At the end of each of the five successful voyages, as collateral damage, humanity brought back Five Threats: the botanical weapon Brion, the gaseous lifeform Ai, the two-tailed snake Hellbell, the human-keeping beast Pap, and the immortality sickness Zobae Disease.
Dark Continent Expedition arc
Deep in the underground basement below the International Permit Agency's headquarters, several disfigured and macabre human corpses that were affected by the Five Threats are displayed in giant glass tubes. Steiner, the newly assigned Deputy Secretary of the International Permit Agency (IPA), is given a small tour of the establishment and receives a copy of the Journey to the New World that elaborates various vital information on the Dark Continent. Afterward, in his flat, Steiner watches a copy of a DVD that Isaac Netero bequeathed to the Zodiacs and then reads more into the Journey to the New World book's information pertaining to the Five Threats. Disconcerted from what he's read he believes that it's not someplace humanity should ever return to.
The Five Threats are briefly mentioned in a meeting lead by Steiner with the V5 and are indirectly referenced again by a specialist on a news broadcast channel focusing on the Kakin Empire's voyage to the Dark Continent. Meanwhile, in Beyond Netero's lair in Kakin, where his Expedition Team is located, the new number two of the team Ging Freecss elaborates to Mascher, Curly, and an unnamed team member about the trips the V5 made and how each endeavor brought back one of the know Five Threats. He discloses how there have been victims of Ai and Pap on their side of the world and how fortunate humanity has been thus far for not being wiped out. Answering Curly's question about the significant discoveries made in the Dark Continent, Ging talks about how each one of the V5 members sent expeditions to retrieve items such as the Unmanned Rock, a healing herb for all kinds of diseases, the Nitro Rice, the Trinity Elixir, and the Metallion, however, all of the expedition teams seeking these items were decimated by an individual thing from the Five Threats. In turn, the "Guide" to the Dark Continent constrains the survivors of each expedition to bring one of the Five Threats back to the side of humanity as a lesson.
Cheadle Yorkshire leads a meeting to not only introduce the new Boar and Rat to the Zodiacs but also to elaborate on all of the vital information pertaining to the Dark Continent, which includes the Five Threats. On the day of departure of the Black Whale to the Dark Continent, Steiner mentions the labyrinth city the location of the one of the Five Threats Brion to his colleagues.
Summary of the Five Trips
|Summary of the Five Trips|
|V6 Member||Begerossé Union||United States of Saherta||Federation of Ochima||Mimbo Republic||Kukan'yu Kingdom|
|Direction||Northeast shore of Lake Mobius.||North shore of Lake Mobius.||Far southeast shore of Lake Mobius.||Southeast shore of Lake Mobius.||South shore of Lake Mobius.|
|Location||In a steep mountain range.||In the ruins of an ancient labyrinthine city that lies 400 km in a forest.||Swamps||-||-|
|Resources||Unmanned Rock||Unknown Herb||Nitro Rice||Trinity Elixir||Metallion|
|Use||An ore that generates electricity when placed under water. One small bead can generate 20,000 kW a day.||Can cure all kinds of diseases.||The ultimate secret of longevity.||The mother solution for all sorts of liquids.||An alchemy plant.|
|Returning Survivors||7 out of 1000 (0.7% survival rate)||2||11 (99% fell prey to Hellbell)||3||6 (including Beyond Netero and the Hunter afflicted by Zobae)|
|Statistics of the Five Threats|
|Chimera Ants (Humanoid)||B~C
|Zobae (Patient)||C-1 (≒A-2)||E||B-2||B-2||B+|
|Human (Nation)||B (≒A-1)||A||C (≒B)||A~C||A-~B+|
|Ranking of Dangerous Creatures |
Highest (A) → Lowest (E)
|Agression Towards Human||1) Attacks without provocation.
2) Ecology or behavior endangers many lives.
|Species ranks A under certain conditions (climate, food source, exposure to chemicals).||1) Individual differences.
2) Individuals can rank A under certain conditions (smell of blood, under threat, breading season, defending young).
|Passive: sudden encounters may provoke a defensive or evasive attack (emission of gas, liquid, needles, body slam).||None.|
|Number||One nest, host or herd numbers in 10,000 or more.||100s-1,000s.||<100.||<10.||Individuals.|
|Fecundity||Explosive growth once breeding begins.||1) Breeds several times a year, with >10 young.
2) Conditions can put the species closer to A.
|Comparable to that of humans.||Long intervals between matings, with few young.||Does not reproduce, or at low enough frequency to be negligible.|
|Threat of Bodily Harm||1) High probability of death.
2) Injuries affect daily life, complete recovery difficult, lifelong aftereffects.
|1) How to avoid them is known, but failure leads to serious injuries or death.
2) Complete recovery difficult, lifelong aftereffects.
|1) Long-term rest and treatment is necessary. Death is also possible.
2) Indirectly affects many lives (damage to crops, livestock).
|1) Does not affect daily life, but mild aftereffects or scars remain.
2) Recovery is possible with a few weeks of treatment.
|1) Recovery in days with drugs or treatment.|
2) Limited indirect adverse effects (limited contamination, temporary evacuation).
|Total||Immediate eradication is necessary but method is uncertain; global cooperation is essential.||Immediate eradication is necessary at high cost and high risk; international response is necessary.||Immediate measures are necessary, but local response suffices.||Response to individual cases necessary but not urgent or dangerous.||A warning to civilians is necessary, but situation is not serious.|
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 341
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 342
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 344
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 346
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 359
|Creatures||Ai • Brion • Hellbell • Pap • Zobae Disease|