The world of Hunter x Hunter is an amazing one. Once you start watching the anime or reading the manga, there’s no coming back. You get sucked in with the detailed system of aura energy, or nen described in the series. What makes Hunter x Hunter so thrilling is the nen abilities that the characters possess. With every nen ability more unique than the last, Hunter x Hunter never ceases to remain a breath of fresh air, even after more than two decades since its debut.
With every passing year, the fanbase for the series, rather than decreasing only continues to significantly increase. Easily making it to the top of any list, Hxh remains to be legendary series with a lot still failing to meet its benchmark. So especially written for the fans of Hxh, we have ranked the top 10 nen abilities in the entire series.
1. Meruem’s Nen Ability
The first one on the list is King of Chimera Ants, who, by far, is the most powerful character to be introduced in the HxH universe. Surpassing even Netero, Meruem’s nen ability is the most supreme amongst all. Although he was only 40 days old, he developed a combination of nen abilities that went on to make him the most deadly being to exist in the world. Meruem has a total of four nen abilities, out of which the first one, known as Aura Synthesis, grants him the power to synthesis anyone’s aura, as the name suggests by devouring them. The second ability, called Metamorphosis, is a consequence of the first one that allows him to sprout large wings and fly at a really high speed.
His third ability is also something that he developed as a result of the first one, which allowed him to blast aura from his hands as deadly as large scale explosions. The fourth and the last ability called Photon lets Meruem convert his aura into photon particles that grants him the power to teleport to any place and gather all and any information starting from physical structure to personal information about both living and non-living beings within the vicinity of the particles.
2. Netero’s Nen Ability
As the 13th and rightful Chairman of the Hunter Association, Netero was the most powerful hunter to be introduced throughout the series. All throughout his prime, he was regarded as the most powerful nen user. He was so powerful that he not only visited the Dark Continent twice but also returned alive each time without any grave or permanent injuries to speak of. His ren was so strong that it even instilled fear in the Chimera King, Meruem. Achieving a feat of nen mastery that was only possible due to years of practice and meditation, Netero was a spiritually realized individual. His strongest nen ability is a beautiful portrayal of this spiritual inclination and is called 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva. It is manifested as an enormous golden structure of Guanyin, the Bodhisattva Godesses of Compassion with hundred arms for combat.
3. Chrollo’s Nen Ability
As the leader and the strongest member of the infamous group of thieves, the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo Lucifer is immensely strong. A thief to the very core of his heart, Chrollo’s nen ability, known as Skill Hunter, lets him conjure a nen book called Bandit’s Secret, which he uses to steal nen abilities of anyone that he desires. In addition to this primary power, Chrollo has another ability known as Double Face, which basically enhances the deadliness of the first one. As a result of such powers, Chrollo has multiple other nen abilities to boast of. Currently, only nine abilities have been confirmed off, that is, each deadlier than the last. As the actual number of stolen abilities remain unconfirmed, it isn’t too far of a stretch to assume that he may have many more abilities than we know of. All things considered, Chrollo is truly a symbol of fear and evil.
4. Neferpitou’s Nen Ability
Deemed as the most powerful Royal Guard, Neferpitou was one of the strongest antagonists during the Chimera Ants arc. Right from her birth, Pitou was a natural-born nen user and was so strong that she easily defeated Kite, a skilled pro-hunter who had practiced nen for years. She was not only capable of exercising nen for hours but could also easily create any ability that she wanted to. As a specialist, each of Pitou’s nen is very unique and the most all-rounded one. She has more than one ability to boast about; one heals, another lets her gain physical control over others, while the last one makes her an even powerful killing machine.
The first of the three abilities is known as Doctor Blythe, which lets her not only perform surgeries from simple to the most complicated one on the living but also on the dead. Although a very powerful ability, the limitations makes her the most vulnerable to attacks. The downside of Doctor Blythe is that Pitou cannot move from one spot and has most of her nen being used for surgeries which makes her extremely defenseless to attacks.
The second ability, and in our opinion the most amazing one, is known as Puppeteering which, as the name indicates, lets her control a dead body, as a puppeteer would control a puppet. With this ability, she can manipulate the corpse to perform any activity, from speaking to engaging in combat. Not only that, but she can also have the body use nen regardless of whether they could use it when alive. The bodies can move automatically or as desired by Pitou.
The limit to the number of bodies that can be controlled is unknown but is suspected to be very large. The invisibility of the puppet in most scenarios adds to its deadliness with it also allowing Pitou to sense the surrounding areas. The last ability known as Terpsichora lets Pitou herself be controlled like a marionette which essentially increases her physical attributes to the fullest. This is the most combat-oriented ability of Pitou, which makes her the most deadly than she has ever been.
5. Menthuthuyoupi’s Nen Ability
Youpi, the youngest member of Meruem’s Royal Guards, makes one of the deadliest characters in the series. He is an enhancer whose actual potential we didn’t even get to see in HxH. Only an iota of his true strength was shown at small intervals, which makes one wonder just how powerful he is. He is a powerhouse whose aura limit has been estimated to even exceed that of Netero. Youpi has a total of three nen abilities. The first one is known as Metamorphosis, which grants him the ability to manipulate any part of his body. Using this, he does whole many things, including materializing multiple arms with the ability to sharpen them as a weapon and also generate multiple eyes on different parts of his body.
