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
"A safe space, for you! And you! And you!"
"...For the honour of Hallownest!"
"This great shell...It belongs to me!"
"...No mind, the usurper...Only strength..."
"Come no closer, ghost."
"...At last a true challenger..."
"...I DO NOT FEAR YOU..."
"The King falls, but I live forever!"
"Did their souls bring me closer to the light?"
"...This power...What did it cost?"
"...DO NOT DESPAIR..."
“Begone! Lest I draw my nail…”
“My Queen… I do it all for you!’
“I’m braver than all of you!”
"Your Majesty... Have faith in me!"
Hollow Knight DLC Bosses
"Brothers always fight together!"
"Point your nail at the thing you seek!"
"What is a god, if not an artist?"
"Well met, my friend. Well met. I am Grimm, master of this troupe."
"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.
"Beware dreams of glory, child. Turn back, and do not return."
"So then... shall we do battle? Let us test our strength in joyful combat!"
"Bow! Bow bow bow bow to Gorb!"
"You have come a long way, just to die here at the edge of the world."
"Shall we wait together, stranger? Shall we play together?"
"My child... can you still see? Please, don't hurt me!"
"Cursed are those who turn against the King."