The Hunter Association (
By the time the 13th Hunter Chairman Elections ended, the association counted 635 members, having lost as many as 26 Hunters since the first round. After the 289th Hunter Exam, the number rose to at least 785 due to the inclusion of 150 Provisional Hunters with limited licenses for the Dark Continent voyage on top of the regular examinees.[note 1]
A Hunter's job is not only that of looking for treasures and hunting animals. True Hunters dedicate themselves to the protection of knowledge, people, and nature. They must preserve culturally precious items or species of animals and plants they are able to discover. Furthermore, they must also arrest criminals and in rare cases even fellow Hunters who have committed heinous crimes. A "hunt" (活動, hanto) can range from a task commissioned by a client to one ordered by the higher-ups of the organization, to a quest a Hunter goes on of their own volition.
Goods and Properties
- Airships: The Hunter Association owns and operates an assortment of blimps. The uses vary from the transportation of people or goods.
- Hunter Association Building: The headquarters of the association.
- NGL: Former country and now a nature reserve, it was placed under the jurisdiction of the association after the Chimera Ant incident.
Perks and Communications
- Main article: Hunter License
A Hunter License is a type of card given exclusively to Hunters after they pass the Hunter Exam which proves the status of the owner and has multiple benefits. It provides free access to most of the public services and permission to go almost anywhere in the world without a visa. It also grants the ability to kill without facing major legal consequences, although there are exceptions. A Hunter License also grants access to guarded information as well as being an easy way to get jobs. Furthermore, there are collectors willing to buy it for a fortune that would sustain a Hunter's family for generations.
- Main article: Hunters' Tavern
By typing the correct URL, inserting the code of one's license and swiping it into any computer, a Hunter is able to access Hunters' Tavern, a Hunter-only website where all manners of information unretrievable through other means can be purchased.
- Main article: Q
By sending a 9-digit code to a phone company owned by the Hunter Association, a Hunter can send and receive messages via Q, a software that leaves no logs or call history and that cannot be detected by regular wiretapping systems.
- Main article: Hunter Code
Hunters have a simple code to transmit secret messages to each other.
- Main article: Hunter Bylaws
- Hunters must always be on the hunt for something.
- Hunters must have a minimum understanding of martial arts. This includes learning Nen.
- Once a Hunter is licensed, that license cannot be revoked for whatever reason. However, a license will not be reissued for whatever reason.
- Hunters shall not target other Hunters unless they have committed heinous crimes.
- One star is given to a Hunter who produces remarkable achievements in a particular field.
- Two stars are given to a Hunter who fulfills five articles, holds an official position and has mentored a junior Hunter who is awarded a star.
- Three stars are given to a Hunter who fulfills the six articles and produces remarkable accomplishments in multiple fields.
- The Chief Executive of the Hunter Association must earn the confidence of a majority of his colleagues. When the position of chairman is vacated, the vote to elect the next chairman must be conducted at once and deputy power is given to the Vice-Chairman in the meantime.
- The authority to decide on a method to select new members is given to the chairman. However, to significantly change existing methods requires the confidence of a majority of colleagues.
- Any matter not mentioned here will be decided in a cabinet consisting of the chairman, vice-chairman and staff advisors. The Chairman has the authority to select the Vice-Chairman and staff.
- So far only the V6 is known to have hired the association itself and not simply Hunters.
Positions and Ranks
The Chairman, also known as Chief Executive, is the leader of the Hunter Association. He or she has the most power and authority within the organization. Chairmen have been seen communicating directly with the heads of the V5 and the International Permit Agency.
- Eleven unknown chairmen (former)
- 12th: Isaac Netero (former)
- 13th: Pariston Hill (former)
- 14th: Cheadle Yorkshire
The Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking individual in the Hunter Association, exceeding even the staff advisors. He or she is appointed directly by the Chairman, as per the 8th article. Should the position of Chairman be vacated, the Vice Chairman gains deputy power until the conclusion of the election.
