Knuckle Bine

Simply put… it’s not to get them exterminated. I hate this blanket of policy of getting rid of misfits. My master tells me I’m naive, but what can I say? How can we decide without seeing them in person first? You gotta face ’em to understand ’em.
— Knuckle Bine to Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck in ” — Knuckle Bine to Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck in “ Gyro
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2011 Manga

Knuckle Bine



Reading: Knuckle Bine


Nakkuru Bain


Japanese Voice

Wataru Takagi

English Voice

Ben Diskin


Manga Debut

chapter 200

Anime Debut

Episode 86



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Eye Color


Hair Color




General Status


Hunter Association
Morel Mackernasey (Master)

Previous Affiliation

Chimera Ant Extermination Team


Beast Hunter

Previous Occupation

Chimera Ant Extermination Team Member



Emission * [ 1 ]



picture Gallery Knuckle Bine ( ナックル゠バイン, Nakkuru Bain ) is a Beast Hunter [ 2 ] and Morel ‘s apprentice. [ 3 ]


Knuckle is a young man who styles his black hair into a pompadour. He wears a white overcoat, that has multiple aureate rings on it, and baggy white pants with black dress shoes. sometimes, during battles, he removes his white coat, which reveals his muscular and well-toned human body. According to Meleoron ‘s beginning impression, Knuckle ‘s hair looks retro, and his side always looks hostile, as if ready to fight any time. [ 4 ]


Despite appearing aggressive, Knuckle is very feel for and well moved to tears. [ 5 ] Knuckle gets along well with animals and feels compelled to protect the helpless, [ 6 ] taking care of abandoned pets in the inflame of a genocide. Knuckle ‘s sympathy sometimes interferes with his mission. [ 7 ]


On the sidereal day he graduated from elementary school, he punched a hook to help a ally of his escape and ran away from four patrol cars and two motorcycles for one day and one night, without getting catch. [ 8 ] At some point, Knuckle passed the Hunter Exam and became Morel ‘s apprentice. [ 3 ] Knuckle ‘s reason for becoming a Beast Hunter is unspecified, but he claims it is long and unhappy. [ 5 ] He has fought over 5000 battles. [ 9 ]


