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.
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.
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.
Chimera Ant arcEdit
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Welfin is first seen when the Chimera Ant Queen summons the Squadron Leaders in the Nest and later appears at Neferpitou's "celebration", where Rammot hits all the Squadron Leaders' allowing them access to their aura. Welfin, along with Bloster, are tasked by Neferpitou to assist Leol after Cheetu is sent to another place with Morel. 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.
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 Taragetter. Tracking Knov's smell 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 "Shadow King".
He is later seen spying on Flutter (who is actually dead and being controlled by Ikalgo). Fearing Flutter is allied with Bloster, however, he does not take the elevator and goes looking for Bizeff. On his way out, he momentarily senses a presence. He activates his ability, which however misfires, causing him to question his perception. He then returns to the bunkers below the palace where he catches Ikalgo off guard, 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. Under Shaiapouf's orders, he called Neferpitou to help trick her into thinking they had regained Komugi from the enemy. Now walking with crutches, 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.
Welfin is then found by Meruem's En and questioned if he was the one who killed Youpi. Out of fear from Meruem'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. Meruem responded saying he'd like to meet this Gyro and may want to live as a human. 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 falsely stating he killed Meruem, Welfin and the others head to Meteor City to look for Gyro to restart the kingdom like NGL all over again.
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.
Welfin is a Conjurer. Although not strictly battle-oriented, his Hatsu 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 Hatsu ability reflects multiple facets of his personality.
|Welfin's Nen Type: Conjuration|
|Type: Conjuration||Missileman (|
|Welfin conjures an organic-looking missile launcher on his back with a shrunken head and four alien limbs, each holding a missile. The ability has 3 steps:
If all the steps are executed correctly, the missiles continuously chase the target until they hit, even if Welfin himself can no longer sense the target. However, it is possible for the ability to misfire, which occurs when Welfin incorrectly identifies the target, and it requires Welfin to communicate his dispositions before it can be used. Furthermore, the ability does not prevent the target from attacking Welfin except through deterrence, which means that if the enemy is willing to be hit by the missiles, they will be able to strike before Welfin can open fire.
The missiles explode upon impact, implanting live centipedes in the target's head instead of dealing lethal damage. The centipedes grow by feeding on the target's defiance, inflicting excruciating pain until they kill the target. Should the target attempt to kill Welfin, the centipedes will instantly grow to fatal size, causing the death of the host and preventing them from carrying out their attack. Welfin himself is unable to remove the centipedes once they are inside the target. However, his feelings of defeat and sincerity harm the centipedes to the point that they can kill them, causing them to disappear. Welfin himself was originally ignorant of this aspect of his ability. The awareness of its other weaknesses led him to look down on Missileman, prompting him to use it only in negotiations
- 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 × 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:
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|Members||Chimera Ant Queen • Meruem • Neferpitou • Shaiapouf • Menthuthuyoupi • Kite|
|Squadron Leaders||Colt • Zazan • Leol • Cheetu • Peggy • Meleoron • Bloster • Welfin • Bihorn • Yunju • Alligator • Turtle • Chimera Ant Octopus • Panda|
|Officers||Boki • Centipede • Flutter • Hina • Frog • Ikalgo • Mosquito • Pike • Rammot • Ortho Siblings|
|Soldiers||Baro • Bat • Bombardier Beetle Chimera Ant • Coburn • Gorilla • Gun-toting Ant • Gyro • Hollow • Inzagi • Koala • Maenore • Palm Siberia • Pell • Pig • Rhino • Shidore • Snake (Chimera Ant) • Stag Beetle • Taragette|