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What is an Ark Hunter?



In the world of Defiance you play the role of an Ark Hunter, a specialist in survival, combat and tracking who braves dangerous frontiers to locate and retrieve lost relics of alien or advanced origins in return for great financial rewards.

Profile of an ark hunter


Ark Hunters are specialists at salvage. Valuable alien minerals and technology scattered by the orbital destruction of the Votan planetary arks now encircles the earth in the Ark Belt. This debris occasionally rains down in dangerous events called arkfalls. Ark Hunters must fight off other competition both human and alien if they wish to claim the rare minerals and Arktech from the heart of an arkfall for their own. The life of an Ark Hunter is exciting, dangerous and profitable … while it lasts.



Noted for their uncanny skills at finding Arktech and renowned for going where others fear to tread in search of their prize, Ark Hunters are greatly admired and employed by those who require their specialized talents. Many Ark Hunters work alone, searching for that valuable Arktech discovery that will allow them to retire to a comfortable life in Antarctica; others contract their services to individuals or corporations for a hefty fee, using their resourcefulness to locate specific items or information for their employers. Their expertise at finding nearly anything and surviving in the most dangerous situations and locales makes them valuable allies and formidable foes.

What does an ark hunter do?

The tools of the trade


Ark Hunters are hardy, and almost never found without a variety of alien and human weapons at their disposal. As an Ark Hunter contracted by Von Bach Industries, you will receive support from the most technologically advanced company in the new world. This benefit begins with the implantation of the EGO, an alien nanotechnology that fuses with the body to provide extraordinary abilities not normally available to any human or Votan. These enhancements will make any Ark Hunter a force to be reckoned with. Your alliance with VBI also grants you a free ride across the new frontier, a Wild West beyond the Storm Divide, where arkfalls are plenty and Ark Hunters become scrip millionaires by working for the locals or seeking artifacts for personal gain.

For more information on the unique and formidable powers that the EGO implant grants you, read more in the EGO section of the VBI instruction briefing. For an overview of the main weapon types that you will master as an Ark Hunter, please refer to the Weapon catalog on the VBI briefing document.