Gon is a young boy with long spiky black green tipped hair and large, hazel brown eyes. His usual outfit is composed of a green jacket with reddish edges covering a black or white tank top underneath, green short shorts, and green, laced boots.
In some arcs such as the Greed Island Arc and the Chimera Ant Arc he takes off the jacket and wears only the tank top. In the Greed Island Arc and at the beginning of the Chimera Ant Arc he wears the Paladin's Necklace, a Greed Island card with the ability to purge any external effects to a card the wearer is holding.
Gon is an athletic, rustic, and friendly boy who is searching for adventure. Also, he is not very good at math. However, having spent a lot of time in the woods as a child, he is very good with animals. Gon is an Enhancer, who are known for being simple-minded and determined. This determination and talent lead to both potential allies and potential enemies trusting in him and taking his side. He has inhuman senses; Gon has a heightened sense of smell almost like a dog's, he also has very good vision, as well as having a very keen taste. Gon wants to become a Hunter because he wishes to find out the depths of an occupation that would cause a father to choose the profession over being with his own son.
Simultaneously, his flaws lie in his temper and impulsive nature. Gon sometimes fails to think things through and such actions lead to him suffering. Though possessing talent far beyond the norm for his age, anytime his abilities are challenged, he feels as if he has to prove his antagonist wrong.
He continually strives to obtain greater power, often becoming exceptionally stronger in his anger. But Gon's anger also leads to some extremely reckless tendencies. When his emotions are ignited, Gon becomes irrational and completely oblivious to anything else. While his will is stronger than most and he can be very level-headed, this clear mind can also make him very cold at times. When Gon is cool-headed, it is shown that he can think very creatively and thoughtfully to solve a problem. The prime example is in the third stage of the Hunter Exam in which he can think clearly enough under heavy stress to find the way to get through the locked door to the finish line with all his companions by breaking the wall to lead to the finish line in time, which is the feat not even level-headed people like Kurapika or Killua can think of.
Often it is difficult for others to understand or relate Gon's actions or thoughts to what people would consider "normal" thinking, with some believing him to be a little insane. Zepile remarked on how Gon "doesn't care about the good or the bad" when he is curious or amazed. His morality is complex, almost juridical: Gon values life and ethics, but he can dissociate his personal feelings from them. He thanked Binolt, a serial killer, after he helped him get stronger, and, in spite of being aware of how dangerous he is, Gon admires Hisoka for his might. Despite wanting to put a stop to the actions of The Phantom Troupe, Gon never hated them until he discovered they were capable of feeling emotion and empathy. He never judged Killua for his past as an assassin, but he snapped at Illumi when he started to suspect that, rather than Killua killing because he was not taught to value life, his family was forcing him to do so regardless of how he felt about it. Notably, however, he did not even think about warning Agon when the latter was about to cross paths with Hisoka, despite knowing fully well that the encounter would inevitably result in the man's death, all for the sake of obtaining the magician's tag.
When Kite died facing Neferpitou, Gon blamed himself for being too weak and entered a destructive and self-destructive spiral. During this descent into anger, he became extremely vengeful and single-minded, only focusing on making Pitou fix Kite, and if it weren't for Killua, he would've likely gotten Komugi killed. At the apex of his mental breakdown, he was willing to kill Komugi if Neferpitou did not accept his request and ultimately accepted to give up his own life to kill the Ant.
Gon is extremely confident in his abilities. Sometimes, he does not realize when the opponent is far stronger or even after he knows the opponent is stronger than him; regardless, he will continue to fight. He refuses to accept himself as inferior to any opponent that he disagrees with, including those clearly stronger than him. Aside from becoming a Hunter and finding his father, Gon desires strength above all else. Gon's greatest insecurity lies in his own weakness and not being able to protect those who are closest to him.
A running gag in the series is that he often has a problem with math and numbers. The prime example is he miscalculates the weight of the challenge doors at the Zoldyck Estate until Kurapika has to correct him or he misreads the price tag as five hundred, eighty million and Killua has to correct him as five billion, eight hundred million. It is also shown that if someone explains math and calculation too much to him, his head will release steam and eventually explodes like when Knuckle manages to knock him down while explaining about aura calculation
Powers and Abilities: Edit
Gon has all the benefits granted by his status as a Hunter. At the beginning of the series, he had a fishing rod that he could swing with baffling accuracy, even managing to catch Hisoka's tag from afar while the latter was moving at high speed. The fishing rod can also be used as an offensive weapon if the situation asks for it. During the Hunter Exam, Gon was often praised for his powers of observation, agility, and stamina. In battle, he thinks quickly for any alternative solutions and strategies. His most remarkable quality, however, is the uncanny, bottomless potential he is gifted with. Many powerful characters such as Hisoka, Wing, Biscuit, and Razor were left astounded when they grasped the full extent of Gon's talent, which is often described as being limitless.
