In Attack on Titan, it is said that titans do not have any digestive organs and the only way they get stuff out of their stomach is by puking it out.

Now, if a human is swallowed whole by the titan, will the human survive inside the titan? Yet no one is said to have survived this way.

  • So... Do you mean at the time Eren is not inside a titan's stomach?
    – Happy Face
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 8:12
  • Eren is a titan... shifter. @HappyFace Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 22:04

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As far as I know, there was no case where a human was swallowed whole by a titan. Most of the time the titan would give a fatal bite on the human before swallowing him/her. As such, even if the inside of a titan was just an empty bag, the eaten human would die from blood loss.

Now, assuming that somehow the human was swallowed wholly by a titan, and the human is in perfect condition, with the standard gear of the scouting legion, then he might be able to survive if someone were to kill the titan immediately after he was swallowed. If it took too long, then he won't survive. The reasons are as follow:

  1. The titan would keep eating other humans, thus human bodies would come raining down on the already eaten human, potentially injuring them. If injured then his chance of surviving would get even lower due to the panic the injury caused him and the injury potentially hindering him from avoiding the next batch of dead bodies which could injure him even further. I doubt anyone who knows that he was inside the stomach of a titan and is injured would be able to stay calm.
  2. The inside of a titan's stomach is not an empty bag. It has a liquid there. I'm not sure whether it has an acidic properties or not, but if it is then the eaten human would have his body melt due to the acid. If it is not, then being in the liquid itself would hinder his movement, which would disable him from avoiding dead bodies raining down on him as the titan eat more humans.
  3. It was shown that after eating humans, titan would vomit them back since they lack digestive organs. The vomit was a crystal with the dead bodies inside. Assuming that somehow he was able to avoid getting injured while inside, he won't survived being crystallized since it means that he won't be able to breathe.
  • If Eren hadn't rescued Armin back in S1E5, Armin would have been swallowed wholly.by the santa titan.
    – Ryota
    Commented Nov 4, 2018 at 19:54

The body temperature of a titan is extremely hot, causing the bodies inside to boil.

Examples of the titans' high body temperature are shown by the steam coming off of their bodies, especially after death, and in episode 9 when Eren's experience inside the belly of a titan was revealed.


Even if they don't have digestive organs, they sure have some sort of fluid inside of stomach, judging by corpses, that were puked out. Since it is basically impossible to get out by our own, I suppose, one will simply suffocate do death to the moment he is puked out. Not to mention that, if numerous corpses are swallowed, survivor will simply buried under them.


It is to my understanding that the reasoning for the Titans taking a 'fatal bite' out of its victim is that it is most probably hoping to absorb the spinal fluid of a Titan Shifter in order to turn back into a human. This is supported by the fact that the Titan serum is injected into the back of the Eldian's neck (where the spine is).

Furthermore, there is no way of surviving due to this fatal bite, meaning that the Titan, under normal circumstances, would never swallow you whole; provided it is a typical mindless Titan. Intelligent Titans, such as the Quadrupedal Titan and the Dancing Titan (Ymir), have held a human whole in their mouth, but they did not swallow their captives regardless of their bodies not at risk of harm inside the stomach-like pocket in the Titan body. This could be due to the uncertainty and lack of knowledge currently disposable about the Titans and risks not wanting to be taken.

Overall, this suggests that a human cannot be swallowed whole. The best possible outcome is losing a limb or part of your hand/leg/arm like Eren did when encountering the 'Santa Titan', but in normal circumstances their arm wouldn't grow back and they'd likely die of blood loss.

Furthermore, this suggests that the Titans are unaware of the section of the body that they're severing, and probably just subconsciously hope that they sever the spine of an area relevant to the transferal of the spinal fluid into the second party.

With regards to surviving inside a Titan provided you've been swallowed whole, the survey corps are the primary people that Titans consume, and few of them are consumed by an individual Titan due to their skills in the field. So in the unlikely event of someone getting swallowed whole, they would be inside of the Titan for a long period of time before being vomited out when the Titan fills itself up. This could be months between expeditions or even years. Nobody would be able to survive that long inside the Titan unless they eat other humans raw inside the Titan or even attempt to eat the walls of the pocket they are being held in.

WHEN EREN WAS HELD INSIDE A MINDLESS TITAN prior to discovering his abilities, it was evident that there were other alive people inside the Titan, but it was so hot in the pocket that they overheated and died while calling for help from the heat. Titans are already known to be extremely hot especially without skin, and I doubt that there is any skin on the interior of the Titan. This suggests that regardless of your physical state when swallowed, it will be too hot to last for a prolonged amount of time inside a Titan without simply boiling to death.


There is a one shot of Attack On Titan where it is shown that a pregnant woman was once consumed by a titan. However, once the titan was slain, the baby that existed in the womb was in healthy condition, though the mother was dead.


When Eren was first eaten, he was pulling Armin out of Santa Titan’s mouth without any injuries whatsoever. This implies Titans do occasionally eat humans whole

Inside the Titan, it’s obviously very hot, but considering blood is able to collect in a liquid form, it’s not unsurvivable for a short period of time. If someone were to be swallowed and had the grit, they may theoretically be able to cut their own way out

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    Commented Mar 31, 2019 at 1:19

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