"Wherever there is a fight, you'll find us right in the thick of it."

— Goz, telling Hisoka about his tribe. Found × Hide × Caught Up

Goz (ゴズ, Gozu) was examinee #371 in the 287th Hunter Exam.[2]


Gozu 2011 Design

Goz's 2011 anime adaptation design

Goz was a tall muscular man with shoulder-length brown hair and a Fu Manchu moustache. He wore a blue sleeveless shirt with an orange sash along with purple pants. He was often seen carrying a large spear.[2]


He is a prideful man living by a personal code of honor, he sought a death-match with Hisoka as he was mortally wounded by a previous encounter Gittarackur.[3]


Hunter Exam arc

Goz first appears during the 287th Hunter Exam, as applicant #371. He is one of the 24 candidates who pass Lippo's Third Phase in the Trick Tower[4] and reach the Fourth Phase of the exam on Zevil Island.[2]

Gozu death

Goz gets killed by Gittarackur

After being mortally wounded by Gittarackur in the Fourth Phase of the 287th Hunter Exam, Goz stumbles upon Hisoka; wishing to die in battle, he challenges him. Hisoka refuses to fight, citing a lack of interest in the dead. Gittarackur then kills him, admitting to having granted him a 'final wish' in the chance to die as he wished.[3]



Goz's spear

Spear: Goz wielded a spear in battle. It appeared to be rather sturdy and sharp, effortlessly cutting through the trunk of a tree.[3]

Abilities & Powers

Goz was a capable contestant during the Hunter Exam, having reached the Third Phase before being killed by Illumi. Since he passed the First Phase of the exam, he must have had above-average stamina, which he demonstrated again, together with a remarkable tolerance to pain, when he showed the ability to cut blades of grass and fell a tree with a single swing of his spear while mortally injured. Nonetheless, he was unable to land a single hit on Hisoka and was effortlessly killed by Illumi. Aside from his fighting abilities, Goz was adept at stealth, so much that Gon did not notice his presence despite the two of them being very close; however, Hisoka managed to sense him.[3]


  • Hunter Exam arc:
    • Goz vs. Great Stamp[5]
    • Goz vs. Illumi Zoldyck (Zevil Island)[3]
    • Goz vs. Hisoka Morow (Zevil Island)[3]


  • The character's original Japanese name, Gozu, written with kanji (牛頭) literally means "cow's head", and it may refer to the Japanese deity of pestilence—Gozu Tennō—or the homonymous creature from Japanese folklore; the latter being commonly depicted dressed as a warrior and with a spear like Goz.

Anime and Manga Differences

Bodoro Gozu

Goz exercising with Bodoro

  • In Nippon Animation's 1999 anime adaptation:
    • Goz exhibits signs of a rivalry with Bodoro, a fellow martial artist and exam participant, during the Hunter Exam. This rivalry is set aside in the dire circumstances of Lippo's "Bonus Stage" after the Trick Tower, in which the two assist Hanzo in reeling in Gon and Geretta during the tsunami.[6]
    • He is a mercenary of Bianu who wished to have a fair duel with Hisoka instead of wishing to commit suicide.[1]
    • His mortal wound comes from Siper, not Illumi.[1]
  • In the 2011 anime adaptation, Goz is the 5th person to reach the bottom of the Trick Tower simultaneously with Pokkle.[7]

Intertextuality and References

  • Goz bears a resemblance to the "Guess Who?" guessing game character Alfred.

Translations around the World

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic گوز
Brazil Flag Brazilian Portuguese Gozu
France Flag French Gozu
Russia Flag Russian Гозу (Gozu)
Spain Flag Spanish Gozu


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hunter × Hunter - Episode 22 (1999)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 23
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 26
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 3, Chapter 22
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 2, Chapter 10
  6. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 19 (1999)
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Episode 12 (2011)
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