General Information
Other Names Predators
Homeworld Yautja Prime
Height 2.0m - 2.8m
Diet Omnivorous
Lifespan More than 1,000 years
Sapience Level Sapient
Behavior Predatory
Language Yautja
Behind the Scenes
Universe AVP
"If it bleeds, we can kill it."

The Yautja are the primary alien antagonists of the Predator film series, they are a race of hunters that continuously seek human and other exotic prey both sapient and non-sapient.

In the various non-film media the Predator have been portrayed in a number of different ways, they are typically called the Yautja (ya-OOT-ja) in expanded material and the term has generally been accepted by fans and writers of the material.

However in two of the DH Press predator books, starting with Predator: Forever Midnight they are portrayed as the Hish-qu-Ten (Abbreviated as Hish), with seemingly no attempt to even loosely connect them with previous versions of the aliens.

Biology & Appearance

Predators are physically distinguished from humans by their greater height, arthropod-like mandibles and long, hair-like appendages on their heads that are set into their skulls. Their bodies are resilient to damage, capable of recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and radiation doses which would be fatal to humans. They are much stronger than humans, having been portrayed as being easily capable of outmatching a conditioned adult human male and shattering solid concrete with their bare hands. They are also skilled climbers, and will readily move through trees or across rooftops in pursuit of prey. Though capable of surviving exposure in Antarctic temperatures for an extended period of time, it is implied that Predators have a preference for hot equatorial climates.


The yautja has had an extensive history of influence on Earth which includes teaching early human architecture.


  • Although they are never named Yautja on film, it is the name used in the slight majority of non-film sources, and thus is somewhat favored by this wiki.
  • A Predator makes an appearance in the game Mortal Kombat X as DLC. It can appear with or without its mask, but it does not appear to suffer any ill effects with its mask removed. It can also have two different types of mask. This depends on the three variations.

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