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Maneater | 5 Beginner’s Tips to Survive

In this guide for Maneater, you will be provided 5 beginner's tips to survive the ocean. Eat everything is one thing, but there is more to it to be on top of the food chain for both land and sea. Here you will learn about the game's world and mechanics to become the ultimate shark.

Maneater Beginner's Tips (Credit: Tripwire Interactive)

Tripwire Interactive’s shaRkPG released this past Friday (May 22). To evolve and become the dominant predator for both land and water, you need to know a few things beforehand. This guide will offer you 5 Maneater beginner’s tips to survive will help rule as the ultimate queen bull shark.

1. JUMPING TO CATCH HUNTERS

Jumping and getting air in Maneater

Jumping and getting air in Maneater

Our first survival tip for you in Maneater involves the biggest threat to your life, early on or late game, are the hunters. Once you gain more infamy, the game’s threat level that sends out people to take down the menacing shark, they become stronger with each level that ends on a boss. 

While they are shooting and using explosives, the main challenge behind them comes from the boats, which come in a variety of sizes. Once you get them in your mouth, then it’s game over for those tasty humans. To overcome the obstacle to get a bite to eat is best when you go down a little deeper in the water then swim as straight up as you can then jump, maybe even use the dash to gain some height. Your reticule will circle on the closest enemy if done correctly; then, you have a good chance of getting a snack that tastes like fast food.

Do note that when you are a little shark, you will not be able to reach the heights that you may want. Invest in the right build and grow into an adult or elder, then you will get more air.

2. EFFECTIVE USES TO DESTROY BOATS

Riding on a ship

Riding on a ship

Now you know how to kill people who feel so safe on their yachts and fishing boats, you may want to know how to destroy them properly. The best way is getting on top and tail whipping the boat. Bigger vehicles provide some level of protection. Once you get on board with the crew and bite, thrash, and whip away, it will cause serious damage to the upper levels, marking that captain an easy target.

Attacking the bottom can work well, but you are still a target as the boats do not give you enough cover. Plus, divers will be in the water with you who will attack. It is still dangerous, especially when a lot of hunters are attacking, but going for the aggressive approach is best advised.

When going for this method, you may want to wait until you are grown a little more to reach the bigger ships and take the extra damage. Being a teen or a baby makes you much more vulnerable than the adult, elder, or mega stages.

3. GROTTO IS SAFETY AND A FREE MEAL

Grotto in Maneater

Grotto in Maneater

Our survival tips in Maneater sometimes means staying low rather than getting your fins dirty. The grotto gets introduced quickly, but if you don’t know, it is your safe haven where you relax and let off any stress about any threats and upgrade your beautiful killer beast.

The thing you may not know is that it can be abused to gain free meals. If you are being chased by something like an alligator or a hammerhead shark that is giving you a hard time, get into your home. If that creature follows you, then it will not attack, leaving it wide open for you to chomp away.

4. GET THE COLLECTIBLES

Find nutrient caches

Find nutrient caches

Collectibles are not just there for you completionists, the variety of goodies to give you some nutrients. While other activities in the world will provide more blatant rewards as it involves eating animals, some may pass up on getting everything in the world as it seems to not give you anything in return, outside of the nutrient caches.

The three collectibles consist of:

  • Landmarks – Destroy a little glowing sign to give you a quick cutscene with the quirky narrator, who explains the landmark’s significance to those delicious humans. 
  • Nutrient Caches – Find a glowing box on the bottom of the sea? Crack it open to gain some supplements, as everyone needs to stay healthy, even a killer shark that shoots lightning or spews poison.
  • License Plates – Practice your jumping abilities before fighting hunters by biting or tail whipping giant, glowing license plates around the world.

5. KEEP THE SONAR

Our final Maneater beginner’s tip for you is to keep the sonar ability. You have three slots for your perks, which depending on your playstyle or the situation you are in, may dictate what to swap in and out. The one that you should keep on you and upgrade fully is the sonar. It briefly highlights all food around you, along with any objectives or secrets that are in the area. By feeding it additional points, you will have more time with it and have a longer range to see further through the dark depths of the water.

Each spec you equip on your shark, whether it is the three perks or powers like the Bio-Electic build, you need specific nutrients. The sonar is essential to speed things up so you can find the right nutrients that you need. To distinguish between the four are listed below:

  • Fat (yellow) – Find fat by eating passive creatures like seals or catfish.
  • Minerals (blue) – This is limited to turtles, but don’t you worry, they are easy to find throughout the map.
  • Protein (red) – Getting your protein is through hostile creatures like other sharks or swordfish. You can also get protein from eating humans, whether they are aggressive hunters or lazy beach bums.
  • Mutagen (green) – Good luck trying to find these as it is a bit rare to catch. Albino variants of fish will give you your mutagens.

You are done and ready to go swim and devour some fish and people as these Maneater beginner’s tips will help you survive the dangers of the sea.

The shaRkPG is now available on PS4, Xbox One, PC (via Epic Games Store or Microsoft as apart of Play Anywhere), and at a later date, it will arrive on Nintendo Switch (no pre-orders listed yet).

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Conor Mitchell

I found these tips really helpful. Great guide, Tristan.

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