Here is everything you need to know about how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest, including which body parts are edible.

How to Eat Cannibals in Sons of the Forest

Sons of the Forest strands you on an island with, amongst other things, cannibals. They’re initially standoffish but will likely start to see you as on the menu. But what if you feel like turning the tables? What if you’re wondering how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest? Here’s the gruesome full explanation.

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You Can Eat the Arms and Legs of Cannibals in Sons of the Forest Without Penalty

In the original The Forest you could eat cannibals’ body parts, but there was a sanity penalty. In Sons of the Forest, there’s no penalty, so you can chow down to your heart’s content. Om nom nom nom. Sorry.

Here’s how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest:

  • Kill a cannibal. If there are other cannibals around, grab the body and take it as far away as you can and drop it.
  • Hack away at the corpse with your axe, aiming your strokes at the point where an arm or leg meets the body.
  • Look at the limb, which will be labeled “Raw Leg”, or “Raw Arm.”
  • You’ll have the option to pick it up by pressing E or eat it by holding E.
  • If you don’t eat it, you can go to a fire, click on the fire, and cook the limb. Raw or cooked, it’s up to you.

Here is everything you need to know about how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest, including which body parts are edible.

And that’s the rather gruesome way to eat cannibals. You can cook heads, but you can’t eat them. You can, however, attack people with a severed arm, which is quite something. After an update, you can now also assign severed limbs to a hotkey. It’s worth assigning a head to a hotkey, since wielding a head sometimes makes enemies back off.

Secondly, the limbs sometimes just disappear, often with a splash. Our best guess is that they’re clipping through the floor and ending up in the water, out of reach. So you may need to chop away at a few cannibals till you get an edible leg or arm.

Here is everything you need to know about how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest, including which body parts are edible.

Or if eating cannibals isn’t to your taste, you can also throw the body on the fire and get skulls and bones, which can be used in constructing other items. You can only eat cannibals so far, however, not mutants — you’ll learn to recognize the difference.

That’s everything you need to know about how to eat cannibals in Sons of the Forest. Next up, if you would like help getting closer to someone you shouldn’t eat, here’s how to approach Virginia.


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Chris McMullen is a freelance contributor at The Escapist and has been with the site since 2020. He returned to writing about games following several career changes, with his most recent stint lasting five-plus years. He hopes that, through his writing work, he settles the karmic debt he incurred by persuading his parents to buy a Mega CD. Outside of The Escapist, Chris covers news and more for GameSpew. He's also been published at such sites as VG247, Space, and more. His tastes run to horror, the post-apocalyptic, and beyond, though he'll tackle most things that aren't exclusively sports-based. At Escapist, he's covered such games as Infinite Craft, Lies of P, Starfield, and numerous other major titles.