Chimera Ant arc

Knuckle insisted on joining Chairman Isaac Netero, his maestro Morel Mackernasey, and Knov on their mission to exterminate the Chimera Ants. however, ascribable to his soft affection, [ 7 ] he had to team up with Shoot McMahon against two other assassin candidates picked by Netero within one calendar month, and was left waiting in a town adjacent to the frame of NGL. [ 10 ] On that lapp sidereal day, Knuckle and Shoot recapitulate the rules in a bar, and Knuckle insists on fighting their opponents first and smiting them down. [ 3 ] He therefore starts to parade through the streets of the city with a megaphone and a streamer, extending his challenge to the two stranger candidates, but forgetting to specify the localization. His opponents do not show up that night, and Knuckle ends up cussing while cleaning up after a andiron. [ 2 ] About ten days former, Knuckle waits at the park again, feeding the stray. He is surprise to see his opponents are Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck, declaring he feels insulted. [ 6 ] He chews them out for being kids and already exhausted before their fight, asking them if they ‘re taking it badly. however, the two notice he is tearing up. Stating he is not, he offers to let one of them hit him until they are satisfy and to leave their tiles if they fail to make him budge from his spot. When Gon steps up and starts to charge Rock, Knuckle grows terrorized, realizing he must use Ko lest he dies. He bets Gon will go for his stomach, which he does. Before faint, he tells him he knew he could count on him. [ 5 ] He awakens in a hotel room with Gon and Killua train by his bedside. He admits he underestimated them and wonders why they did not take his tile. Gon responds they do not want the tiles per selenium, but the power to defeat him in battle. The boy asks him why he became a Beast Hunter, but Knuckle refuses to answer. He then explains he wanted to join the Extermination Team to prevent the Ants from being ruthlessly wiped out without his seeing if they are truly so evil first. Knuckle concedes Gon is a good child. When he notices the stray he had been feeding has never left his side, he tears up again. The three dine together and Knuckle offers to let them fight him arsenic many times as they want within the adjacent twenty days. [ 5 ] Seeing how bore they are whenever they come to fight him, Knuckle notes that if they managed to defeat him, the boost in confidence would allow them to improve exponentially. however, he beats them down, refusing to lose. [ 11 ] Every night, more and more dogs come to him, and he feeds all of them. [ 7 ] The night before the deadline, Gon and Killua go to him amply rested. Gon asks him where Shoot is, since they need both tiles, and Killua adds he might be unable to tell them by the time they are done, ticking Knuckle off. He dodges an attack from Gon, reappearing behind his back and punch him. He states he is only warming up. [ 12 ] After punching Gon around for a while, he taunts him to use Rock, acknowledging he credibly does not because of its flaws. He warns him he will not let him use it, then asks about its name. Due to misunderstanding Gon ‘s words, he ends up coming up with the mention himself, praising it. He lists the two flaws : the farseeing completion and Gon ‘s defenseless state in the interim. When Gon retaliates by increasing his output, Knuckle thinks to himself he has deoxyadenosine monophosphate much as a mid-ranking pro, but his inexperience makes his aura stream easy to read and the Beast Hunter easily gains the amphetamine hired hand. When Gon suddenly starts charging his move, Knuckle kicks him, warning him not to underestimate him, but Gon replies Knuckle is holding back and begins charging again. [ 13 ] He falls for Gon ‘s feint, but manages to retaliate before the latter can use Rock for real. They keep exchanging blows, with Gon gradually reducing the damage he takes. Knuckle states Gon is calm not worth him giving it is all, but trails off when he sees Gon preparing his Rock a few meters away. [ 14 ] Knuckle is perplexed, but knows that will be Gon ‘s stopping point attack before he runs out of air. He is storm when Gon unleashes Paper, an Emission technique which is however a lot weaker and slower than Rock. He easily redirects it, but to his horror, he realizes Gon used it for a pincher attack and that the child is ready to strike him with Rock from behind. The punch lands, but without any aura on it, as Gon passed out one clamant before. Knuckle realizes that if Gon had not run out of aura, he would have lost. He then challenges Killua, but the boy precisely picks up Gon. Knuckle tells him to come prepare to die the following day, but the boy retorts that Knuckle sounds like he is trying to convince himself. Killua then states he will never forgive Knuckle if he loses because he does not use all his exponent. When the boy leaves, Shoot steps out of the shadows and comments that Knuckle is excessively soft. Knuckle irately responds Shoot has been doing nothing but skulking in the shadows and is left impress by his contract he would fight the come night. [ 15 ] The night of the deadline, Knuckle fights Gon while Killua and Shoot move elsewhere, promising he will use all his strength from the beginning. He punches him, activating Hakoware. [ 16 ] He explains the specifics of his ability, leading Gon to realize he did not use it before out of kindness. The two then switch over blows [ 17 ] until Gon goes bankrupt. The next day, Gon and Killua accompany Knuckle and Shoot to the border of NGL. Gon pleads with Knuckle to save Kite and bring him back, which Knuckle swears he will do on the two halves of his shogi tile. He gives the two boys a thumb up before crossing the frame. [ 18 ] Knuckle witnesses the death of the Chimera Ant Queen. When Morel promises to protect Colt and “ Reina “ if the two can live without eating humans, Knuckle begins to cry, commenting he must have got his soft side from his master. [ 19 ] He explores the nest with Shoot, and they are horrified to see the state of matter Kite is in. [ 20 ] With a combination of Hakoware and Hotel Rafflesia, the two cope to subdue him. [ 21 ] He phones Gon to inform him of their success, adding however that Kite is being manipulated by the enemy. He tells him he would be binding in three days and to watch out for the Chimera Ants, as many of them have left the nest. [ 22 ] Knuckle and Morel are temporarily reassigned to exterminate the chimera Ants throughout the Mitene Union. They wait for Cheetu on a paved road, but their compound unsavory fails due to the latter ‘s rush. [ 23 ] The two Hunters are ineffective to land a blow or react to his attacks, which are besides weak to injure them importantly, although they start to get accustomed to his speed. When asked how they will make up for their languor, Knuckle replies they will use their wits and experience, right before Morel envelops the three in smoke. Using fastball clones