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Predator or Grazer?

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  1. 1. Which type do you prefer?

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As the title suggests, which type of animal do you find you enjoy more?

I find that I am playing as more grazers then predators. There is something about that sense of fear that is exciting. That's not to say I haven't played as the predator, I just find the grazers more fun. Also their larger hunger gauge helps out a lot when food becomes more scarce.

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I prefer playing as the predators, since I prefer having to fight for something rather than just approaching it (by this I mean food) and running if I get spotted by something that will clearly overpower me. If I had to pick a particular predator, it'd be between the Wolf, Tiger, Panther & Deinonychus (I still have to unlock all 4 of them, but my nearest unlock is the Wolf, I just have to complete the Tosa challenge). Strangely enough, there is no real difference as to how long I survive with predators as opposed to grazers, it all depends on what animals I end up running into (Ever tried fighting a Crocodile with a Pomeranian? It isn't easy. Suffice to say, I got killed, but I did do some decent damage to it.).

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I prefer the predators but usually live longer as the grazers. I guess I'm much more cautious and less macho. I always think my pom can take down a croc!

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I prefer playing as predators, because it seems to be easier to find food and defend yourself most of the time.  However, my highest score thus far is with the porcupine, amusingly enough.  xD

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I prefer playing as predators, because it seems to be easier to find food and defend yourself most of the time.  However, my highest score thus far is with the porcupine, amusingly enough.  xD

 

Until I got to the bigger grazers, the porcupine was by far my best animal.  Not exactly sure why.

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Right?  As far as I can tell they're not that much different from the rabbit as far as "fertility" and dexterity goes, and yet they have a higher survivability rate.  This might have made sense if the quills were an attack option, but they're not, so... yeah.  No idea.  xD

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After unlocking the Thoroughbred and the Hippo, grazers are awesome. I admit, I get a little kill hungry with them though. They just do so well against big predators. My highest score was with the Sheep too.

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Still on small animals minus two DLC character packs, but I prefer the grazers. For their larger hunger bar and the thrill I get from kicking a predator to death. If I see one I can sneak up on, I just go for it. My favorite animals tend to fall under the hoofed grazer category, too.

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grazers because my first one was the the deer and i just love to kill rabbits with them and i also like the hunger because when i mate food is always scarce and it is so much fun to run away from hyena's or kick them to death but my highscore so far was with the chick because i just went to one area then back to another and breed in the same 2 but sadly a stupid golden retriever killed me on my 7th gen and 36th year while i was going to my nest to sleep to become a rooster but still very fun

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I unlocked more of the predators, but I did the best with the Gazelle. Speed, better hunger, and the double jump helped me survive 100 years and complete all the challenges in the same run.

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I think predators have advantages that grazers do not. While I am fairly comfortable with both (albeit more so with predators) when trying to survive up to 100 years, I find predators much easier to complete all the challenges with. This is due to one challenge in particular that only affects grazers, which is mentioned below. 

 

The first advantage of being a predator is being able to clean kill any animal 1 size above you, while a grazer can only clean kill animals their size or lower. This can be particularly problematic for size 5 grazers past year 61, which is when the dilophosaurus becomes common throughout all territories. The dilophosaurus is a size 6 animal, meaning the size 5 grazer cannot clean kill it. The size restrictions are the same for size 5 and size 6 animals, so it's very difficult to escape. Size 5 predators do not have this problem and can clean kill the dilophosaurus, while size 4 predators can just fit in spaces the dilophosaurus can't, or even go in the sewers where there are no dilophosaurus. 

 

The second advantage of being a predator is that you can order your pack to help you in a fight by holding triangle. This is particularly useful with large predators and especially when playing as a sabretooth tiger - their pounce attack is devastating and very useful when playing as one. If you hold triangle as a grazer, you sacrifice a member of your pack to escape danger rather than fight. This is a great tactic for small grazers who already have a large pack, but not so much for mammoths or hippos who are very competent in combat. 

 

The third advantage of being a predator is that food is more abundant... there are more animals than plants, especially in the later years. I always find the challenges much easier when playing as a predator than as a grazer. There is one particular challenge I cannot stand when playing as a grazer, which involves eating a number of a specific type of food X amount of times... I try to go where the food is... sometimes I find the right food, sometimes I don't, sometimes it's all toxic or guarded by dangerous animals. This challenge never comes up as a predator though. 

 

The only big advantages grazers have is the ability to double-jump, allowing access to some areas only reachable with a double-jump which makes fleeing easier. It's especially useful in the Yamanote lines. However, this only applies for size 3 grazers or smaller. If you play as anything bigger than a panda, the grazer advantages are virtually non-existent. You do not have to kill what you eat, but this is very rarely an advantage unless you're playing as something really tiny that shouldn't attack anyone, such as the chick or rabbit. The cow is a size 5 grazer that is awful at fleeing, fighting and escaping, but it can still kill all predators except the dilophosaurus, as long as it can perform a clean kill before being noticed. 

 

It's extremely important that you know your animal's strengths and weaknesses, what fights it can win, who it should run from and who it can clean kill. I have watched many on YouTube play as a tough (or even a weak) predator and think they are invincible. It's clear that players in this thread have made the same error. A bear is unlikely to win against 15 lions. A pomeranian should not attempt to attack a crocodile. The best reason for that is actually that it will take less time to find smaller prey elsewhere than it does to persist on killing the crocodile. Even if you did decide the fight was worth it, you should be able to eventually win the fight if you're right next to an escape route where the crocodile can't follow you, but it will be a long battle that could easily go wrong. A crocodile can kill a pomeranian in 2 hits at most, unless you really improve the pomeranian's stats. 

 

I would say that the panther is the easiest animal to play as. It has night vision, its speed makes it very easy to get from A to B and complete challenges, it can clean kill all predators except the dilophosaurus, and while its defense is low and its not good against large predators in open combat, its so fast that it can outrun all of them with ease or even use its smaller size to escape danger. Its speed also compensates for its low hunger. You do need to be careful not to get caught up under a sabretooth's pounce attack though - as the panther has low defense, there is a risk of being punished severely. 

 

The hardest animal to play as is obviously the chick, because of its juvenile form where it has incredibly low speed and virtually no defense. I think the cow takes a decisive second place. It is a size 5 grazer, which is already problematic for the reasons mentioned above. Its hunger capacity is amazing, but toxicity will still be a problem - it cannot go underground to escape the toxicity... so even if you did find an empty place to pass time, you'd likely feel the effects of pollution long before hunger anyway, which can make its long hunger fairly useless in the later years when territories are more often polluted than not. Its defense is that of the deers, and it has the lowest stamina of any animal of the game. This means that it is extremely bad at both fighting and outrunning predators, and also has all size restrictions and cannot hide anywhere.

 

I think the easiest grazer to use is either the boar or panda. Both are great all-round - they are reasonable in combat, the panda slightly more so but it's a bit more size restricted, although being a size 4 grazer it can still go underground. 

 

Finally, your choice of animal will depend on your playstyle. If you know what to do better as a gazelle, play as a gazelle... it's far from a bad choice. If you don't like the panther's poor ability in open combat, there are many other alternatives, such as the tiger, bear, sabretooth and more. 

 

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