However, right at the outset I do have to say that this isn't necessarily a straightforward discussion because one of the beautiful things about Hunter X Hunter is that it's not always easy to distinguish if an individual is more quote-unquote powerful than another because the dynamics of known combat allow for factors such as intelligence creativity and analytics to come into play at a significantly more effective rate than most other Shonen series in the genre.
With that said we'll be doing our best here today and I'll be looking primarily at candidates through an all-rounder perspective meaning that just because one character may have an incredibly powerful ability that does not necessarily equate to the most powerful overall character. Furthermore, I also won't be ranking characters who have not adequately displayed their prowess so don't expect to see characters like Ging on this list because even though there is rampant speculation that he is one of the strongest individuals in series we really have no solid evidence to go on, but with all of those disclaimers out of the way let's begin welcome to the Top 10 Most Powerful Characters in Hunter X Hunter !
Top 10 Hunter X Hunter Characters Ranked: Weakest to Strongest
Number 10: Hisoka Morow
We will be commencing this list with everyone's favorite morally questionable magician and really one of the finest Nen users that hunter hunter has ever seen let alone one of the most powerful characters since the very beginning. Hisoka has been like a plateau strength that has seemed all but impossible to reach from the perspective of our other four protagonists every time he appears a powerful aura of danger surrounds him because we as audience members know that if Hisoka is feeling particularly murderous that day then there is very little that is going to stop a beloved character from biting the dust. Hisoka accomplishes all of this with a surprisingly simple yet nigh invincible known ability being Bungie Gum. Wielding both the power of rubber and gum, Hisoka possesses something of an ultimate defense as well as an incredibly deadly offense.
For a bit of hard data, Hisoka has a record of 11 wins and 4 losses within Heaven's Arena, one of those wins being against a floor master and three of the four losses was simply because Hisoka just didn't show up for the match and of course the one true loss he did earn was in a fight against someone else on this list and even then after losing Hisoka engaged his postmortem Nen and was able to revive himself from death. The true potential of Hisoka I think has yet to be seen, however even with what we have so far, there is no doubt in my mind that Hisoka is one of the most powerful individuals Hunter X Hunter has to offer.
Number 9: Zeno Zoldyck
So granddaddy's Zoldyck steps into the fray is one of the true masters of the series. Zeno is wise, experienced and has a wealth of training and precision under his belt, having spent 67 or so years of life being raised and performing his role as one of the greatest assassins that this world has to offer. Of course, this wealth of experience directly correlates to the world of Nen with Zeno being a Transmuter of the highest order as well as possessing a solid mastery of his adjacent categories resulting in breathtaking Hatsu such as the Dragon Head and Dragon Dive Techniques, whereby Zeno was able to craft and emit an entire dragon out of pure aura.
Although, another quantifiable aspect can be found in Zeno use of En as it is said that an En master can produce an En of a roughly 50 meter radius meanwhile Zeno has been said to be capable of crafting an En with a 300 meter radius. Although I suppose the Zeno himself did grumpily complain that doing so was you know a little bit tiring but that really should give you a solid idea of just how far and above Zeno is in the grand scheme of things. He along with everyone else on this list represents an unimaginably high tier of individuals in this world and things are only going to get more insane from here.
Number 8: Chrolo Lucilfer
Now Chrollo is still something of an enigma to Hunter X Hunter. Despite his rich history within the series, I will say that what initially puts him into consideration for discussions like this is his bandit secret ability which allows him to quite literally steal the Nen abilities of others. While that may sound incredibly overpowered, I do need to point out that it does come with a ridiculous set of conditions to fulfil before activating it and the general success that Chrollo has seen certainly makes him one of the most intelligent characters we've ever seen.
