Please don’t listen to the boy who said with bug repellant, ghille and cactus broth that the aggro range is “literally zero” cause it’s not.. you can get super duper close without aggravating it but you can’t get too close so still be careful and try not to stand so close you can touch it or it will STILL AGGRO.
On Fjordur, you can find rocks in the volcano area that resemble fossilized Death Worms, which can be harvested for Death Worm Horns, making taming them much easier there, if you have the rest of the necessary equipment
While it is cheesy and very hard to pull off on most maps, if you can lure a mantis into swimming deep water, then they either chase after you and then lose agro and dive underwater or they lose interest immediately and return to shore. After they run back to land/dive, you can get a free feed while they swim back with next to no chance at an agro, plus their food drains a little quicker because of the swimming.
P.S this was already said by other people but my comment spreads the taming method easier (I'm blatantly stealing)
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.
If you don’t want to make bug repellent if taming on the server is very high just get a flyer on passive and drop on the mantis while spamming the passive tame button (works best with wyverns) and it should tame if you do it right and for baby mantis they eat spoiled meat until there adults so if your breeding them have some spare spoiled meat to feed them. For the harvesting the more lvls you put into melee will make you gather more materials if your using a sickle, pickaxes, or axe and for clubs it increases the melee and torpor damage so mantis are good for knocking out creatures if you have the right stats, if you didn’t know you can give your mantis a pike apparently. Sorry I write to much