Coiled Nail

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Damage: 17
Requirements: hollow knight wiki geo icon2,000 and 2 Pale Ore

Coiled 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 Coiled Nail is the third of four upgrades that can be obtained for the Knight's Nail, allowing it to deal significantly increased damage in combat.

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


A powerful weapon of Hallownest, refined beyond all others.


Hollow Knight Coiled Nail Information

The Coiled Nail has a base damage value of 17 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 Coiled Nail in Hollow Knight

The Coiled Nail is the third upgrade available for the Nail and is forged by the Nailsmith from the Channelled 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 Coiled Nail in Hollow Knight

The Coiled Nail can be upgraded by the Nailsmith into the Pure Nail, the final form of The Knight's trusty weapon.

Upgrading into the Pure Nail increases its base damage to 21 and requires the following:


Hollow Knight Coiled 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 Coiled Nail gets its name from the thin grooves that coil around the length of the blade. Interestingly, the deep grooves that were visible in the Channelled Nail's blade appear to have been filled for this upgrade.
  • 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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    • Anonymous

      Either this is a lie on the amount of damage or the amount of health of the watcher knight is a lie because it should take 13 hits with the coiled nail to kill one but in the game it takes 15 hits

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