Chrollo is able to back that up with raw power as well, having fought not only the number nine place on this list Zeno Zoldyck but also his son Silva Zoldyck in a two-on-one battle in which Chrollo performed phenomenally against two master assassins. To add more hype to the Chrollo train after the battle was halted Zeno claims that had Chrollo actually been fighting with the intent to kill then he may very well have lost, even with Silva as backup. That is the kind of ridiculous beast that Chrollo represents. Of course as mentioned previously, Chrollo is the one responsible for delivering Hisoka's one and only true lose in Heaven's Arena, managing to go so far as to even kill the twisted magician. Just like Hisoka, Chrollo's true potential still has yet to be displayed.
Number 7: Shaiapouf
Breaking into the world of Chimera Ants now, we have one of the Royal Guards and a figure whose mere En forced a veteran hunter to have a mental breakdown out of sheer terror. In fact based on analysis conducted by Colt, he believed that Shaiapouf would have been capable of defeating Chairman Netero and although I certainly do not believe that myself, the mere comparison certainly propels Shaiapouf into the upper echelon of power within the series.
So due to his status as a Royal Guard, Shaiapouf also naturally possesses a nigh inexhaustible quantity of aura and a vast array of Hatsu to engage in with it, being a natural manipulator, although it should be said that Shaiapouf abilities are heavily structured to take advantage of his strategic prowess. Physically he can certainly be overcome in terms of both strength and speed, but what you're probably not going to be able to overcome is the aforementioned aura as well as his incredible durability, making Shaiapouf a very dangerous combination. He is someone that you need to beat instantly or his intellect will swiftly overtake you, but like I said that's very difficult to do because of his incredible natural defense. He is an incredibly formidable opponent and somehow not even the finest specimen the Chimera Ants have to offer.
Number 6: Menthuthuyoupi
If Shaiapouf represented the incredible intelligence of the Chimera Ants Royal Guard, Menthuthuyoupi is the embodiment of their raw power his strength speed and ability to take any form of punishment are in a whole new league of their own. In terms of Nen rather rarely we actually have an estimate of Menthuthuyoupi's aura output, which is at least 700,000 units according to Knuckle and for some perspective that is around 10 times the amount of Knuckle's master and all-around cool dude bro Morel, who is nothing to scoff at. Menthuthuyoupi comfortably out classes him and not only him but any of the extermination team and most of the known world.
The thing about Menthuthuyoupi though is that he isn't simple brawn because he also makes fantastic use of Nen to pursue constant evolution of his body and create increasingly impossible to defeat forms, always improving on his power and removing former weaknesses. It's actually quite maddening to think about the power it would take to overcome an existence like Menthuthuyoupi However, it's certainly not impossible.
Number 5: Neferpitou
Rounding out the Royal Guards, we have a gender-fluid cat ant who made their first appearance in the series virtually murdering Kite, a character who I would consider to be one of the more powerful within series. Although I guess not quite powerful enough to make a better appearance here today regardless like the two other Royal Guards, Neferpitou shares the standard qualities of unfathomable strength speed and durability. However, Neferpitou comes with one massive massive bonus, being that they are a specialist in the field of Nen. That is particularly terrifying because specialists have the ability to break the rules of this world according to whatever fanciful desires they may have and generally the only thing that stops them from going too far are their own aura reserves, but with what seems like an endless well of aura Neferpitou presents one of the most incredible dangers that Hunter X Hunter has ever showcased. In fact, it has been stated that neither Illumi Zoldyck or Hisoka would be anywhere near close to producing an aura comparable to that of Neferpitou. Illumi also went on to state that Neferpitou was the King's top soldier which is one reason why of place than above Menthuthuyoupi but the primary reason really is that specialist angle it gives Neferpitou the much-needed versatility and potential that a simple and Enhancer like Menthuthuyoupi just doesn't have.
Number 4: Isaac Netero
Getting a bit serious now, we have the former chairman of the Hunter Association and quite possibly the most consistently powerful human that this series has ever seen. Don't let the old man exterior fool you. Netero would almost certainly wipe the floor with any of the contenders we've examined here thus far but to get straight to the point his crowning achievement and the thing that makes him most dangerous is the 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva which gives natural access to a devastatingly powerful giant statue of Guanyin from which he can unleash a near infinite array of attacks and a speed unmatched by literally anyone, even the characters who we have yet to examine on the list actually.
