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As we see from the Manga

when Eren ate his dad and when Armin ate Bertolt, they immediately transformed into a shifter-titan.

But when Eren gets eaten in Season 1, how is it that the titan who ate him never transformed. Plus Eren was inside his stomach for a while before he transformed and killed him.

  • I just hope I didn't read some spoilers to S3 in the title. – Zereges Apr 17 '18 at 22:03
  • @Zereges Be thankful then I added the spoiler tag to the question. But the Santa Titan is commonly referred to the titan that ate Eren in S1 – Wondercricket Apr 17 '18 at 23:45
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The proper requirement to gain the powers of a shifting Titan is to drink the spinal fluid of the Shifter. This is revealed on chapter 65. The "Santa" Titan didn't gain any powers because he ate Eren whole.

When Eren ate his father, he bit him on the waist, severing the spine and getting access to the fluid. Armin bit Bertholdt on the head.

  • I added spoiler tag because, being the same spoiler in the question, it contains heavy spoilers not shown in the anime yet – Wondercricket Apr 18 '18 at 3:27

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