Hunter x Hunter has received widespread attention both in Japan as well as internationally. It has solidified its place as one of the most popular Shounen series despite the long Hiatus and discontinuation of the anime.
However, the manga is still going on, and despite the slow updates, the story is entering an exciting arc. Some incredibly powerful characters are revealed, and the mysterious Ging’s strength is finally shown.
In this list, I have ranked the top 10 strongest characters in the series, in my opinion. The rankings are based on their strength, intelligence, and feats.
Zeno Zoldyck is the grandfather of Killua Zoldyck and an extremely skilled assassin. His mastery over Nen, his training as an assassin, and the experience gathered over the years of activity make him an extremely powerful fighter.
His name alone is enough to frighten anyone with knowledge about the underworld.
Zeno once stated that he was confident in killing a whole group of armed Mafia members within seven seconds.
He even said that Chrollo Lucifer, the Phantom Troupe leader, would only have stood a chance against him if he fought him with the intent to kill.
Due to his age, he is only placed at the 10th place.
Botobai Gigante is a Triple-Star Terrorist Hunter and the eldest member of the Zodiacs with the codename “Dragon”.
Botobai’s authority in the Hunter Association is inferior only to that of Cheadle herself.
As a Triple-Star Terrorist Hunter, Botobai has powers and assets unavailable even to pro Hunters. He has extensive knowledge of security and anti-terrorism measures.
He was even once said to be closest to Netero in power. However, since his powers are unknown, he is placed in the 9th position.
Beyond Netero is the leader of the Dark Continent Expedition Team and the son of former Hunter Association Chairman, Isaac Netero.
He has a tremendous degree of power and intelligence, as he was able to manipulate the superpowers of the world into endorsing his project.
As one of the very few Dark Continent survivors who returned sound in mind and body, he is bound to have extreme survival skills and strength.
Being a veteran explorer of the Dark Continent, the need to be watched by 4 Zodiacs simultaneously, and being the leader of many Nen users makes him one of the strongest characters in the series.
He ranks in eighth place as of now since the extent of his powers is unknown.
Shaiapouf was a butterfly-humanoid Chimera Ant and one of the Chimera Ant King’s Royal Guards. As a Royal Guard, Shaiapouf is one of the four most powerful Chimera Ants in Meruem’s colony.
Although Shaiapouf has superhuman strength and durability, he fights primarily by relying on his tactical skills.
He was able to knock down Morel with a surprise kick and was confident that he would be able to kill Gon with a sneak attack.
He even managed to survive a head-on tail whip from Meruem, ending up with just a bruise and some bleeding on his face.
He is the seventh strongest character in Hunter x Hunter.
Menthuthuyoupi was a Chimera Ant and the youngest of the Chimera Ant King’s three Royal Guards.
Menthuthuyoupi was an immensely powerful being who boasted incredible physical strength, which he could enhance with his aura.
He could also shapeshift to enhance it even further. He was able to fight Shoot, whom he put in critical condition in less than 20 seconds of combat and Knuckle and Meleoron at the same time.
In fact, he had the chance to kill the former four while suffering next to no damage from their attacks. He remains steady at the 6th place on this list.
Compared to the rest of the Royal Guard, Neferpitou was the strongest. It was so strong that it could travel great distances in a single leap and kill Kite in seconds. Pitou’s aura was so terrifying that it instilled fear even in the strongest of Hunters.
Through Nen, Pitou was able to summon different puppets to heal wounds or take control of others. Its desire to serve Meruem is so strong that even after death, one of its Nen puppet’s continued to exist.
By manipulating its corpse, the puppet allowed Pitou to continue fighting for the sake of protecting Meruem.
Even Netero wondered if Neferpitou was stronger than him. Due to its feats, Pitou ranks at the 5th place.
Ging Freecss is Gon’s father and a former Zodiac with the codename “Boar”. He is also a Double-Star Ruins Hunter, though it is believed that he can apply for a Triple-Star License with his abilities.
It was him who was the main creator of the Nen-based game Greed Island.
Along with other feats such as capturing Razor, Ging is bound to be extremely proficient in Nen. In fact, Chairman Netero once told Biscuit that Ging was one of the five best Nen users in the world.
Along with Nen, he also possesses immense speed and intelligence. In fact, his power might come second to his wit. He is arguably one of the most intelligent characters of the series.
He can also generally mimic other people’s abilities as long as he has been hit with it. Even this extraordinary ability is just natural talent and not a Nen ability.
It is assumed that his power is either equal to Netero’s or a bit weaker.
Issac Netero was the Chairman of the Hunter Association and one of the most powerful hunters. In his prime, he was considered the most powerful Hunter and Nen user in the world. He is also the fastest character, despite being over 100 years old.
He spent years training both his body and Nen ability to their peak.
Netero’s Nen ability allows him to assemble the 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva, which can unleash over 1000 devastating blows in seconds.
Though he lost against Meruem, he fulfilled his goal by killing and making the invincible King feel fear for the first time.
Honorary Mention: Maha Zoldyck
Netero’s power is tied in third place with Maha – the oldest and strongest member of the Zoldyck Family, who was incredibly powerful in his youth.
Isaac Netero, who once considered the strongest fighter in the world, received acclaim for just coming out alive in a battle against him.
2Adult Gon Freecss
After discovering that Neferpitou could not revive Kite, in a state of immense emotional distress, Gon vowed to extinguish all his future potential to exact revenge.
Due to this, he was able to summon all the power he would ever have and grew to an age where he could defeat Neferpitou. Adult Gon Freecss is currently the strongest Hunter in the Hunter x Hunter series.
His physical strength, Nen abilities, aura output, and aura reserves increased dramatically, to the point that the Royal Guard feared he might pose a threat to Meruem himself.
His heightened speed and reflexes allowed him to easily dodge Neferpitou’s Terpsichora and, with a single kick, was capable of throwing it dozens of meters into the air.
His first Jajanken blasted Neferpitou up the side of a hill and caused it to lose consciousness, and with a few more blasts, he killed it quickly.
This power, comparable to the Chimera Ant King, deserves to be ranked as the second strongest.
Meruem, the ‘Chimera King’ was the strongest character in Hunter x Hunter series and the most powerful offspring of the Chimera Ant Queen. He died due to an illness and is yet to be defeated in a battle of strength.
From the time of his birth, he was already the most powerful character in the series.
His tremendous physical prowess, along with an unparalleled intellect placed him well above the domain of humans. He was born with the ability to use Nen and had a vastly superhuman amount of aura.
After consuming Shaiapouf and Menthuthuyoupi, his aura became such that Knuckle believed that they would need a whole country’s military power to defeat him.
He fought Isaac Netero, who was considered the strongest Nen user in the world and was able to sever Netero’s left arm and right leg effortlessly. He even managed to push back two of the hands of Netero’s 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva.
Despite Meruem’s death, his power has been deeply engrained in our minds, and therefore, he deserves this place as the strongest character in the series.
About Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter is a Shonen anime adapted from the manga of the same name. The story follows the adventures of a young boy, Gon discovering that his father wasn’t really dead but a legendary Hunter.
Instead of feeling dejected, Gon decides to follow the footsteps of his father and become a great Hunter himself.
However, the job of a Hunter isn’t an easy one, and Gon needs to pass an exam to become an official hunter. He makes friends on this journey, and they all must help each other overcome any obstacles.Originally Written By Epic Dope