|“||I represent the instinctive hope long nurtured by my species, and that species continues to evolve for my sake. I stand here now, the resulting boon of the total support of my species. You are an individual human, not a king... I am the King that bears his kind's fate. That was the difference in this battle. The Chimera Ants' long evolution has culminated in me. This is a feat the human race, with its individuality, can never match.||„|
|~ Meruem to Isaac Netero|
Meruem (メルエム, Meruemu) is the most powerful offspring of the Chimera Ant Queen, and the King of the Chimera Ants. He is the main antagonist of the Chimera Ant arc.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 7-C | Low 7-B
Name: Meruem, Chimera Ant King, 'King' By The Royal Guards
Origin: Hunter X Hunter
Age: Forty days old
Classification: Chimera Ant King, Nen Practitioner
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immense Pain Resistance, Skilled Martial Artist, Nen Manipulation, Extrasensory Perception (Via En), Aura (His Nen is capable of inducing fear into others), Limited Power Absorption (Gains the aura and abilities of anyone that he consumes) | Shapeshifting (Via Metamorphosis), Flight, Energy Projection (Via Rage Blast), Light Manipulation (Can transmute his Aura into photons), Teleportation, Clairvoyance (Via Photon), Limited Telepathy (Can read the minds of those his Aura has touched and detect lies)
Speed: At least Hypersonic+ (Superior to all other Chimera Ants) | High Hypersonic+ (His speed increased to 3 times the previous value)
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: At least Town Class | Small City Class
Durability: At least Town level (Netero could not do any meaningful damage to him, only feeling a dull pain after thousands of strikes. Even the Zero Hand, his most powerful attack, only gashed the King. He also barely survived the detonation of the Rose bomb) | City level after the rose bomb
Stamina: Extremely high (As stated in durability, Meruem was able to take thousands of attacks from Netero with minimal damage to his person whilst continuously attacking him)
Range: Extended melee range. 3 Kilometers via Nen techniques. | Extended melee range. Tens of kilometers via Nen techniques.
Standard Equipment: None notable
Intelligence: Meruem has extraordinary intelligence being able to learn and master nearly anything he comes across to in a very short amount of time. After many matches of Gungi with the world champion of it, Komugi, he could pick up slight deviations in Netero's attacks that were so small, that they "couldn't even be called a bias", allowing him to sever an arm and a leg from Netero.
Weaknesses: None notable | Suffers poisoning from the Miniature rose bomb, and will slowly die after a extended period of time because of it.
- Aura Synthesis: Meruem's initial ability gives him strength through consumption. Meruem's aura grows every time he devours a user of Nen, with their aura synthesizing to his own. Upon consuming two of his royal guards, Pouf and Youpi, he also gained some of their Hatsu. The amount of someone's body he needs to consume in order to do this is unknown, although it is likely he must absorb much of their aura to obtain their Hatsu.
- Metamorphosis: Meruem can give himself wings, extra eyes and limbs, and even recompose his entire body structure utilizing aura.
- Rage Blast: Meruem is able to use Menthuthuyoupi's ability to use "Rage" in a concentrated blast of aura.
- Photon: He is able to use and evolve Shaiapouf's ability of Spiritual Message. This secondary ability allows him to transmute his aura into photons. Each photon maintains his aura, allowing Meruem to measure the shape, quality, emotion, and other informational content about the things the photons interact with, and as stated by Welfin and Shaiapouf, he can know everything, even lies. The precision of the information he can gather depends on the quantity of photons directed at the object of interest. Meruem deploys these photons in his En in a flash, and then is able to instantly go to anything the photons reach.
Key: Pre-Rose | Post-Rose