Dung Defender

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Location Royal Waterways
Health 700, 750, 800, 850, 900
Health depends on the upgraded nail equipped.
Reward/s Defender's Crest

Dung Defender 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.


Skilled combatant living at the heart of the Waterways. Assails intruders with balls of compacted dung.

Fighting for 'honour', or for 'loyalty'... you may as well be fighting for dust. If you want to kill, do it for your own sake. That is the nature of a true Hunter.


Dung Defender Location


Dung Defender Rewards



Dung Defender Strategies

Strategy Writeup

The Dung Defender's behavior consists of him trying to close the gap and to get close to The Knight. He likes to move around the arena while keeping you busy with forming dung balls that bounce around for a few seconds. Charms such as Thorns of Agony can seal the deal with landing an attack since if you are caught in between its attacks, you can guarantee an attack will land from the thorns that come out from The Knight after taking damage. Equipping the Quick Focus charm can also save you the time of recovering your health while maneuvering the arena.

At the beginning of the fight, take your time to avoid the balls and close in for the attack once he stops forming it. Strike once, step back, avoid the dung, and strike again after he stops forming one, rinse and repeat. Another tactic that can be used, esp when he enters his frenzy mode is to use Desolate Dive or Descending Dark while he is burrowed into the ground. Doing this will cause him to emerge out of the ground and will get knocked out for a brief moment.

As for evading, you can simply strike the dung balls with The Nail if it lands on you for it to bounce off towards a different direction. 


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Dung Throw The Dung Defender gathers dung and throws one or two balls that bounce around the arena and disappears after a few seconds. This inflicts damage upon contact but it can be bounced off before it lands on you by striking it with The Nail with an upward attack.
Defender's Dive Like a dolphin, the Dung Defender will dive into the ground and emerge out which deals damage upon contact. Since the height of how it emerges from the ground is low, you can either jump and dash towards the opposite direction or keep your distance.
Bursting Attack Similar to its dive, the Dung Defender will dive into the ground but this time will remain underneath and will try to move towards The Knight's position. after a brief moment, the Dung Defender will emerge out of the ground where it jumps high and springs out four small dung balls. These balls do not bounce around the area and are destroyed upon landing on the ground - these can also be avoided by hitting it with The Nail for it to change its direction.
Curled up Defender In conjunction with the Dung Throw attack, the Dung Defender curls into a ball and bounces off the arena along with the dung balls. You can simply strike its shell to inflict damage and also changing its direction of where it will bounce off to.
Phase 2
Frenzy At some point, after inflicting damage, the Dung Defender will enter a frenzied phase. He will start off with releasing a loud battle cry and will acquire increased speed, shorter recovery rate, and mix-ups with its attacks. This state only happens once.



Dung Defender Lore

The Dung Defender is both a boss and NPC in the game. Ogrim being his real name, he was once a member of the Five Great Knights of Hallownest who was considered as the most loyal warrior of the five, and fights for honor and glory. After Grey Mourner’s death, and Hegemol’s unknown status, Ogrim might be the only survivor out of the five great warriors. He is found in Royal Waterways. 

Though quite jolly in demeanor, he mistakes The Knight to be an enemy and initiates a battle. After defeating him, Ogrim will apologize and mentions The Knight's worthy and is capable of saving Hallownest. If players successfully defeat all three Dreamers, he will move to his cave where you will find him sleeping - this will give players the chance to use the Dream Nail to enter in his dream and challenge the White Defender. Right after fighting the White Defender five times, he will wake up and mentions how he can picture The Knight to be worthy to be with the greatest heroes. After leaving the area and returning, the Dung Defender will no longer be found and leaves a dung figure crafted into the Knight's likeness


Dung Defender Notes & Trivia

  • The Dung Defender was based on a Dung Beetle.
  • Defeating the Dung Defender unlocks the "Honour" Trophy/Achievement.
  • The health of the Dung Defender depends on the type of nail you have equipped/upgraded:



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    • Best Great Knight for sure. There is no way any true Great Knight would ever be a simp... Ogrim is not “in love with” that pathetic little fairy Isma, and I despise that ridiculous ship. They were simply good friends - he admired her in a platonic way, and Isma was never stronger than him... Really, it’s a shame they sort of made it ambiguously seem like poor Ogrim was simping for Isma. Not true. He’s a strong beetle (dung beetles are indeed among the strongest insects), and he is very confident in his own strength and loyal to his friends. He’s not an insecure simp by a long shot. His relationship with Isma is strictly a brother-and-sister-type friendship. Hollow Knight isn’t a flipping romance novel - this game is the farthest thing from it...

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