Hunter X Hunter: 10 characters who should train harder
Hunter x hunter the characters harness incredible power, but some characters need more severe training. Gon and Killua encounter characters of varying skill levels during their adventures, from aspiring students like Zushi to hardened fighters like the Phantom Troupe. Every serious fighter in Hunter x hunter undergoes training to become stronger, although gaining strength requires that the characters face personal weaknesses.
Not all characters achieve the strength or goals they desire by the end of the series. Whether due to recklessness, hesitation or weakness, these characters remain embarrassed by their flaws. Only intensive training can maximize their potential in combat.
ten Ikalgo hesitates when making critical decisions
The Chimera Ant Ikalgo’s ability to possess corpses and use his host’s Nen makes him a difficult opponent. However, Ikalgo lacks physical strength and doubts the effectiveness of his plans against more powerful enemies. Although Ikalgo’s ingenuity allowed him to outsmart and incapacitate Bloster, he failed to overcome his reluctance to kill them.
Ikalgo lacks confidence in his ability to make successful life and death decisions. His determination to selflessly protect his friends shows remarkable potential, but Ikalgo would benefit from additional training to increase his confidence in his fighting abilities. A similar hesitation could one day prove fatal.
9 Gon’s talent is hampered by his recklessness
Gon is one of the strongest Hunter x hunter both child and adult characters. Despite his innate talent, the immense power that Gon wields against Neferpitou proves that current Gon is far from his future skill level. Gon has years of hard training ahead of him before he reaches his full potential Nen.
One of Gon’s biggest weaknesses is his propensity to launch battles that he cannot win. When Neferpitou attacked Kite, Gon attempted to intervene when he knew it was a death sentence. If Gon continues to act recklessly, he must train harder than ever to achieve the strength he needs to survive.
8 Knov’s fear overcomes his responsibilities
As a chosen member of the Chimera Ant Extermination Team, Knov is a formidable hunter who has mastered the Nen portals perfectly. Despite his experience, Knov’s emotions threaten to overwhelm him in intimidating situations. After sensing the En of Shiapouf while searching for the East Gorteau Palace, Knov almost abandons his mission out of desperation.
Though Knov heroically returns to the palace to save a wounded Shoot, his refusal to fight robs his allies of the extra help they desperately need against the Royal Guards. To prevent future seizures from inhibiting his will to fight, Knov needs extra training to keep his cool when stressed.
7 Kalluto struggles to compete with the ghost troop
Kalluto Zoldyck possesses formidable assassination skills, but his abilities failed to earn him the leadership of the Ghost Troop. When members of the Phantom Troupe clashed over who could kill Zazan faster, Kalluto lost to Feitan despite his best efforts. Upon learning that Feitan’s extraordinary power is considered to be underachieving, Kalluto realizes just how weak his skills are.
Kalluto still needs a lot of training to get a power equal to that of the ghost troop’s deadliest members. As Killua’s return home is his sole motivation to seek control of the Phantom Troop, Kalluto shows unlimited determination to endure whatever torment it takes to find his brother.
6 Kite overestimates its strength
As the prodigy of Ging Freecss, Kite is an accomplished hunter, but his underestimation of the chimera ants leads to his tragic death at the hands of Neferpitou. Although her Nen ability reincarnates Kite as a female chimera ant, Kite retains her human memories. As Kite’s reincarnation ability only activates if he dies against his will, Kite’s best efforts to survive fail to protect himself.
As a chimera ant, Kite needs more training to become more acclimatized to his new form. Since his altered appearance is a constant reminder of his previous failure, additional combat training will help Kite gain more strength than ever before.
5 Nen de Kirua’s abilities still have weaknesses
As heir to the Zoldyck family, Killua is exceptionally gifted for his age, though his techniques still have vulnerabilities. Killua’s Godspeed ability grants him supernatural agility, but he fails to directly outrun Tsubone’s Nen-powered bike while protecting Alluka. Despite her rapid improvement and her challenge to Illumi, Illumi still manipulates Killua’s psyche if given the opportunity.
Killua is undoubtedly powerful, but he still lacks years of experience which gives seasoned fighters like Illumi and Biscuit an edge over him. Training harder against a wider variety of opponents will allow him to adapt his Nen techniques to more situations.
4 Zushi always improves his Nen
Zushi has shown emerging potential as a user of Nen while competing with Gon and Killua in the Heaven arena. Despite his resilience, Zushi cannot match the rapid speed at which Gon and Killua overpower Nen. The end of Arc Heaven’s Arena leaves Zushi resentful of his continued struggles with Nen, but determined to become a formidable opponent.
In the Greed Island arc, Zushi’s increased mastery of Nen allows him to reach the 100th floor of the Heaven Arena. Although his strength is improving, Zushi still has a lot of training ahead of him before he can match the skills of hunters like Gon and Killua.
3 Welfin needs more flexibility with Missileman
With its ability to launch Nen missiles that torture anyone who challenges it, the Chimera Ant Welfin is a terrifying opponent. He is confident in Missileman’s lethality but panics when enemies like Ikalgo are ready to die to defeat him. When Ikalgo neutralizes Welfin and demands the deactivation of Missileman, Welfin bemoans his inability to control his Nen apart from killing someone.
Welfin lacks strategies to use his Nen in a non-hostile manner and becomes vulnerable when his opponents are not intimidated. As he will certainly encounter conflict while searching for a Gyro, Welfin needs additional training to control all aspects of his Nen.
2 Palm still needs experience in its chimera ant form
Black Widow’s defensive skills and Palm Siberia’s foresight make her a formidable user of Nen. However, much like Kite, Palm becomes a chimera ant after being ambushed and modified by the Royal Guard. A newly transformed Palm successfully defeats Killua after using his rage for armor and crushing his defense with increased force.
Although she is improving in offense and defense, Palm didn’t live long as a chimera ant and needs more time to investigate her newfound physical abilities. With further training and experimentation, Palm will become more adept at using its new strength to advantage.
1 Meleoron’s invisibility could get even stronger
The Chimera Ant Meleoron’s ability to make him invisible, as well as anyone who directly touches him, creates major combat advantages. With his power, Meleoron allowed Knuckle to strike Menthuthuyoupi undetected when it was otherwise unthinkable. Due to his weaker strength, Meleoron relies on stealth to survive.
Meleoron’s invisibility only activates when he holds his breath, forcing him to survive airless for long periods of time. During the assault on Meruem Palace, Meleoron nearly ran out of air several times in front of his enemies. By continually training his lung capacity, Meleoron’s invisibility can elevate his reliability and threat potential to higher levels.
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