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If you go by the Yorknew arc, even putting a Royal Guard in Zetsu would hardly be enough to defeat them. But in the Ants arc, putting a living God (Meryem) in Zetsu is apparently more than enough to win.
its actually the best thing to do for them...
but I guess Knuckles ability isnt very effective when his opponent is much stronger than he is
And considering how he fought against Gon... the Royal Guards r much stronger than him
Hisoka... well I dont know if Hisoka can stick his Bungee Gum on Potclean, but if he can, then he can use it to block any of Knuckles attacks by pulling it between them...
Well Knuckle vs Hisoka would be kinda interessting
But I guess Hisoka counts as an opponent who is much stronger than him
Netero... well I see no chance for him to land his ability on him even if Netero has a bad day ^^''
Most of all that they r stronger than him, u have to consider that he has to stay around them till his potclean ability reaches the maximum Nen output of his target
Hisoka is not much stronger than Kunckle. He's not even necessarily physically stronger than Gon by the end of the Chimera Ants arc.
But the problem with Knuckle's abilty is that it almost surely only works on basic damage. That is say he's up by 10000 and someone pulls out an Excalibur and try to chop his head off. I don't see how his ability will somehow prevent this from happening. The damge is coming from the weapon, not from the user, and we know there are weapons powerful enough to penetrate the defense of an aura user due to their own strength. Likewise if someone pulls out a flamethrower and set him on fire, that too should work just fine.
So while Knuckle has an incredibly strong ability for a duel, in a fight to the death all you have to do is just use anything that does special damage (slashing/fire/electricity/poison/whatever). The fact that I don't see how Potclean can grant slashing weapon immunity makes it rather easy to deal with. If Potclean does affect slashing damage, that'd mean you'd get a scene where someone as strong as him uses a sword and try to chop his head off only to have it bounce back due to the amount he owes. That just seems ridiculous so I assume it's not possible.
It would work the same as it did against Gon, but would likely take longer and require more aura from a stronger opponent like a Royal Guard. Where Gon may have about approximately 10k to use, a royal guard will likely have much more than that. It's also a matter as to whether Knuckle could land hits against his opponent and make them go bankrupt without getting beaten himself in the process.
I'm assuming damage includes anything that requires someone's aura to use. And as long as potclean can cling onto the opponent, he'll begin collecting interest.
That is where I am trying to come from.
So doesn't that mean Knuckle and chameleon are the best combo?
They could have take out one of the royal guard easily.
Lets say they stick a potclean on them while invisible, all they have to do is run away and become invisible again and come near them and collect aura interest
But like one of the user above state, even without zestu or aura, the royal guard can still win in a physical/speed attack with sword etc.
The Royal Guards are pretty much undefeatable by any normal means. Like Pufu says you'd need multiple guys as strong as Morel to even defeat Pufu who was caught drooling over Meryem for several seconds (this would be a fatal mistake for any human level character). I know the Election Arc they claim to have indeed many guys as strong as Morel, but this really makes no sense as why wouldn't Netero take those guys around if he actually has guys who can defeat Royal Guards as opposed to just stalling time? After all it's got to be a lot easier to carry out his plan if he was sure he can get rid of the Royal Guards and defeating them is a lot more reliable than just hoping they'd trip over Gon's body and get slow down.
In fact in retrospect the plan to stall the Royal Guard was pretty much completely useless. Without a huge amount of good luck (Komugi) and Meleoron's appearance, the guys who are supposed to keep Royal Guards busy should've been annihilated the moment they charge in and leaving Netero in a doomed position. Imagine if the fight actually went as planned, e.g. Yupi vs Knuckle + Shoot, Pufu vs Morel + Novu, and Pitou vs Gon + Killua. They'd have to charge through Pitou's En and simply die horribly.
I can simply say that by Gon having that thing on him, and yet Knuckle was able to put Potclean on Cheetoh during that time: