Quote from Mattggff
I am not a programmer so I am not sure if they could do this, but I was thinking about it more. We could have the best of both worlds. It doesn't make any sense for him to take about 5 or 6 seconds just to put you in his mouth. What is he doing, preparing the meal? I think it would be cool if he could rip you in two pieces then with one hand stuff half of you down his mouth and with the other hand do the same. I really doubt they could implement this to say the least so I would be willing to settle with the ripping you apart thing. It seems to make the most sense in taking a few seconds to really kill you. As much as I like the idea of him eating you it doesn't seem to make as much sense. This would be a unique and interesting way for him to kill you. As for the drops I agree they would be quite tough in packs and I think the drops should be talked about a little more as well. The challenge with creating a drop for these is if it isn't cosmetic it runs the risk of breaking things. If it is cosmetic and easy enough to obtain then it looses it uniqueness and value. On the subject of combat again due to the tight timer you have to kill him before he kills you it would be impractical to eat. This is my only gripe with the monster so far. If they were to be in packs (which I think would be almost non existent in the overworld, but not in the nether) you would have to combat them with a potion. On the other end this at least provides some reliability and the expectation of when to bring potions.
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You know those sandworms common in fiction? I was picturing it having one of those mouths with several rows of teeth. It would try to fit the mouth around you so it could dissolve your body. And that's why it takes time before you die as well as why you take damage over time. Your vision would be blocked since its mouth is all around you, but in return you can just swing anywhere and hit it.
Another thing worth experimenting with is some good ol' magical powers. Instead of it eating you it would use some kind of magic that draws you closer to it (a tractorbeam), making it impossible to escape. Once you're next to the beast it would slash at you or something like that.