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Welfin
Kana

ウェルフィン

Rōmaji

Werufin

Also known as

Zaikahal

Portrayal
Japanese Voice

Daiki Nakamura

Debuts
Manga Debut

Chapter 188

Anime Debut

Episode 85 (2011)

Characteristics
Gender

Male Male

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Brown (as Zaikahal) Blonde (as Welfin)

Status

Alive

Previous Occupation

Tactician for Gyro's Army
Chimera Ant Squadron Leader

Nen
Type

Conjuration

Abilities

Missileman

Image Gallery

Welfin (ウェルフィン, Werufin) is a wolf-like Chimera Ant Squadron Leader.[1] His human name was Zaikahal (ザイカハル, Zaikaharu).[2] After the death of the Chimera Ant King, Welfin travels to Meteor City in search for Gyro.[3]

AppearanceEdit

Welfin appearence 2011

Welfin's design

Welfin appears to be an humanoid wolf with long blonde hair and is seen only wearing a blue shirt and a thong. After a near-death experience with Meruem, his face is shown to have aged dramatically.

PersonalityEdit

Welfin is very close to the bottom of the Chimera Ants hierarchy. He is secretly aiming to reach the top of the kingdom by trying to gain favor with the King, something that comes natural to him from his poverty-stricken life as a human. He strives to be the "Shadow King." He is extremely paranoid, shown by his Hatsu, and is constantly suspecting everyone around him. Welfin is also shown to be quite a coward, even trying to improvise his own death in front of Ikalgo. He however does have a lighter side to him: he longs to see his lost friend Gyro. Since revealing his past to Ikalgo, he became convinced that his true enemies are the Chimera Ants and the King.

BackgroundEdit

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Zaikahal serving Gyro

Before becoming an Ant, Zaikahal was raised by an abusive father who would beat and even strangle him. His only friend was Gyro, whom later became the founder of NGL. Zaikahal was in NGL when the Ants invaded and was killed by Yunju and his squadron. He was then taken to and eaten by the Chimera Ant Queen, thus allowing him to become the Chimera Ant Welfin. He was also comrades with a human Ikalgo.

PlotEdit

Chimera Ant arcEdit

104 - Welfin and Bloster

Welfin and Bloster in Peijin

Welfin is first seen when the Chimera Ant Queen summons the Squadron Leaders in the Nest[1] and later appears at Neferpitou's "celebration", where Rammot hits all the Squadron Leaders' allowing them access to their aura.[4] Welfin, along with Bloster, are tasked by Neferpitou to assist Leol after Cheetu is sent to another place with Morel.[5] After finding out that Flutter is gone, Welfin demands a change of plans, but Leol refuses to do so. The latter is decided to win Neferpitou's favor and anticipates on finding out Welfin's ability.[6]

Sometime later Welfin overhears Bizeff on his phone and used this knowledge to blackmail him. Being called away he is seen investigating the area were Knov killed Taragette. Tracking Knov's smell[7] and having a conversation with Youpi brings him to the conclusion the enemy may have found ways to enter the palace undetected. Returning to Bizeff, he lies and says the enemy has planted a bomb in the castle, hoping to kill the King. He also tells him not to worry as finding the bomb themselves would boost their reputations and help him become "the King behind the scenes".[8]

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Welfin prepares to attack Ikalgo

He is later seen spying on Flutter (who is actually dead and being controlled by Ikalgo).[9] He follows him down to the bunkers below the palace where he catches Ikalgo off guard,[10] hitting him with his Missileman. After a small struggle and taking multiple shots from Ikalgo's rifle, Welfin admits defeat. He reveals he knows his "past life" and admits he misses and wishes to see Gyro again.[11] Under Shaiapouf's orders, he called Neferpitou to help trick her into thinking they had regained Komugi from the enemy.[2] Now walking with crutches,[12] Welfin carries out Ikalgo's plan to free Bizeff's slaves and bring Bloster with them. He then runs into Youpi and asks him if he remembers his past life. After hearing his answer, he activates Missileman and tells Youpi to answer all his questions. The Royal guard then prepares for battle but succumbs to the poison of the Poor Man's Rose.[13]

