If you play Dead by Daylight you probably heard other players talking about NOED, but what is NOED after all, how it works, and why do people talk about it?
NOED is a term that can be confusing to veterans, and even more to new players, so let's make sure everyone is on the same boat.
The term NOED is an acronym that means NO ONE ESCAPES DEATH, a perk available for all killer characters, and that you can unlock in the early stages of the game.
Knowing that NOED is a perk, what about it makes it so popular?
NOED is recognized as a strong perk, and some people on the Dead by Daylight community claim it to be unbalanced, but still, not a lot of people know how the perk works, and most of its popularity comes from the belief that it is too overpowered.
Understand NOED's perk description
Let's take a look at NOED's description:
HEX: NO ONE ESCAPES DEATH A Hex rooting its power on hope. You are animated by the power of your Hex Totem when the survivors are on the verge of escaping. Once the exit gates are powered, if there is a Dull Totem remaining on the map, this Hex is applied to it. While this Hex is active, Survivors suffer from the Exposed status effect. Your movement speed is increased by 4%. The Hex effects persist as long as the related Hex Totem is standing.
As you can see, NOED is a hex, part of the description is explaining how the hex will work.
A hex in Dead by Daylight will be working only if the totem to which the hex belongs is not cleansed.
NOED is applied to a Dull Totem on the map after the exit gates are powered, so it will only be effective after the survivors open a gate, and are already close to escaping.
Some survivors "charge" the exit gate switch by almost opening the gate, but without opening it, so when they need to leave, they only pull the exit gate switch quickly and escape, this will make NOED ineffective as long as the exit gate is not opened.
Why NOED is powerful?
NOED gives you an effect that, as a killer, you will only have at the very end of the game.
The good benefit of using NOED comes from the exposed status effect, a status that is by far the most misunderstood status of the game.
The exposed status effect doesn't allow you to see the survivor's auras as it may suggest, it is completely different than that!
When affected by exposed, the survivor will get double damage when hit by the killer's basic attack, this will put them into a dying state even if they are in a healthy status.
Some other add-ons and perks also apply for the exposed status in the survivors, but NOED will give all survivors the effect, so the killer knows that any hit will be lethal!
Is NOED toxic?
Some players consider NOED a toxic perk, but there is no consensus that using NOED is bad manners or toxic, it is just another perk in the game.
NOED is ineffective when the survivors know the time to power the exit gates, it also has a short period where it is enabled, and being able to be removed from the trial if the survivors clean the totem.
Although it can pose a challenge at certain times, some killers don't even know why they are using it, just because it is popular!
The exposed status has a misleading name, it implies that you can see the survivor's auras, and that could be the reason why so many killers opt to use it.
Nonetheless, using an in-game perk doesn't make you toxic.
When should I use NOED?
As a little disclaimer, I am not the best killer ever in the game!
NOED is great all-around but it can be a burden if you face experienced survivors playing in a group.
Like every great all-around perk, you can match NOED with different builds, it is easily accessible to all players so you don't have to get it as a teachable perk and it will help you to work with hex totems, so it can be a great learning experience as well.
With the introduction of Chapter 21.5: Hour of the Witch, the survivor Mikaela Reid comes with the so famous boon totems, these are like killer hexes, but they enable their effect after a Hex Totem is cleaned.
This means that after the chapter release most survivors will be trying the new perks of the character, so I recommend not using too many hex perks for a while after the launch.
Depending on when you read this article, that could not be a problem anymore, so don't worry about it.
I hope this article helped you clear your doubts about the NOED perk and, in special, the exposed status effect. Be you a killer, survivor, or a player of both, it is great to understand this status, and have fun in Dead by Daylight!