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Boon Totems Already Nerfed on Dead by Daylight PTB

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Boon Totems were introduced last month, giving fans a brand new perk and addition to the game. While the new totems have split the community in half, it seems Behaviour Interactive has already nerfed the new perks.

So far, the game has two Boon Totems.

Boon: Circle of Healing

"A boon that offers comfort amidst the terror."

"Press and hold the Ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Soft chimes ring out in a 28-meter range. Any Survivors within the Boon Totem’s range gain a 100% healing speed bonus and can heal themselves without needing a Med-Kit. You can only bless one Totem at a time. All equipped boon perks are active on your Boon Totem."

Boon: Shadow Step

"A boon that conceals the truth."

"Press and hold the Ability button near a Dull or Hex Totem to bless it and create a Boon Totem. Soft chimes ring out in a 28-meter range. Any Survivors within the Boon Totem’s range will have their scratch marks and auras hidden to the Killer. This effect lingers for 4 seconds after leaving the Boon Totem’s range. You can only bless one Totem at a time. All equipped boon perks are active on your Boon Totem."

Overall, the first perk isn't that useful while the two Boon totems look super interesting. Time will tell if Boon Totems are overpowered and will need a rework.

Boon Totems Already Nerfed on Dead by Daylight PTB

The nerf targets both of the perks and all future Boon Totem perks. The balance issue for this type of addition is it forces killers to find these totems and remove them when the killers are already trying to balance a 4v1 brawl. So now, Boon Totems do not stack, which would only happen if RNG placed two totems close enough together. It also takes 24 seconds to bless a totem, a pretty significant amount of time, plus the effects of the actual totem have been reduced to 24m, making their effects less potent.

Hopefully, this makes the new perks more balanced.