identical to Knuckle, the Sea Hunter manages to distract Cheetu long enough for Knuckle ‘s punch to connect, allowing him to activate Hakoware. The two then use Zetsu and hide. unable to find them and annoyed by A.P.R., Cheetu runs away. Knuckle states they will be able to track him anywhere thanks to his ability, and that it will be a piece of cake if all the Chimera Ants are like Cheetu, but Morel retorts they should be careful and enlist the help of person else. [ 24 ] When the appointed time comes, the Extermination Team members, except Netero and Palm Siberia, meet up and Shoot frees Kite from his cage. Knuckle states they believe he was being used as a train joyride for soldier Ants. He is loath to watch as Gon lets himself be pummeled by the manipulate Kite. When Knov advances that possibly Gon is suppressing his instincts to dodge on determination, Knuckle expresses perplexity. Gon finally hugs Kite and Neferpitou ‘s Nen becomes visible to everyone. Knuckle explains that is Level 2, which is activated by touch and requires Nen to be cleared. Upon witnessing Gon ‘s fury, Knuckle states he has sensed a transfer in Killua arsenic well and asks him what happened. Killua replies that they did nothing themselves. [ 21 ] A few weeks subsequently, the group rides a train to the Republic of East Gorteau. When Shoot notes that Gon seems to have lost his ferocity, Morel explains he is “ coiled up ” like a bounce. They dine at a restaurant. That night, I.R.S. disappears and Knuckle invites Gon to test out his Nen. Morel challenges Gon, saying he ‘s having second gear doubts and that he must prove his decision and power by punching him, pretending he is Neferpitou. Knuckle exhorts him to use Rock. He shivers upon feeling Gon ‘s sudden bloodlust. When Gon stops and is declared to have passed the test, Knuckle and Shoot are charged with taking out Menthuthuyoupi, one of the three awful Royal Guards. [ 25 ] The group splits up in the positive pairs until the night of the Selection. Killua informs everyone the work has probably already begun. Knuckle is disgruntled that he has to just wait while people are killed by the thousands, he lashes out at Shoot, who however states that if they fail, billions will die. He is cornered when Shoot points out Knuckle has no solution to offer. [ 26 ] One night, Knuckle feels Cheetu heading his way. He resolves to stop him, fearing he will acquire a powerful Nen ability by coming in contact with the King. Shoot agrees to accompany him, but demands he calls Morel inaugural. Knuckle informs his teacher Cheetu is calm roaming freely, and Morel hangs up on him. [ 27 ] That dawn, Shoot and Knuckle are cook to ambush him, but Cheetu changes his class. Knuckle is about to pursue him, but is stopped by Shoot. They realize the one who alerted Cheetu is a flying Chimera Ant. [ 28 ] Some time later, Gon phones Knuckle, who gushes about their actions to stop the Selection, adding that their actions caused Morel and Knov to spring into military action to prevent far deaths ; however, that might leave them besides exhausted to fight the Royal Guards, leaving the job to the four of them unless they decide to call in reinforcements. He asks for Killua ‘s opinion, but Gon can not reach him. They decide to meet up in Mandai, halfway between their current locations. [ 29 ] When they do, they are still unable to reach Killua. Gon notices a pack of collar dogs has followed the two Beast Hunters, and Shoot explains they have been fed by Knuckle. Knuckle gets flustered and, on the scepter of tears, states that he has had no choice but to abandon those who would refuse his help. Unbeknownst to him, his effusion of emotion leaves a golden impression on Meleoron. [ 4 ] Eventually, the Squadron Leader introduces himself and the four are contacted by Killua. Morel tells them Knov is disqualify to continue, but that he has managed to plant all the exits. [ 30 ] Two days before the assail Knuckle leads a strategic meeting which Killua and Ikalgo attend excessively. They brush up on their roles in the approaching attack before Killua takes charge. Knuckle criticizes him for being besides difficult on Gon when the latter asks about Palm, but reconsiders when the erstwhile assassin explains that Gon would make the precedence of the mission Palm ‘s rescue without coming up with a plan himself. Knuckle estimates that with the advantage of surprise, the Hunters will manage to split the King, predicted to be in the enthrone board, from the Royal Guard so Netero can take care of him. [ 31 ] By slipping into the rallying push gathered in Peijin, the Extermination Team members gather in Knov ‘s pocket property. Ten hours before the attack, Morel, his disciples, and Meleoron hash out on how to get into the room close to the palace without exposing themselves or shutting themselves off from their surroundings. Knov volunteers to keep yellow journalism on the Royal Guards. When the topic of Neferpitou ‘s En comes up, Knuckle theorizes Kite must have touched it on determination to get a appreciation on the foe ‘s military capability. [ 32 ] The Hunters are relieved to discover that Shaiapouf ‘s scale will maintain the herd docile, preventing mass panic. Six-hour before the attack, Knuckle ponders that Colt, Meleoron, and Ikalgo have a affection, and wishes he could duke it out with the King himself to understand him. however, he resigns himself to stick to the plan, as everyone will be killed otherwise. Ten minutes before the appointed time, the Extermination Team members begin to move towards the Royal Palace. [ 33 ] The team decides to charge in from the capture close to the toilet board, the one by the cardinal stairway. Knuckle, Shoot, and Meleoron ‘s target are Menthuthuyoupi. [ 34 ] Knuckle stretches while going over his and Meleoron ‘s roles. Noticing the latter fidget, he asks if he is suffering from withdrawal. The Chimera Ant replies he does not want to smoke to reduce the chances of being detected to the minimum, so he does not have any regrets. While discussing the possibility of unknown factors, Morel suggests a woman might be one. Knuckle speculates Bizeff procured women not for himself, but for the King, which leads everyone but Gon to consider Palm might have been made into a concubine. Killua continues to worry over why the King would injure himself, but Knuckle reminds him that was just his hypothesis, and that Neferpitou could have turned his En off for a number of reasons. Gon declares that an affair in which one would hurt oneself is when they can not forgive themselves, leading Morel to speculate the King is not unemotional, but gallant, which Knuckle agrees with. One minute before the attack, Knuckle walks to the passing. [ 35 ] Fifty seconds late, Knuckle is fix to go in with Meleoron on his back. At Morel ‘s signal, they are the first to storm the palace. [ 36 ] angstrom soon as they turn the corner, the Extermination Team members find themselves in an unanticipated scenario : aura shards rain from