- Enhanced Vision: Gon's eyesight exceeds that of a normal human. He was able to spot several examinees in the woods from the top of a tree, a feat that Kurapika judged impossible by human standards. He can spot details so small he was able to tell two Kiriko apart, as well as their sex, which Kurapika and Leorio failed to do even after the reveal.
- Enhanced Hearing: Gon's sense of hearing is even superior to his vision, and allows him to fight even in pitch-black darkness. He can hear the sound of a bat's wing cutting through the air and determine its position. He can also detect differences in pitch that most other humans would be unable to perceive.
- Enhanced Taste: Since taste is vital to surviving in the woods, Gon trained his tongue to the point he can detect substances that are considered tasteless.
- Immense Smell: Gon's sense of smell is extremely advanced, causing him to be often compared to a dog. He was able to track down Leorio by the scent of his cologne from several miles away and Ponzu with the simple information she used chemical weapons.
- Preternatural Perception: Through no rational process, Gon was able to determine Majtani was not a threat without having ever fought before, a sensation he described as a "chill". However, his inexperience prevented him from making more accurate estimations, which in fact were often rectified by Killua. His instincts became sharper after gaining more battle experience and improving his Nen abilities.
- Enhanced Strength: Prior to the Hunter Exam, Gon was able to effortlessly transport a Master of the Swamp while running, a fish so heavy that five grown men could not land it by pulling together. After training for 20 days at the Zoldyck Family's Estate, he became capable of pushing a gate weighing 4 tons open, as well as of shattering rock pillars with a punch and sending opponents several times his size than him crashing into a wall a few dozen meters away by pushing with just one hand. Later on, at Heavens Arena, he proved strong enough to lift and throw the ring's stone tiles without effort, snap a metal rod in two with a punch, and break a Nen user's wrists in a split second just by grabbing them. He was able to beat Shizuku, ranked 12th in The Phantom Troupe, in arm-wrestling, and once also Nobunaga, ranked ninth, while using Ren. It is unknown how much he can press after learning Nen, but the power of his Rock has shown to terrorize even experienced Nen users. With the same attack, he was allegedly able to blast a Chimera Ant to another country.
- Enhanced Speed and Reflexes: During the Hunter Exam Gon regarded his speed as his primary asset in combat, earning Hanzo's praise despite being slower than him. His quickness enabled him to dodge some of Hisoka's attacks as well as surprise him for a moment. On Greed Island, he was able to cover a distance of several meters and steal a card from a weak Nen user's hand before the latter could notice. Coupled with his superhuman eyesight, Gon's quick reflexes allow him to always win at rock-paper-scissors by looking at the opponent's fist right before the throw. Through Biscuit's training, Gon ended up becoming Killua's equal in both running speed and reactions, despite initially being slower. His cruising speed is such that he can leave horses in the dust and keep up with Kite.
- Enhanced Stamina: Gon was able to complete a long-distance run more than 80 kilometers long, and taking place on uneven terrains such as ascending stairs and a swamp, without exhibiting the slightest sign of fatigue. In his first match against Gido, he kept dodging 50 spinning tops for about one hour while in a state of Zetsu. He fought Binolt for 10 days straight while keeping his guard up even as he slept. He was also noted to recover from exhaustion very rapidly.
- Advanced Poison Resistance: When Geretta paralyzed him during the Hunter Exam, he claimed that Gon would be unable to move for 10 days, whereas Hisoka believed that four would suffice; however, Gon stood back up minutes after the poison had taken effect.
- Healing Factor: Gon heals extremely quickly. This fact is not only thanks to his being an Enhancer since there have been instances of it happening even before he learned Nen, such as when his broken arm healed completely from a clean fracture in 10 days. After Wing opened his aura nodes, Gon made a full recovery from a broken radius and ulna, a cracked humerus, three rib fractures and 12 cracks in one month instead of the predicted four, all the while without using Nen. When Genthru blew off his left hand, the bleeding stopped instantaneously.
- Proficient Strategist: Gon's exceptional capacity for lateral thinking extends to battle tactics, making him wholly unpredictable.
- Proficient Weapon Specialist: Gon has shown to be adept at using his fishing rod both as a club and a whip-like weapon (striking the opponent with the float). He is so skilled that he can grab distant objects with the hook, his highest accomplishment being managing to steal Hisoka's tag despite the latter's speed and keen senses.
- Stealth Expert: Gon managed to tail Hisoka for a whole day without being detected. His aptitude at concealing his presence is an entirely natural skill, which was not achieved through any form of training, but rather his continuous being in contact with the wilderness.
- Skilled Fisherman: At the age of 10, Gon managed to catch the Swamp King, a fish that nobody had been able to hook for years.
- Animal Empathy: Gon has managed to forge a bond with a Foxbear cub despite them usually not allowing humans to tame them, and the two even became friends in later years, with each comprehending what the other was trying to communicate. When he left to take the Hunter Exam, he told the Captain he knew a storm was coming partially because the seagulls had told him so.
