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Specialists in melee combat, Hunters mix it up and can take and deal out the most raw damage. Hunter is also the title used for all the classes as a whole, as well as the specific melee-focused subclasses.


Hunter - Human - Male

Iconic NPC: Ash
  • Future Spandex: An odd example. Some parts aren't skintight, but flow into parts that are.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: The face of the game, and they have the fastest saber animation. Not to mention Ash's art shows him holding a sword.
  • Jack of All Stats: As noted by the ingame description, HUmars have the most balanced growth potential...
    • Master of None: ...which means by the lategame, they contribute little to a party that another character class couldn't handle better.
  • Solo Class: Being human means they have a decent HP count, while having access to techniques, which while never very powerful, grant access to near-limitless healing.
  • Stone Wall: Arguably the best tanking class in the game (though the RAcast and RAcaseal are also contenders) thanks to high HP, decent defensive stats, and the ability to heal themselves without relying on a special weapon.
  • We Will Not Have Pockets in the Future

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  • Double Weapon: When you meet him again in the Ruins, Ash has traded out his saber for a unique Double Saber.
  • Red Is Heroic: Face of the game, wears an orangish-red outfit.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shows up in a later quest wielding a Double Saber. This is a guy who got beaten by some Goboomas in the Forest.


Hunter - Newman - Female

Iconic NPC: Sue
  • Bare Your Midriff: Almost all of their outfits.
  • Combat Stilettos: All their outfits.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Often have one pant leg or stocking higher than the other.
  • Jack of All Stats / Master of None: Suffers this even worse than the HUmar. Her buffing spells make her excellent in solo play, but in a multiplayer match she's outclassed by every other hunter as long as there's at least one Force in the party.
  • Magic Knight: They have low health and attack power for a Hunter, but their Newman heritage lets them learn decently powerful attack techniques for some extra reach.
  • Solo Class: The best hunter for soloing thanks to being the only hunter with access to buff spells. Unfortunately, this also generally makes them the worst hunter class in multiplayer if a Force is present to handle buffs and heals.
  • We Are as Mayflies: According to in-game lore, Newmans have very short lifespans.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Most of their outfits. One even looks like a pair of daisy dukes.

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Hunter - Android - Male

Iconic NPC: Kireek
  • Chain Sword: The Chainsawd is inexorably tied to this class, due to its Gush ability helping to compensate for their lack of healing skills.
  • Glass Cannon: An odd example, as the HUcast actually has decent defensive stats and high HP that regenerates if he stands still. However, a low EVP and an inability to heal without items or a special weapon mean that even hunters with worse defensive stats generally work better as tanks. HUcasts typically need a Force (or at least a HUnewearl or RAmarl) to support them in multiplayer, at least until they hit the higher levels.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Though there is a different head option with non-glowing eyes that resembles a samurai helmet.
  • Heroic Build: Basically impossible to not make a HUcast with one.
  • Lightning Bruiser: With the highest ATP in the game by far, and above average other physical stats, HUcasts can use weaker, faster weapons and still rip monsters apart in melee.
  • No Sell: As an Android, immune to certain status effects.
  • Trap Master: Like all androids, he can lay traps.
  • Trick Bomb: He gains the most Freeze and Confuse traps, locking enemies in place or distracting them so he can cut them to pieces more easily.

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  • Blood Knight: "Become much stronger to impress me. Ha ha ha."
  • Evil Weapon: Flavor text indicates Soul Eater might be one. Certainly looks the part.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When you first meet Kireek, he's overleveled to the point where he'll kill anything in Forest 1 three times over with a single swing of his scythe.
  • Sanity Slippage: Taking Bernie's subplot path means that he attacks Ash, and tries to kill you as well. It's implied that Dark Falz corrupted him, since in the other branch of the path he helps you out.
  • Sinister Scythe: Kireek's unique weapon, Soul Eater, is a purplish-red scythe with a glowing pale green blade. Take the right subplot path, and he tries to kill you. Coming out on top means you can take his scythe as a trophy.


Hunter - Android - Female

  • Close Range Combatant: Has a unique and effective Dagger and Fist animation, which are the two most extremely melee-focused weapon classes.
  • Combat Stilettos: Well, they are her feet.
  • Fembot <-> Robot Girl: Most of her colors and head options are unmistakably robotic. Only a few look human.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The default HUcaseal looks very much like a ninja, not unlike Taki or Mileena.
  • No Sell: As an Android, immune to certain status effects.
  • Trap Master: Like all androids, she can lay traps. Her trap progression is balanced across the board.


