Skill Check chances in the Dream World.
  • Slightly increases the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep increased by 0.5 seconds.
??? Cat Block
A white and purple wooden block depicting a sleeping Cat and the letter "C".
  • Considerably reduces the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep reduced by 1.5 seconds.
  • Slightly increases Skill Check chances in the Dream World.
??? Unicorn Block
A white and red wooden block depicting a prancing Unicorn and the letter "U".
  • Considerably reduces the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep reduced by 1.5 seconds.
??? Swing Chains
Rusty, but sturdy chains used to securely attach a swing seat.
  • Survivors suffer an additional 25 % Action Speed penalty when pulled into the Dream World for the second time.
??? Nancy's Masterpiece
A painting of a Character, made by Nancy Holbrook at Badham and kept as a treasure memory.
  • Tremendously increases the Power range.
??? Jump Rope
A long Double Dutch jump rope, stained with many years of use.
  • Tremendously decreases Survivors' Action Speed when in the Dream World.
??? Blue Dress
A little girl's pale blue dress with white lace which's front is ruined by large cuts.
  • Moderately decreases Skill Check chances in the Dream World.
??? Pill Bottle
Very Rare
An empty pill bottle which once contained a medicine called "Zoneral".
  • Survivors do not see glimpses of you during the Dream Transition.
??? Paint Thinner
Very Rare
A tin of a highly volatile and inflammable material.
  • Tremendously increases movement speed after successfully putting a Survivor into the Dream World.
??? Class Photo
Very Rare
A large photograph taken at Badham Preschool showing the cheerful class of 94-95.
  • When a Survivors is pulled into the Dream Transition, all other Survivors' Auras are revealed to you for the duration of the Dream Transition.
  • Tremendously increases the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep increased by 2 seconds.
??? "Z" Block
Very Rare
A deeply scratched and burnt wooden block which's only recognisable feature is the letter "Z".
  • Tremendously reduces the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep reduced by 2 seconds.
??? Red Paint Brush
Ultra Rare
A large paint brush, wet with crimson paint.
  • Slightly reduces movement speed.
  • Tremendously reduces the Terror Radius.
  • Tremendously reduces the Dream Transition. Time to fall asleep reduced by 2 seconds.
??? Black Box
Ultra Rare
A black cardboard box filled with photographs.
  • Obsession starts the Trial in the Dream World.
  • You become obsessed with one Survivor.
  • Only one Obsession per Trial.


There are currently 2 Achievements related to The Nightmare.

Icon Name Description
??? Adept Nightmare Achieve a merciless victory with The Nightmare using only his 3 unique perks
??? Dream Master Pull 200 Survivors into the Dream.

NOTE: In the console version, Dream Master is called Dream Demon.



Fire Up

The increased pressure of losing your preys fills you with anger and give you unsuspected motivation. Each time the Survivors complete repairs on a generator, Fire Up grows in power and grants speed bonus to pick ups, drops, pallet breaks, generator breaks and vaults.


Remember Me

You become obsessed with one survivor. Each time you Hit your Obsession, you increase the opening time of the Exit Gates up to a maximum. The Obsession is not affected by Remember Me. Only one obsession per match.


Blood Warden

Once per match, once the Gates are opened, hooking a Survivor summons The Entity to block the exits for all Survivors for a limited time. While Blood Warden is active, auras of survivors located within the Exit areas are revealed to you.


“Now why don't you just fucking die?” - Freddy

“You don't remember? You must. You're my number one, and you'll never wake up again.” - Freddy

“This is my world. And you can't ever leave.” - Freddy

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  • Try to pull as many Survivors into the Dream World as possible; it will immensely slow down their progress towards escape.
  • The Nightmare gives himself away due to interacting with the world around him, such as moving grass, creating mud splats, and scaring off Crows. When trying to sneak up on Survivors as the Nightmare, try not to go through grass or near Crows.
  • Pairing the Perk Monitor & Abuse  with the Red Paint Brush  Add-on will give the Nightmare a Terror Radius of 0 metres and increased Field of View when not in a chase. This will allow him to see asleep Survivors' Auras even when in close proximity to them and be able to sneak up on them much more easily.


  • Most of the fandom were disappointed, because they wanted the original Freddy Krueger played by Robert Eugland.
    • The Nightmare is one of 9 Killers without glowing eyes. The others being The Trapper , The Nurse , The Shape , The Hag , The Huntress , The Cannibal , and The Pig .
    • Though the character was popularized by Robert Englund in the original series of films, his appearance in Dead by Daylight is based on that of the 2010 film reboot, where he was portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley.
      • As a result, Freddy's corresponding survivor is Quentin Smith, a character who was created specifically for the 2010 film.
    • The Nightmare's Memento Mori animation is the second one in which the Survivor attempts to get up on their own.
      • The first one was the Memento Mori animation of the Cannibal .
    • The Nightmare currently doesn't have any Add-ons that would be affected by Tinkerer .
    • Any sleeping Survivor will have a cloud around their Status Icon in the HUD, indicating them as being asleep and in the Dream World.
    • The Nightmare breathes the quietest out of all the Killers, with his breathing being similar in volume to that of Survivors.
    • Unlike most of the killers, who simply step over windows when vaulting, Freddy grabs the window with both hands and lifts himself over the window, possibly due to being shorter than most of the other killers.
      • The Hag  and the Pig  also do this.
    • The Nightmare is the fifth licensed Character to be introduced to Dead by Daylight  alongside Quentin Smith.
      • Other licensed Characters are The Shape , Laurie Strode, Bill Overbeck, The Cannibal , The Pig , David Tapp.
      • He is the third licensed Killer to be introduced after Michael Myers as The Shape and Bubba "Junior" Sawyer as The Cannibal.