Netero 's legend goes quite far back and he is a man who has even managed to not only visit but more importantly survive two separate trips to the Dark Continent. In fact, Netero is such a profound figure that he has had a huge impact on the majority of characters in the series being the founder of the Shingen-Ryu school of kung-fu that all but revolutionized Nen education as well as cultivated many of the world's most influential figures. All of that because of this one man who was revered and respected by each and every single one of them.
Number 3: Adult Gon
So here is an intriguing situation because Adult Gon is a temporary existence that went on to show us the full potential of our series protagonist. By making a vow, Gon was able to summon all of the power he would ever have which caused his body to morph into an adult form and granted him instant access to one of the most fearsome powers ever brought into existence. In fact, Neferpitou even claims that Gon in this form could be capable of posing a threat to the Chimera Ant King himself which as you will see is nothing short of overwhelming. As for Neferpitou, well Adult Gon went on to completely crush them in combat with Neferpitou being entirely outclassed and incapable of fighting back.
The thing about this transformation though is that it did come at an exceptional cost and despite the fact that Killua was able to revive Gon to a somewhat normal state, Gon has lost access to his aura and he may never be able to recover it thus effectively ending his story in Hunter X Hunter. It's pretty crazy to think that had Gon developed naturally then he may very well have become one of the most powerful characters in the series, but I'm afraid that this brief glimpse is more than likely all that were ever going to get.
Number 2: Meruem
Finally we arrived at the Chimera Ant King himself and it's hard to know where to begin with Meruem. He is wildly overpowered in every aspect be it combat, Nen, intellect, or whatever. There is no single combatant in existence that can force Meruem to fight seriously much less actually defeat him and let's take Netero for example. This was the closest we actually got to a proper fight with Meruem and even with everything Netero had at his natural disposal when it was all said and done, Meruem is only just beginning to feel the dullest aches of pain, meanwhile humanity's strongest warrior was reduced to a state of utter defeat.
I have to say though what makes Meruem the most overpowered character is actually his genius-level intellect. It's the fact that he can think on a level far beyond that of any other living being unless he's playing Gungi, in which case Komugi whoops his ass, but in any other circumstance, Meruem is frustratingly god-like and he is a being that would ruin any other series he was in. However with some brilliant writing from Takashi, he is a highlight of storytelling in general and to think that he only ever got to the age of 40 days old and I can't even begin to imagine how Meruem would have grown if he'd lived even a year. A completely ridiculous existence in the best possible way. You may have noticed that we aren't quite at the end of our list yet so who could possibly trump Meruem.
Number 1: Alluka Zoldyck/Nanika
This one really is a team effort. Alluka stands out on this list because she is the only person we're going to explore whose power does not relate to combat but it is more than formidable and goes so far as to completely eclipse anything else we've seen in Hunter X Hunter. To be perfectly frank, Alluka essentially has the power to do anything through the mechanism of wish granting via Nanika. Basically, what someone needs to do is fulfill three of Alluka's requests and then Nanika will emerge at which point a person can ask for anything they want and Nanika will grant it, meaning that Alluka does possess effectively godlike power.
However, there is a bit of a balancing act because the bigger the wish was, the bigger Alluka's demands will be the next time around, which can lead her to ask things like give me your brain and when an individual refuses four of her demands, they as well as a certain number of other individuals who have spent the most time with them are instantly killed. Of course, the number of extra people killed depends on the severity of the wish but with this in mind Alluka has the power to threaten not only the lives of literally anyone she comes into contact with but the entire world and perhaps even the entirety of existence itself. With that sheer insanity in mind, it is very difficult to deny that Alluka is by far the most powerful character in Hunter X Hunter.
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