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Silhouette of some of the Hunters seen throughout the series.

The Hunter Association (ハンター協会, Hantā Kyōkai) is responsible for the testing and licensing of "Hunters" (ハンター, Hantā), individuals who have proven themselves through rigorous examination to be elite members of humanity. With the passing of the Hunter examination, an applicant is rewarded with a license to go almost anywhere in the world or do almost anything, thus declaring them Hunters. Typically, Hunters devote themselves to tracking down priceless items, mystical places, and the unseen wonders of the world. By the time the election for the 13th chairman began, the association counted 661 Hunters.

The Profession

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.[1]

Hunter License

Main article: Hunter License

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 the permission to go almost anywhere in the world without a visa. It also grants the ability to kill without facing any legal consequences. A Hunter license also grants access to guarded information as well as being an easy way to get a job just by showing it. Selling it would last you a whole lifetime.

The Hunter Commandments

  1.  Hunters must hunt something.
  2.  All Hunters require a minimum level of martial proficiency. Being able to use Nen is the minimum level necessary.
  3. No matter what may happen, one who has become a Hunter will never have their title revoked. However, no matter the circumstances, a Hunter license will never be issued a second time.
  4. Hunters may not hunt their fellow Hunters, except for those who have committed atrocities.
  5. Hunters who achieve extraordinary accomplishments in a certain field will receive a star.
  6. Veteran Hunters who have received a star, become superior officers, and have had their students receive a star will receive two stars.
  7. Hunters with two stars who achieve extraordinary accomplishments in multiple fields will receive three stars.
  8. If the Hunter in charge does not receive a minimum level of support, then they will have their post removed. In this case, the minimum level is the support from the majority of his fellow Hunters. If the seat of chairman becomes open, an election for the next chairman must happen immediately. The vice-chairman is to be left in charge until the new chairman is decided.
  9. The chairman decides how new Hunters are chosen. But in order to make a great change in the existing method, he must receive support from the majority.
  10. Everything not written here is to be decided by the chairman, vice-chairman, and their advisers. The chairman has the right to choose who becomes the vice-chairman and advisers.

Becoming a Hunter

To become a Professional Hunter, two requirements have to be fulfilled: passing the Hunter Exam and The Secret Hunter Exam.

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 Examination 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 Examination site.

Once this area has been reached, candidates have to make their way to the Hunter Examination site. However, no applicant knows when or where the Hunter Examination 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 test 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 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 Examination

Passed by:

287th Hunter Examination

Passed by:

Seven new hunters

288th Hunter Examination

Passed by:

289th Hunter Examination

Passed by:

The Secret Hunter Exam

Although the formal examination annually occurs during the first week in January, there is a second, unstated part of the Hunter Examination 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 choose a field of specialization. Hunters who don't have one are addressed as "rookies".

Archaeological Hunters

Hunters who are dedicated to uncovering ruins and reviving ancient societies.

Archaeological Hunters
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Ging Freecss Satotz

Beast Hunters

Hunters who feel a deep love for nature; their job involves the study and preservation of undiscovered animal species. There are two subcategories of Beast Hunter—Exotic Game Hunters and UMA (Unidentified Mysterious Animal) Hunters.

Beast Hunters
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Knuckle Bine Pokkle Shoot McMahon

Blacklist Hunters

Hunters who dedicate their skills to tracking down dangerous and wanted criminals.

Blacklist Hunters
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Kurapika Lippo Binolt
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Seaquant Bushidora Ambitious Saiyu

Botanical Hunters

Hunters with a great knowledge about plants, that also search and collect them.

Botanical Hunters
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Contract Hunters

Hunters who are hired by corporations in order to do specific jobs, such as biological survey, ecological research or any other miscellaneous job. 

Contract Hunters
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Crime Hunters

Hunters who try to reveal mysterious cases in the crime world.

