Maneater: Complete Controls Guide for PS4 and Xbox One

We list all of the Maneater controls that you need to know to terrorise humanity as a ravenous shark.


Maneater, known as ‘the world’s first shark RPG,’ has just about everything you could want: evolutions, apex enemies, and plenty of hapless humans to chop on.

Initially, Maneater launched on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC – with a Nintendo Switch release date yet to be revealed.


To make the most of your time in the body and mind of the most adaptable shark in the world, the bull shark, you’ll need to get to grips with the Maneater controls.

In this Maneater controls guide, the analogues on the controllers are denoted as (L) and (R), with the buttons on the D-pad listed as Up, Right, Down, and Left. Pressing the analogue down to trigger the analogue button is marked as L3 or R3.

More controls for each platform will be added when they are discovered.

Maneater Controls on PS4

If you’re playing Maneater on the PlayStation 4, there are three controller layouts available via the game’s settings screen.

If you scroll down to ‘Controls,’ you can select Layout 1, Layout 2, or Layout 3.

These are how the controls are mapped for each layout on the PS4 controller:

ActionLayout 1Layout 2Layout 3
Move(L)(L)(L)
Look(R)(R)(R)
Focus ThreatR3R3R3
Activate EvolutionTriangleL1R1
SonarOSquareO
JumpXXTriangle
SubmergeSquareOX
EvadeR1TriangleL1
TailwhipL1R1Square
BiteR2R2R2
LungeL2L2L2
Open MapUpUpUp
Open EvolutionsLeftLeftLeft
See InfamyDownDownDown
Open LogRightRightRight
Open InventoryTouchPadTouchPadTouchPad
Open MenuOptionsOptionsOptions

Maneater Controls on Xbox One

On the Xbox One version of Maneater, there are three controller layouts available through the settings menu.

If you scroll down to ‘Controls,’ you can select Layout 1, Layout 2, or Layout 3.

These are how the controls are mapped for each layout on the Xbox One:

ActionLayout 1Layout 2Layout 3
Move(L)(L)(L)
Look(R)(R)(R)
Focus ThreatR3R3R3
Activate EvolutionYLBRB
SonarBXB
JumpAAY
SubmergeXBA
EvadeRBYLB
TailwhipLBRBX
BiteRTRTRT
LungeLTLTLT
Open MapUpUpUp
Open EvolutionsLeftLeftLeft
See InfamyDownDownDown
Open LogRightRightRight
Open InventoryViewViewView
Open MenuMenuMenuMenu

Maneater Advanced Controls

Along with the Maneater controls listed above, there are some more techniques that you can use in the game, such as breaching and thrashing.

Knifing

Knifing is a method of swimming along the water’s surface so that you can stalk your prey.

To enter knifing in Maneater, swim up to the surface of the water at normal speed (without holding lunge) and then swim along the surface.

Breaching

To breach the surface of the water and perform an acrobatic kill, first, you’ll need to swim anywhere between the floor and just below the surface.

Then, turn upwards while holding the lunge button to swim upwards and breach the water’s surface.

Whipshot

The whipshot move involves you biting and holding onto prey before slapping them away with your tail.

To perform a whipshot, hold the bite button to grab an object or creature, and then press the tailwhip button to release the grabbed item and whip them in the direction that you’re facing.

How to Swim Faster / Sprint

To traverse the waterways of Maneater a little faster, press and hold the lunge button.

How to Thrash

In Maneater, when you are able to perform a thrash, a symbol of shark jaws will appear at the bottom of the screen.

This happens when you bite down on some prey. While biting or holding, with the prey still caught in your jaws, you then wiggle the right analogue side to side to perform a thrash.

How to Fast Travel in Maneater

As you unlock more of the map in Maneater and progress along the story, you’ll add to your available Grotto destinations.

To fast travel to a Grotto, simply open the map (Up), hover over the Grotto of choice, and then press the prompted button to fast travel there.

How to Save in Maneater

Maneater auto-saves very regularly and there isn’t a manual way to save the game.

However, if you the press the open menu button and then return to the Main Menu, when you go back into to the game, you’ll find that you have all of the nutrients and markers that you placed before you left the game.

Leaving the game during combat may mean that you miss out on some of the collected nutrients if the game hadn’t auto-saved yet.

You will, however, respawn at a Grotto as opposed to just carrying on from wherever you left the game.

Looking for Evolution Guides?

Maneater: Jaw Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Body Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Fin Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Head Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Tail Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Organ Evolutions List and Guide

Maneater: Shark Levels List and How to Evolve Guide


Ben Chopping

Will give almost any game a chance, particularly those that include wildlife, monsters, or prehistoric creatures of any kind.

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