Hungry Shark World - A Guide on the Different Sharks and Size Categories
Hungry Shark World is the latest entry in the popular Hungry Shark series published by Ubisoft. The goal in these games is simple; take control of a shark and swim around eating everything in your path to score points and earn gold. You can then use your currency to purchase new sharks, upgrades, pets, boosters, and many other objects to improve your performance. Moreover, the points you obtain during each round also contribute towards unlocking new shark categories.
And speaking of sharks, one of the main features in Hungry Shark World is that it offers plenty of different sharks, divided into seven main size categories. Each shark within a specific category has different stats than the rest, with the more expensive ones often being stronger and better than the others. However, the sharks of higher categories are, in the vast majority of situations, better than their smaller counterparts since they usually have more health, and can eat larger and deadlier prey without getting hurt.
Nevertheless, there are lots of sharks that you can unlock in Hungry Shark World, which can make settling on a specific one difficult. In this guide, we’re going to list the different sharks in every category, and give our personal recommendations on which to buy first.
But first, let’s quickly talk about stats.
The Different Stats in Hungry Shark World
If you don’t know what shark to buy, your best bet would be to look at its stats. There are three main attributes that determine a shark’s performance in Hungry Shark World, including the following:
- Speed: Represents the shark’s maximum traveling speed with and without using the boost. The higher the speed, the faster the shark at all times.
- Bite: Determines the shark’s power. The higher this stat, the faster he can eat any prey.
- Boost: Determines how long the shark can boost before having to wait for it to recharge.
Keep in mind that, while most of these stats are fairly straightforward, it’s important to consider that, no matter how high your Bite attribute is, you can never eat anything that is outside your size category. An S-size shark with a maxed out Bite stat will never be able to eat a jellyfish nor a turtle, for example. This is why unlocking new shark categories is so important; it gives you access to a larger menu of prey that you can safely devour without getting hurt.
The Best Sharks in Hungry Shark World
As we mentioned above, there are seven different categories of sharks in Hungry Shark World, each with a minimum of 4 sharks to unlock. The only exception to this is the initial XS category, which only has your starter shark. While we won’t list every single shark in the game on this list, we will mention the strongest one in each category, which you should definitely prioritize buying as soon as you unlock them.
1. XS Category
You really don’t have a choice here since the only shark of this size is the starter Blacktip Reef Shark. This little guy is small, which means that most fish can kill it in a few bites. You should definitely upgrade his stats ASAP, and purchase a new shark as soon as they become available.
2. S Category
The 3 starter sharks available in this category are the Porbeagle, the Blue Shark, and the Whitetip Reef Shark, with the Spike as the special shark of the tier.
Our personal pick in this category was the Blue Shark due to its speed. While its S size leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to available prey, it’s nautical miles above the XS Blacktip Reef Shark. Furthermore, this guy’s superior speed allows you to explore more of every level, as well as to flee from potential predators.
The special shark here is the Spike, who has a special ability that can stun nearby enemies with its spikes.
3. M Category
The first 3 sharks available in this tier are the Sand Shark, the Thresher Shark, and the Smooth Hammerhead. The special shark is the Heidi.
Our favorite in this category is a tie between the Thresher Shark and the Smooth Hammerhead. While your best choice will definitely be the latter, due to its balanced stats, the Thresher is very fast, which can be very effective in good hands. If you play Hungry Shark World on PC with BlueStacks, you won’t have any issues at all controlling its superior speed.
The special shark here is the Heidi, which can easily devour potential predators by using nearby surfaces as hiding spots.
4. L Category
The three base sharks in this tier are the Bull Shark, the Goblin Shark, and the Mako Shark. The special shark here is the Echo.
The sharks in this tier are becoming much more durable, with considerable health pools and balanced stats all around. Since you’re going to go against tough sharks in this size category, we recommend the Bull Shark due to its high Bite stat. The stronger your bite, the easier you can deal with dangerous fauna, and the less damage you’ll take in every encounter.
The special shark here is the Echo, whose ability allows it to detect nearby environmental hazards like mines, as well as hostile creatures like enemy sharks and humans.
5. XL Category
The three base sharks in this category are the Megamouth Shark, the Great Hammerhead, and the Tiger Shark. Meanwhile, the special variant is the Drago.
The Megamouth is our favorite of the bunch; his formidable health pool, coupled with his decent Bite power makes him a very resilient target, even against powerful enemies. However, if you want the balanced option, go for the Tiger Shark.
The special shark in this category, the Drago, has three special properties. First off, it can bend its neck at many different angles to eat prey. It can also poke its head above the water to eat prey, and can even survive out of the water without a penalty to its health bar, and can move very fast on the surface as well.
6. XXL Category
We’re getting really big now! The three sharks in this size are the Basking Shark, the Great White Shark, and the Frenzy. The special variant is the Frenzy.
There’s no doubt about it; the Great White is the clear winner here, with superior stats in every category. ‘Nuff said. The special variant here is the Frenzy, which can eat any other species of fauna in the game, including the ones that require !! size.
7. !! Category
The last and largest category of sharks features only the Megalodon at first, though there are actually 11 unlockable creatures.
The strongest one here, aside from the three powerful (and very expensive) endgame sharks, is the Robo Shark. Featuring a whopping 414 HP and 298/451/312 points in his Speed/Bite/Boost stats, he’s definitely the best shark that can be unlocked as a f2p player.
These are most of the sharks that are available in Hungry Shark World. Keep in mind that, regardless of the stats, the larger the shark, the easier it’ll be to score big since you will be able to eat different types of prey. Try to upgrade as soon as you unlock a new size category.