The Man Eater seems to have a limited range when trying to attack a player, but if the player attacks the Man Eater, it can grow in length. If you move more than 150 ft away from a stretched man eater, it will disappear until you come within 150 ft again.
Be careful if you decide to attack it head on, as the Man Eater will shorten its "neck" to lure you to come closer to attack and then it will extend it to deal Damage towards you. They are quite dangerous since they have 130 HP and deal 42 damage. The best way to deal with it is using a ranged weapon. However, as of patch 1.05, Man Eaters are no longer affected by terrain, so getting a good firing lane could be problematic. This can be countered with weapons such as the Vilethorn, so be sure to keep one handy when traversing the Underground Jungle.
Another good tactic to fighting a Man Eater is to strike the head to stretch the neck then rush in to break the block it's tethered to before it can retract it's head. If you already have the Ivy Whip, you can position yourself to float in between blocks right outside its reach and attack it at your leisure (although hornets often cause a problem).
Alternatively, if you have a flail weapon, stand on a block at an angle above them and aim slightly above the man eater's head.
Man Eaters take a long time to retract/lengthen their necks, so a clever player can take advantage of this by building a 10-20 block bridge, a Man Eater on one end, and the player can run up to the Man Eater, jump over him and attack his head from behind.
- Be careful when approaching Man Eaters. If you accidentally drop in too close, they can easily retract their heads and deal massive damage.
- It is rumored that they drop the Ivy Whip item themselves as a rare drop, although this is unconfirmed. It has also been said to drop the Robot Hat, though this is confirmed to be false.
- It is now possible for Man Eaters to attack you through walls.
- Damage decreased from 45 to 42.
- Health decreased from 200 to 130.
- Damage decreased from 60 to 45.
- Man Eaters are now drawn above tiles rather than behind them.
- Now extend their stems at random, rather than when the player is moving rapidly.
- No longer affected by terrain.
- Added to the game.