Chrollo Lucilfer (クロロ゠ルシルフル, Kuroro Rushirufuru) is the founder and leader and member #0 of the Phantom Troupe, an infamous gang of thieves with class A bounties. His physical strength ranks seventh in the group.
Chrollo is a young man with black hair and grey eyes. Two of his distinguishing features are his cross-shaped tattoo on his forehead and a pair of orb-shaped earrings. He is usually seen wearing a dark purple fur-collared leather and fur trench coat that is unbuttoned, revealing his muscular body, while the coat is imprinted with the golden St. Peter's Cross on the back.
Prior to the foundation of the Phantom Troupe, Chrollo neither wore his trademark coat nor comb his hair backward. When approaching Neon Nostrade in order to steal her Nen ability, he wears a blue blazer, with his hair hanging down naturally and the cross tattoo hidden behind a bandage wrapped around his forehead. His spider tattoo is located on his right arm in the 1999 anime series.
Chrollo Lucilfer is calm, intelligent, and charismatic, as he seems to be a born leader and able to hold the Phantom Troupe together despite the volatile personalities of its members. While he is a very capable strategist, Chrollo is also very confident in his own fighting abilities as well as in the other members of the Spider. He always has at least two people with him, which is why Hisoka was unable to fight him. After he has admired the objects that he targeted and acquired, Chrollo sells everything. It is also stated that Chrollo likes antique books.
Unflinching and unshakable, he is also an observer of human nature. Gon's hostility towards the Troupe led Chrollo to reflect upon the nature of his self and his actions. Additionally, when fighting Hisoka, who refused to back down even after seeing the scope of his abilities, he expressed a fascination for the inner workings of human beings. However, by his own claim, he sees no difference between a puppet and a person.
He shows no fear of his own death, even anticipating it. Melody has stated that his heartbeat sounded as if he was happy living alongside death. To Chrollo, the Phantom Troupe is more important than his own life. He once stressed in a group meeting that the survival of the group comes before the well-being of the leader. To paraphrase him, the head of the Spider is just another limb that can be sacrificed for the survival of the Spider. As an example, throughout missions, Chrollo's most commonly issued order is for Troupe members to stay close and to assist each other. The only people Chrollo seems to care about are his fellow members of the Phantom Troupe. When Chrollo reads Neon's prophecy which contains Uvogin's death, he cries for him. Later on, he orchestrates a massacre of Mafia members as a requiem to his fallen comrade. After the deaths of Shalnark and Kortopi at the hands of Hisoka, Chrollo seems to be grieving heavily over their deaths, and that he personally vowed to end Hisoka upon first sight. In fact, whenever the other members would volunteer to kill Hisoka first, he quickly brushes them off, by going with the idea of killing him on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Despite that, he is cold-blooded and not above inhuman mass murder, as he and all of his Troupe members casually and remorselessly commit those crimes, the best example being the massacre of the Kurta Clan, where not only did he and the Troupe kill people regardless of age or gender, but only did so to acquire their Scarlet Eyes, and his usage of his Indoor Fish ability on a helpless assassin reflects his sadistic nature. There is also an implied hostility between Chrollo and Silva Zoldyck, most likely rooting from their previous encounter after Silva's killing of a Troupe member.
Chrollo is a skilled actor and quite manipulative, as shown when he meets Neon Nostrade and "befriends" her in pursuance of her fortune-telling ability. During this time, he presents himself as an amiable and helpful man, always enthusiastic and smiling, who also displays curiosity; while in fact, Chrollo only intends to learn about Neon's ability as one of the requirements for stealing it.
Very little is known about Chrollo's past except that he originated from Meteor City, a junkyard city inhabited by outcasts. People who live there do not exist in any official records and the existence of the city itself is known to a very few people. Sometime in the past, he formed the Phantom Troupe with six other Meteor City residents and left the city. Later, the group was joined by more members, in accordance with Chrollo's idea of a group comprising of exactly 13 members, including himself. It is unknown when and what the exact circumstances were but Chrollo has fought Silva Zoldyck once before their battle at the Yorknew City Auction.
Heaven's Arena arc
Yorknew City arc
Chrollo is first seen in a group meeting of the Phantom Troupe in an abandoned area of the city on August 31st. He orders the Troupe to steal all the auction items for the Mafia's Underground Auction and to eliminate anyone who gets in their way.
