The Yautjas (or more commonly known simply as Predators) are an extra-terrestrial race of warriors who hunt for sport and honor. Their hunts included humans and several species (judging from the trophy room in the picture below) and most prominently the Xenomorphs XX121 (or simply Xenomorphs).

wall of tophies with several Xenomorph skeletons

In the movie Prometheus (2012) and Alien Covenant (2017), we see that the Engineers developed the crude version of Xenomorphs (to apparently send them to Earth and destroy all life on it) which was finally perfected by David (as per the movie Alien: Covenant as mentioned by the answer here).

So the question is, how did the Predators get the Xenomorphs? Did they steal the technology from the Engineers? Or were they advanced enough to create an actual species for hunting purposes and it coincidently is the exact same as the one created by the Engineers?

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    I think it's sweet that you're trying to puzzle this utter mess out. And more sweet that you think there's an actual canonical answer to this question that isn't going to be a total retcon.
    – Valorum
    Feb 4, 2018 at 23:28
  • @Valorum well, I have to try :p
    – Shreedhar
    Feb 5, 2018 at 15:23
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    The Yautjas exist in a paralell world where the utter clusterf**k that is Prometheus never happened. There are no Engineers and the alien is either developed by them for sport or (more likely) found somewhere and then used. It's all in all a better world, I wish I could live in it as well... but here we are Prometheus happened, someone let Damon Lindelof piss all over it and I had the bad luck of watching it.
    – Doomfrost
    Apr 16, 2018 at 7:13
  • Xenomorphs "Я" Us.
    – Valorum
    Dec 13, 2018 at 22:59
  • lol Xenomorphs "R" us funny!!. can't do the backward R though... :)
    – MrInfinity
    Dec 14, 2018 at 1:46

2 Answers 2


Currently there is no canonical answer to this and it is unlikely the films will provide one. The main reason for this is that the AvP universe is not part of the Ridley Scott Alien franchise as defined by him.

Alien vs Predator started out as a comic book franchise and was one of a series of comic themes that ran at the time with cross overs with various titles. There are also Alien vs Batman, Superman and Predator vs Batman and Superman comics.

Later the AvP stories became novels and from this eventually the AvP films where created.

The canon right through this for the creation of the alien creature in no way matched what Scott has now written. Aliens were in the universe but no-one knew where they came from. Predators hunted them seeing them as the ultimate prey.

Now while there is no canon here it is possible to consider 2 ideas,neither of which have anything to back them up.

1) Predators came across the Aliens later on, this makes the historical aspect of AvP obsolete and means these films are now non-canon.

2) The Alien created by David is not as unique as he thinks and the genetic soup the Engineers created will inevitably create this creature. This then means that Xenomorphs exist through the universe but humans just don’t know it yet and David isn’t as clever as he thinks he is.

3) We treat the AvP storyline as we do the old Expanded universe for Star Wars; an alternate timeline where Prometheus and Covenant never happened.

I vote for #3.

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    Cannon = Big metal shooty thing. Canon = A body of literary works
    – Valorum
    Feb 5, 2018 at 0:36
  • Stupid phone auto correct lol corrected :)
    – Richard C
    Feb 5, 2018 at 0:38
  • I think you forgot the video games! </all caps>
    – fectin
    Apr 16, 2018 at 22:55
  • @Valorum I'd hope that a canon (following definition 3) would at least imply some sort of authority. But sadly...
    – Spencer
    Nov 29, 2019 at 15:55

What if David encountered the jutyas while on the engerneer world as we know that can.make deals whith other races and this would avp is just non cannon and that if thay were to.re do avp it would be linked to Prometheus and covonent

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    This is pretty hard to understand, with the odd spelling and punctuation. What's the answer to the question "how did the Predators get the Xenomorphs?"
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 29, 2019 at 15:23

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