above due to Zeno Zoldyck ‘s Dragon Dive, which merely Killua recognizes ; Neferpitou ‘s En can not be felt ; and Menthuthuyoupi, who was supposed to be elsewhere, is standing on the central stairway. The Hunters wonder if Meleoron and Knuckle have been killed by the shards while indiscernible thanks to God’s Accomplice, but their worries dissolve when they see the Royal Guard being pushed slenderly to the correctly : Knuckle punches him to activate Hakoware. [ 37 ] Knuckle, however, feels the outrageousness of Menthuthuyoupi ‘s aura, which he estimates to be at least ten times greater than his teacher ‘s, at about 700,000 aura units, and wonders how long it will take him to go bankrupt. Despite being surprised by Neferpitou ‘s baleful En, [ 9 ] Knuckle manages to avoid Menthuthuyoupi ‘s destructive strike and helps Morel get past the Royal Guard by striking him again, [ 38 ] although he barely moves him. [ 39 ] As Shoot fights Menthuthuyoupi by himself, Knuckle, cry, forces himself to hang back not to give his presence away. [ 40 ] When A.P.R. announces that ten seconds have passed, Knuckle, who feels like he has been watching for an eternity, about attacks the Royal Guard, but is stopped by Meleoron, who taps his shoulder to signal he is out of breath. Right then, Knuckle is unintentionally hit by one of Menthuthuyoupi ‘s attacks, which pays back most of his first punch plus interest. He scolds himself and hides behind a column, allowing Meleoron to take another breath. When, curtly subsequently, Shoot is unable to keep active, Knuckle makes his presence known to the Royal Guard to distract him from Shoot and challenges him to a battle. [ 41 ] A.P.R. goes off, and, after finding out it can not be affected by physical attacks, Menthuthuyoupi targets Knuckle, who runs away. [ 42 ] He manages to avoid all the Royal Guard ‘s attacks, but makes the mistake of going besides far aside from the central stairway, which causes Menthuthuyoupi to lose interest in him. Knuckle hurries back and finds Shoot is hush active, albeit gravely hurt. He realizes the Chimera Ant spared his friend because he nobelium longer saw him as a threat and vows to avenge him. He moves Shoot to a safe location and appears in front of Menthuthuyoupi, who has been trying to break into Morel ‘s Smoky Jail. [ 8 ] unexpectedly, the Royal Guard yells out in anger and begins to transform, causing Knuckle to turn on his heels. He picks Shoot improving just in time to avoid being engulfed in a massive aura explosion. The Beast Hunter surmises it was caused by anger and that Menthuthuyoupi is vulnerable while preparing it. [ 43 ] Although, according to his estimations, the Royal Guard will go bankrupt in less than 10 minutes, he fears Shoot will not last hanker adequate and decides to make his act, coming out of hide and taunting Menthuthuyoupi. When he sees the Chimera Ant begin to transform, Knuckle rushes to punch him, but Menthuthuyoupi suddenly deflates. Knuckle braces himself for end, but his adversary suddenly freezes ( thanks to a combination of God’s Accomplice and Thunderbolt ), [ 44 ] allowing Knuckle to strike him eight times and flee unharmed. He runs back to Shoot, who however is gone. [ 45 ] Enraged, Knuckle makes his way bet on to Menthuthuyoupi, convinced he took him. He finds him on the verge of engaging in combat with Morel, who turns his 89 Smoke Troopers into copies of Knuckle to disorient their enemy. [ 46 ] The Chimera Ant dispatches several of them without difficulty and, believing Knuckle was never there in the inaugural invest, prepares to explode on Morel, but Knuckle manages to punch him away. [ 47 ] With a cool head, Knuckle understands Menthuthuyoupi could not have abducted Shoot. He brushes the mystery aside and resolves to focus on bankrupting the Royal Guard. [ 48 ] Morel and Knuckle keep stalling for fourth dimension, Knuckle by hiding and Morel with his smoke soldiers, even after Menthuthuyoupi transforms into a centaur-like animal. [ 49 ] finally, he manages to destroy all the clones and faces an exhaust Morel. [ 50 ] Despite Meleoron ‘s intervention, the Extermination Team is unable to save the Sea Hunter. When the Royal Guard is about to finish him off, Knuckle reveals himself, asking the Chimera Ant to fight him. Menthuthuyoupi refuses, but agrees to let Morel live if Knuckle disengages Hakoware. Meleoron rescinds Morel ‘s undetectability so he can talk some sense into his pupil, but his words have the opposite effect and Knuckle dispels A.P.R.. Surprising everyone, the Royal Guard chooses not to fight any of them and flies to the King, declaring they will never be able to beat him no count how many times they try. [ 51 ] Despite Morel ‘s orders, Knuckle hesitates to chase after Menthuthuyoupi, stating he is no longer able to see him as person to exterminate after he acknowledged their efforts. Knov emerges from the shadows and claims that all it takes is one order from the King for the Royal Guard to turn into unmindful drones. Knov reveals he was the one who took Shoot and rescues Morel. He announces that their speculate is done since Netero and the King have reached the appointed locate. Knuckle, however, decides to stay. [ 52 ] He heads to where Gon, Neferpitou, and Shaiapouf are, challenging the latter to a fight. [ 53 ] however, the Royal Guard reveals he is just a clone. Knuckle remembers Morel telling him of that ability, and confirms it for Gon ‘s sake. however, Gon doubts Shaiapouf ‘s words, causing him to disperse into smaller clones and fly away. Knuckle considers telling Gon about Menthuthuyoupi ‘s change of heart, but stops himself not to disrupt his decision. [ 54 ] Meeting up with the remaining members of the Extermination Team arsenic well as the revive Palm, Knuckle informs them that their mission is arrant, but restates he will remain to fight until the end. He heads second to Gon, offering to use Hakoware on Neferpitou before the two leave to heal Kite, but Gon decay and charges him with watching over Komugi, substantially taking her as a hostage. [ 55 ] When Shaiapouf ‘s knockoff returns to the girlfriend ‘s lodgings, Knuckle ambushes him with God’s Accomplice and activates his ability. The Extermination Team realizes the King is inactive alert. [ 56 ] He tries to bait Shaiapouf, but when the latter ignores him, he concludes his target it Meleoron and runs to his aid. [ 57 ] The two hide among the East Gorteau citizens gathered for the selection when Meruem returns. [ 58 ] The latter ‘s Ren convinces Knuckle they will need state-level military ability to kill him. He tells Meleoron to run back to Peijin and resolves to contact the Hunter Association to have them implement design B. Just then, the King unleashes his En, appears by his side and knocks him out. He and Meleoron are then taken to Komugi ‘s chambers. [ 59 ] He remains unconscious mind until the end of the invasion. sometime after the end of the mission, Knuckle is seen waiting with Knov for an update on Gon ‘s condition. [ 60 ]

