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Rank Blooded
Superior To: Pup
Young Blood
Subordinate To: Hunting Captain
Clan Leader
Clan Elder
Next Rank: Several Possible Ranks
"He's marking himself....Ancient Warriors would mark themselves with the blood of their kill. It's a rite of passage."
Sebastian De Rosa to Lex Woods about Scar

Blooded is the rank Young Blood Yautja attain after successfully hunting and killing their first Xenomorph. According to some sources, young hunters jump straight from Un-Blooded to Blooded after the Blooding ritual.

Blooding is a sign that a Leader trusts their student to hunt alone and unsupervised.[1]


Once a hunter has killed a Xenomorph and marked itself with the acidic blood of the creature, it is considered an adult and full member of it's Clan.[2] The specifics vary from clan to clan, but blooded hunters are entitled to more and have more privileges than less experienced hunters. This includes their own quarters on a ship[3], the right to settle disputes in death-matches[4], and eligibility to be chosen by a female to sire her young which is arguably the ultimate goal of the hunt, aside from glory and honor.

Blooded is a general rank and can branch off into more specialized and specific ranks in accordance with the skill of the individual. For instance, hunters good with the the wrist-blades may become Brawlers. Hunters good with the Combistick or Glaive may become Spear Masters. Those with the makings of a leader may elect to become Adjutants and later progress to Leader, then Clan Leader.

The skill of a Yautja in of this rank is subject to vary considerably. Newly blooded hunters, for instance, would not be as dangerous or skilled as a seasoned hunter with the same rank. Blooded Yautja also have access to better weapons and armor, having proven themselves worthy of it.

Further Training

Though not required, newly blooded predators, typically from prestigious bloodlines, can undergo further training by retired predators. Tli'uukop was one such teacher of blooded hunters. The Blooded rank is the last rank in which mistakes are tolerable as part of the learning process. Still, this is only true of newly blooded and even then, it is still within the rights of their teacher to kill them should they mess up too badly. For instance, fleeing is unacceptable. Tli'uukop threatened Shriek and Kata'nu with beheading and then taking their skulls to their fathers.[5]

The Mark

The mark changes from clan to clan, and even has some religious significance.[6] The most common mark seen is that of the lightning bolt, said to be the mark of a Warrior God. In the Aliens vs. Predator: Omnibus series, these marks are physical indicators of who a Yautja learned their hunting techniques from and became blooded by.

Notable individuals





  1. Aliens vs. Predator: War (novel)
  2. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey, Page 46
  3. Aliens vs. Predator: War
  4. Aliens vs. Predator: Prey
  5. Predator: If It Bleeds, Skeld's Keep
  6. Alien vs. Predator (novel)
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