Many species of carnivorous dinosaurs have their representatives in-game, and many of them are quite similar. But they all have their differences, and it is here where branches come in effect. Branches are mostly based on stats which created playstyles, but dinosaurs that were related irl usually are in the same branch. For herbivores, see Herbivore Branches.
Disclaimer: Branches are NOT mentioned ingame and are merely a support for telling their abilities and cons apart.
Runners are minuscule hunters that rely on speed and stealth to hunt small and medium prey alongside dinosaur babies. Examples of runner theropods include:
Hit-and-Run tactics and pack hunting are good tactics for survival if using these kinds of predators.
Scavengers rely on foraging snacks and finding abandoned kills for the most. Even though they are moderately capable of hunting themselves they have adaptations for this. Examples of scavenger theropods include:
Living in packs ensures protection for these relatively frail meat-eaters. Fast growth and decent speed makes it easier to scavenge meals.
Bleeders are active hunters that use bleed damage as a weapon, striking fast and ravaging all they can before leaving the prey for extended periods of time without having to risk their relatively low health. Examples of bleeder theropods include:
Some apex branch predators also use bleed damage, albeit in a smaller scale.
Fishers are fleet-footed in water and will use this as an advantage. You can flee from apexes into the sea, or from marine reptiles onto land,and ambush unwary prey in both elements. Examples include:
Spinosaurus is a bit of a special individual, as it has traits from both fishers, bleeders, and apexes.
Large, dominating hunters that use their sheer brute power to terrorize smaller creatures. The reputation of these hunters is well deserved, as they can and will kill you in seconds. Examples include:
One thing you have to remember while playing as an apex is to keep overconfidence at bay, you are not immortal.