The 20 Strongest ‘Hunter x Hunter’ Characters, Ranked

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From licensed Hunters to Chimera Ants, Hunter x Hunter is filled with outrageously strong characters. They fight using not just their physical strength, but also complex Nen techniques that let them do everything from controlling other people's minds with needles to nailing opponents with electric powers. Who are the strongest Hunter x Hunter characters? That's up to you.

For this list, we're ranking HxH characters based on their overall strength, including physical prowess, Nen techniques, battle strategy, and more.


  • 1
    583 VOTES


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    Meruem is the king of the Chimera Ants, which means he's far stronger than any other Ant in the series. At birth, he was able to slap the heads off of several Squadron Leaders with his tail, and he's only gotten stronger from there.

    By devouring and absorbing other Chimera Ants, he's able to boost his own power and sometimes gain access to their Nen techniques. This makes his own power pretty much unlimited. He gained Youpi's transformation ability and rage-based powers, as well as a unique ability called Photon that lets him separate his aura into tiny particles that can pick up a wide range of information about his surroundings and can even detect when others are telling lies. 

    The only reason he perished was because Netero poisoned him with the Poor Man's Rose - without that, no one would have been a match for him.

    583 votes
  • 2
    488 VOTES

    Isaac Netero

    Isaac Netero
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    As the 12th Chairman of the Hunter Association, Isaac Netero is one of the strongest people in the world of Hunter x Hunter. After years of training, he became the grand master of the Shingen-ryu school of kung fu. He's agile, flexible, durable, and strong as hell. His Nen ability, 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva, lets him summon a gigantic Buddhist statue that fights on his behalf. It can crush targets between its palms or unleash a barrage of punches. As a last resort, he can use Zero Hand, which lets the statue concentrate all of its strength into a beam of energy. 

    This was not enough to defeat Meruem, but it was enough to do some damage. But Netero did manage to take down the Chimera Ant King using Poor Man's Rose, a chemical weapon that ended Netero's life, but also fatally poisoned Meruem. On top of being strong, he's courageous. 

    488 votes
  • 3
    340 VOTES


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    Much is still unknown about Nanika, a being from the Dark Continent who possesses a little girl named Alluka Zoldyck. What is known is that she has a Wish Granting ability that is both powerful and complex. After a person fulfills three of Alluka's requests, Nanika will grant them a wish. If the wish is small, Alluka's next set of requests won't be hard to grant - but if it's big, she'll start asking for things like people's internal organs. If her next target fails to grant four wishes, they and the people around them will be destroyed. 

    Though Nanika's powers are valuable, they're clearly quite dangerous, which is why the Zoldyck family kept Alluka locked up throughout most of the series. 

    340 votes
  • 4
    311 VOTES
    Killua Zoldyck
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    Thanks to torturous training at the hands of his parents, Killua starts the series as an accomplished assassin who could easily rip someone's heart out of their chest. Once he learned how to use Nen, his abilities skyrocketed. 

    He can use a variety of electric attacks, including Lightning Palm and Thunderbolt. He can also move at astonishing speeds thanks to Whirlwind, an ability that allows him to bypass his nervous system's processing time and react to things automatically. He can also use Speed of Lightning, a move that lets him move at top speed for brief periods while retaining total control of his actions. These are both subcategories of a move called Godspeed. 

    Since he's still just a beginner, his abilities are likely to grow even further. 

    311 votes
  • 5
    337 VOTES
    Gon Freecss
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    At the start of the series, Gon has whole lot of enthusiasm and a tendency to take dangerous risks. He does seem to have enhanced senses, strength, speed, and reflexes, plus an uncanny level of good luck. He can heal from injuries quickly, and can easily befriend just about anyone. 

    What he doesn't have are specific techniques, but he soon learns them after awakening his Nen with Wing and developing it with Biscuit. He develops a series of moves called Jajanken - Rock, Paper, and Scissors - which let him focus his aura into the aforementioned forms, and wield it against opponents. 

    His adult form - which is revealed during his fight with Neferpitou - is significantly stronger. While Pitou was impossible for him to beat before his transformation, he could easily destroy them in this form. 

    337 votes
  • 6
    392 VOTES

    Zeno Zoldyck

    Zeno Zoldyck
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    Zeno Zoldyck is one of the oldest members of the Zoldyck family, but he hasn't let age slow him down. 

    His signature move is Dragon Head, which lets him transform his aura into a dragon. This dragon can transport him and others, fight on his behalf, and protect him from damage. He can also shatter his aura into thousands of tiny dragons, each of which are capable of piercing through concrete. Imagine what they could do to a person. 

    392 votes