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A few days late, Knuckle has his telephone snatched by Morel to question Killua about his absence. [ 61 ] When the son returns, Knuckle, along with many early friends of Gon ‘s, monitors the surroundings of the hospital fly. [ 62 ] He is shocked by the enormous come of aura being released in the construction as Nanika restores Gon back to normal. [ 63 ] He then accompanies Gon to the headquarter of the Hunter Association to allow him to meet up with Leorio, while all Hunters are gathered to decide the following president. [ 64 ] He is seen visiting a healing shoot in the hospital along with Ikalgo, Palm, and Meleoron, and looking at the video of the Small-billed Swans sent by Gon. [ 65 ]

Abilities & Powers

Knuckle has all the benefits granted by his condition as a Hunter. He has demonstrated considerable physical fight skills, being able to fight enemies a lot stronger than him. He could have defeated Gon with only two blows if not for his kindness, which has frequently been said to be his greatest weakness. In fact, Killua claimed that he is angstrom strong as Kite, physically speaking, but he is besides soft. due to his ability, he has adapted a hit and away tactic together with Shoot against other Nen users, which consists of capturing or dealing the final blow after the target ‘s Nen is sealed. Knuckle is very versatile, being able to successfully cooperate with versatile Hunters with wholly different abilities and personalities. Despite being a good strategist, Knuckle is besides hot-headed and very emotional, which can make him ineffective to stick to the plan. He claims to need four or five punches to get warmed up. [ 12 ] furthermore, he is very well-liked by animals, which, according to Ging and his son, is validation of being a good Hunter. [ 5 ] Enhanced Strength: Knuckle is stronger than an Enhancer like Gon. Gon stated that, although he had successfully blocked a punch from Knuckle with both his arms and Nen, he hush felt its brunt in his hale body and understand that releasing Ken would result in him losing consciousness no count where he was struck. [ 12 ] Immense Speed and Reflexes: Knuckle is known to be faster than Gon. He demonstrated this by surpassing him in movement amphetamine [ 14 ] to the point he could appear behind his back after landing a strike. [ 12 ] tied after repeated battles, and despite matching him in attack speed, Gon judged his sight unreliable to keep chase of Knuckle and rather relied on his aura. [ 16 ] He managed to dodge multiple attacks from the Royal Guard Menthuthuyoupi while running away despite the latter ‘s reach, [ 8 ] a well as to escape his explosions twice despite being very close to the epicenter right before the good time. [ 43 ] [ 47 ] He grew accustomed to Cheetu ‘s astounding speed and was already able to follow him with his eyes after the first exchanges, although his body was besides decelerate to keep up with his reflexes. [ 24 ] Immense Stamina: Knuckle is noted to be able to maintain his lead accelerate for a long clock time. even as a child, he managed to evade four police cars and two motorcycles for a sidereal day and a night. [ 8 ] He never showed any signboard of exhaustion after fighting Gon and Killua. [ 15 ] Keen Intellect: Despite being heedless and quick to fly into a rage, Knuckle has commodity analytic skills, which he showed when he well figured out the mechanics and weaknesses of Menthuthuyoupi ‘s explosion ability [ 43 ] and Gon ‘s Jajanken. [ 13 ] He took commit during the strategic sessions before the palace foray into, although Killua took over when it came to actual plan. [ 31 ]