On the evening of September 1st, he, Phinks, Kortopi, Bonolenov, Pakunoda, and Hisoka stay in their hideout while the other 7 members sneak in the Cemetery Building where the auction is being held and kill all the Mafiosi and the guests there, only to find an empty vault because the items were already relocated to somewhere else just a few hours before their arrival. On the way back on a hot-air balloon, Uvogin calls Chrollo by phone, saying he suspects there is a traitor in the Troupe. Chrollo reasons with him that an informant exists, but this person is not among them. He then tells Uvogin and others to cause a big disturbance to lure out the Shadow Beasts. One of whom, known as Owl, removed the auction items.
Following the order, Uvogin massacres the Mafia and four Shadow Beasts in the Gordeau Desert, but he is captured by Kurapika shortly afterward. Five other members of the group immediately give chase until they are stopped on the way by the remaining Shadow Beasts. They kill all of these men excluding the Owl, who they capture and successfully get the items from. Near midnight, they find where Uvogin is being held captive and free him after killing Dalzollene, the head bodyguard of the Nostrade Family. Uvogin, however, insists on finding the "Chain User," Kurapika, alone to get revenge, which leads to his demise at the hands of Kurapika in the Gordeau Desert in the early hours of September 2nd.
On September 3rd, thanks to a picture of her that was just uploaded on the Hunter website, Chrollo finds and approaches Neon Nostrade, who has slipped away from her bodyguards to attend the rescheduled Underground Auction against her father's will. After helping her to get into the Cemetery Building, he asks her to tell his fortune, which she gladly does. Upon reading the prophecy he cries because it mentions Uvogin's death. Near the start of the auction, he knocks out Neon with a swift blow to the back of her neck and uses her as an excuse to get to the upper floors. He then kills some hired assassins with ease while his other comrades massacre the 2,000 Mafiosi guarding the building.
As the Phantom Troupe's retaliatory attack goes on, Chrollo is cornered in the basement of the building by two elite assassins, Zeno and Silva Zoldyck. Noticing that Zeno is an incredible fighter, Chrollo fights them with the intention of stealing his abilities. However, Zeno sees through him and has him pinned against the wall while Silva throws two huge aura spheres at them, triggering a huge explosion. Chrollo and Zeno are however saved at the last moment by Silva's transmitter. Right before the Zoldycks can finish the Spider, in fact, Illumi Zoldyck calls and tells them that the Ten Dons have been eliminated in a mission whose client is Chrollo. As their clients are dead, they spare him and leave.
Chrollo then calls other members, telling them not to touch the ambulance that is carrying Neon to the hospital and to continue with the plan, according to which they make use of Kortopi's ability to fool the Mafia with fake corpses of five members, take the real items and sell their copies in the rescheduled Underground Auction held on the 10th floor of the building. After that, he and the other members return to their hideout and celebrate their victory. The next day, September 4th, Chrollo orders the Troupe to leave Yorknew City during the night, but Nobunaga insists that they find Kurapika. In order to persuade Nobunaga, he uses the Lovely Ghostwriter that he stole from Neon to make prophecies about Nobunaga and some other members, according to which 5 more of them will die if they meet the "Chain User" within 2 weeks. They then intend to return to Meteor City to avoid that prospect, however Hisoka alters his own prophecy with the Texture Surprise and manipulates the whole group into staying in Yorknew City so that he can have the chance to fight Chrollo.
Later, Chrollo is able to deduce that Kurapika is one of Neon's bodyguards, and thanks to a pair of fake Scarlet Eyes that they sold him the night before, they know that he and the other bodyguards are staying in Hotel Beitacle, 2.5 km from the hideout. Chrollo orders Kortopi, Machi, Nobunaga, Pakunoda, and Shizuku to go with him to the hotel. On the way, noticing that they are being followed by 2 people, he tells Kortopi, Nobunaga and Pakunoda to go ahead while he, Machi, and Shizuku stay behind. They then capture Gon and Killua again. Meanwhile, Pakunoda and the other two are able to know Kurapika's name and face after capturing and killing Squala.
Chrollo, Machi, and Shizuku take the 2 kids to the hotel and meet up with Pakunoda's group in the hall. He tells Paku to check their memories again, but before she can reveal what she has learned about Kurapika, a power outage suddenly happens, allowing Gon and Killua to break free from her grasp. Machi and Nobunaga easily recapture them despite the total darkness. However, when the light comes back on, they realize that Chrollo has been captured by Kurapika.
Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark soon arrive at the hotel. They then receive a call from Kurapika, who tells them not to follow him, not to hurt the hostages and give the phone to Paku. He then tells Paku to go to Lingon Airport alone to negotiate the terms of a hostage exchange and the other members to return to their hideout. Chrollo, who is sitting next to Kurapika in the back seat of a car, is then beaten up, but he discovers that Kurapika puts his friends above all else, which he considers a vital weakness, thus he hopes Paku and other members will come to the airport together. Indeed, Phinks, Feitan, and Shalnark try to follow Paku, but Nobunaga stops them for fear that Chrollo would be killed, leading to a heated quarrel between Nobunaga and Phinks. Because Machi and Shizuku agree with Nobunaga and Kurapika tells them about Melody's ability to detect lies, they all return to the hideout as told by him.
When Kurapika and Pakunoda meet at the airport, he binds Chrollo's and Paku's hearts with his Judgment Chain, forbidding them to use Nen and to communicate with the other members, and tells her to come to the exchange site along with Gon and Killua before midnight, to which she agrees. After returning to the hideout, Paku tells the others about the conditions Phinks becomes so angry that he wants to get rid of the kids then go after Kurapika, but Machi and Kortopi disagree with him. They almost got into a fight with Phinks and Feitan, who think that she and the others are being manipulated by Kurapika until the quarrel is interrupted by Gon. Phinks finally agrees to let Pakunoda go alone after Franklin tells him that if he keeps being stubborn, the Troupe may disintegrate.
Just before the exchange, Hisoka unexpectedly appears and threatens to kill the kids if he cannot come along with Paku to fight Chrollo. Kurapika has no choice but to let him go to the exchange site with them. When Chrollo is finally released, Hisoka reveals that he has never been a true member of the Troupe and challenges him to a duel. Seeing that, Chrollo laughs and tells Hisoka that it is pointless fighting him now because the Judgement Chain has rendered him unable to use Nen. Losing interest, Hisoka spares him and leaves while Chrollo sets off to the East in order to fulfill the prophecy given to him by Neon.
Greed Island arc
The destination in the East, according to the prophecy is later revealed to be Greed Island, the likeliest place to find a Nen Exorcist to neutralize Kurapika's chain. Chrollo is somehow able to obtain a copy of the game and recruits Hisoka to enter it for him since the game requires the ability to use Nen. Hisoka happily complies for the chance to fight Chrollo once his power is restored. An Exorcist is then found and recruited by him and the other members of the Phantom Troupe.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
Chrollo's curse was lifted, but he ran away from Hisoka instead of fighting him. During this period, he acquired new abilities in preparation for their final showdown. He also traveled to Meteor City and met Shalnark and Kortopi, taking their abilities.
Succession Contest arc
Chrollo finally decides to accept Hisoka's challenge and fights him in Heaven's Arena, where he is a Floor Master. The two agree that the chase has become boring and start a match to the death. Chrollo immediately takes control of the referee with Shalnark's ability, using him against Hisoka while also attacking him with his bare hands. After a brief but furious exchange of blows which sees Hisoka strictly on the defensive, Chrollo kills the referee, showing off two new abilities: an explosive mark and a bookmark that allows him to use stolen abilities without having to hold his book. While he is bent on winning, he wants to do it with style. The two discuss Chrollo's new abilities, and he declares he will show Hisoka three more, adding that Hisoka should be honored that he would be using more than his record amount of abilities when killing only one person.
Chrollo then introduces Hisoka to another ability, Order Stamp. After putting the bookmark on that page, he creates a copy of the referee's body with Kortopi's Nen ability and uses the stamp to make it attack Hisoka. However, thanks to Chrollo's explanation, Hisoka easily deactivates Order Stamp by beheading the puppet. Chrollo finally shows the last ability he has prepared, Convert Hands. Much to Hisoka's annoyance, before the two can trade blows again, Chrollo reveals that one of his abilities belongs to someone who is already dead. He is surprised that Hisoka instantly realizes it is because the user's Nen has become stronger after his death. The ability in question is The Sun and Moon, which Chrollo has acquired in Meteor City. Thanks to the creator's resolve, once affixed, the marks will never disappear unless they explode. Declaring the explanation is finished, Chrollo states that his victory is certain and asks Hisoka if he is willing to go on nonetheless. When Hisoka consents, he thinks to himself that humans are fascinating creatures. Running away from Hisoka, the two end up in the audience, which Chrollo manipulates to attack Hisoka while disguising himself with Convert Hands.
