Hunter mech

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The Hunter mech is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Introduced in Dragon Quest II, it is a weaker version of the killing machine that often hints to the presence of metal slimes being in the immediate area.


Hunter mechs are similar to killing machines: they are quadrupedal, one-eyed robots armed with a crossbow and sword. Their color scheme is the only real change in appearance, with hunter mechs sporting a scheme of golds, grays, and purples. Their darker gray areas are more of a dull teal color in their earlier appearances.

As the lesser creature, hunter mechs are typically weaker than killing machines and tend to lack some of the stronger's qualities, such as resistances and the ability to strike more than once per round. They do serve a great purpose in that they tend to appear only in or around areas where metal monsters, such as metal slimes and liquid metal slimes, are known to appear. It should be noted that hunter mechs do not always appear where there are metal monsters: in fact, most titles in the series to feature the monster only have them occurring in single, closely located areas.

In its original appearance the hunter mech did not have a sword and was missing a quiver to hold its crossbow bolts. This was changed in later installments.


Dragon Quest II[edit]

Hunter mech (Metal Hunter)
HP MP Experience Gold
??? ??? ???
Attack Defense Speed
Game Dragon Quest II

The hunter mech's first appearance alongside the killing machine. They can be found inside the Cave to Rhone, close to areas where liquid metal slimes show up.

Dragon Quest V[edit]

Hunter mech DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
72 0 88 90 63 140 51 N/A
Bestiary No. 077
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Slashes character (125% damage)
Location(s) Mount Magmageddon
Mostroferrato area
Stockenbarrel area
Item Dropped Seed of Wisdom116
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Cool Breath Resistance *
1/64 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance * Fuddle Resistance
0% 0% 20% 0% 20% 100% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Sap Resistance * Fizzle Resistance Drain Magic Resistance * Stun Resistance *
20% 0% 0% 100% 100% 0%
PS2 Model DS & Mobile Sprite
Huntermech DQV PS2.png

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

Hunter mech DQ8-LOGO-ICON.png
Original (PS2)
Sprite HP MP Experience Gold Attack Defense Agility
DQVIII PS2 Hunter mech.png 71 0 76 20 75 106 58
Bestiary No. 082
Family Machine
In-Game Description Deadly machines designed to hunt down and exterminate monsters of the metal family. If you encounter one, chances are a certain highly desirable metal monster may be in the area.
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Fire an arrow (125% damage)
Slash violently (125% damage)
Location(s) Trodain Castle
Item(s) Dropped Hunter's bow (common)
Steel broadsword (rare)
Evasion Attack Resistance Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath
Bang Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Crack Resistance *
164 0% 25% 25% 25% 0% 50% 100%
Ice breath
Stone/Strike Resistance * Zap Resistance * Troop Resistance * Death Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance * Shock Resistance *
100% 0% 0% 0% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Sleep * Confusion * Dazzle Resistance Fizzle Resistance Dance Sealing Resistance Sap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance
100% 100% 100% 100% 15% 100% 100%
Remake (3DS, Mobile)
Sprite Notable Changes

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

#087 - Hunter Mech
HP MP Experience Gold
95 5 450 144
Attack Defense Speed
95 110 100
Dropped Item Iron ore (common, 1/32)
Hunter's bow (rare, 1/64)
Locations The Bad Cave
Pluvi Isle
Hermany (high ground)
Family Machine
Bestiary # 087
Game Dragon Quest IX
Console DS
Description Robotic seekers of little metal blobs that don't take kindly to adventurers trying to poach their prey.

If one of these metal-hunting mechanical marauders is nearby, surely its mark can't be far off...

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[edit]

Hunter mech
HP MP Experience Gold
??? ??? ???
Attack Defense Speed
Game Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

Hunter mechs appear as rank C members of the material family and can be found on Celeste Isle where metal slimes may also show up. A hunter mech is necessary to have if one wishes to synthesize a killing machine.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[edit]

The hunter mech is a Rank C material monster in Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2.

Dragon Quest Heroes[edit]

Dragon Quest Heroes II[edit]

Dragon Quest Builders[edit]

Hunter mech DQB-LOGO-ICON.png
Chapter 3
HP Attack Defense Item(s) Dropped
180~200 25~30 2432 Mechrochip (★★★)
Sprite Hunter mech builders.jpg

Related Monsters[edit]