"I'd forgotten what it was like to be so earnest in my efforts...! I'll have to start over from the basics... Heh heh, I haven't practiced them in years..."
Tsezguerra is a man, presumably of middle age, lean build, and above-average height, towering over Goreinu and Rodriot. He has broad shoulders, a thin, long face with evident cheekbones, and black, slicked-back hair. His beard, which runs along his jaw and is thicker on the chin, is also black. His thin mustache, which bends downwards in a straight angle at the corners of his mouth, is black as well, although his eyebrows, located directly above his eyes and growing bushier towards his forehead, are gray. Tsezguerra is often seen wearing an Air Force-style combat suit.
Tsezguerra is a very straight-forward yet also prudent thinker. He only takes challenges that he is capable of fulfilling. He also looks down on people who he thinks are inferior to his strength and/or abilities. Notably, when Tsezguerra was surpassed by Gon and Killua in a test of his Nen skills, he is left flabbergasted by the boys' progress and lies by saying that they failed to beat his personal record. During the dodgeball match with Razor, following his defeat by one of Razor's devils, he considers that his senses have dulled over time, making him weaker. As a result, he decides to commit to re-training himself in the basics of Nen.
Greed Island arc
Tsezguerra accompanies Battera to the Southernpiece Auction to acquire a copy of the game Greed Island. Soon after winning a copy of the game for a ridiculous price of 30.5 billion,[note 1] Battera, Tsezguerra, and his personal bodyguards discuss their success in acquiring a copy of Greed Island. Tsezguerra criticizes Battera for squandering an extra 5 billion[note 2] and claims that it was unnecessary, but Battera refutes this by saying that it was to show his resolve in acquiring every single copy of the game regardless of the cost. Gon and Killua soon approach Battera claiming that they are professional Hunters and desire to play the game. Receiving Battera's approval, Tsezguerra tests their Ren, though he fails them, claiming that they would perish if they played the game.
Tsezguerra states that at the boys' current level of power, it would be better for them to die than proceed at a snail's pace and elaborates the details pertaining to the memory card. Saying that he owns thirty-two copies of Greed Island, Battera goes on to state that he has hired many professional and amateur Hunters, though he adds that many of them have decidedly quit or now live within the game, which is why the screening process is so tight. Still perturbed by Tsezguerra's analysis of their Ren, the boys question Tsezguerra's credentials and it's revealed that he's a professional Hunter who has played the game. He tells them that over the past six months, he has made five trips in and out of the game and states that obtaining an item that allows one back into the real world is a level four difficulty on a scale of 1-10. He then disparages the boys by stating that they would die if they ever tried to obtain a high-level item with their paltry Nen. When inquired by Gon if he has managed to complete the game, Tsezguerra answers that he has has managed to complete a solid 80% of the game. He further states that the next time he enters the game, he will not return to reality until he has completed it. Battera boldly divulges to the boys that he will acquire the remaining seven copies of the game and at the same time will be recruiting new players on September 10th, meaning Gon and Killua have four days to improve their Nen. Before the boys leave, Tsezguerra tries to inquire how they managed to get the memory card with the Greed Island save data on it, but Gon refuses to give him the answer. Battera again asks about Tsezguerra's thoughts on the boys, but Tsezguerra's original answer does not change, but he looks forward to the 10th and claims that within four days, they can prove him wrong.
On September 10th, within the Southernpiece Auction auditorium, Tsezguerra tests the Ren of each of the applicants. Killua shows off his new Nen ability and passes. Gon then shows off his ability and passes as well. After the test, Tsezguerra congratulates the 21 applicants who passed and states that the prize for completing the game is 50 billion, which is stated in the copies of the contract that were handed out to everyone. He tells everyone to read through and sign the contract and to arrive at Tarsetol Station by 5 p.m. Within Battera's mansion, Tsezguerra leads the applicants into the basement area and warns the applicants that the place is filled with a state-of-the-art security system and anyone could be killed if they wander off from the group. Tsezguerra then leads the group into a room filled with active Greed Island games and briefs the applicants on some game mechanics, adding that he will hand out memory cards to whoever needs one. He tells them that while they can begin immediately, they must choose the order on how they will all enter the game. When asked about the matter, Tsezguerra says that each of them will be given an explanation of the system one at a time. Rock-paper-scissors is decided to be the game to decide the order of entrance, and Gon wins the right to enter first. After noting that Gon already has a memory card and save file, Tsezguerra inquires if he will use it and Gon decides that he will. Internally, Tsezguerra belittles Gon and thinks of him as someone that's not as advanced as himself. After Tsezguerra tells Gon to start up the game whenever he's ready, Gon is immediately transported into the game. Tsezguerra states that the next person can enter when the game screen says, "Now Playing".
