Bounty hunters were sentients (and sometimes droids) that survived by collecting bounties placed by people on other people for rewards. They were known for doing nearly anything for the right price including the protection of clients. The best bounty hunters were very well armed and even more dangerous. There were, however, plenty of incompetent specimens throughout the Galaxy, lacking any real skill but wishing to get rich quick or simply seeking adventure.
Bounty hunters usually worked alone, although they sometimes did form partnerships. Partnering with a bounty hunter could be very dangerous business, though, as they typically valued their personal gain—and survival—above that of their companions.
Bounty hunters were almost always mistrusted and feared by locals around the Galaxy. This was because their line of work was so often dangerous, backstabbing and frightening. Many famous hunters earned reputations as fearsome as the most horrific Sith Lords and criminals. Hunters such as Calo Nord and Jango Fett became household names, though neither reached the unparalleled infamy of Boba Fett. However, there were occasional counter-examples to this viewpoint. Bounty hunters who followed government regulations and targeted dangerous criminals were often seen as on the side of law enforcement. On Haruun Kal, many Balawai children revered bounty hunters as larger than life figures.
Generally, bounty hunters remained neutral during times of galactic conflict. They were known to favor one side or another, although never officially joining any one group. For example, the aforementioned Calo Nord and Jango Fett worked with the Sith during the Jedi Civil War and prior to the Clone Wars, respectively. Boba Fett often worked for the Empire and even had a professional relationship of mutual respect with Darth Vader. The Rebel Alliance rarely dealt with bounty hunters, lacking the credits and finding the hunters' methods contradictory to their ideals.
Most often, however, bounty hunters were hired by individuals—particularly criminals. The Exchange, Black Sun, the Zann Consortium, and Jabba the Hutt were particularly fond of using them, both for their effectiveness and their availability.
Star Wars: GalaxiesEdit
In Star Wars: Galaxies bounty hunter is a possible profession for your character. The profession gives you skills such as Capturing, Melee combat and the ability to hunt real players after a player vs player duel (only if the losing player wishes to pay a price). Bounty hunters get a high stamina, agility and constitution bonuses. Bounty hunters can learn skills such as detecting camouflaged or hidden foes/targets.
LEGO Star WarsEdit
Bounty hunters appear in Lego Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and in Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. All bounty hunters have guns, thermal detonators (used to break shiny Lego objects), and the ability to access secret areas. Some have a rocket launcher in their jetpack. This is used by the NPC version of Jango Fett in the first LEGO Star Wars game. Playable bounty hunters include Jango Fett, Boba Fett, Bossk, and IG-88.
List of famous bounty huntersEdit
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
- Star Wars: Demolition
- Star Wars: Galaxies
- LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (no bonuses for being a bounty hunter)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption