City of Tears is a Location in Hollow Knight. Please see Walkthrough for other areas. The City of Tears is the capital of Hallownest and was once the heart of the fallen kingdom. Sentry type enemies and infected husks inhabit the area who will attack those who cross their path.
- Previous: Mantis Village
- Next: Soul Sanctum
- Bosses: N/A
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NPCs in the area
Materials & Consumables
Equipment & Upgrades
- 1x Vessel Fragment
- Nail Upgrade - Sharpened Nail
- 1x Simple Key
City of Tears Walkthrough
Entering the City of Tears
To get to the City of Tears, you'll have to retrace your course and head back to the section where you saw Hornet. It's the section that has spikes and what seems to be an unbuilt bridge. With the Mothwing Cloak, you'll now be able to reach the higher ground and traverse your way by clinging onto the walls and by dash-jumping to avoid the thorns. You'll be able to reach two switches upon crossing to rebuild the bridge. Once you've reached the far end to your right, you'll come across a large locked gate and a statue of a knight next to it. Approach the statue and use the City Crest to unlock the gate that leads to the City of Tears - upon entering the gate will close causing you to be trapped in the area for the time being.
Finding a Bench
Now that you're locked in, you'll have no other choice but to continue forward and into the City of Tears. First, we'll look for the first bench. Upon entering the next section, you'll immediately encounter new enemies. First is a Belfly which you'll see clinging on the ceiling, once you're within its range it will open its wings to reveal its infected body and will dash into your direction and onto the surface causing them to explode.
As you continue moving forward, you'll find a Wandering Husk and Leaping Husk below a section that you can enter at the top. Continue pushing forward since the door is locked at the top section. The next enemy you'll encounter is a Husk Sentry, they can be tricky since they'll charge in towards The Knight and swing their weapon three times while pushing forward. It's best to deal with them by jumping on top and attack by using a downward slash. Once you've killed it, continue going to your right and drop down into the opening where you'll find 1x Husk Hornhead - kill the enemy, proceed to your left and then drop down into the next section.
Upon entering the next section, there will be another Husk Sentry patrolling, drop down, kill it and continue going right and drop down into the opening to find another Husk Sentry. After killing it, walk to your left where you'll find a switch and a lift. Ride the lift then hit the switch that is above you to go all the way down, if you want to check the middle floor, hit the switch on the lift for it to go back up then dash towards the middle floor to find a tablet for you to read.
After reading the tablet, head back down then proceed to your right to find Quirrel sitting on the bench. You can also sit on it to rest, update your map, and to save the game. When you're done resting speak to Quirrel to learn more about a brief background of the City of Tears.
Meet the Nailsmith
From the bench, go to your left and drop down into the next section where you'll encounter a Husk Sentry just below you. Kill it then continue going left, don't ride the lift but instead jump onto the wall and slide down onto the middle level. From here, jump across to the right where you'll find a Husk Hornhead guarding a cache of Geo, kill it and obtain the geo. Once you're done, jump down to the bottom left part of the section where you'll see a sign pointing to your left which indicates the path leading to the Nailsmith. Follow the sign and head into the next section.
From here you'll have to go left until you reach the end. Along the way, you'll encounter enemies such as a Husk Sentry, Vengefly, and Wandering Husk. Once you've reached the end, you'll hear the sound of a hammer pounding on metal which indicates that you're close. Upon reaching the end, wall jump to reach the higher ground and then dash to your right where you'll find the Nailsmith's hut. Enter the hut and speak to him. He will briefly introduce himself and he will offer to upgrade your current weapon, the Old Nail into the Sharpened Nail for 250 Geo. You can upgrade The Nail up to three more levels to increase its damage but the Nailsmith will be requiring a specific number of Pale Ore and amount of Geo - once you're done, retrace your steps and head back to the entrance leading to the Nailsmith.
Memorial to the Hollow Knight
Upon returning back to the entrance that leads to the Nailsmith, head east until you reach the end that leads into the next section. You'll 2x Vengefly, 2x Husk Sentry, and 1x Husk Hornhead along the way. Once you're through, walk a little further and hit the switch to call down the lift. Ride it and go up to find a chest filled with Geo to your left.