Advisors assist the Chairman and Vice Chairman in matters not explicitly detailed in the Hunter Bylaws, and are appointed by the former. The Chairman can invest them with additional powers, such as tasking them with the organization of the chairman election. Under Chief Executive Isaac Netero, the advisors were 11 and, together with the Vice Chairman, made up an informal group known as "The Zodiacs".
See also: Examiner (Category)
The Exam Commission is tasked with the organization and management of the Hunter Exam. The examiners are nominated by a board every year and supervise a trial without pay. By the 9th article, the Chairman is also the Head of the Exam Commission and has the authority to decide on a method to select new members. However, examiners are largely free to choose the content of their trial, as long as they satisfy agreed-upon criteria.
The Review Board is a commission that assigns jobs to specific Hunters. Not even the Chairman is powerful enough to defy their decisions. Should a government or private business enlist the Hunter Association's help, and should that job receive many applications, the Review Board is tasked with assigning it going off skill and aptitude.
Election Task Force
A group of Hunters who supervise the election of the Chairman, defining its structure and serving as poll-watchers. They are appointed by the previous Chairman. The Task Force is led by a Chief Executive, who is tasked with vote counting.
The exact activities of this body are unknown. If its name is any indication, it may be responsible for ensuring members of the association respect the bylaws.
Stars reflect the contributions of a Hunter to the association and society in one or more areas.
One Star (
Two Stars (
Three Stars (
Becoming a Hunter
To become a Professional Hunter, two requirements have to be fulfilled: passing the Hunter Exam as well as the Secret Hunter Exam. It has been implied that the rules do not bar non-human candidates (presumably beings with a comparable level of intelligence) from taking the Hunter Exam, and thus from becoming Hunters.
- Main article: Hunter Exam
Finding the Exam
The Hunter Exam takes place annually in the second week of January. All applicants are held in equal consideration. Reaching the area in which the Hunter Exam is held is an extremely difficult challenge because there are too many applicants each year for the Proctors to see them all. To reduce the number of applicants, the Hunter Association hires judges (like the Captain) to pick out the best candidates to proceed to the area where the Hunter Exam is held. If an applicant is deemed unworthy by one of these judges, they will be turned away even if they make it to the exam site.
Once this area has been reached, candidates have to make their way to the Hunter Exam site. However, no applicant knows when or where the Hunter Exam will be held and it is impossible to find without a Navigator. All candidates must find a Navigator to take them to the exam, but to do this they must pass a series of tests and traps. In fact, the Navigators themselves will set up a test for the candidates to see if they are good enough to take the Hunter Exam. If such a test is passed, the Navigators will take the applicants to the floor of the first phase.
The Hunter Exam
The Hunter Exam is organized in a varying amount of phases, with each phase being designed to test the candidates' skills and potential—they are also used to reduce the number of candidates. There are usually 4 to 6 phases required to complete the Hunter Exam. In the Nippon Animation adaptation of the anime, bonus stages are added to further test the candidates. The content of each phase changes every year so as not to give an advantage to returning applicants, the Proctors change each year as well; Proctors decide what the phases will test. Chairman Netero oversees the exam and settles disputes between Proctors when necessary.
Known Hunter Exams
267th Hunter Exam
The Secret Hunter Exam
Although the formal exam annually occurs during the first week in January, there is a second, unstated part of the Hunter Exam that requires every Pro Hunter to go out into the world and accomplish: learning the basic principles of Nen. One only "officially" becomes a professional Hunter after passing the exam; a Hunter is only considered as such by his peers when he learns how to use Nen. It doesn't matter how long it takes, but one will be unable to take on most Hunter jobs without learning the skill—Nen is seen as the minimum required martial skill to become a Hunter. To meet this requirement, a Hunter must either find a teacher and learn in secrecy (because doing so in public augments the risk of people with ill intent learning a potentially dangerous skill) or through a method known as Initiation. However, some already have knowledge of Nen before entering the exam and are thus instantly "qualified" if they pass it. It is known so far that all Hunters find a way to start their training shortly after the exam, therefore the difficulty of this requirement is reduced mostly to one's own adaptability to learn Nen.