  • Arithmetical Genius: Knuckle is an arithmetical genius, being able to execute complex calculations on the spot and without error.[17]

Proficient Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Gon estimated Knuckle ‘s combat skills to be on par with Kite ‘s. [ 7 ] indeed, the Beast Hunter was able to fight off and defeat Gon and Killua at the same time on multiple occasions, although they were both exhausted during most confrontations. [ 11 ] When he fought only the former at wide power, Knuckle still retained the upper hired hand. [ 14 ] Knuckle ‘s contend style is overall like to Gon ‘s. He relies largely on punches, using flurries whenever he can to maximize wrong or the aura lent if Hakoware is active, [ 17 ] and only rarely employs kicks, most normally when his position requires it [ 14 ] or to end a jazz band. [ 45 ]


Being a pro Hunter and the disciple of a Single-Star Hunter, Knuckle is a highly capable Nen drug user. His natural class is Emission *. [ 1 ] Since he managed to overpower Gon and Killua [ 11 ] and to inflict significant damage to the former despite his natural category, [ 13 ] he besides seems to be well versed in Enhancement. His skills in this type helped him survive Gon ‘s full exponent Rock with no lasting injuries despite his lower aura output. He is a capable Ko, [ 5 ] Ryu, Gyo, [ 17 ] and Zetsu user. [ 28 ] In struggle he can maintain a state of Ken [ 14 ] for 20 minutes without the slightest difficulty. [ 17 ] He is adept at anticipating the moves of his opponents by analyzing the flow of their aura. [ 13 ] He besides excels at converting aura into numbers, [ 17 ] which is highly utilitarian for his Nen ability. Thanks to his huge combat know, he can estimate the general measure of aura an adversary possesses through physical contact [ 9 ] or make more accurate guesses through prolonged notice by taking into account their output, stamina and level of skill. [ 17 ]

Knuckle’s Nen Type: Emission *
Type: Emission and Manipulation Hakoware (



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A.P.R. (Potclean) Hakoware involves Knuckle emitting an indestructible mascot called the “Amortizing Power Redirector (A.P.R.)” (“Potclean”; ポットクリン, Pottokurin, in Japanese) onto the opponent after being dealt a blow from Knuckle. A.P.R. constantly lends Knuckle’s aura to whomever it is attached to, displayed by a rising counter on its forehead. When adding interest, A.P.R. announces “It’s time, adding interest” (「時間です。利息が付きます」, Jikan desu, risoku ga tsukimasu). As long as A.P.R. is attached, any attacks done to Knuckle by his opponent return aura to him, lowering the counter. Until all of the aura lent by Knuckle is returned to him, he cannot be physically damaged by his opponent. The reverse is also true: each of Knuckle’s blows only lends more aura to his opponent, causing no damage. The stronger the attack, the more aura is lent or returned. In both cases, the person suffering the blow can still be knocked back by it, despite suffering no damage.[17][24] The interest pace on A.P.R. is 10 % of the borrowed aura, accrued every 10 seconds [ 16 ] while the victim is within 50 meters [ note 2 ] of Knuckle. [ 59 ] As the total of borrowed air ( including interest ) accumulates, A.P.R. besides grows in size. When the air borrowed from Knuckle exceeds his opposition ‘s total remaining aura ( specifically P.O.P ), the opponent “ goes bankrupt ”. [ 17 ] Thus, it is in Knuckle ‘s interest that his opponent spends/wastes equally much aura as potential, american samoa quickly as possible ( then long as said air is not spend on Knuckle himself ). The solution is that the opposition ‘s “ aura poise ” falls that much quicker until it is below the sum they owe Knuckle ( displayed by A.P.R ), at which point they can no longer possibly repay their debt, and bankruptcy sets in. Bankruptcy causes A.P.R. to transform into the “ Individual Ren Suppressor ( I.R.S. ) ” ( トリタテン, “ Toritaten “ ), a demon-like mascot that follows the debtor for 30 days and forces them into a continuous state of Zetsu. [ 17 ] It is worth noting that when Knuckle struck Shaiapouf ‘s replicate, A.P.R. was attached to the latter ‘s real body rather than to his knockoff. [ 26 ] Furthermore, Knuckle can use Hakoware on multiple targets at once, [ 24 ] [ 21 ] american samoa well as track their general location at all times, regardless of the distance. [ 24 ] The ability can be removed by an exorcist, but it takes a big deal out of the Nen remover. [ 34 ] It is besides cancelled if Knuckle is rendered unconscious. [ 59 ] It is ill-defined what Nen types are involved in the ability ; A.P.R. ( and late Toritaten ) might be conjured and rendered invisible to non-users, which would increase the aura monetary value, [ 66 ] or emitted and possibly transmuted. Regardless, Manipulation would likely be required to endow the manufacture with sentience ( and possibly to enforce Zetsu on the target ), while discharge might be involved in the summons of lend aura to the opponent .
I.R.S. (Toritaten)


