Bosses in Hollow Knight are characterized in the game as Enemies that have a higher amount of health and does more damage, unlike the normal enemies that wander around the map. These Bosses are special and important since some are needed to be defeated in order to progress through the main game, to complete a Quest or to clear an area, while some drop important Items. Below is a list of the known Bosses along with its alternate versions, Warrior Dreams, and bosses that have been added in DLCs.

You may also check our NPCs page to learn more about the inhabitants of the forgotten kingdom.

 

Hollow Knight Bosses

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Broken Vessel

"..."

 

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Brooding Mawlek

"...Alone...Alone..."

 

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The Collector

"A safe space, for you! And you! And you!"

 

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Crystal Guardian

"...Die...Leave...Die..."

 

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Dung Defender (Boss)

"...For the honour of Hallownest!"

 

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False Knight

"This great shell...It belongs to me!"

 

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Flukemarm

"...Breed..."

 

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God Tamer

"I'll kill you!"

 

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Gruz Mother

"...Danger...Tired...Kill..."

 

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Hollow Knight

"...No mind, the usurper...Only strength..."

 

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Hornet (Boss)

"Come no closer, ghost."

 

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Mantis Lords

"...At last a true challenger..."

 

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Massive Moss Charger

"...Hungry...Hungry..."

 

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Nosk

"..."

 

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Oblobble

"...Hurt...Kill...Hurt...Kill..."

 

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The Radiance

"...I DO NOT FEAR YOU..."

 

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Soul Master

"The King falls, but I live forever!"

 

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Soul Warrior

"...This power...What did it cost?"

 

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Traitor Lord

"...Intruder...Destroy..."

 

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Uumuu

"...DO NOT DESPAIR..."

 

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Vengefly King

"...Defend...Kill..."

 

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Watcher Knight

"Defend...Seal..."

 

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Zote the Mighty (Boss)

"Begone! Lest I draw my nail..."

 

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Grey Prince Zote

"My Queen... I do it all for you!"

 

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Failed Champion

"I'm braver than all of you!"

 

Hollow Knight DLC Bosses

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hollow_knight_wiki_godmaster_icon Brothers Oro and Mato

"Brothers always fight together!"

 

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hollow_knight_wiki_godmaster_icon Great Nailsage Sly

"Point your nail at the thing you seek!"

 

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hollow_knight_wiki_godmaster_icon Paintmaster Sheo

"What is a god, if not an artist?"

 

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hollow_knight_wiki_grimm_troupe_icon Troupe Master Grimm (Boss)

"Well met, my friend. Well met. I am Grimm, master of this troupe."

 

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hollow_knight_wiki_lifeblood_icon Hive Knight

"When you wake... the Hive..."

 

Hollow Knight Warrior Dreams

Warrior Dreams in Hollow Knight are unique bosses that The Knight can locate and challenge by using the Dream Nail. Eliminating a Warrior Dream will grant you a large amount of Essence as a reward - Dream Nailing a Warrior Dream will automatically start the battle. Dream Warriors are scattered around the map, and purchasing a Warrior's Grave Pin from Iselda will allow you to locate the area of a Warrior Dream via the Map.

 

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Elder Hu

"Beware dreams of glory, child. Turn back, and do not return."

 

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Galien

"So then... shall we do battle? Let us test our strength in joyful combat!"

 

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Gorb

"Bow! Bow bow bow bow to Gorb!"

 

 

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Markoth

"You have come a long way, just to die here at the edge of the world."

 

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Marmu

"Shall we wait together, stranger? Shall we play together?"

 

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No Eyes

"My child... can you still see? Please, don't hurt me!"

 

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Xero

"Cursed are those who turn against the King."




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