Gun-users, Rangers can fight either from all the way across the room, or just out of arm's reach.


Ranger - Human - Male

Iconic NPC: Bernie
  • Cool Helmet: The only class that even has them as an option.
  • Future Spandex
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Has the highest accuracy cap in the game, to the point that normal attacks are unnecessary, as the heavy shots and most special shots will hit every time. Combined with the range and accuracy of rifles, a RAmar can drain a target of XP, replenish their mana, or insta-gib reliably, while remaining outside the aggro range of their target.

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Ranger - Human - Female

Iconic NPC: Karen
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Gangsta Style
  • Magic Knight: The most adept technique-user of the Rangers. While their attack techniques will never beat out the power and range of a good gunshot, they still have powerful heals, buffs, and debuffs, and can substitute for a Force when one isn't available.
  • Nice Hat
  • Solo Class: Probably the best solo class in the game, with decent attack and defense (buffable to very good), ability to use most ranged or melee weapons, and magic just short of a full Force. Sadly, this also means RAmarls are considered one of the worst multiplayer classes in the game, as they do not excel in any particular area.

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Ranger - Android - Male

Iconic NPC: Gilliam
  • The Blank: Several of his heads.
  • Noisy Robots: Most other characters have either the stomp of boots, the clicking of heels, or the patter of shoes as their footstep sound. The RAcast, on the other hand, sounds like a large metal box rolling downhill.
  • Real Robot: Designed to look like one.
  • Trap Master: Like all androids, he can lay traps. He gains the most damage traps of all the classes, tied with the RAcaseal.

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Ranger - Android - Female

Iconic NPC: Elenor
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Made of metal, but the overall effect is the same.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Robot Girl <-> Fembot: A number of colors and head options make her look like a girl with robotic joints. The others are far more obviously robotic.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Made of metal and permanently attached, but the aesthetic is there.
  • Stone Wall: She suprisingly has the highest defense in the game, second highest HP, and a fairly good evasion stat. Couple that to Android immunity to a number of status effects, and Android trap vision, and she can make a good tank.
  • Trap Master: Like all androids, she can lay traps. She gains the most damage traps of all the classes, tied with the RAcast.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The more human-looking color options color the legs to produce this aesthetic.
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Technique users, Forces support the party with buffs, healing, and revives, though they can also handle crowd control as well.


Force - Human - Male


Force - Human - Female

Iconic NPC: Alicia
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Floor-length gown? Long tailed coat? Giant Poofy Sleeves? Not a problem!
  • Light 'em Up: Her sole offensive spell boost is the extremely-high-damage dealing Grants light technique.
  • The Medic: She receives an innate range boost to all her healing and support techniques. Combined with some range boosting items, a high-level F Omarl can heal from well behind the front lines.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Thanks to having the worst stats out of the Forces and lacking much in terms of redeeming special character abilities, the FOmarl is generally the least popular of the Forces and is considered by some players to be the worst class in the game.
  • White Mage
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Dr. Montague
Force - Newman - Male

Iconic NPC: Dr. Montague
  • Happy Harlequin Hat
  • Glass Cannon: Low Defenses and HP make survival tough, but boosts to Normal and Advanced elemental spells makes clearing out room a cinch.
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  • Mad Scientist: He'll cheerfully reprocess the severed limbs of animals, mutant animals, and corrupted... somethings into weapons for you. He doesn't even charge a fee, he just likes examining and working with the materials. For Science!!
  • We Are as Mayflies: According to in-game lore, Newmans have very short lifespans.


Force - Newman - Female

Iconic NPC: Rupika

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Other NPCs

"Red Ring" Rico Tyrell

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Red Ring Rico
A famous hunter on Pioneer 1, nicknamed Red Ring Rico because of the red armlet she wears. She also happens to be the Principal's daughter.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Sets those glowing message beacons you see all around the place. Most of them are hints on the special attacks of enemies, or information on traps, but some of them fill in the backstory. As you progress further into the game, Rico's messages go from the cheery girl from the message pack in Forest 1 to much more gloomy and depressing.

Heathcliff Flowen


A newman first encountered in Episode 1's sidequests. Returns as your Mission Control in Episode II, accessible through data terminals.

Naura Sisters

Three sisters that run a cake shop.
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