Maneater guide – 7 tips & tricks to get you started

So you’ve chomped your way through the Maneater tutorial, but now that you’re free to explore the game’s bayous and beaches you may feel a bit unsure what to do next.

You’re literally a small fish in a very big pond and if you aren’t paying attention it’s easy to lose yourself or gloss over some valuable in-game info.

This guide is here with some tips and tricks to help you hit key milestones and save some time cutting through the fat to Maneater’s best bits!

How to level up fast

Progress in Maneater is tracked via a one main mission log. The game is broken into 9 chapters and you’ll only be able to move on once you’ve completed a small shopping list of tasks. These usually include “Population Control” quests, boss fights against Apex Predators, collectible hunts, and raising your Infamy Rank.

Following the log is the quickest way to rank up as these missions typically pay out the biggest XP totals and mineral rewards. Although we encourage some free exploration, use the log as an effective handrail or speedtrack.

Become infamous

Kill enough humans in rapid succession and you’ll build your wanted level. It isn’t quite like GTA’s star rating system though – bounty hunters will simply turn up and attempt to blow your shark out of the water until you give them the slip.

While it’s tempting to run, you should really be trying to cause as much havoc as possible. Killing these hunters is the quickest way to levelling up your Infamy Rank – each time you do this a named hunter will then come after you. They don’t put up much of a fight but will drop new Evolutions that, when upgraded, can make Maneater much more enjoyable to play!

Collect and upgrade Evolutions

Carrying on from the previous tip, you’ll want to learn more about the various shark Evolutions and what they can do.

Your shark has a total of eight slots in which you can equip altered body parts including the jaw, head, body, fins, tail, and three organs. These confer a range of different passive buffs and active abilities. Sadly it takes a while to unlock these Evolutions, especially if you’re taking your leisurely time sashaying about the sea instead of sticking to the mission log.

Most body parts can be modified for bonus damage or resistance but it’s the organs we’d strongly recommend focusing on as soon as they become available. These include the fully upgraded Advanced Sonar to ping all points of interest on your map as well as Mineral Digestion which gives you a permanent increase in the number of health and currency harvested from kills up to a bonus 30%.

Combat basics

One of the downsides to Maneater is the combat can be a little bit dull, especially when starting out. It’s not until your shark enters adulthood that it will be able to employ its more advanced attacks.

Fighting off other predators can feel clumsy with no real tactical thought involved. Your safest bet is a trusty double chomp before swimming away or evading, repeating the process to slowly chip away at bigger enemies.

In earlier chapters you’re bound to come up against foes more powerful than your shark pup. You can cheese these fights a little by fleeing, eating some smaller prey to restore some health, then looping back around. Just make sure you don’t retreat too far or the target’s health will replenish.

Grow now, explore later

You’ll quickly find that many areas of Maneater’s open world are straight up level-gated or patrolled by much bigger enemies. It’s definitely worth swimming from region to region and exploring, though we found ourselves enjoying Maneater more having stuck to the main missions and evolved our shark enough so that we wouldn’t bang our heads against such barriers. Some of these barriers may not be immediately apparent, such as collectibles made too hard to reach until your shark has reached a sufficient size or jump height.

Sonar is your friend

You should always have your shark’s Advanced Sonar equipped, even if you’ve uncovered most of the map. It will ping and highlight those hard to find chests and other collectibles up to 300m away.

Not only that, it highlights every neutral and enemy target in the surrounding area. This is particularly helpful when trying to locate rare green Minerals. While there’s an abundance of red, yellow and blue minerals, green Minerals can be harder to find so make sure you’re snapping up as much of these as possible. They’re an essential currency for major upgrades.

Farming for Minerals

A rule of thumb in Maneater: the bigger the prey, the more Minerals you get. You shouldn’t feel the need to farm for them until you’re at least a few chapters in. However, if you feel the urge then try swimming to one of the further away regions. Sure, the predators here are more dangerous though you’ll be able to snack on bigger creatures. At the same time you should be keeping an eye on your map, hovering close to the undiscovered “?” marks to uncover Mineral chests. Sometimes you’ll need to go out of your way to find them though they can offer some meaty payouts.

For more on Maneater, make sure you read our full review. The game is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch version in the pipeline.

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