While Hisoka kills his controlled humans, Chrollo steals the clothes of a spectator and dons them, also retrieving the two antennae unseen by his opponent. He then places the bookmark on Gallery Fake and, after creating multiple copies with it, he opens his book to Order Stamp in order to have around thirty of them attack Hisoka. The magician is forced to retreat. Chrollo uses the opening to get behind him, switching type of attack at the last second to trick him, causing Hisoka to fall into the crowd of puppets. While the magician fights them off, Chrollo damages him with a hit-and-run tactic, striking from his blind spots and blending in the crowd. When Hisoka attempts to counter his next ambush attack with Bungee Gum, Chrollo dodges and kicks him to the ground, claiming he had foreseen it. However, he is hit by a second projectile that Hisoka had prepared.
Hisoka lands one more hit with the other projectile, but Chrollo manages to keep hold of the book and retreat into the background. Unbeknownst to Hisoka, Chrollo uses this chance to identify the puppet whose head Hisoka has taken and place a fully charged plus symbol on its body. While Hisoka disables his puppets, Chrollo controls one spectator with Black Voice and gives him his appearance with Convert Hands. Hisoka finds the substitute and gives chase, killing it. Chrollo then steals the announcer's microphone and orders all his puppets to attack Hisoka. While the magician destroys them, Chrollo uses his phone to order a controlled human on whom he has affixed a fully charged symbol to trigger an explosion that injures Hisoka's hand.
Chrollo smiles with satisfaction at the explosion. He then orders some puppets on whose hands he has affixed fully powered symbols to climb to the second floor and, when Hisoka is in range, to blow themselves up. The blast wounds Hisoka and severs one of his legs. When Hisoka tries to break his fall by using Bungee Gum, Chrollo throws two spectators at him, causing him to fall back into the ring filled with puppets. An explosion ensues.
After the battle, Chrollo tasks Shalnark, Kortopi, and Machi with verifying Hisoka's death. Meanwhile, the media accuse him of having set a bomb that killed his opponent along with many spectators. The next time Chrollo is seen, he is on the phone with Shalnark where they discuss plans to board the Kakin Empire Royal Family's ship, stealing all the valuables on board while simultaneously booking passage to the Dark Continent. Chrollo then asks Shalnark if he would like his Hatsu back, to which he refuses, saying he doesn't need it at the moment.
At one point, Chrollo manages to board the Black Whale 1. He is seen sitting in the lowest level of the ship in a foul mood. A concerned passenger asks him what is wrong since he looks awful. Chrollo inquires whether he is, and the passenger replies that he looks as though he is about to kill someone. He also surmises that Chrollo too has gone through a lot, leading him into getting on the ship. Then, he kindly advises Chrollo that he should forget all of his worldly ties once he boarded the ship, and then asks whether it's hard for Chrollo to do so. Chrollo thinks that the ties are not forgotten, but they are severed instead.
On August 9th, Chrollo meets up with Machi at a market inside the Black Whale. She calls dibs on killing Hisoka, but Chrollo replies everyone in the Phantom Troupe is after him. When she suggests they flip a coin, Chrollo refuses, saying that method is for settling disputes between two members, whereas they are all itching to slay Hisoka, including Chrollo himself. He states the magician is certainly on the ship and they will manage to find him.
The entire Phantom Troupe gathers in the dining hall, where Chrollo hears the reports about their fruitless search for Hisoka. They conclude that Hisoka is not in Tier 5, though the upper tiers are controlled by two other Mafia families. Chrollo encourages for their newest member to introduce himself; Illumi Zoldyck shares that he and Hisoka had once had a give-and-take relationship, though this time, it is Hisoka's request that Illumi joins the Troupe and have Hisoka as his assassination target. A group from the Cha-R Family then interrupt their meeting, with the leader rudely asking them to move. Chrollo refuses and asks them to find somewhere else instead. The Mafia leader stops his subordinates from initiating a fight and identifies Chrollo and the others as the Phantom Troupe. According to the leader, the Troupe's rampage in Yorknew City allowed them easier access to the New Continent. The leader further orders the Troupe to do their business elsewhere. Before leaving, Chrollo tells him that they are looking for someone over 190cm with an unpleasant air about him. The leader suggests they look at the Royal Army's passenger list, though it will be a hard task since the upper levels need tickets. He offers for Chrollo to join the Cha-R Family, but he politely declines. Instead, he asks about going to Tier 1, which prompts the leader to respond angrily to his cockiness.
