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Kazan Yamaoka, better known as The Oni, is one of the playable killers in Dead by Daylight. A samurai warrior from Japan, Kazan was known for his violent pride. His anger and ego costed him his sanity, loyalty to his family, and his people's respect after maliciously slaughtering peasants and accidentally murdering his father. He is also the ancestor of Rin Yamaoka, a young college student who would later become The Spirit.


Kazan was a Samurai who sought to outshine his father by ending what he called "impostor samurai" (farmers and other peasants who would pose as samurai), ignoring both his father and the samurai code he had been taught. He began going from village to village, murdering anyone who he deemed a fake samurai, killing them brutally. Monks believed he was possessed by a dark force, while the lord of one town cursed Kazan by calling him Oni-Yamaoka. An enraged Kazan made for the lord's town, on the way butchering anyone who would dare call him Oni-Yamaoka. On his way, he encountered a samurai warrior standing in his path that had been sent by the lord. Kazan proceeded to brutally kill the samurai only to remove his mask and see his father. Now furious at this and the fact he allowed his father's armor to be stolen, Kazan arrived at the lord's town, killed his samurai, and brutally murdered him. However, as Kazan exited the Lord's home, he was ambushed by the angered townspeople, who proceeded to lynch Kazan and dragged his body to a nearby stone mill. When they returned later, the mill was filled with a strange black mist and Kazan's body was nowhere to be found.

Powers and Abilities

  • Swordsmanship: Kazan is a fierce user of the katana.
  • Superhuman Strength/Speed: He can reach across locations at a superb speed. His strength is proven deadly as he can destroy walls and brutally beat his enemies with his bare hands.
  • Intimidation: Yamaoka's violent temper and ego spread fear across his native land and the land of his enemies. He was known to humiliate his people and enemy warriors alike in the worst ways imaginable.
  • Regeneration (within The Entity): At one point, a warrior sliced one of The Oni's arms off, but it quickly reformed out of the Fog without stopping him. Presumably, every Killer is capable of this ability.


Kazan has a muscular build with dark gray skin. He wears traditional Samurai armor with a Japanese Oni mask with pale white hair and a third eye. When enraged, his eyes and certain parts of his armor glow red and shifted into elongated horns.



  • The Oni has a cosmetic item which shows him in his final moments. In the skin, he is covered in stabs, slashes, and arrows, but is still killing in the trials. This shows that the Entity is able to keep Killers in a dead or near-dead state without impacting their intelligence or ability.


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