After you've acquired the Geo, head back down and continue going east. Before you enter the next section, you'll notice a key slot that requires a Simple Key which unlocks the gate leading down into the Royal Waterways, ignore that for now and head east towards the next section - upon reaching the memorial of the Hollow Knight, a short cutscene will follow where Hornet will appear.
Finding Relic Seeker Lemm
After the cutscene and Hornet's dialogue, retrace your course and head back to the entrance leading to the Nailsmith. Upon arriving, hit the switch to call down the elevator, ride it to go up, then about halfway-up, jump onto the middle platform to your right where you'll encounter another new enemy, a Winged Sentry. Continue going eas then jump onto the elevated platforms and head northwest to find a Hallownest Seal next to a corpse and another Winged Sentry flying above.
Once you've obtained the item, drop back down midway and continue going east towards a Leaping Husk, you'll also encounter another Winged Sentry that is blocking your path leading into the next section, clear the path and continue forward.
Upon entering the section, you'll encounter yet a new enemy called a Heavy Sentry be careful if you try to jump on it since it swings its weapon overhead which deals damage upon contact. After defeating it, continue heading east and then drop down into the bottom exit where you'll see a sign pointing to a shop.
From here, you'll notice that you are back into the section where it has a locked gate that leads into the Royal Waterways. Hit the switch to your left to unlock a shortcut and then go right towards the sign to find Relic Seeker Lemm's shop. Relic Seeker Lemm is a merchant who is searching for rare items, players can sell these rare items to him such as the Wanderer's Journal, Hallownest Seal, and many more in exchange for Geo.
Rescue a Grub
Once you're done with Relic Seeker Lemm, head back up to the entrance and ride the lift all the way to the top. And just about halfway to the top, dash onto the platform to your left where you'll encounter 2x Belfly, bait it out for it to die upon exploding on the surface then jump onto the platform that has yellow substances to obtain 1x Rancid Egg. From here, hang onto the wall to your left and slide down into another platform just below you where you'll encounter another Belfly above you and a Wandering Husk below. Clear out the enemies and collect the Geo inside the chest next to where the Wandering Husk was.
Once that's done, head back down to the 2nd level where you'll encounter 1x Husk Sentry and 1x Heavy Sentry. Clear the path, proceed west, and head to the top which will lead you into another section. Just be careful since you'll encounter another Husk Sentry and a new enemy, a Lance Sentry. The Lance Sentry flies similar to a Winged Sentry but wields a spear where it throws it towards The Knight.
Upon reaching the next section, there will be a Winged Sentry above you and Husk Hornhead below. After killing them, cling onto the wall and head to the top towards where a Lance Sentry is. Kill it then jump onto the platform that has a switch, hit it to unlock the door just below you which will lead you to the other side of the previous room that has locked doors.
Jump down into the next section and hit the switches to unlock the door, you should find yourself back to where you can operate the lift. Continue going right then drop down to the very bottom to find another switch to unlock a door, there will be 2x Vengefly along the path as you drop down. When you're done, head back up the path you just came through and go into the next section.
From here, wall climb and continue going up until you reach a sign of a bench and a lift. Ride the lift up to the 2nd level where you'll find another Grub that is being guarded by a Winged Sentry. Kill the enemy and free the trapped grub.
Once you're done freeing the Grub, head back to the lift and go up. You'll notice paper on the ground which indicates that Cornifer is nearby, proceed to your left and the doors will immediately close where you'll need to kill a few enemies to unlock the doors. The first enemy you'll encounter is a Heavy Sentry followed by a Husk Sentry and Winged Sentry, upon killing them the doors will unlock. From here, go left where you'll see more paper and a bench sign pointing above - climb up the walls and head into the next section.
Now, jump up onto the elevated platforms and go right to find Cornifer. Approach the toll machine first and pay 150 Geo to unlock the bench then speak to Cornifer and pay him 90 Geo for a copy of the map for the City of Tears.