As the members walk away, Phinks muses that the leader showed his hand when Chrollo mentioned the first tier, implying that there might be treasures hidden there. Chrollo disregards stealing the treasures in favor of hunting Hisoka first. With the information they have all gathered, he orders the Troupe to bring him Hisoka's head, after which they can celebrate. The other members move out, but Shizuku and Bonolenov follow after Chrollo, and the former subsequently asks if they can team up with the boss. Chrollo agrees, on the condition that he will kill Hisoka. Shizuku has no qualms about that since she admits that both she and Bonolenov are powerless against Hisoka's Bungee Gum. While Chrollo shares his plan of fighting the magician on sight, he asks about the two Spiders' plans. Shizuku plans to disguise herself while searching. Bonolenov also plans to transform himself, though he asks Chrollo's assistance about the transformation. Chrollo concurs and says he wants them to do something for him. Shizuku also has a request, for the boss to tell their fortunes again. However, Chrollo states he cannot do so, since the ability vanished from his book, giving him and Shizuku a vague detail of what happened to its original owner. The three of them leave together, and Shizuku compares Chrollo's book to a "death note". While Chrollo remains silent, Bonolenov suggests that Shizuku should keep her thoughts to herself. Their group successfully gains admission from Tier 5 to Tier 4, taking the central access way.
Ben's Knife: Chrollo is in possession of one of the famous Ben's knives, forged in Delon's central period. It has a black hilt with a slightly curved knuckle guard, similar to a D guard. Near the guard, the blade branches in two segments. The central one is the longest. It ends up with a sharp arrow point. The second segment is curved and serves as the edge of the knife. Its tip almost touches the one of the central segment. A third segment acts as the back of the blade. It is connected to the others through two horizontal joins. Ben's knives are renowned for their exceptional sharpness: in fact, Chrollo was able to cut Silva's skin with it, a feat that led the assassin to praise the quality of the weapon. The blade is soaked with a toxin so powerful that 0.1 mg could paralyze a whale. Chrollo wears it under his clothes, whence it can be pulled out rapidly, sheathed in a curved scabbard.
Antennae: Chrollo carries two antennae with him to activate Black Voice. His antennae are different from Shalnark's, having a small, dark sphere at the top and angel wings instead of bat wings. He then texts orders with his telephone, which is identical to Shalnark's, if not the same. According to Hisoka, Chrollo may have tied a fishing line to them to retrieve them unseen.
Cellphone: In order to use Shalnark's ability, Chrollo also borrowed his special bat-shaped telephone.
Abilities & Powers
Chrollo is an exceptional fighter, being the leader of the Phantom Troupe and revered as the strongest member by most of them. Machi ranks him cleanly above Hisoka, who has consistently shown to prize a fight with the Phantom Troupe's leader far more than against any other Spider. However, he tends to hold back if his opponent owns an ability that interests him so that he can steal it. He was able to fight against Silva and Zeno Zoldyck, both extremely proficient assassins, simultaneously, without leaving any openings for the former to exploit, though he was unable to cause significant damage to either of them and was ultimately saved by Illumi fulfilling his contract. In the past, he survived a confrontation with the first assassin, while presently Zeno stated that he would surely win if Chrollo fought to steal his ability, but that his victory would be less certain if Chrollo were serious about killing him. His greatest achievement on the battlefield may be his victory at the Heaven's Arena against Hisoka, another extremely powerful Nen user who at the time had no record of past defeats or even proof of struggling in fights throughout the duration of the series.
His fighting style is adaptable and combines speed with deadly precision. When put in a tight spot he fights using a very sharp, poisoned blade, with 0.1 mg toxin that can paralyze a whale. He is able to kill skilled hitmen with just a pen, sometimes even remaining concealed with Zetsu, thus without the use of Nen. Chrollo is also endowed with terrific strategic abilities as well as astounding strength of mind and willpower, even by the standards of the Troupe.
Preternatural Perception: While chased by Kurapika and Gon, Chrollo was able to sense he was being followed and the direction his pursuers were coming from, whereas five other Phantom Troupe members failed to detect anything unusual even after he warned them.
