Silent Hill 3
Commonly found in Silent Hill 3, beef jerky has no purpose other than to briefly distract a few types of monsters that Heather Mason encounters. When placed on the floor close enough to a monster's patrol route, lured monsters will, assuming they are not actively chasing down Heather, go to the beef jerky and gradually consume it. After a brief time, the lured monster(s) will finish consuming the beef jerky and return to their patrol. During the window of time, they are eating the beef jerky, a distracted monster will not usually notice Heather if she walks by, allowing her to slip past or mount a surprise attack. The maul's overhead swing attack is generally recommended for killing monsters distracted by beef jerky since it has a high chance of knocking a distracted monster down, leaving it open to follow-up attacks until killed.
As there is a limited amount of ammunition and health given throughout the game, adopting a more careful and defensive tactic such as this may allow Heather to take less damage and/or consume less supplies over time. It should be noted that even one beef jerky placed in one location can sometimes distract more than one monster at a time, so putting two or more beef jerky strips close together is normally a waste of the item.
The label says "Bell Bland Beef Jerky", rather than "Bell Brand Beef Jerky". This is likely because in the Japanese language, the letters "R" and "L" are interchangeable.
On a side note, there are large hunks of meat occasionally placed throughout the game (most often seen in the Otherworld versions of the Central Square Shopping Center and the Hilltop Center) that act like permanent versions of the beef jerky item. They will distract certain monsters that are nearby but cannot be completely consumed, giving Heather a chance to slip past any monsters distracted by it.
As a general rule, beef jerky will only work on monsters who can get their mouths to the floor when not knocked down.
Double Head: These monsters will find beef jerky on the ground fairly attractive, but if one starts howling or is alerted to another Double Head's howl, it will no longer work with them as long as they are alerted.
Numb Body: Only the smaller varieties can be distracted with this item. The larger varieties (i.e., Heather's height or more) will not be lured to it when placed on the ground. Although they are drawn to it, the smaller ones cannot get their single orifice in actual contact with placed beef jerky, and will simply "stare" at it on the ground until it disappears.
Slurper: Both varieties of this monster are very attracted to beef jerky on the ground. If attacked with a melee weapon while consuming a strip of beef jerky, they will normally try to play dead, but this usually means one can keep just hitting them again and again until they truly die. The overhead swings of the maul or pipe are recommended for this tactic.
Beef Jerky is used in the comic series mostly as a form of comic relief.
- Dying Inside - One of Lauryn LaRoache's friends is eating some beef jerky before he dies.
- Among the Damned - One of the residents of Sanctuary mentions that among their supplies is an unearthly amount of beef jerky.
- Dead/Alive - An Insane Cancer-type monster gives a dog, who is unafraid of it, beef jerky.