Hunters are a paramilitary civilian organization in Final Fantasy XV that mainly destroy daemons, but also do other work to help the populace living on the outlands of Lucis. They take up work from tipsters on various marks spotted around Lucis. Hunters often wear dog tags to identify them should they be killed while on work. Dave Auburnbrie is a Hunter who makes it his mission to locate the tags and bring them to the fallen Hunter's family. When Prompto Argentum asks whether the Hunters are "the new Crownsguard" (the military of Crown City of Insomnia), Ignis Scientia replies that they are similar, but the Hunters are technically a civilian outfit even if they have seen more action than most Crownsguard soldiers. The Hunters' headquarters is at Meldacio Hunter HQ in Cleigne, but there are numerous outposts around the outlands where visitors can often buy weapons and other supplies even if they are not Hunters.
After Prince Noctis's party is stranded in Leide after their car breaks down, they spend their travel funds to have it repaired. Cid Sophiar, an old acquaintance to Noctis's father and the owner of the Hammerhead service station, tips Noctis and his friends off to becoming Hunters to make money, and directs them to Dave and Takka, the local tipster. Noctis and his friends become known as Hunters and take on various work, although they don't officially join an organization or wear dog tags as identifiers.
Cor Leonis, the former marshal of the Crownsguard, begins collaborating with Hunters after Insomnia's fall. He tells Noctis of the thirteen known royal arms enshrined at royal tombs, but the location of most of the tombs is unknown, and thus Cor enlists the Hunters to comb the land in search of the lost tombs. Dave is frequently interviewed for radio broadcasts, where he gives advise to travelers and publicizes what the Hunters are doing. After Insomnia's fall, he tells over the radio that the havens are still safe, and says the Hunters are patrolling them to make sure they stay that way.
After darkness spreads across the globe Dave Auburnbrie sends out a message to invite everyone to move to Lestallum, a town that can perpetually keep its lights on for its power plant that derives its energy from the ancient meteorite shards around the area. He beseeches people to not be alone and that Hunters will be willing to always accompany people when traveling.
When Noctis returns after ten years of sleeping inside the Crystal he finds a world of never-ending night where most of civilization has collapsed. He hears his old friends are working as daemon Hunters, and witnesses Hammerhead service station converted to a Hunters' outpost. He learns from Talcott that Biggs and Wedge have become leaders among those protecting the people from daemons alongside Aranea Highwind, and each now leads a unit of Hunters.
- According to the Final Fantasy XV Scenario Ultimania, each dog tag displays the name of the fallen Hunter when viewed in the Item option of the Main Menu. Their family names mirror settlements in the Final Fantasy series from the first to the ninth: Melmond, Deist, Tozus, Mist, Quelb, Jidoor, Corel, Esthar, and Madain.