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This article is about recurring term. For video game, see Devil Busters.

The emblem of the Demon Buster Control Organization from the Japanese version of IMAGINE.

A Demon Buster or Devil Buster (デビルバスター, Debiru Basutaa)? is a recurring term in the series.



Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINEEdit

In IMAGINE, a Demon Buster is a member of the Demon Buster Control Organization, a title given to many storyline NPCs, and all PC characters.

Much like characters in the Devil Summoner series series, Demon Busters can summon demons using arm-based computers called COMPs, and must have enough Magnetite to summon a particular demon.

The cost of a demon summoning depends greatly on the player's alignment, and that of the demon he or she wishes to summon.

Shin Megami Tensei IVEdit

In Shin Megami Tensei IV, there are two types of Devil Busters, termed differently depending on the location:

In East Mikado, they are known as Samurai, warriors with Gauntlets that serve the kingdom and protect people from demons.

In underground Tokyo, they are known as "Hunters" (人外ハンター, Non-Human Hunter). Unlike the Samurai, they are mainly freelancers slaying and recruiting demons either for power, money or other goals.

Shin Megami Tensei IV ApocalypseEdit

"Officially appointed members of the Hunter Association who make their living by killing demons and taking on requests for help.

Hunters are chiefly responsible for procuring provisions (food, relics), patrolling the underground districts, helping direct trade traffic, and transporting goods. Assignments are determined by a Hunter's experience. Upon completing requests, Hunters are immediately rewarded and their exploits logged in the Hunter Association database.

Most Hunters use the Demon Summoning Program, completing their assignments through the use of demons.
There are some, however, resolved to only use their own strength. But for you, the Association recommends using the app and summoning demons.

To become a Hunter, one must first serve as a cadet and undergo training with an experienced Hunter. After sufficient training, the instructor must them recommend their cadet to the Hunter Association.
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Hunters"
"A student in training for service as an active, official Hunter.

In order for a cadet to advance to full Hunter status, they must first apprentice under an appropriately ranked Hunter. Following extensive training, the Hunter must then recommend the cadet to the Hunter Association.

Alternatively, if a Hunter application's achievements and accomplishments can be assessed as equal or superior to standard training, they might be given official Hunter status. Few, however, have become a Hunter through these means.

As for the Cadet experience, training varies greatly between instructors. There is no formal curriculum. The work asked of Hunters spans a wide range of skills, through some Hunters have been known to specialize.
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Cadet"

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