Stag Station: City of Tears
Upon acquiring the map and using the bench, go left into the section where you'll find Zote the Mighty. Speak to him and he'll just complain about the city and about getting wet. Continue going west into the section where you'll find multiple elevated platforms.
From here, jump up onto the platforms and head to the top right-hand side of the section where you can find 1x Simple Key. Just be careful since you'll have to fight a few enemies such as a Winged Sentry, a Lance Sentry, and a Husk Sentry before reaching the top right surface that has the key item - afterward, jump back onto the platforms and head to the top left side of the section where you'll find an exit towards another section.
You should now arrive in a section that has a gazebo-like structure. Before heading to the Stag Station, look to your left where you'll find an item next to a corpse of a bug. Head towards it, kill 3x Wandering Husk and acquire 1x Wanderer's Journal.
Next, head back up and go northeast onto the elevated platforms (there will be 1x Winged Sentry blocking your path) and then east towards the Stag Station sign and into the next section. You should find another Bench that you can use and a toll machine to open the City Storerooms Stag Station for 200 Geo.
A Lift to the Forgotten Crossroads
After unlocking the Stag Station, head back outside and proceed west until you reach the next section. You'll come across another Toll Machine that unlocks a lift for 150 Geo. Pay the amount and you'll be able to use the lift that will take you back to the Forgotten Crossroads.
Acquire a Mask Shard
Ride the lift that will take you back to the Forgotten Crossroads. From here, go left into another section and towards a narrow path that has a Leaping Husk, Wandering Husk, and Husk Hornhead. Clear the path then drop down through the path where it has spikes on the wall, you'll encounter more husks below. Once you've killed all of the enemies, go left where you'll find 1x Vessel Fragment sitting on top of an altar. Mask Shards are pieces that form into one mask of health, you'll need to acquire 4 pieces to form one mask. From here, go right until the end, break the wooden support to destroy the ceiling, and head back to where the lift is.
Revisit Charm Lover Salubra
At this point, it is recommended that you visit Charm Lover Salubra's shop before proceeding further into the City of Tears. You can reach her shop by heading all the way to the far east side of the section from the lift. Considering that you have an extensive amount of Geo, use this opportunity to purchase more Charm Notches (prioritize on purchasing Charm Notches) or Charms. Once you're done, head back outside and use the bench next to her shop to save your game before proceeding to the next sub-location, the Soul Sanctum.
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Trivia & Notes:Trivia and notes go here
- Previous: Resting Grounds
- Next: Royal Waterways
- Bosses: Watcher Knight
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NPCs in the area
Materials & Consumables
- 1x Rancid Egg
- 1x Wanderer's Journal
Equipment & Upgrades
- Husk Sentry
- Lance Sentry
- Heavy Sentry
- Winged Sentry
- Gorgeous Husk
- Cowardly Husk
- Gluttonous Husk
- Great Husk Sentry
City of Tears Walkthrough
The Eastern Side of the City
In order to get to the eastern side of the city, you'll need to head back to the Resting Grounds and take the lift that will take you to the eastern side of the City of Tears. Assuming that you've returned to Dirtmouth, you can take the path from the Forgotten Crossroads and through the Blue Lake to reach the area.
Acquiring a Vessel Fragment
After taking the lift and entering the next section you'll encounter a new enemy called a Cowardly Husk. Fight your way through the enemies and make your way up until you reach the next section which is also at the top. Now, the next room you'll enter is an arena, and when you walk inside, the doors will shut and enemies will spawn. You'll have to fight 4 waves of Heavy Sentry, Husk Sentry, Winged Sentry, and a Lance Sentry. Upon finishing the last wave, the doors will open where you can acquire 1x Vessel Fragment.
Exploring the City
When you're done, head back into the previous room, head down one level then go to your right where you'll find a switch. Flip it to call the lift up then ride it all the way down. From here, you'll encounter 1x Winged Sentry blocking your path, kill it then call the lift again if you need to and go up to where you'll find 1x Cowardly Husk and 1x Gluttonous Husk guarding a chest filled with Geo - just be careful since a Heavy Sentry will appear on your left while you kill the husks.