After the remaining new players enter the game, Battera asks Tsezguerra what he thinks of the current batch, and Tsezguerra replies that he will have to stay on his toes. He checks his watch and says that he should get back to the game since he will lose his memory card data if he doesn't return within ten days.
Nickes, the leader of his own alliance, briefly mentions Tsezguerra and his team as a potential rival for beating the game. Nickes bases this information on the fact that his team has already managed to collect 90 specified slot cards (which he says is just as many as their own collection). Nickes admittedly claims that he has scarce intel on Tsezguerra and his team, though he's confident that his own alliance will win against them in a confrontation, with the number of spell cards and manpower they have.
Inside the game with his team, Tsezguerra contacts Genthru to negotiate a trade for his "Patch of Forest". Genthru initially refuses, but Tsezguerra coaxes him, as he's aware of the player's monopoly on "Angel's Breath" and "Night Jade" and is willing to offer a fair trade for one "Night Jade" card. Genthru discusses the trade with his own team and after an hour passes, Tsezguerra contacts Genthru again and the latter agrees to trade. The trade proceeds without a hitch, though unbeknownst to Tsezguerra's team, Genthru's comrades Sub and Bara that stand beside him are fake and the real ones ambush Tsezguerra and his team and with the use of Risky Dice and Tax Collector's Gauntlets steal a number of their cards, with the Bombers using a "Return" card to flee to Masadora. Perturbed by the recent event, Tsezguerra exclaims that they should pursue them, but his team member Kess suggests that they check their binders first to see what cards may have been stolen. Tsezguerra learns that Genthru's comrades broke their monopoly on "Levitation Stone" and "Witch's Rejuvenation Potion". His team members then reveal the cards that were stolen from their binders and proceed to interrogate the fake Sub and Bara.
From the interrogation, Tsezguerra and his team learn that the fake Sub and Bara's real appearances were changed due to an item used on them to duplicate the appearances of the real Sub and Bara. Tsezguerra also deduces that Genthru is the Bomber based on evidence from his confrontation with him and the annihilation of the alliance that Genthru was once a member of. An anxious Barry states that the group may have their hands on the "Plot of Beach" card, so Tsezguerra uses a "List" card to find out. He is glad to see that as of yet no one has obtained it, and the groups decides to obtain a monopoly on the card. Barry then uses an "Accompany" card to transport the group to the card's location, Soufrabi.
Seeking to recruit new players in order to beat Razor and his pirates so that they can obtain the "Plot of Beach" card, Biscuit recommends Tsezguerra, but Goreinu argues that if Tsezguerra has an equivalent of cards as the Bombers, that would be problematic. This, however, is overturned by Gon after his team is led to the city of Aiai by the newly recruited Hisoka. They decide that Tsezguerra is the best person to recruit because of his team and game experience. It happens that Hisoka has Tsezguerra's name on his contact list, and Gon manages to persuade Goreinu to recruit Tsezguerra, but Goreinu tells them that they should make sure that Tsezguerra pays them in case he completes the game first. They arrange a meeting with Tsezguerra, and Goreinu negotiates a deal with him. After Tsezguerra accepts, he is tested by Gon and Killua and manages to pass by jumping and hovering high up in the air. However, he is quickly flabbergasted when the boys easily surpass his record height. Tsezguerra says that he will take the volleyball trial along with Gon. After a week passes, Gon and his newly-formed team with six stand-ins challenge Razor's pirates again at their lighthouse base.
