Gungi board

Layout of Gungi board

Gungi ((グン)() Gungi, lit. meaning "Ceremony"* or "Military Ceremony"*) is a fictional board game in Hunter × Hunter.


Gungi was invented in Republic of East Gorteau, where almost every citizen knows how to play it. For the last 15 years, there have been international Gungi tournaments, in which East Gorteau has won every year. Komugi is the third champion representing East Gorteau, having won tournaments for five consecutive years.[1]


Gungi is played on a 9x9 board. At the beginning of the game, players can choose how their pieces will be arranged on their side of the board. Additionally, pieces can be stacked on top of each other, adding a third dimension to the game. Up to three additional pieces can be stacked on top of a piece, for up to 4 pieces in a single column. The objective is to get the "king" (帥) into checkmate.[1]

The pieces are:

  • Marshal (General/King) ()—1 high: Sochi, そち lit. "Mission/Governor/Commander" ( (スイ), Sui).[2]
  • Knight (Cavalry) ()—1 high: Kiba, きば (()(), lit. "A horse/Equestrian").[1]
  • Spy (Shinobi) ()—2 high: Shinobu, しのぶ ( (シノビ), Shinobi).[1]
    • New Spy (New Shinobi) ()—1 high: Shinobu Arata, しのぶあらた ((シノビ)(アラタ), Shinobi Arata).[3]
  • Archer (Musketeer/Bow) ()—3 high: Yumi, ゆみ ( (ユミ)).[2]
    • New Archer (New Musketeer/New Bow) ()—3 high: Yumi Arata, ゆみあらた ((ユミ)(アラタ)).[2]
  • Pawn (Soldier) ()—1 high: Hei, へい ( (ヒョウ), Hyō—lit. readed as "Leopard").[1]
  • Cannon ()—1 high: , ほう ( (オオヅツ), Oodzutsu—lit. readed as "Large-cylinder").[2]
  • Cannon ()—1 high: Tsutsu, つつ ( (ツツ), lit. "Cylinder").[4]
    • Mortar ()—2 high: Tsutsu, つつ ( (ツツ), lit. "Cylinder").[2]
  • Fortress (Fort) ()—2 high: Toride, とりで ( (トリデ)).[4]
  • Prince ()—2 high: Taishō, たいしょう ((タイ)(ショウ), lit. "Admiral/General").[2]
  • Captain ()—1 high: Koshō, こしょう ((ショウ)(ショウ), Shōshō—lit. readed as "Major General").[5]
    • Captain ()—2 high: Koshō, こしょう ((ショウ)(ショウ), Shōshō—lit. readed as "Major General").[2]
  • Duke ()—1 and 2 high: Chūjō, ちゅうじょう ((チュウ)(ジョウ), lit. "Lieutenant General").[3][5]
    • New Duke ()—1 high: Chūjō Arata, ちゅうじょうあらた ((チュウ)(ジョウ)(アラタ), lit. "New Lieutenant General").[3]
  • Counsel ().
  • Samurai (Lieutenant General) ().

Known PlayersEdit

The known players of Gungi:


  • "Gungi" is written as "軍儀", while "ant" as "蟻". The difference between the second kanji of "gungi" (儀) and the one for "ant" (蟻) is the radical: in the first case it is "亻", meaning "human", while in the latter it is "虫", meaning "insect". Since the game and, consequently, its name were created by the author, it is possible this is not a coincidence, but a subtle representation of how Meruem grew progressively closer to humans through his games with Komugi.
  • In Chapter 244, the Pawn piece (兵) (that is lit. readed as hyō, leopard) was first used and in parallel Cheetu, a Chimera Ant cheetah (a feline similar to leopard), was fighting Morel. And soon after New Archer (New Bow, 弓) was introduced, in Chapter 247 Cheetu conjures a crossbow—an improvised new Hatsu ability.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Arabic الغونغي (Alghunghiu)
军仪/軍儀 (Jūn yí)
French Gun-gi
Russian Гун-ги (Gun-gi)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 244
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 246
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 247
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 245
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 257