For the remake of the first Mega Man X, see Mega Man Maverick Hunter X. For the cancelled first-person shooter reboot of the series, see Maverick Hunter (cancelled game).

The Maverick Hunters, known as Irregular Hunters (イレギュラーハンター Iregyurā Hantā) in Japan, are a law enforcement organization founded by Dr. Cain, dedicated to protecting humans and the world at large from Maverick attacks. To accomplish this, powerful Reploids are deployed to stop Mavericks before they can cause any harm. However, Maverick Hunters could also become Mavericks, suffering high losses when their commander, Sigma, led a rebellion.

The main Maverick Hunter headquarters, stationed in Abel City, was featured in The Day of Σ, only to be heavily damaged near the end of the OVA.

Vile is placed under arrest by the Hunters


Main Leadership

  • Dr. Cain - Adviser.[1] As the founder, he also played a leader role[2] before his retirement sometime pre-X5.
  • Signas - Commander post-X4.
  • X - Leader of the 17th unit after Sigma's first defeat. X and Zero also appear to act as figureheads due to their experience.
  • Zero - Leader of the 17th unit during Sigma's rebellion.
  • Colonel Redips - Far East HQ commander, turned traitor.[3]


The Maverick Hunters are divided in various different units that each specialize in certain areas. It is unknown how many units exist.[note 1] Most of these units disbanded after the fall of Eurasia, including the 17th Elite Unit. The remaining Maverick Hunters reunited afterwards to assist on the efforts of restoring Earth.[4][5]

0th Special Unit (Shinobi Unit)

0th Special Unit (Shinobi Unit) (第0特殊部隊(忍び部隊)), also known as the Special #0 Class Unit[6] and Zero Unit,[7] is a unit that appears to focus on covert missions.


4th Land Unit

The 4th Land Unit (第4陸上部隊) is a unit that focuses on land missions. It was one of the few units that did not participate in Sigma's rebellion due to their leader's constant abuse of the members for their size.[8]


6th Armada

The 6th Armada (第6艦隊) is a unit that focuses on aquatic missions.


7th Airborne Unit

The 7th Airborne Unit (第7空挺部隊) is a unit that focuses on aerial missions.


8th Armored Unit

The 8th Armored Unit (第8機甲部隊) is a unit that appears to contain members with high defense.


9th Special Unit (Ranger Unit)

The 9th Special Unit (Ranger Unit) (第9特殊部隊(レンジャー部隊)) is a unit whose members appear to work as rangers.


13th Polar Region Unit

The 13th Polar Region Unit (第13極地部隊) is a unit that focuses on cold regions.


14th Special Unit

The 14th Special Unit (第14特殊部隊) was led by Magma Dragoon before the fall of Sky Lagoon. It primarily consists of Reploids with especially effective skills in melee and close-ranged combat.


17th Elite Unit

The 17th Elite Unit (第17精鋭部隊) contains elite Hunters.



Other members


See also: Result screen

Within the Maverick Hunters is a set group of rankings to determine not just how powerful a Reploid is, but also to determine how efficient they are. The highest rank is Special A Class (特A級), given to high performance Reploids such as Zero, Vile, and Sigma. X was originally a B Class (B級) Hunter due to his personality, but later he also became a Special A Class Hunter.[2] In Mega Man X: Command Mission, both X, Zero, and Axl are Class S (S級) Hunters.

Mega Man X5 was the first game to give a Hunter Rank to the player. Each game from Mega Man X5 to Mega Man X8 has different criteria for obtaining ranks depending of the player's performance. As ranks B, S, and SA are the only ones mentioned in the story, it is unknown if some of the other ranks such as E and AAA are part of the Hunter's ranking or a gameplay extra.

  • Rank E - Lowest rank in Mega Man X5.
  • Rank D - Starting rank in Mega Man X6.
  • Rank C
  • Rank B - Mega Man X's original rank, due to his hesitation for battle. This is his starting rank in Mega Man X5.
  • Rank A - This was expanded upon in the overseas versions of Mega Man X8, where the player could gain "AA" and "AAA" rankings, "AAA" being the highest ranking for that game. In the Japanese version these ranks are "Special A" and "S", respectively.
  • Rank SA - SA is short for "Special A" (スペシャルA also written as 特A).[12] The highest rank story-wise, being used for powerful Reploids such as Zero and Sigma. The mercenary Dynamo was said to have skills beyond that of a SA Class hunter.[13] It also appeared in the Japanese version of Mega Man X8 (replacing "AA" rank).
  • Rank S - Used in Mega Man X: Command Mission, where X, Zero, and Axl all share this rank, being the only rank mentioned in the game. Also used in Mega Man X7, where Vanishing Gungaroo mentions that Zero is a S-class hunter if Zero is the lead character. Gameplaywise it was only featured in the Mega Man X series in Mega Man X4 as a ranking in Cyber Peacock's stage, Cyber Space, as well as the Japanese version of Mega Man X8 (replacing "AAA" rank).
  • Rank GA - Stands for "Gold A" (ゴールドA).[12] In Mega Man X6, this rank is obtained by collecting 1200 Nightmare Souls.
  • Rank PA - Stands for "Platinum A" (プラチナA).[12] Notoriously hard to get in Mega Man X5, but easy to get in Mega Man X6 by collecting 5000 Nightmare Souls, easier to collect by "farming" them from Dynamo.
  • Rank MEH/MMH - The highest rank in Mega Man X5. The rank was renamed MMH is the English version, being displayed on the Mission Report screen, but the change wasn't applied in the English save screen, being MEH in both Japanese and English versions.[14] Possibly stands for "Mega Irregular (mistakenly spelled with an E in the acronym)/Maverick Hunter."
  • Rank UH - Stands for "Ultimate Hunter" (アルティメットハンター).[12] The highest rank in Mega Man X6 and X7. In Mega Man X6, X and Zero can obtain this rank by collecting 9999 Nightmare Souls. This rank allows them to equip up to five Parts (which is the maximum limit for each character).


  1. An early concept shows that Capcom planned the Maverick Hunters to have 24 units numbered from 0 to 23, but it may not be the case in the final version.

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