During Barry's duel with the pirate boxer, Tsezguerra notes that the pattern on the canvas is called Divine Script and serves to augment the pirate boxer's power, but only within the ring. As the group continuously wins matches against the pirates, Bopobo tries to stage a mutiny, but is immediately killed by Razor. The stand-ins become terrified and immediately want to quit. Goreinu steps in to calm them down, and Tsezguerra tries to reason with them, though internally he disparages them for their weak-willed and pretentious mentalities. With the matter of Bopobo all settled, Razor announces his trial of dodgeball and emits seven "devils", confirming that each person eliminated during the game equals a win. Since their group has only six capable players, Tsezguerra contemplates coaxing two of the stand-in players to play with them. The moment that Gon learns why Razor killed Bopobo, Tsezguerra reveals that Greed Island takes place somewhere in the real world and on top of that, Razor is not only one of the Game Masters, but he and the other pirates are all death row convicts hired by professional Hunters to serve out their sentences there. To fill in the two remaining missing players, Goreinu emits two gorillas and the game begins.
The game starts with Goreinu easily taking out two of Razor's devils, though he is soon forced outside the court after he avoids being hit by a incredibly fast throw from Razor. Tsezguerra thinks that Goreinu is now useless due to the traumatic effect the situation had on his psyche. Taking advantage of the situation, Razor and three of his devils do an unconventional ultra high-speed pass between one another and strike Tsezguerra in his back. Even though he focused his aura in his back to avoid a lethal blow, it still wasn't enough to prevent all damage, and Razor says that the broken bones may have ruptured his organs. Refusing to receive first aid from Razor's devils, the injured Tsezguerra sits on the sidelines and realizes that this is a result of him being too cautious and only choosing the fights he can win. He angrily looks toward Gon and Killua and says that while his combat skills are still better than theirs, they have surpassed him in agility and reflexes. He eventually decides that he will have to retrain himself in the fundamentals, chuckling as he says that he hasn't practiced the basics in years.
From the sidelines, Tsezguerra and his teammates watch the progress of the match until he steps in and volunteers to take Killua's place. This is due to Killua's hands being heavily injured by Gon's punching the ball with his Rock attack. The offer is rejected, and Tsezguerra returns to the sidelines and continues to watch the match's progress until Gon, Killua, and Hisoka finally win. At the top of the lighthouse, Gon receives the "Plot of Beach" card while Tsezguerra and Goreinu receive a copy of the card. Outside the lighthouse, Tsezguerra and Goreinu ask Gon, Killua, and Biscuit if they want to merge their teams to go up against the Bombers. But before Gon can answer, Tsezguerra is contacted by Genthru who congratulates the group on winning the "Plot of Beach" card, but demands that they turn it over in exchange for their lives. Tsezguerra thinks that the threat is a bluff, but Genthru also mentions that he has killed everyone in Kazsule's Alliance. Enraged by this news, Gon immediately announces his name and challenges Genthru.
After Genthru accepts the challenge, Tsezguerra tells the others that he will devise a plan to divert the attention of the Bombers for three weeks in exchange for the "Wild Luck Alexandrite" card. Although Killua is reluctant to agree, Gon and Biscuit agree to it. Now with Goreinu, Tsezguerra and his group use an "Accompany" card to return to Masadora to devise a plan to stall Genthru for three weeks. Later, with Goreinu watching in the distance, Tsezguerra and his teammates confront Genthru. Immediately, they each use a "Thief" card and escape to Masadora with an "Accompany" card. Checking his book to review what spell cards he has, Tsezguerra remarks that the Bombers will now have to deal with the tactics of a Single-Star Hunter.
Acting as a spy, Goreinu reports to Tsezguerra that the Bombers are hunting down players in Masadora for their "Accompany" and "Magnetic Force" cards, and that all the players who have Tsezguerra's name in their books are killed. To make their plan more advantageous, Tsezguerra and his teammates trade with other players and warn them to stay away from Masadora. The Bombers soon manage to collect 48 "Accompany" cards and begin to go after Tsezguerra and his comrades who anxiously await his arrival. Tsezguerra and his comrades manage to delay the Bombers until they run out of "Accompany" cards, using a "Return" card to travel back to Aiai and a "Leave" card to exit the game and return to Battera's mansion. The mansion is deserted and when Tsezguerra calls out for Battera, the head of security Sabazushi appears and informs him why everyone is gone. Perturbed and astonished by this turn of events, Tsezguerra confronts Battera who has confined himself in his room. Battera assures Tsezguerra that he will be paid his dues and that he merely wishes to be left alone. As Tsezguerra elaborates what he's learned to his comrades, Genthru appears in the mansion and kills Sabazushi.