  • Chimera Ant arc:
    • Knuckle vs. Gon Freecss[6][5]
    • Knuckle vs. Gon Freecss and Killua Zoldyck[11]
    • Knuckle vs. Gon Freecss[12][13][14][15]
    • Knuckle vs. Gon Freecss[16][17][18]
    • Knuckle and Morel Mackernasey vs. Cheetu[23][24]
    • Knuckle and Shoot McMahon vs. Kite’s Corpse*[21]
    • Knuckle, Shoot McMahon, Meleoron, Morel Mackernasey, and Killua Zoldyck vs. Menthuthuyoupi[67][37][9][38][39][40][41][42][8][43][68][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51]
    • Knuckle vs. Meruem[59]


  • (To Shoot) “What else? Strike first! We find them and smite them down!!”[3]
  • (To Gon and Killua) “I’m Knuckle Bine, Beast Hunter!! I hereby challenge the two Extermination Team candidates to a duel!! Midnight tonight, sharp!! Fight me fair and square!! I won’t run away or hide!! I have no weapons!! I have the courage to face you!! Do you?!”[2]
  • (To a stray) “Where’s your dang owner? You gotta pick up after your dogs! Keep our parks clean…”[2]
  • (To the same stray) “Nobody showed up today either. What a bad owner you have.”[6]
  • (To Gon and Killua) “Well well… I’ve never been so insulted.”[6]
  • (To Gon and Killua) “I’d never lose to you punks.”[5]
  • (To Gon and Killua) “I am not crying! Don’t you tell anyone! I’ll kill you if you do!”[5]
  • (To Gon) “I get better as the innings wear on.”[12]
  • “Colt’s a good kid. Meleoron and Ikalgo are good at heart too. It doesn’t matter if they’re Ants or human!! I’d like to think that everyone has a heart. I wish I could duke it out with the King… but we have no choice. We can’t stop them… If we don’t kill them… They’ll kill us!!”[33]
  • “How much longer do I have to endure this…? It feels like I’m suffocating inside an iron maiden! It’s taking all my willpower not to run away! You’ve got to be kidding me, right?! This just can’t be real!!!”[41]
  • (To Menthuthuyoupi) “It ain’t happening, scum. ‘Cause you’re the one going down!! I’ll show you who’s really the maggot.”[44]
  • “You inflatable freak! I did it!! I did it!! That’s it!!! No more!!! I saw angels!! Sheesh, I almost died!! Now I gotta take Shoot to the hospital!! I hammered him eight times!! Oh yeah!!”[45]
  • (To Morel) “I can’t see him as something to exterminate anymore.”[44]


  • Knuckle’s name is a derivative of a commonly thrown baseball pitch known as the knuckleball; Shoot, Palm, and Gyro are all similarly named.
    • It may have also been influenced by the Japanese verb “泣く” (naku), which means “to cry”.
  • Before Gon went to Kite with Neferpitou, Knuckle offered to activate Hakoware on Neferpitou so A.P.R. would protect Gon; however, since Menthuthuyoupi was able to injure Shoot while under the effects of the ability, Hakoware should not possess this power,[55] which makes it possible Knuckle was bluffing to prevent the Royal Guard from attacking Gon.
  • Since, after the Chimera Ant Extermination mission, Morel was being considered for a promotion to Triple-Star Hunter,[69] it is possible there was also talk of granting Knuckle one star, since to become a Double-Star Hunter one’s disciple must have received one star.[62]
  • ‘”Hakoware“: Bankruptcy, Chapter Seven’ is the official translated name given by Viz to Knuckle’s Nen ability (as seen several times),[17][37][9][38] but when he activated his ability against Shaiapouf it appeared as ‘Hakoware: Chapter Eleven’,[56] falsely suggesting that there is (at least) one more sub variation of his technique. Considering that the original Japanese text is identical for these two supposed different Nen abilities and that thus far Knuckle only displayed one Nen ability, this odd title is either a misleading choice of translation/adaptation or an error.
  • According to the “Hunter × Hunter Manual” section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), * Knuckle’s stats are:
Story Arcs mind skill body Nen inventiveness intelligence
Chimera Ant arc: NGL 3/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
3/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
Chimera Ant arc: Palace Invasion 4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 3/5
4/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 3/5 3/5

Intertextuality and References


  • Knuckle’s A.P.R. and I.R.S. are both voiced by voice actress Tomoko Kaneda and dubbed in English by Xanthe Huynh.

