THE HUNTER (DEAD SPACE)
Dead Space 1
The Hunter is a Regenerator type Necromorph, biologically engineered by Doctor Challus Mercer on board the USG Ishimura. It was created by inserting a piece of necrotic tissue, obtained from the flesh-like growths covering some sections of the Ishimura directly into the cranium of a live, unknown crew member thought to be Brant Harris.
The Hunter physically resembles a Slasher, possessing large blades that are attached to a pair of elongated arms jutting out from its shoulder blades. It is noticeably bulkier and taller than the standard Slasher, and its original arms appear bound inside the flesh of its torso similar to a straight-jacket. Unlike other forms of Necromorphs, it is able to regenerate lost limbs in seconds, meaning that conventional dismemberment tactics only serve to temporarily incapacitate it. The Hunter’s voice can be compared to a deep throaty roar, as opposed to the Slasher’s usual form of screaming and shouting. Just like other Regenerating and Enhanced Necromorphs, the Hunter’s eyes are glowing, although not as strongly as the other Regenerators’. The victim’s jaw is gone with 4 tentacle-like veins hanging in place along with the neck frozen into a 45-degree angle. The big toes have severely enlarged into sharp claws. The body is greatly covered in muscular tissue with no original skin left due to the mutation. Pieces of different bones can be seen pointing at different body parts. The spine and the pelvis bone can be seen at the back.
The Hunter first appears during Chapter 5: Lethal Devotion. Challus Mercer keeps the creature stored in a stasis tube in the Chem Lab on the Medical Deck, just outside the Cryogenics Storage Room. When Isaac enters the lab to mix the poisonous compound, Dr. Mercer awakens the creature in an attempt to kill Isaac. Isaac eventually escapes after learning of the creature’s regenerative abilities. The creature stalks Isaac throughout the chapter, as he attempts to complete his objectives. Isaac finally faces it down in the Cryogenic Lab, where he manages to freeze the creature inside a cryogenic tube, supposedly taking care of the problem once and for all.
However, as the game progresses, it is hinted that the creature has been thawed and is once again stalking Isaac, as Isaac hears the creature several times and even sees it once whilst in the main elevator in Chapter 7. In Chapter 8, shortly before the first store, the Hunter can be heard growling and sharpening its claws.
The Hunter reappears in Chapter 10, just after Isaac collects the third navigation card. Immediately after grabbing the card, Dr. Mercer contacts the player and reveals that he has thawed the creature. Right after this transmission, the Hunter bursts out of a ceiling vent and attacks, forcing Isaac to retreat.
Towards the end of the chapter, when Isaac goes to test fire the engines of the shuttle in the Executive Shuttle Hangar Bay, the Hunter once again reveals itself and attempts to kill him. To defeat it, Isaac lures it towards the back of the shuttle, stalls the Hunter via either Stasis or dismemberment, and test fires the engines again, completely incinerating it. Afterwards you can find a Power Node where it died.