Hunters are NPCs encountered in Fallout 3.
The cannibal hunters (only named "hunters" in-game), are people who find and kill humans and sell their meat. Usually clad in leather armor, they are often found in groups of three; the standard "party" size for hunter groups. Usually, a hunter party is composed of a shooter/sniper, armed with some sort of long-range rifle, and two scavengers who gather and store the meat. They are almost always equipped with .32 hunting rifles and/or various blades (combat knife, switchblade). In terms of durability, they are roughly on par with standard mid-level raiders.
Depending on how recently they have killed they can either be friendly or hostile towards the player. If they are standing near a human corpse and drinking Nuka-Cola's they will be friendly for a short period of time. Once they finish drinking they will start to mobilize and will become hostile.
When friendly to the player they can provide the option to buy food, ("I could use some food. Got anything to sell?"). All of the hunters in a party carry their own personal stock of items; their inventories are not shared. These hunters only sell strange meat. After exiting the vending window, a new speech option appears questioning the food on sale, to which the hunter responds with a laugh and reassures the player that it is "the best kind around," giving them a free sample to boot. They can occasionally be seen hunting a fleeing wastelander, which hints as to the origin of their "strange meat." Sometimes they can also be heard yelling "Save me a drumstick!" while chasing wastelanders, hinting at possible cannibalism. These hunters can sometimes be aggressive to the player. When killed, among their weapons, ammunition, and armor, fingers may be found on their bodies (if you have the Lawbringer perk). You will gain good Karma for killing these kinds of hunters.
These hunters are wastelanders who kill animals and sell their meat. They sell items such as mirelurk meat, yao guai meat, mole rat meat and dog meat They are often found in a group of three. One kills animals, and the other two carry and sell the meat. They have weapons such as .32 hunting rifles, and .32 pistols, or various knives.
They are friendly to the player, and when talked to you can ask to buy food, and their inventories are not shared. With the Contract Killer perk, they will drop ears. You will get bad Karma for killing this type of hunter.
Another type dedicates themselves to cleansing the world to make it a better place. Hunting all harmful mutants and also raiders, slavers, all bad people, etc. They are found all over the Capital Wasteland.
- Both types of hunters only appear as random encounters. They do not respawn if killed.
- If you "steal" their kill (kill the creature before they can) and take the meat from the creature before them, they will attack you. Furthermore they won't attack you nor thank you if you help them kill their prey.
- Rock Crick hunters were cut from the game but are in the G.E.C.K.
- After a cannibal hunter kills their target non-player character, they will proceed to drink a bottle of Nuka-Cola close to the dead body. If the player stays detected there for too long, the group of hunters will try to kill you too.
Hunters appear in Fallout 3.