Ten days pass since Tsezguerra's team left the game, and Tsezguerra beseeches Battera for answers on why he canceled the contract, but the despondent Battera refuses to answer. However, when Tsezguerra points out a photograph of a young lady and asks what his connection to her is, Battera finally gives in and divulges who she is. After Gon, Killua, and Biscuit defeat the Bombers, Goreinu regroups with them and informs them that Tsezguerra and his team won't be returning to the game, as Battera canceled the contract.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
Tsezguerra votes in the first round of the 13th Chairman Elections and comes in 16th place. In the second and third rounds, he comes in 15th place. Tsezguerra visits Gon while he is in the hospital. In the fourth round, Tsezguerra comes in 17th place and is ousted from the race due to not making the top 16 candidates. After Leorio gives his heartfelt speech, Tsezguerra is seen among the various Hunters giving Leorio a round of applause.
Abilities & Powers
As a Single-Star Jackpot Hunter, Tsezguerra has access to substantial funds. His contributions to his field of specialization were great enough to earn him one star. His fame made even the Bombers wary of facing him in combat before he was injured, although Tsezguerra admitted that even in his prime, Genthru would have likely beaten him. He refused to fight Genthru even when the Bomber would have been alone against his whole team, although this is mostly due to Tsezguerra's prudence, as he was later willing to ambush the three Bombers at the same time as soon as they left the game. He is one of the few players who know that Greed Island is located in the real world, and who have the necessary power to leave the game. His team gathered the most cards of any other in play. Despite remaining one of the most powerful players, to the point that Razor deemed him capable enough to be worth competing against in dodgeball, neglecting his training and picking only fights he knew that he could win caused his physical abilities and instincts to wane, resulting in him being unable to see Razor's high-speed passes with his devils. He conceded that Gon and Killua are superior to him in reflexes and agility, although he still deems himself stronger in combat.
He is known to be a capable leader and to excel at guerrilla tactics, messing with the Bombers for over three weeks. He is also good at gauging other people's power, and was able to sense Gon and Killua's immense potential despite the unfavorable first impression they made.
High Intelligence: Tsezguerra is very observant. He became suspicious of Genthru when the latter mentioned the Bomber in unconvincing circumstances, and, when Genthru was confirmed to be the serial murderer, deduced that talking about it was part of the activation conditions of his ability. He was also the first to notice that Killua's hands were severely injured, and anticipated that Genthru would replace Sub and Bara with two impostors while chasing him. He also has a knack for negotiations.
Proficient Strategist: Tsezguerra came up with a multi-layered plan to stall the Bombers for three weeks, successfully anticipating every move of theirs and coming up with alternative scenarios.
Tsezguerra's Nen type, as well as any particular Nen ability (if any), has yet to be shown. His ability to evaluate Nen proficiency in others led to him conducting tests for Battera. He seems to have a good grasp on possible conditions of abilities, realizing that Killua must have subjected himself to electric shocks for years to be able to transmute his aura into electricity and that mentioning the Bomber was part of the activation conditions for Countdown. When asked by Killua to show his abilities, Tsezguerra focused his aura in his feet at the moment of jumping, achieving remarkable heights. His record was 16 meters and 80 centimeters, although Gon and Killua shattered it on their first try. Nonetheless, he was confident that he could coat his hands with a lightning-quick layer of aura the moment Gon fired the dodgeball with Rock, a skill which Killua lacked despite his tremendous proficiency in Ryu, suggesting that Tsezguerra is a remarkable Ryu, Gyo, and/or Ko user. Focusing his aura in his back in a split moment allowed him to survive a throw from one of Razor's devils, although the resulting injury left him unable to continue playing.