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I didn't find the wiki for Subnautica to be too helpful with how to escape Reaper Leviathans. Is there anything I can do to escape a Reaper when not in a vehicle?

  • Have you tried the seaglider? I'm not sure if that is fast enough or not. – Timmy Jim Jan 29 '18 at 13:38
  • The seaglide is not fast enough to escape in a straight line from a chasing reaper. It's sufficient to escape from one that still needs to turn around though - so play chicken with one! Charge, dodge up or down, continue straight ahead. – SF. Feb 15 '18 at 12:58
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When you are in open waters, swim up.

Reapers won't chase you when you are near the surface.

When you are too far down to do that:

  • hide in a nook and hope it leaves before you run out of oxygen.

  • As mentioned in the answer by Mage Xy, Reaper Leviathans have good speed but they can't turn very fast. When you dodge their charge by moving sideways or up, it will zoom right past you and will need some time to turn around. You can use that time to escape.

  • As already mentioned in the answer by Mark Norman, hitting them with a good load from your statis rifle can give you enough time to escape.

  • You can deploy a creature decoy, if you have one with you (but you likely don't because they take up so much inventory space).

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  • That second point! If you just move away from the leviathan, it will catch up with superior speed and get you through lazy, smooth maneuvers. Go directly at the leviathan and dodge in the nick of time; before it turns around, you'll be quite far. – SF. Feb 14 '18 at 8:24
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One way is to use a seaglider to quickly get out of harms way. Another way is using a stasis rifle if you have one, this will cause it to stop for a while depending on how long you charged the shot. Finally the last way, that I can think of, is to find a cave where it couldn't go inside and hide.

If you don't have a seamoth then it is best to stay away from where they spawn. listen out for the noises they make and promptly swim away.

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Reaper Leviathans are one of the the most dangerous threats in the game, and in my opinion it's the most terrifying (that roar gives me terror-chills just thinking about it). One of the biggest reasons they're so scary is because you can't outrun it with just a Seaglide - they move faster than you can.

However, despite their speed, they do have one limitation: they are not quite as mobile as you are. If you time it right, you can dodge their charge by turning sharply to the side before they hit you. Just like Sandsharks, they won't be able to turn fast enough to grab you. (This only works effectively if you're using a Seaglide - if you wandered into Reaper territory without one, you're fish food.)

As the other answer mentioned, there are several other ways you can deal with them as well, but the overall best way is to simply stay away from them. Other than the front entrance of the Aurora (which, contrary to popular belief, is usually Reaper-free), there is no reason to go into the biomes they typically inhabit. Every blueprint can be scanned in Reaper-less biomes.

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  • The front of the Aurora is where I actually had this issue. Bad luck on my part. Thankfully it was easy to find the cloud of dropped materials on my return trip. Thanks for the tips. – user973 Jan 29 '18 at 15:38
  • @Maximillian I've played through the game a couple times, and I've never seen a Reaper at the front of the Aurora. I think the trick is to stay near the surface - Reapers tend to stay a couple dozen meters down. – Mage Xy Jan 29 '18 at 15:41
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    In my equally anecdotal experience, there is never NOT a Reaper hanging out at the Aurora's front entrance – Dallium Jan 29 '18 at 16:44
  • @Dallium How far down do you go? Do you stay at the surface? – Mage Xy Jan 29 '18 at 16:52
  • I don't see how that matters. There is always a Reaper – Dallium Jan 29 '18 at 16:58
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You can actually kill a Reaper Leviathan with a statis rifle and a knife. Shock it, hit it with your knife and repeat.

That being said, you can hear the Reaper roar when you are near one. Return to your vehicle when you hear the roar. The seamoth for example can out swim the reaper. Also the Reaper doesnt follow you to the surface, so swmming up will always help.

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