Enhanced Strength: Chrollo placed seventh in an arm-wrestling competition the Troupe had. However, his rank is excellent, since Specialists are the weakest in employing Enhancer skills. He is nonetheless able to decapitate a normal human with a hand chop and to pierce through skulls with an ordinary pen. He is also capable of lifting adult males and throwing them over a distance of multiple meters using only one arm and while standing on top of a parapet.
Immense Speed and Reflexes: Chrollo was able to fight Zeno and Silva at the same time, avoiding or shielding against their powerful attacks effectively. According to Pakunoda, he would have no trouble dodging an attack lasting 0.2 seconds. He landed a hand chop on the neck of Neon Nostrade that was so fast that neither the people in the hall or people watching through the cameras could detect his movement. In his match against Hisoka, he was able to steal a person's clothes, wear them, create more than thirty puppets with Gallery Fake and blend in the crowd again all in a matter of few instants. In the 2011 anime, he disappeared and struck mortally one of the assassins hired by the Mafia without the latter noticing, and also showed the ability to catch thrown knives mid-flight.
Enhanced Agility: Chrollo can run on the sides of buildings, and easily jump horizontally from one to another. He also deftly dodged many of Zeno's long-distance attacks while never losing sight of Silva and quickly recovered his balance the few times he was hit. He was able to dodge a fast-moving projectile while in mid-air.
Genius-level Intellect: Despite his young age, Chrollo is the leader of the class A bounty Phantom Troupe. His plans usually go smoothly, and he has shown himself to be both knowledgeable and intuitive. He was able to trick the whole Yorknew City's Mafia into thinking that he, along with many comrades of his, had died.
Master Strategist: Chrollo managed to predict part of the "Chain User"'s strategy of vengeance, though he was ultimately outsmarted by both Kurapika and Hisoka. He has complete dominion over his emotions, as demonstrated when he was captured by Kurapika; on that occasion, however, he managed to take notice of the latter's weakness (he would prioritize his friends over his revenge). In the fight against the Zoldycks, he focused on stealing Zeno's ability in the midst of combat and left no openings for Silva to exploit, proving himself to be an efficient multitasker and quick-thinker. Before fighting Hisoka, Chrollo prepared a strategy that, by his claim, granted him a sure chance of victory, and indeed Hisoka, despite being a battle genius, while he was able to respond and hold his own for a period, managed to anticipate only one of his moves.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Chrollo's defense is top-class: he managed to put up a good fight against the two Zoldyck assassins, using his skills at unarmed combat almost exclusively to block and dodge. He managed to confront Zeno and avoid his attacks at the last second in order to prevent Silva exploiting his openings, keeping an eye on him the whole time. While he was mainly forced on the defensive on that occasion, he has also shown incredible offensive abilities when he knocked Neon out. In fact, his chop was so fast it would have beheaded her if not for the perfect control of his movement. He managed to fool Hisoka with a feint twice, inflicting considerable damage despite fighting while holding his book.
Proficient Weapon Specialist: Chrollo defeated and killed a few skilled Nen users wielding just a normal pen. He was able to injure Silva's arm with a Ben's knife (the sole injury he could inflict in the triple confrontation), demonstrating his skills with this type of weapon.
Chrollo is a Specialist; his Nen type is a combination of the other five, but in a way that no normal Nen user can utilize. His talent for Nen is judged prodigious not only for his age but even by the standards of masters in the discipline. His Zetsu was noted by Silva to be flawless, allowing him to sneak up on his opponent and kill them without leaving the faintest trace of bloodlust, although Hisoka was able to sense it an instant before being hit on at least one occasion. Like other skilled Nen users, he is capable of maintaining a state of Ten at all times. His prolonged use of Ren in confrontations suggests he can use Ken as well. He also has knowledge of Gyo. The technique he relies on the most however seems to be Hatsu. Chrollo has proven to be an extremely versatile ability user, being capable of employing multiple stolen abilities in battle to great effect and of combining them despite their using several different Nen types, which also seems to vouch for copious aura reserves. It is currently unknown if this is entirely due to his skills, or if Skill Hunter allows him to mimic the proficiency of the original owner of an ability.
Chrollo ranks seventh in arm wrestling in the Phantom Troupe despite being a Specialist, which is theoretically the least compatible with Enhancement assuming Specialization follows the principles of Nen chart. Furthermore, his defensive usage of aura is so great that, despite fighting against both Silva and Zeno at the same time and taking powerful blows, he took only relatively minor damage which did not impair his combat abilities, although he immediately understood he would be unable to guard against Zeno's superior Gyo and collapsed from exhaustion immediately after the end of the fight.