Crime Hunters
Mizaistom Nana

Deep Sea Hunters

Hunters who operate in seas looking either for animals or treasure.

Sea Hunters
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Morel Mackernasey

Gourmet Hunters

Hunters whose goal is to find and collect rare ingredients, then bring their flavors to life by using new and creative styles of cooking recipes.

Gourmet Hunters
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Buhara Menchi Linne Hors-d'oeuvre

Hacker Hunters

Hunters who have vast knowledge of computers and specialize in working with the Internet and dealing with cyber crimes.

Hacker Hunters
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Eeta Elena Ickshonpe Katocha

Head Hunters

Hunters who specialize in discovering and cultivating new talents.

Head Hunters
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Teradein Neutral

Information Hunters

Hunters who love knowledge of all sorts and will go to great lengths to uncover rare or hidden bits of information. Common activities for Information Hunters include searching for rare books, hacking to retrieve protected data, and tracking down people who know desired facts.

Information Hunters
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Jackpot Hunters

Hunters who have only one goal: earning money, so they find rich people and make deals/contracts with them.

Jackpot Hunters
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Tsezguerra Goreinu

Lost Hunters

Hunters who specialize in seeking those from whom contact has been lost, including members of the Hunters Association.

Lost Hunters
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Loupe Highland

Music Hunters

Catered towards the musically talented, Music Hunters are ones in pursuit of rare musical pieces.

Music Hunters
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Paleograph Hunters

Hunters specialized into learning and translating ancient and lost languages.

Paleograph Hunters

Poacher Hunters

Hunters who are dedicated to study animals and protect them from poachers.

Poacher Hunters
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Poison Hunters

Hunters specialized in various poisons and their pharmaceutical usage.

Poison Hunters

Provisional Hunters

Hunter candidates who passed the 289th Hunter Exam. There are about 150 of them. They were recruited as temporary support personnel so the Hunter Association could gain more allies in preparation for the expedition to the Dark Continent. The second Hunter bylaw was modified so they could be admitted even if they could not use Nen.

Temp Hunters

Hunters with governmental jobs subcontracted to them from the Hunters Association. Depending on the difficulty of the job and risks involved, they are guaranteed a standard fee for a job taken. Some Hunters choose to make this their career and are subsequently ridiculed by professional Hunters for doing so. The Hunters Association receives a plethora of applications depending on the job, and a review board assigns Temps based upon their skills and aptitude.

Temp Hunters
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Curly Golem Marione
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Mascher Pekotero Usamen
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Terrorist Hunters

Hunters specialized into tracking down terrorists and into preventing terrorist attacks.

Terrorist Hunters
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Botobai Gigante

Treasure Hunters

Hunters who scour the world in search of rare and valuable items.

Treasure Hunters
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Biscuit Krueger Kanzai

Trouble Hunters

Hunters specialized in counseling for people with worries and anxiety.

Trouble Hunters
Saccho Kobayakawa

Virus Hunters

Hunters who try to find new elements to cure immedicable diseases.

Virus Hunters
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Sanbica Norton Cheadle Yorkshire

Youth and Beauty Hunters

Hunters whose main goal is to maintain the beauty of people and make them look younger despite their age.

Youth and Beauty Hunters
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Cutie Beauty


  • "D Hunter" is the eponymous protagonist of a book narrating the adventures of a Hunter.[2] It is unknown if that is one of the specializations available to Hunters or if that is merely the character's name.
  • Of the 100 richest people in the Hunter × Hunter universe, 60 are Hunters.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 1, Chapter 5
  2. Hunter × Hunter Special, Kurapika's Memories Part 1

Start a Discussion Discussions about Hunter Association

  • Hunter Types

    2 messages
    • is it possible for a hunter to take several fields of work. such as, a hunter became archeologist, beast, and contract hunter?
    • i dont think 
  • D hunters

    7 messages
    • I see what you did there.
    • I am the only D hunter this wiki has, so please send me D pics. 

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