Brothers Oro and Mato

brothers oro and mato boss hollow knight wiki guide
Location Godhome
Health 2100
Reward/s ??

Brothers Oro and Mato is a Boss in Hollow Knight. Bosses are special Enemies that feature their own arena, a large amount of health, and a variety of unique moves and abilities. You will need to perform multiple attacks such as using The Nail and Nail Arts along with the Spells and Abilities in order to defeat them. Some bosses are capable of entering into a state of stagger after landing a number of attacks on them.

As soon as you encounter a boss, its name will appear on the screen, the music will change into a boss battle theme, and usually,  paths connecting the arena will close or will be blocked leaving you no choice but to face these devastating and unique foes.


Brothers of the nail, trained in combat by the Great Nailsage.

"Gods by toil and nail bound, Brothers sworn to guard the weak, Masters of the sacred ground, Help Us find the God We seek!" - Prayer to the Masters


Brothers Oro and Mato Location


Brothers Oro and Mato Rewards

  • Rewards ??



Brothers Oro and Mato Strategies

Strategy Writeup

The brothers are fought in Godhome and appear as the final boss in the Pantheon of the Master. Once you start the battle, you'll first face off with Oro - Oro fights with three of his attacks, the Double Slash, Leap Attack, and his signature Nail Art: Dash Slash. Fighting Oro alone is quite easy since you can dodge most of his attacks and you can predict where he will land whenever he performs the leap attack. Just be careful of his Dash Slash because this attack allows him to dash towards The Knight where he covers most of the arena, so always remember to time your jumps or dash/phase through him.

After dealing with 400 damage, Mato jumps in the arena and fights alongside his brother. This is where it gets tricky, Mato's attacks are similar to Oro, the only difference is that Mato uses his own signature move, Cyclone Slash, and has a shorter cooldown allowing him to quickly recover and telegraph another attack. Another thing to take note off is that they also fight defensively where they block The Knight's basic attacks with their Nail.

Timing your dodges and attacks will be a bit easy for you since most of their attacks require them to charge for a brief moment. If they perform their Nail Art attack, they have about a second before they actually release the attack. If they try to jump for a leap attack, they stop midair allowing you to predict where they will land and also giving you the window to dodge or perfect your spacing to dodge and attack at the same time.

Being aggressive here is also a fun tactic since the brothers tend to stick to each other, you can spam them with your Spells by using Shade Soul or Vengeful Spirit allowing you to attack both of them. If they try to leap into the air an assurance of landing damage can be dealt with by using Abyss Shriek or Howling Wraiths - just be mindful that if you plan on using your Spells more often to equip Shaman Stone and Spell Twister to increase the effectiveness of your spells.

At some point, there will be moments in the battle where you get cornered and the only way to dodge is to dash. If you have the Shade Cloak or Mothwing Cloak ability, be sure to have Sharp Shadow equipped so that you can deal damage and evade at the same time.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Double Slash Similar to the Watcher Knight, both Oro or Mato will swing their Nail twice. First, in a backhand swing followed by an overhead swing, you will need to be mindful since this attack has a good range where it can reach The Knight. It can also be performed individually, simultaneously or at the same time by the brothers. Just be sure to not get in between them and if you are cornered, dash away using the Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak ability.
Leap Attack Oro and Mato can perform this attack individually, simultaneously, or at the same time. You can easily avoid this attack by dashing if you watch where they will land once they leap into the air. There is a brief moment where they will stop mid-air before dropping down, however, make sure to keep your distance since they immediately jump backward to telegraph another attack.
Dash Slash Oro executes his signature Nail Art, Dash Slash. You can jump over him twice in order to avoid his attack, assuming you have already acquired Monarch Wings. You will identify if Oro will use Dash Slash once he charges in place and you will have about a second and a half time to jump at the right time. Take note that you will have to jump on him or dash towards him since this attack covers the whole arena.
Phase 2
Brotherly Love After Oro takes 400 damage, Mato jumps in to aid his brother in battle. Mato has the same basic attacks similar to Oro but instead performs his signature Nail Art in between the battle - both brothers mix-up their attacks by either attacking simultaneously, individually or at the same time. One of them also blocks your basic attacks.
Cyclone Slash As soon as Oro is defeated at the first encounter, Mato jumps in to aid his brother. Mato performs his signature Nail Art, Cyclone Slash. This attack covers most of the arena and allows Mato to land a hit on The Knight because of the range and movement. There are a couple of ways to avoid this attack, if there is enough space for you to move around, always dash towards Mato since his attack starts off with him spinning above the ground and later spins back down, so dash towards him if you can to get underneath him. If you are cornered and he starts to spin, you can climb up the wall and jump away to avoid it - you can also pogo off Mato while he spins by doing a downward slash in mid-air.



Brothers Oro and Mato Lore

Brothers Oro and Mato are Nailmasters that have been trained by Sly, the great Nailsage, alongside their third brother Nailmaster Sheo. Each one of them specializes in a Nail Art. When encountered in the main game, they will bestow their skills and knowledge upon The Knight.

While the three brothers seem to have had a falling out in their relationship due to an unknown and unfinished business that happened in the past, these two seem to still have a tight bond and help each other in the battlefield.



Brothers Oro and Mato Notes & Trivia

  • The "Brotherhood" Trophy/Achievement can be obtained after defeating them
  • Originally, Team Cherry wanted players to fight the Nailmasters individually in order to learn a Nail Art.



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