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Welfin aging due to fear of Meruem

Welfin is then found by The King's En and questioned if he was the one who killed Youpi.[14] Out of fear from the King's hunger, Welfin's fur fell out and he rapidly aged. When he was about to be devoured, he told Meruem Komugi's name. He was spared for giving The King such useful information. As The King walked away, Welfin yelled that Gyro was the only true king and he's the only man he'll follow, stating that Meruem was the enemy. The King responded saying he'd like to meet this Gyro and may want to live as a human.[15] After the events of East Gorteau, Welfin is seen with Bizeff, Hina, Bloster, and Shidore driving to NGL to drop the latter two off. Now as confident as ever, even stating he killed The King, Welfin and the others head to Meteor City to look for Gyro.[3]

Abilities & PowersEdit

As a Chimera Ant, Welfin is stronger than any average human. During his time as a Squadron Leader, he had authority over his underlings, although it is unclear how much influence he retained after the death of the Queen. He is not a fighter, but his skills in strategy are remarkable.

Enhanced Smell: He easily used his sense of smell to track Knov's movements throughout the palace. He was also able to catch a quick smell of Meleoron, before losing him due to the enemy's use of his Nen ability.

Enhanced Hearing: Welfin can hear conversations transmitted on the frequency of a normal mobile phone.

Advanced Endurance: Being shot in the legs multiple times by Ikalgo inflicted him pain and forced him to walk with crutches, but he managed to think clearly throughout the ordeal.

High Intelligence: As a former tactician, he is able to produce plans and attack patterns and easily think his way out of a situation. However, he has a tendency to over think and scares himself out of completing his goal.

NenEdit

Welfin is a Conjurer. Although not strictly battle-oriented, his ability allows him to win a fight through simple coercion. On the other hand, since his enemies usually surrender and obey his terms, he lacks experience with it, which leads him to be in the dark about some of its characteristics, such as the the lethality of sincerity to the centipedes.

Welfin's Nen Type: Conjuration
Type: Conjuration Missileman (卵男 (ミサイルマン) Eggman)
Missileman 2011 Welfin is a Conjurer and his Hatsu is called "Missileman." It takes the form of a conjured organism attached to his back with a shrunken head and four alien limbs, each holding a missile. To use Missileman, Welfin must fulfill three conditions:
  1. Firstly, Welfin may only use Missileman as a tool of negotiation as part of his vow.
  2. Welfin must then establish a target.
  3. Welfin then loads a missile round in a form of a question or order.

If the target lies or disobeys the order, the attack commences and Missileman automatically fires. A missfire may occur if Welfin incorrectly identifies the target, but if Missileman is successfully activated, the missiles continuously chase the target until they hit. When hit, black centipedes burrow into the target's body. The victim then experiences a great deal of pain and must do as Welfin says, for an act of defiance will cause the centipedes to grow faster--leading to the victim's death. But through a series of negotiation, if at any point Welfin admits defeat in the deal or the target tells the truth, the centipedes will weaken and eventually die.


TriviaEdit

  • In episode 136 of the anime, Welfin can be seen drinking from what appears to be a Heineken brand beer can.
  • Welfin is mistakenly considered a Manipulator in Hunter x Hunter: Battle all stars
  • According to the "Hunter × Hunter Manual" section found in the Yu ☆ Yu ☆ Hakusho official character book (Shueisha Jump remix), Welfin's stats are:
Story Arcs Spirit Skill Strength Nen Talent Intelligence
Chimera Ant arc: Palace Invasion 3/5 3/5 3/5 4/5 3/5 4/5

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 188
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 304
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 315
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 19, Chapter 198
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 23, Chapter 245
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 24, Chapter 248
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 261
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 25, Chapter 262
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 26, Chapter 271
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 295
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 28, Chapter 296
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 309
  13. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 310
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 29, Chapter 312
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 313

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