Endings in Hollow Knight refers to the conclusions to the game that depends on the player's actions / choices throughout the game. These endings unlock different achievements and outcomes of the game's story. We will be listing the three endings and how it can be unlocked below.
- Please see the NPCs and Quests for details on side-quests.
- Please check the Walkthrough for a detailed guide on the Locations.
Endings in Hollow Knight
The Hollow Knight
To acquire this ending, simply head straight into the Temple of the Black Egg after breaking the seals and killing the Dreamers: Monomon the Teacher, Lurien the Watcher, and Herrah the Beast. You must not have the Void Heart charm as well. Head into the battle against the Hollow Knight, and upon defeat, The Knight absorbs The Infection and becomes the vessel. The Knight then becomes sealed inside the Temple of the Black Egg and the game ends.
To obtain this ending, you'll have to acquire the Kingsoul charm and have upgraded it into the Void Heart charm. Head into the battle against the Hollow Knight, and once Hornet appears to help pin down the Hollow Knight, strike the Hollow Knight with The Nail instead of the Dream Nail or don't do anything which will cause the Hollow Knight to break free, knocking Hornet unconscious. You'll have to continue the fight until you defeat the Hollow Knight. This will trigger an ending where in addition to The Knight becoming the vessel and absorbing The Infection, Hornet is also sealed inside the temple and her mask will appear carved on the sealed door similar to how the Dreamers masks appeared.
Dream No More
To acquire the true ending, you'll have to follow the same steps done for Sealed Siblings. Kill the Dreamers to break the seal, obtain the Awoken Dream Nail, acquire the Kingsoul charm, head into The Abyss to find The Birthplace and consume the void for the Kingsoul charm to turn into the Void Heart charm. Once you've done all of that, proceed to the Temple of the Black Egg and fight the Hollow Knight.
When you're close to defeating it, Hornet will appear to pin down the Hollow Knight. You'll have to strike the Hollow Knight with the Awoken Dream Nail to enter the dream world where you'll face the true boss, The Radiance. After The Radiance is defeated, The Infection will be cleansed and the black egg will disappear. Hornet then wakes up and finds The Knight's shell broken in half which implies that The Knight is either dead or has returned to The Void.
The scene then follows into The Abyss where the siblings can be found sinking into the ground which also implies that they can finally rest after finally putting an end to The Radiance.