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A Hunter License (ハンター()(ライセンス)()()()()()()()(), Hantā Raisensu) is received upon someone passing the Hunter Exam. It is an invaluable card, selling for a fortune (at least several billion Jenny Currency Symbol). In case of loss or theft of the card, it will not be replaced; those who have already taken the exam and passed will not be able to attend the examination again. According to statistics, one in five Hunters lose their license within a year of receiving it.[1]

AppearanceEdit

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Hunter License as it actually looks like

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The license as it appears in Leorio's imagination

A Hunter license looks similar to a credit card, but slightly thicker and with an inbuilt computer chip. The front shows the licensee's Hunter rank, while the back has a magnetic strip with a unique serial number that identifies each individual to their license. The card's magnetic strip also allows it to be swiped through machines to verify its authenticity and to access special services.[1]

RanksEdit

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A Double-Star Hunter License

Upon passing the Hunter Exam, candidates will receive a standard Hunter License. However, Hunters can be awarded with stars and entitled to different licenses issued by the Hunter Association for significant contributions to society.[2]

  • 1 Star (Single-Star Hunter) - Given to Hunters who have produced remarkable achievements in a particular field.[3]
  • 2 Stars (Double-Star Hunter) - Given to Hunters who fulfill the first 5 articles of the Hunter Bylaws, who hold an official position and who have mentored at least one junior student who has received one star.[3]
  • 3 Stars (Triple-Star Hunter) - Given to Hunters who fulfill the first 6 articles of the Hunter Bylaws and who have produced remarkable achievements in multiple fields.[3] This is the rarest and most difficult rank to obtain, and it is considered a great honor. The number of Triple Hunters is about 10.[2]

BenefitsEdit

Being licensed as an official Hunter bestows a number of desirable benefits on the licensee. Because of this, huge numbers of people register for the licensing exam, which is held only once per year, even though fatalities among the exam takers are common, and even expected. The first and foremost benefit is the recognition a license holder can enjoy, being one of the few in the world who owns a license. Hunters are commonly seen at the head of whatever field they pursue, and experienced Hunters are virtually guaranteed lucrative offers of employment from people or organizations seeking the most capable agents possible.[1]

There are also many material benefits to being a licensed Hunter, which include:

  1. 95% of all public facilities can be used at no cost. Furthermore, all such services are provided at first class.
  2. Unrivaled freedom to travel around the world. Access is granted to about 90% of countries which normally restrict the entry of outsiders, and access to 75% of areas that the general public is prohibited from entering.
  3. Reduced legal responsibility for murder.[4] However, a Hunter can be prosecuted after repeated acts of murder without justification[5] or if they attack the envoy of a person with political authority.[6]
  4. The ability to sell the Hunter License as a valuable collector's item. Though only the original owner of a Hunter License can take advantage of its normal benefits, it can be still sold for enough money to support the seller for at least 7 generations in luxury.
  5. The ability to use the license as collateral for a zero-interest loan of 100 million Jenny Currency Symbol at any bank.
  6. Access to the secret Hunters-only Website, where secret intelligence about various subjects, uploaded by other Hunters, can be purchased.
  7. The ability to hire convicts under conditions of absolute obedience,[7] with the possibility of shortening their sentences.[8] This power extends to death-row convicts, whom the Hunter or a proxy of theirs can execute on the spot should they violate any terms of the agreement.[7]
  8. Exemption from certain educational and professional degree requirements.[9]
  9. The privilege to bypass certain age-restricted laws.[10]

Only the original recipient of the license has access to the privileges of a Hunter, meaning someone who buys or steals a license will not receive any special benefits.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 35
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hunter × Hunter 2004 Databook, page 65
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 331
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 4, Chapter 32
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 14, Chapter 138
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 35, Chapter 364
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 16, Chapter 161
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 17
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 345
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 338

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  • Gon's Hunter Liscence

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    • Zepile got it back for him.
    • Zepile got it back for him, but he kept it in the Yorknew Bank for safe keeping. Later he uses it to be able to climb the worldtree even though...
  • Who would pay so much for a license?

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    • It's said of the 100 richest people in the world, 60 are Hunters.
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