Each person is capable of master only one type of Nen ability, this
is destined at birth, so if you are not happy with the type of Nen ability you
have, it's impossible to change or switch to another one (with the exception of
Kurapica, please read on for more info).
How to test your Nen ability?
In order to tell what type of Nen ability you possess, you need a glass of
water and a piece of leaf.
Put the leaf inside the water and then hold your hands around the glass, not
touching it, then release your Nen ability or power (don't try this at home
If you've mastered the basis of the Nen skills, below are some of the
- The water will spill out of the cup, this means your Nen ability is
Strength (Fellow Nen users: Gon)
- The water's chemical content changes (eg, the taste changes), this means
your Nen ability is Transformation (Fellow Nen users: Killua)
- The water's shape changes (eg, it becomes a solid), this means your Nen
ability is Materialization (Fellow Nen users: Kurapica)
- The leaf inside the glass floats, this means your Nen ability is
Manipulation (Fellow Nen users: Zushi)
- Some other phenomenon occurs, this might indicate you have a special Nen
ability that is unique or is rare among others.
Access your Nen ability using your personality
This is the great Hisoka's way of identifying different person's (rivals and
friends) Nen ability. It's almost always accurate, but since most lack the
special skills Hisoka possess, it is more wise to use the glass x leaf x water
method indicated above.
- Naive, single-minded - Strength
- Unpredictable nature. Loves to fabricate lies - Transformation
- Highly sensitive person, with a rich imagination - Materialization
- Has a liking for lecturing others, very stubborn - Manipulation
Is it possible to master more than one Nen ability?
Technically, it is impossible to possess more than one Nen ability. But
Kurapica was able to achieve this since he's from a special tribe and also since
he made an oath that binds him from using his other Nen abilities on anyone but
the Ryodan members. Kurapica must also turn his eyes to the red color when
he's using other Nen abilities, he has trained himself to do this when needed.