Channelled Nail

hollow knight wiki channelled nail icon

Damage: 13
Requirements: hollow knight wiki geo icon800, 1 Pale Ore

Channelled Nail in Hollow Knight is an upgraded form of the Nail, which is the weapon used by The Knight. The Nail is the primary means of dealing damage to Enemies and Bosses, and can be upgraded a total of 4 times. The Channelled Nail is the second of four upgrades that can be obtained for the Knight's Nail, sporting more than double its base form's damage.

  • See the Nail page for an overview of combat mechanics and moves pertaining to the Channelled Nail.


A cleft weapon of Hallownest. The blade is exquisitely balanced.


Hollow Knight Channelled Nail Information

The Channelled Nail has a base damage value of 13 which is used in the calculation for total damage dealt for attacks and effects that take Nail Damage into account.

Nail Damage is affected by the following charms:

Nail Damage also affects the damage dealt by Nail Arts.


How to get the Channelled Nail in Hollow Knight

The Channelled Nail is the second upgrade available for the Nail and is forged by the Nailsmith from the Sharpened Nail after providing him with the following resources:

Pale Ore is a rare material used to upgrade the Nail. Starting from the Channelled Nail, all subsequent Nail upgrades require 1 or more Pale Ore in addition to Geo. There are a total of 6 pieces of Pale Ore that can be found throughout Hallownest and finding them is not an easy task. See the Pale Ore page for all locations and instructions on how to obtain this resource.


How to Upgrade the Channelled Nail in Hollow Knight

The Channelled Nail can be upgraded by the Nailsmith into the Coiled Nail.

Upgrading into the Coiled Nail increases its base damage to 17 and requires the following:


Hollow Knight Channelled Nail Notes & Tips

  • Nails are bladed weapons akin to swords and are used in a similar fashion, with slashing strikes forming the basis of their attacks. Nails are prevalent in Hallownest and are used by its guards, soldiers and other warriors. Nails can be seen wielded by various Enemies, Bosses and NPCs that The Knight encounters. The denizens of Hallownest also wield other weapons that appear to be variations of the Nail such as the Mantis Lords' spears and Hornet's Needle.
  • The "channel" in Channelled Nail refers to the grooves cut into the blade's face where it meets the handle, visible in the equipment menu. Also known as fullers in traditional blacksmithing, these grooves aid in making blades lighter, which is reflected in the Channeled Nail's description of being well-balanced. Note that this property does not actually affect the weapon's swing-speed and is simply stated for flavor.
  • While Nail appearances change in the menu as you upgrade them, these changes are not visible on The Knight's sprite when wielding the weapon.




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