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A figure clad in the head of a hare. A most disturbing sight. This new foe holds something human within her. Some shards of ordinary life. She seems to be a hunter. I have met many different beings in this place, but this is the first one with a natural skill of hunting. In any other place, one could deem it a talent. But her knack for tracking, capturing and killing is something else here. There is something else in here too, she seems to seek something.
~ A unknown figure on The Huntress.

Anna, better known as The Huntress, is one of the playable killers in Dead by Daylight. She is an orphaned hunter who went mad after losing her mother at a very young age, becoming a monstrous cannibal of the forest.

She was voiced by Amélie Leguiader.

Biography

Anna lived with her mother deep within the Red Forest of the Russian Empire, being taught by her how to survive and hunt. One day, however, Anna's mother was killed by an elk the two planned to eat to survive an even harsher winter. Anna, after her mother had passed, survived on her own, becoming one with the wilderness around her and grew mentally unstable--more animal than human. She changed her tactics to hunt anyone unlucky to bump into her after growing bored with the more dangerous hunts.

However, if the humans were little girls, she tried to take care of them herself, only for them to often waste away by her own failure to care for them properly. The repeated sorrows of seeing her "children" perish caused her to raid villages to kill families only to kidnap their young daughters to care for, causing people to label her as a cannibal, earning her the nickname "The Huntress". Eventually, war caused those living in the villages near the forest to disappear, and even then, soldiers can still be found slaughtered by her brutal attacks.

After the war died down and the rumors on her stopped being told, she later was recruited by The Entity to hunt down survivors.

A Lovely War

Tome 3: Escalation centers around Anna hunting soldiers and her past. Her father was murdered by Russian soldiers, leaving Anna under her mother's care. Anna is revealed as well to see people as animals as she watched some soldiers fight over a burning carcass. She would collect toys and trinkets from soldiers and villagers to give to her "bushkas," a name she would call the children that she kidnapped from the villages.

Her recent Rift skin (Ignition) revealed that she may have been slowly dying from horrible burns after charging at a flamethrower-armed soldier, but was saved by the Entity.

In Other Media

The Huntress appears in the spin-off visual novel game called Hooked on You alongside The Trapper and The Wraith.

Powers and Abilities

  • Hunting/Tracking: Anna is a natural-born hunter who knows exactly when to strike. Her prey ranged from small to larger animals such as squirrels, foxes, wolves, and bears. She surprisingly managed to take on Russian and German cavalries all on her own.
  • Weaponry: Anna is known to be a ferocious user of her broad axe and hatchets.
    • Throwing: She possesses great precision with her hatchets.
  • Chemistry: She is an adept chemist as she applies natural toxins to her axes including those from the common European viper venom and Amanita mushroom.
  • Intimidation: Huntress garnered a reputation of being a terrifying hunter of the wilderness.
  • Singing: She has a knack for singing lullabies from her childhood. Her favorite, the one she uses to scare her prey, Bayushki Bayu, eventually became her obsession when her mother died while humming it.
  • Peak Human Agility and Strength: Training herself over the years to peak human level, Anna can outmaneuver her enemies with surprising speed. Her strength is demonstrated by brutal slaughter of animals and humans via broad axe and bare hands.
  • Stealth

Weaknesses

  • Mental Illness: While growing up in the isolating wilderness, Anna became feral and unstable. She throws temper tantrums, is unable to read, and somehow lacks knowledge of how to properly care for children.

Trivia

  • Huntress represents the "skilled hunter" type killer genre. The one who doesn't appear smart at first, but is quickly revealed to be hunting people with just as much skill and persistence as a normal human being.
  • The Huntress was the first Killer in Dead by Daylight to have a ranged attack. The other four Killers to have an attack like this come after her, being The Clown, The Plague, The Deathslinger, and The Trickster.
  • She was the second killer to be given a nickname/primary alias before coming to the Entity's Realm beside the menu showing it as an official name, with the first being The Doctor. She was called "The Huntress" by the villagers as a folktale known for being a "half-beast who killed men and ate little girls."
  • Huntress was the first "tall" female Killer, with the second one being The Plague.
  • The lullaby she hums is a real Russian song called Bayushki Bayu (баюшки баю), which warns children not to sleep close to the edge of their bed or else a wolf will snatch them.
  • It's unknown as to why Huntress chose to never harm the little girls she kidnapped, but it could be implied that they reminded her of her childhood; thus, wanting to become a mother herself.
    • Another mystery that remains unclear is how she became clueless in teaching the kidnapped children survival when she herself was taught survival by her mother at a very age.
  • She was defined by the soldiers as a "bodark," a type of werewolf from Russian and Slavic folklore that is said to have gained the shapeshifting ability out of their own will through a ritual, and is not affected by the lunar cycle. These lycanthropes are known to be even deadlier than other werewolves due to having full control over their actions.[1]
    • Another type of Russian lycanthrope is the "Volkolak," a shapeshifter like the Bodark but turns into both a wolf and a bear.
    • Her pitch-black eyes are a likely hint that she is a Bodark.
  • In her family portrait in the cabin of Mother's Dwelling, it is likely hinted that she had a younger sibling.

External Links

Anna - Official Dead by Daylight Wiki

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