The most versatile of Scorched Earths creatures. A Mantis can hold the roles of multiple different creatures depending on the tools or weapons it has equipped. Picks and Hatchets make them ultimate harvesters, Pikes and Swords can turn them into deadly combat mounts and Clubs can allow them to quickly down creatures for taming, they have no need for Sickles since they can harvest fiber by default. However you'll need to level it's stats depending on the role you plan to assign it to. For example, if you want too make a Mantis a harvester weight and Melee are what you'll want to go for, if you want it to be a expert at combat health and Melee with some stamina in case things go wrong and you have to flee are the way to go since there pounce attack is enough to quickly cover ground and escape a aggressor, and KO'ers really need nothing more then health in case the target is something strong that fights back and some Melee to increase the amount of torpor inflicted by the clubs
(To person below me) The reason it doesn't harvest anything is because you need to give it the correlating tool for the job, for example, to harvest minerals, give it a pickaxe, for wood an axe, you can give it a sword too but it's unarmed attack is better.
Best method I was told. Build a 2x2 stone [or wood if low] foundation with 2 high walls, drop in with flyer, feed through wall. Has a massive hitbox to feed it through if lured close to a wall. No repel needed with this method.
These guys are amazing if you have good weapons since you can use them to stap the heck out of creatures, use to knockout stuff:with a club, or to gather matreals. WARNING: these guys have bad weight so don't recommend to take these guys for metal unless you have brought anything with good wight
SE has most mantises but all are usually low levels, ragna has more common high levels and horns are easy to get from worm cave. SE has low lags and more color options during event, ragna has megalags and mana abusers that will mess up taming.