The hatch is a survivor’s last hope to escape into Death by the light of day – if they can find him before the killer, that’s fine! The killer can close the hatch if he finds it first. So it is important for both parties to know how to find the hatch.
Know when the Hatch appears
Everyone knows that the Hatch appears when there is a survivor left. But what more Death by the light of day players are unaware that the Hatch can also spawn before this – it just spawns closed, so it’s harder to find.
Since there is no indicator in the game when the hatch appeared, how do you know it’s there? Well, here’s the rule for hatching: it will always appear when the number of survivors left alive is one greater than the number of completed generators. With two survivors left, the Hatch appears with three generators completed and two remaining. If there are three survivors left, the hatch will appear when four generators are completed and one is left. And with all four survivors alive, the hatch appears when the exit doors are powered.
Since the hatch always follows these rules, if a survivor has a key, anyone can escape through the hatch. You just have to find it first.
As a Killer, you can also keep an eye on the hatch when these conditions are met. It’s a good idea to try and locate the hatch before things get too bad for the survivors. That way, when there is a survivor left, you can immediately go to the hatch and close it. If you’re a survivor, it’s also important to find the hatch before all of your teammates – so you know where to go to escape if things turn south.
There is another Hatch spawning rule that you should be aware of. The hatch will never appear on the upper floors of a map or building. It will only appear on the ground floor. So if you get an interior map like Gideon’s Meat Factory, all you need to do is check the basement floor for Hatch. He will never appear at the top level.
I will also give you examples of buildings on maps. If you get Badham Preschool, you want to check out the Kindergarten basement as the Hatch can spawn there, although it won’t spawn on the first floor. On the Ironworks of Misery map, the hatch can appear on the first floor of the building, but not upstairs. The same goes for the Blood Lodge and Thompson House building.
These are just a few examples, and there are many more buildings in the different maps of Death by the light of day. Remember not to waste your time checking the upper floors of buildings to find the hatch.
Know where to look for Hatch
While the outbreak can spawn anywhere, there are some defined spawn locations that you can check out first. These locations are always in the same location, which is why you should check them first when the spawn conditions are met.
First off, the Killer Shack has two Hatch spawns to research. The Hatch can appear inside the Killer Shack next to the pallet, or outside the Killer Shack along the windowless wall. There is a possibility that you can get a map without Killer Shack, but if there is one, you should always check it out.
The next area to check will be the main building on the map. Each map has a featured building that the entire map is based on. These buildings are a hot spot for Hatch spawns, and the Hatch has a set location in each building.
I will give you some examples where you can find the hatch in some buildings. On the Gas Heaven map, the hatch can appear inside the garage in front of the parked truck. On the Blood Lodge map, the Hatch appears in front of the Blood Lodge window. Next, on the Badham Preschool map, the Hatch appears next to a mattress in a dead end in front of a staircase.
The Grim Pantry is a unique map since it has two buildings. The main building has a hatch right next to the stairs to the lower level. Then in the smaller two-story building, there’s a Hatch spawn on the lower level next to the paddle loop. In your own games, try to pay attention to where the hatch appears in each building, as this will help you in the future.
When I look for the Hatch, I first check the main building and Killer Shack. Then I go through the jungle gyms and look at the top of all the hills, because there is a Hatch spawn that is directly at the top of the hill and always spawns in the same place on the hill.
If the hatch isn’t in either of these areas, it’s time to look around the edges of the map, or in the middle, as the hatch may appear between trees or other in-game props. This is the type of hardest hatch to find, as it is the most random type of hatch occurrence.
Listen to the wind
When the hatch is open, it emits a loud blowing noise. This sound effect can be heard quite far away. This is where using headphones gives you a distinct advantage, as the directional sound of the Hatch is much easier to locate with headphones. By keeping an ear attentive to this sound, you can guide yourself to the tailgate without needing to see it.
You can also use the fact that you don’t hear any blowing sound to eliminate areas where the hatch is not. What I do is always keep an ear attentive to the sound when I run. This makes searching on the map much faster, since you don’t have to visually check every location. This takes practice, as you need to know the size of the area of effect for the sound of the blower. Still, once you get the hang of it, finding the Hatch becomes much faster and easier, as you can wipe out large parts of the map just by sound.
Play Killer to learn about Hatch appearances
As a survivor there is a lot of pressure to survive. But if you play Killer, you have full control over the game. Killers have a more relaxed time finding the Hatch because they are not in danger. Slayers also move much faster than Survivors, allowing them to quickly search the map.
I suggest that whenever the Hatch breeding requirements are met in one of your Killer games, you start looking for it even if it is closed. This will help you get a feel for where the Hatch can spawn, and you can improve your Hatch research skills as well.
Also, don’t feel too disheartened if the survivor immediately escapes through the trap door. Finding the hatch is a matter of luck, and sometimes the hatch can appear right next to the last survivor.
Use the offerings (if you dare)
There are two common offers that can affect where the Hatch spawns. The offers are the Annotated Blueprint and the Vigo Blueprint. The annotated plan makes the hatch more likely to spawn in the Killer Shack, while Vigo’s plan makes the hatch more likely to spawn in the main building.
Using an offer can be risky, as not all maps have a Killer Shack or main building, so there is a chance that the offer will be completely useless. At the same time, they greatly increase your chances of knowing where the Hatch is going to spawn. The obvious downside is that everyone knows that too, so it’ll be a race to see who gets to the Hatch first.
That’s all you need to know to find the hatch in Death by the light of day. Using this information, you can either escape with your life, or get that final kill. If you want to see how the Hatch works in the game, check out my video above, detailing everything.
Hope this guide has helped you and stay tuned for more Death by the light of day guides. Comment below if you have any questions, and good luck in the fog!