Nen - Enhancer: Edit
Gon is an Enhancer and is thus endowed with great strength and recuperative abilities. Thanks to Biscuit's training he has trained in at least two other Nen types, Emission and Transmutation, which he later honed to a high enough level to create working Nen abilities. Originally, he exhibited greater skills in Emission than in Transmutation, but by the time he met Kite in NGL, he might have become more proficient in the latter category than in the former, as suggested by the combat potential of his Nen abilities. Gon has also mastered the four basic techniques and at least five of the advanced ones (the possible exceptions being In and En, although he can use Ren to sense attacks he would otherwise be unable to react to).
According to Wing, Gon's talent can be found only in one out of ten million people. He performed Ten successfully with next to no instructions, a feat which Wing described as both "amazing" and "terrifying", and learned Ren and Gyo in only one night. In normal conditions, he was able to maintain Ren for three hours outside of combat without the slightest difficulty.
With this technique he could pulverize objects strengthened with aura thrown at him by a fellow Enhancer even in the early stages of his training. When trying to develop a Nen ability, he discovered the advanced technique Ko on his own after Wing suggested he show Tsezguerra all he had learned at the same time, and he can deploy it swiftly and on multiple body parts simultaneously. Likewise, he learned to use Shu simply by imagining the technique, and he succeeded on the first try.
This means that together with Zetsu, which he managed to utilize before even being introduced to the concept of Nen, Gon was able to discover three out of eleven techniques by himself. Although he was strictly a novice in that regard, he had some basic skills in reading the opponent's aura flow and estimating the amount deployed.
While Killua was generally regarded as the one with the best control of his aura out of the two, Gon was often praised by foes and allies alike for the great quantity of it he was able to release. According to Knuckle, the sheer size of Gon's aura during Ken was comparable to that of a mid-ranking pro.
His Nen ability was called Jajanken () a play on the Japanese word for rock-paper-scissors "Janken", and the word "Jajan" (a Japanese interjection akin to the word "Ta-dah"). Gon first got the idea after learning the dangerous roots of the game within martial arts.
Jajanken consisted of three parts. Gon's main attack was Rock, a simple but devastating punch concentrating all his aura into his fist through Ko. His long-ranged attack was Paper, an emitted attack that fires a ball of aura from his palm; this used to be his weakest attack, the ball being somewhat slow, not that powerful and easy to block or change course for someone using Ko.[ His mid-ranged attack was Scissors, a transmuted blade of aura attached to his index and middle fingers, capable of slicing through a Chimera Ant. Gon prefaced each attack with the chant "First comes rock! Rock, paper...", which was followed by the name of the attack. Since all three attacks were charged the same way, Gon could decide to switch from one to another even after the preparations started, in order to adapt should the opponent come closer or back away. Later on, he became capable of charging Jajanken even while running.
Fighting Techniques: Edit
- Rock is a close ranged attack, and has the highest power out of Gon's three Jajanken attacks, owing to his natural affinity for Enhancement. To perform it, Gon focuses aura in his fist with Ko, chanting as he readies the attack. If he has time to build up his Ren, the punch will be even more powerful. Rock is stronger than a normal Ko punch. According to Knuckle, this is because Gon takes risks by charging the attack and lowering his defenses, which leads to his aura output being increased for the duration of the ability.
- Scissors, Gon's mid-ranged Jajanken attack, requires him to transmute his aura into a long blade which he extends from his outstretched middle and pointer fingers. With the advantage of surprise, it was able to cut through a defence that had been estimated to be able to counter Rock.
- Paper is Gon's long-ranged Jajanken attack. He uses his Emission skills to hurl aura from his open palm as a spherical projectile. Due to Gon being an Enhancer and Paper requiring Emission, a different Nen type, it has less than one-fourth of the power of Rock, despite the two abilities consuming the same amount of aura, although it can still pose a threat to less skilled Nen users. This ability can be useful for pincer type attacks.
Limitation Transformation: Edit
- By forming a Vow in a condition of immense emotional distress, Gon was able to summon "all the power [he]'ll ever have", growing to an age where he could defeat Neferpitou. His physical strength, Nen abilities, aura output and aura reserves increased immensely, to the point that the Royal Guard feared he might pose a threat to Meruem himself. Upon seeing him, Killua deduced it would normally take decades of training to reach that level of power.
- However, the price to pay was as great as the boost. Neferpitou guessed the ability had been possible only because an extraordinarily gifted individual willingly threw away his predisposition and compressed his life, predicting that Gon would never be able to utilize Nen again in the future. After the Royal Guard's death, Gon returned to his normal body and fell into a coma.
- His body soon started to decay, requiring constant life support, and he would have eventually died if not for Nanika's intervention. Despite making a full recovery, Gon remained unable to see and use aura. According to his father, he simply "went back to normal", and should count himself lucky for getting off relatively scot-free. Going off Killua's fear that the more aura Gon used in that state, the harsher the backlash would be, it is possible that the transformation, on top of depriving Gon of the ability to use Nen, did not require his death per se, but that it shaved away a portion of his lifespan commensurate to the amount of power that Gon utilized while transformed.