When you're done, ride the elevator to the bottom, then flip the switch again to go up. Only this time, dash midway to reach the middle level. You'll encounter a Heavy Sentry and a Husk Sentry guarding a Wanderer's Journal. After collecting the item, head all the way down and into the next section which leads to a sub-area called the King's Station. Upon arriving you can drop down one level to your right to find a Stag Station and a bench for you to use. You'll have to pay 300 Geo to open the station. Once you're done, go back outside and drop to the bottom heading southwest into the next section.
Here, you'll encounter multiple Great Husk Sentry alongside a Cowardly Husk. Be careful fighting the Great Husk Sentry since its attack deal 2 mask damage upon contact. While facing these enemies, make your way to the top where you'll find a small house that has about 2x Cowardly Husk and Gluttonous Husk. Clear the room and go right to find a secret room. You'll find the Gorgeous Husk inside that drops 420 Geo upon dying.
When you're done head back outside and go left to find the entrance leading to the Pleasure House, you'll need a Simple Key to unlock it. There is also a hot spring and a bench that you can use inside it. If you're done, you can head back outside and go east to find another house you can head into.
You'll encounter a Great Husk Sentry guarding a trapped Grub. Upon entering, the door behind you will close leaving you no choice but to eliminate the enemy. After killing it, the door will re-open and you can rescue the Grub.
Afterward, you can continue your exploration and head to the bottom northwest side until you reach the west side of the City of Tears. You'll eventually come across a switch that unlocks the door which will lead you back to the monument of the Hollow Knight.
Lurien, the Watcher
To reach Lurien's chambers which is a sub-area called Watcher's Spire, you'll need to have Monarch Wings and the Dream Nail or Awoken Dream Nail. Upon reaching near the monument of the Hollow Knight from the east side, you'll come across a lift, ride it to reach the top and continue going to the top passage and then work your way down once you reach the northwestern side until you come across a Lance Sentry and Great Husk Sentry, you'll need to defeat the two to unlock the gate. After defeating them, head through the gate, flip the switch, proceed east and keep heading up.
Simply continue heading up by using the lifts until you reach a boss arena. Here, you'll face the Watcher Knight, the protector of Lurien the Watcher - you can click here to learn more about the strategies on how to defeat this boss. Once you've defeated the boss, continue east and keep heading up until you reach Lurien the Watcher's chambers. You'll find his sleeping body lying at the center of the room, use the dream nail on him to enter the Dream World where you'll find his vulnerable state - once you find him, simply hit him a few times with the nail and use FOCUS to absorb him which will cause his seal on the Temple of the Black Egg to break.
Once that's done, you can visit Relic Seeker Lemm to sell the relics you've found, revisit Dirtmouth or Charm Lover Salubra, or better yet to the Nailsmith to upgrade your nail before heading to the next location, the Royal Waterways.
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The watchers spire on the map is spelled as ‘The Wathcher’s Tower’
Zote’s Dream Nail dialogue here... It speaks volumes, and says so much about his character and his true heart. It’s so sad, just heartbreaking... The poor little prince... Grey Prince Zote, mighty knight of great renown, you will always be loved - don’t you despair. ♥️
"Aquire a Mask Shard". No, it's Aquire a Vessel Fragment. There's no mask shard there
Same. But I found the next steps to get the Monarch Wings:
From the bigass room with the big knights and please house, instead of going northeast, go southeast. So just below the Watchers Spire. You get in a unmarked area, just go all the way down, avoid the spikes and 2 flying enemies. Down below, on the right is an Essence Tree which activates orbs al over the place, so you have to get to the top again the get them all.
Anyway, from down below, follow the path to the left/east, using the Flying Dash move (obviously I'm bad with skill names). Eventually you can drop down in an area called the Ancient Basin. Just follow the dedicated page or map of the level to find the Monarch Wings at the most east/left area of the map. You have 1 boss fight, but there's a bench nearby and Cornifer can also give you a map for the place. You also find the Simple Key somewhere in this area. When getting the wings you can go back to the Watchers Spire to continue. Hope this helps
wtf i was following the walkthrough (im now in east section) but we never tackled getting the monarch wing before getting here