Youpi can also use this ability to become a bit-sized version of himself. Youpi rarely becomes furious, but when he does, you better run for the hills. The second ability of Youpi is only manifested as a result of extreme anger. With this ability, he is able to create a large explosion as deadly and disastrous as an actual one. The third and the last ability, known as Rage Incarnate, as the name suggested, is also a result of his rage. By using this ability, Youpi transforms into a terrifying form resembling that of a centaur. He becomes an even stronger version of himself in this state, with any and all of his weaknesses gradually disappearing.
6. Kite’s Nen Ability
Although a character, whom we only see for a very short while, Kite plays a pivotal role in the anime. One may refer to Kite, by all means, the origin story of Gon. It was him who revealed to Gon the truth about his father, which was ultimately what push-started the latter’s passion to become a hunter. It was also due to him that Gon transformed into his adult self. The disciple of Ging, one of the top 5 strongest hunters in the world, Kite really does live up to the name. His nen ability, known as Crazy Slots is a powerful one. With this, Kite conjures a large cane-like weapon with a clown attached on top. The clown is a talking one and has a slot on his tongue that stops at any number between one to nine that each represents a particular weapon. The condition set on his nen is that he cannot choose the number that the slot comes up with. Only three weapons have been revealed; a scythe, a mace, and a carbine.
7. Hisoka’s Nen Abilities
A prior member of the Phantom Troupe, Hisoka Morrow is a primary antagonist of the entire series. A trickster to his very core, Hisoka’s fights are extremely interesting due to the creativity and tricks that he displays. He has a total of two abilities; Bungee Jump and Texture Surprise. The first one is primarily meant for battle, while the latter is meant to trick people. With Bungee Jumping, Hisoka can turn his aura into a material containing the properties of elasticity and adhesiveness. On the other hand, Texture Surprise can change the texture and appearance of any object, be it living or non-living. Although both the abilities may sound simple to explain, they are from so when used in a fight.
A central character of the series, Kurapika, is as amazing as his nen abilities. As the sole surviving member of the Kurta clan that was slaughtered by the Phantom Troupe, Kurapika’s nen is a manifestation of his desire to capture the spiders. With this ability to back him up, he is the only blacklist hunter in the entire series to kill any member of the Phantom Troupe. Kurapika’s nen can be explained as the conjugation of a weapon that he wears on his hand with five chains for each finger. Each finger gives him a separate ability.
The first chain is known as the Dowsing Chain, which he uses for both offense and defense, which also, in addition, allows him to find the location of any individual and detect if someone is lying. The second chain, known as Chian Jail, can only be used on the Phantom Troupe members. This chain will allow him to restrain any spider by shutting off their nen. The only way to get out of this chain is to break it, but it is so strong that not even Uvo could achieve this feat. The next chain, known as the Holy Chain, grants Kurapika the ability to heal any wounds.
The fourth chain is known as the Judgement Chain that works by entering the body of the opponent and wrapping it around his/her heart. The chain symbolizes a condition put by Kurapika, which if broken, will result in the death of the opponent. The fifth chain is known as the Steal Chain, which has the power to, as the name suggests, suck out an opponent’s aura and steal one of their abilities by putting them in a forced state of Zetsu. The last ability of Kurapika, called Stealth Dolphin, works as a help to the fifth chain as it lets him know every piece of information about the stolen ability. Amongst a multitude of functions, this ability also lets someone else of his choice borrow the ability as well, to name a few.
9. Zeno’s Nen Ability
The next one to make it to the list is Zeno of the Zoldyck family. Zeno is a skilled assassin with decades of practice that has made him a master over his element. His nen ability is known as Dragon Head, with which he transforms his aura into a dragon. This can obviously be used for both offensive and defensive purposes and, in addition, also works as the basis for two other abilities known as Dragon Lance and Dragon Drive. The latter allows him the power to break his dragon into a great many numbers of smaller dragons that can pierce anyone or anything that comes into contact with them.
10. Killua’s Nen Ability
The one person we couldn’t have done without having on the list is Killua Zoldyck. As a transmuter, Killua changes his aura into electricity. Based on this, he has four total of four abilities. The first one, known as Lighting Palm, allows him to electrocute anyone with the touch of his palms. The second one, called Thunderbolt, as the name suggests, allows him to unleash a bolt of thunder on his opponents. The next ability is known as Godspeed and has two applications, with the first one known as Whirlwind, which gives him the power to automatically react to any threat without even thinking about it. This makes Killua’s response time so short that not even Youpi was able to defend himself against the former’s attacks. The second application is known as Speed of Lightning which gives Killua the power to move at the speed of lightning.
With this, we conclude the list. Let us know in the comment section if you think we missed an ability. Hunter x Hunter is a shonen anime available for streaming on Hulu.