Elders, also called Veterans, are accomplished, long lived Yautja warriors who are distinguished from the Blooded masses and even Elites for their battle prowess or leadership. Often, but not always, an Elder also jointly holds the title of Clan Leader.
Elders are old hunters who have accomplished countless hunts over many years, having cultivated and brandished their own unique hunting and fighting style in the interim. Many have the skulls of several Queen Aliens in their trophy collections. Often they lead clans, commanding a Mother Ship, but they can also be found counseling and mentoring younger hunters. Elders that do not hunt at all are referred to as Retirees and serve the species in other ways, such as being shipworkers. According to Dachande, some even practice philosophy.
Despite not hunting, they are still respected for growing so old and it is understood that they could return to the Hunt if they wished. One reason a retired Elder might return to the hunt is the existence of a Predalien, which the Yautja species consider an abomination.
As clan leaders, Elders oversee the Blooding ritual from afar on ships, monitoring Young Bloods as they become adults (although sometimes this is done by Ancients). They determine which planet a hunt will commence on, who the targets are, ect.
On at least 2 occasions, Elders of clans have gifted weapons to Humans who have either assisted or bested a Yautja in combat.
- Predator 2
- Predator: Concrete Jungle (video game)
- Aliens vs. Predator (video game)
- Predator: Fire and Stone