Due to Kurapika's Judgement Chain, he was rendered unable to use Nen for a period. After the curse was lifted, he acquired new abilities for the purpose of killing Hisoka. The creation of Double Face and his explanation of The Sun and Moon imply that he knows about Limitations and post-mortem Nen respectively.
|Chrollo's Nen Type: Specialization|
|Type: Specialization||Skill Hunter (盗賊の極意 Bandit's Secret)|
|Chrollo's Nen ability allows him to steal the Nen ability of other people to use them as his own through a conjured book known as the "Bandit's Secret." The theft victim, of course, no longer has access to their stolen ability. The theft happens under strict conditions:
To use one of the stolen abilities, he first conjures Bandit's Secret and turns to the page of the wanted ability. While using an ability, Chrollo must turn to the page with the ability on it and the book must remain open in his right hand; this means he could only have access to one chosen ability at a time. The abilities are subjected not only to the Limitations but also to the emotions and thinking of their creators: for example, despite seeing corpses as immobile masses no different from objects, Chrollo cannot use Order Stamp on cadavers due to the outlook of the original owner, despite it not being a Limitation. Additionally, an ability vanishes from the book if its former owner dies. However, if their Nen has become stronger after death, Chrollo can keep their ability even if the original owner passes away. Expert Nen users can see through some of these conditions, as Zeno rightly guessed that Chrollo must endure 4 to 5 hardships before he can steal an ability.
|Type: Specialization||Double Face (栞のテーマ Bookmark Theme)|
|This bookmark allows Chrollo to maintain access to any ability on the page it is placed, even if the book is closed and he is not touching it, circumventing one of the conditions placed on Skill Hunter. With both hands now free, Chrollo can now use hand-to-hand combat in conjunction with his stolen abilities. Furthermore, if Chrollo keeps the book open to a particular page and uses the bookmark on another, he becomes capable of utilizing two stolen abilities at the same time. The bookmark was specified to belong to the book itself and not to be a stolen ability.|
|Type: Unknown||Indoor Fish (密室遊魚 Fish Playing Behind Closed Doors)|
|Described as a fish that can only survive in a completely sealed room, it seems to be made entirely of bones and feeds on human flesh. While a person is being eaten, they do not feel pain or bleed and will remain alive and perfectly conscious even if mortally wounded. When the fish disappears, the effects of the wounds manifest, possibly resulting in the death of the victim. Chrollo summoned two of them when fighting an assassin hired by Zenji.|
|Type: Conjuration||Fun Fun Cloth (不思議で便利な大風呂敷 Wondrous Convenient Kerchief)|
|An ability initially owned by the Owl, a member of the Shadow Beasts. This cloth is conjured and can increase and decrease in size according to the user's will. Whatever is covered in the cloth decreases in size until it fits in the palm of a hand. The user can make it go back to its original size by letting it out of the bag. People can also be shrunk this way, without being injured. Chrollo obtains this ability while the Troupe tortured the Owl after they captured him to find out how he hid the auction pieces they intended to steal.|
|Chrollo displayed the capacity to teleport a person from one place to another without that person's consent. He did so while remaining immobile, and without seeing the person he wanted to teleport, nor the destination. He used this ability on Nobunaga to prevent him from attacking Hisoka.|
|Type: Manipulation||Black Voice (携帯する他人の運命 Mobile Fate Director)|
|An ability borrowed from Shalnark which allows Chrollo to completely manipulate a target by sticking an antenna into them and piloting them through his phone. Unlike Shalnark, he keeps out both antennae, using one on a third person to attack the target and the other as feint if the target knows about the ability, enabling Chrollo to attack them. He can also give orders to a controlled puppet by talking into the phone. It is unknown if Chrollo lost this ability after Shalnark's death.|
|Type: Unknown||The Sun and Moon (番いの破壊者 Paired Destruction)|
|Two symbols appear on Chrollo's hands: a sun with a plus on the left and a waxing/waning moon with a minus on the right. By touching the intended target, he can mark them with a different symbol depending on which hand he used. When the two marks touch each other, they trigger an explosion. The marks can be created instantly, but to reach their full power, Chrollo needs to touch the target for three to five seconds. In the latter case, the explosion is powerful enough to kill people around the bearer of the marks, instead of just the bearer themselves. A symbol can be fully charged even after its application, by means of physical contact. Despite Chrollo saying that the marks themselves explode, the fully charged symbols were able to turn what they were affixed on into a bomb, including parts separated after the application of the symbols.