Translations around the World

Language Name
The Arab world Flag.png Arabic ناكل باين (Naakul Bayin)
China Flag.png Chinese 拿酷戮•拜因 (Ná kù lù Bài yīn)
Italy Flag.png Italian Nackul
Russia Flag.png Russian Наккл Байн (Nakkl Bayn)
Thailand Flag.png Thai นักเกิ้ล ไบท์ (Nạk keîl Bịth̒)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Yu ★ Yu ★ Hakusho Official Characters Book Reikaishinshiroku, Hunter × Hunter Manual ( section )
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 201
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 200
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 23, chapter 244
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 203
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 202
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Hunter × Hunter – book 20, chapter 205
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Hunter × Hunter – volume 26, chapter 277
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Hunter × Hunter – volume 25, chapter 267
  10. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 19, chapter 199
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Hunter × Hunter – book 20, chapter 204
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 206
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 207
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 208
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 20, chapter 209
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Hunter × Hunter – volume 20, chapter 210
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 Hunter × Hunter – book 20, chapter 211
  18. 18.0 18.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 21, chapter 214
  19. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 21, chapter 215
  20. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 21, chapter 216
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Hunter × Hunter – book 21, chapter 222
  22. Hunter × Hunter – book 21, chapter 217
  23. 23.0 23.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 21, chapter 220
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Hunter × Hunter – volume 21, chapter 221
  25. Hunter × Hunter – volume 21, chapter 223
  26. 26.0 26.1 Hunter × Hunter – book 22, chapter 231
  27. Hunter × Hunter – volume 22, chapter 234
  28. 28.0 28.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 22, chapter 235
  29. Hunter × Hunter – volume 23, chapter 243
  30. Hunter × Hunter – volume 24, chapter 255
  31. 31.0 31.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 24, chapter 256
  32. Hunter × Hunter – volume 24, chapter 259
  33. 33.0 33.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 24, chapter 260
  34. 34.0 34.1 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 25, chapter 261
  35. Hunter × Hunter – volume 25, chapter 262
  36. Hunter × Hunter – volume 25, chapter 263
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 25, chapter 266
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Hunter × Hunter – book 25, chapter 268
  39. 39.0 39.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 25, chapter 269
  40. 40.0 40.1 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 26, chapter 271
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Hunter × Hunter – volume 26, chapter 272
  42. 42.0 42.1 Hunter × Hunter – book 26, chapter 276
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 Hunter × Hunter – volume 26, chapter 278
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 Hunter × Hunter – volume 26, chapter 280
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 27, chapter 281
  46. 46.0 46.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 27, chapter 284
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Hunter × Hunter – book 27, chapter 285
  48. 48.0 48.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 27, chapter 286
  49. 49.0 49.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 27, chapter 287
  50. 50.0 50.1 Hunter × Hunter – book 27, chapter 288
  51. 51.0 51.1 Hunter × Hunter – bulk 27, chapter 289
  52. Hunter × Hunter – volume 27, chapter 290
  53. Hunter × Hunter – volume 28, chapter 293
  54. Hunter × Hunter – volume 28, chapter 295
  55. 55.0 55.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 28, chapter 300
  56. 56.0 56.1 Hunter × Hunter – volume 29, chapter 301
  57. Hunter × Hunter – volume 29, chapter 302
  58. Hunter × Hunter – volume 29, chapter 304
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Hunter × Hunter – book 29, chapter 308
  60. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 30, chapter 316
  61. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 31, chapter 324
  62. 62.0 62.1 Hunter × Hunter – book 32, chapter 331
  63. Hunter × Hunter – volume 32, chapter 333
  64. Hunter × Hunter – volume 32, chapter 334
  65. Hunter × Hunter – volume 30, chapter 339
  66. Hunter × Hunter – volume 36, chapter 371
  67. Hunter × Hunter – book 25, chapter 265
  68. Hunter × Hunter – bulk 26, chapter 279
  69. Hunter × Hunter – book 31, chapter 326


  1. The second base appellation of Knuckle ‘s Nen ability given by the Viz interpretation ( “ Bankruptcy, Chapter Seven ” ) is not a literal translation of the original japanese diagnose ( 天上不知唯我独損, translatable as “ The Heaven Does n’t Know My Suffering ” ) but rather a localization .
  2. The distance from Knuckle at which A.P.R. keeps accruing matter to is discrepant : it was in the first place 100 meters ( see Chapter 235 ), but it was late retconned/halved to 50 meters ( see Chapter 308 ) .


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