Types of Hunters
Professional Hunters generally have a field of specialization.
Alive/Active • Deceased • Former • Unknown Status, or Non-Canon
A Hunter who lacks an area of specialization is classified as "Rookie" (ルーキー, Rūkī).
Beast Hunter (ビーストハンター, Bīsuto Hantā) is a type of Hunter who specializes in fauna. There are two other known types of Hunter that could possibly be considered subcategories of Beast Hunter:
- the Hunter of Fantastic Beasts[note 4] (
幻 獣 ハンター , Genjū Hantā—lit. "Phantom Beast Hunter") who specifically searches the world for scientifically undocumented animals;
- and the Unidentified Beast Hunter (
ＵＭＡ ハンター , Yūma Hantā—original name probably meaning "UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal)* Hunter") whose field of activity is related to cryptids, creatures like animals, and even plants, with questioned existence thought to be extinct or not to exist (e.g. many of the mythical, folkloric, paranormal, and supernatural "entities").[inference 🖱]
|Beast Hunter||Hunter of Fantastic Beasts||Unidentified Beast Hunter|
Blacklist Hunter (
Botanical Hunter (プラントハンター, Puranto Hantā—lit. "Plant Hunter") is a type of Hunter with great knowledge about plants, that also searches for and collects them.
Card Hunter (カードハンター, Kādo Hantā) is a type of Hunter who searches for rare cards around the world.
Crime Hunter (クライムハンター, Kuraimu Hantā) is a type of Hunter who tries to solve mysterious cases in the crime world.[inference 🖱]
Disease Hunter (
|Disease Hunter||Virus Hunter|
Gourmet Hunter (グルメハンター, Gurume Hantā; or
Secondarily, they are frequently called on to chase and capture poachers.
Jackpot Hunter (
Lost Hunter (ロストハンター, Rosuto Hantā) is a type of Hunter who specializes in seeking those from whom contact has been lost.
Music Hunter (ミュージックハンター, Myūjikku Hantā) is a type of Hunter who, for example, devotes their skills to the pursuit of rare musical pieces.
Paleograph Hunter (
Poacher Hunter (
Poison Hunter (ポイズンハンター, Poizun Hantā) is a type of Hunter specialized in various poisons and their pharmaceutical usage.[inference 🖱]
Provisional Hunters (
Sea Hunter (シーハンター, Shī Hantā) is a type of Hunter who operates in seas looking either for animals or treasures.[inference 🖱]
Temp Hunter (
Terrorist Hunter (テロリストハンター, Terorisuto Hantā) is a type of Hunter specialized in tracking down terrorists and preventing terrorist attacks.[inference 🖱]
Treasure Hunter (トレジャーハンター, Torejā Hantā) is a type of Hunter who scour the world in search of rare and valuable items.[inference 🖱] A Stone Hunter[note 9] (ストーンハンター, Sutōn Hantā) could possibly be considered a subtype whose quest is for precious stones and gems or related specific jewelry.
|Stone Hunter||Treasure Hunter|
Unclassified/Unknown Type Hunters
|Unclassified/Unknown Type Hunters|
Non-Hunter Associates and Others
|Non-Hunter Associates & Others|
- Of the 100 richest people in the world, 60 are Hunters.
- It is unknown if D (Dino) Hunter, the eponymous protagonist of a book narrating the adventures of a hunter, is one of the specializations available to and/or used by pro Hunters or if that is merely the character's name; although "dino" almost certainly is the shortening of "dinosaur", suggesting a possible Beast Hunter subtype, the hypothetical "Dinosaur Hunter".
- Although not canonical, Zegin Highline is the only known Hunter to have been expelled from the association.
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