This ability was stolen from an elder from Meteor City. Although he died since, his Nen became so powerful after his death that Chrollo was able to retain his ability. For the same reason, once the marks are affixed, they will remain into existence even if the book is closed, until they explode. Their power is such that they can even counter the restrictions on Skill Hunter, preventing a copy created with Gallery Fake from disappearing even after the ability is no longer in use if a mark has been affixed on it. The Nen type of this ability is currently unknown, although its effects could be explained by a combination of Emission and Transmutation.
|Type: Conjuration and Manipulation||Order Stamp (人間の証明 Proof of Humanity)|
|Chrollo conjures a stamp that, when affixed onto a "puppet", allows the user to control it by giving a vocal command. To be considered a puppet, the object that the user wishes to control must have a head and be lifeless. This ability cannot be used to control corpses, as the original users did not view them as mere inanimate objects; it can, however, control Nen copies of corpses. Removing the head of the puppet will deactivate the ability. The stamp has the kanji for "person" (人) engraved and leaves the same mark upon being affixed. Order Stamp is capable of controlling a large number of puppets, but the orders cannot be too complex. Chrollo discovered that if he controls the copy of a person, giving commands that go against that person's beliefs can prove detrimental to the point of the command being ignored. However, he discovered that using a language that creates emotional distance—such as saying "break" instead of "kill"—can bypass the puppet's will. It is one of the abilities Chrollo stole to fight Hisoka. He can control more than 200 puppets at the same time.|
|Type: Conjuration||Gallery Fake (神の左手悪魔の右手 Divine Left Hand, Demonic Right Hand)|
|When Chrollo touches an object with his left hand, his Nen ability allows him to conjure an exact replica of that object with his right hand. He cannot replicate living things except as inanimate objects, meaning the copies will look like corpses, and although Chrollo seemingly can replicate conjured items, he is unable to replicate their effects. The replicas that he creates vanish after 24 hours, regardless of their size. However, before their disappearance, Chrollo is able to track the movements of each and every copied object by using his En (provided that he can touch the originals). Chrollo borrowed this ability from Kortopi in preparation for his duel to the death with Hisoka, in order to create puppets to control with Order Stamp. He can create more than 200 puppets at the same time. It is unknown if Chrollo lost this ability following Kortopi's death.|
|Type: Unknown||Convert Hands (転校生 Transfer Student)|
|Two marks appear on the palms of Chrollo's hand. The one on the right hand consists of a black ring within which is a black arrow pointing towards his middle finger. The area that is not occupied by the arrow is black. Touching someone with this mark will cause them to take on Chrollo's likeliness. The mark on his left hand has the opposite color scheme, and the arrow points towards Chrollo's wrist. By touching someone with this mark, Chrollo can take on their likeliness. If he touches a person with both markers, his and that person's likeliness will be swapped. This ability only affects appearance and not abilities or personalities. Since the markers remain on the ability user's hands, it is relatively simple to identify them. Nonetheless, it is an effective way to mingle into a crowd. For the mark to appear on his right hand, which would otherwise be holding the book, Chrollo needs to use the bookmark, but after activating the ability, he can hold the book normally. It is one of the abilities Chrollo stole to fight Hisoka. It is currently unknown what Nen type it uses. Its characteristic of making the affected object indistinguishable from the original one makes it vaguely similar to some Conjuration abilities.|
Former Stolen Abilities
|Type: Specialization||Lovely Ghostwriter (天使の自動筆記 Angelic Auto Writing)|
|An ability stolen from Neon Nostrade. It creates accurate predictions of future events. The user cannot predict their own future. The ability requires:
The target person writes the required information on a piece of paper, then hands it to the abilities user, who then calls the "Lovely Ghostwriter", a sort of green monster that attaches to the user's arm and moves his pen. The user does not know what he writes, being in a trance-like state. The prophecies take the form of poetry, composed of 4 or 5 quatrains each corresponding to every week of the month. The first stanza is always about something that has already happened. Neon refuses to read her own predictions, feeling it would spoil her ability, but Chrollo has his predictions read out by the addressees.
According to Chrollo, the ability vanished in his book during an unknown time.
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