Failed Champion

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Location Forgotten Crossroads
Health 1260
Reward/s 300 Essence

Failed Champion is a dream Boss variant of the False Knight 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.


A maggot driven mad by a strange force. Inhabits a stolen armoured shell.

Weak creatures love to steal the strength of others. Their lives are brief and fearful, and they yearn to have the power to dominate those who have dominated them.


Failed Champion Location

  • Location: Forgotten Crossroads
    • Must have the Dream Nail or Awoken Dream Nail to gain access into the Dream World. Return to the arena where you fought the False Knight, you'll notice that its body has been moved. You'll find its body hidden behind a breakable wall just above where his arena was. You'll find two maggots mourning over the False Knight, simply strike its body with the Dream Nail to initiate the battle.


Failed Champion Rewards

  • 300 Essence


Failed Champion Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Failed Champion's attacks are similar to how you fought the False Knight, the only difference is that his attack rate, speed, health has increased exponentially and each attack you receive does 2 hit points worth of damage. Regardless of that, you can still keep track of its movement. Since you won't be able to replenish SOUL from striking the Failed Champion, it is advisable to equip charms that can provide an increase of health or alter its effects. Charms such as Lifeblood Core, Joni's Blessing will provide more Lifeblood Masks while Hiveblood may be useful to regenerate health over time but can be tricky since you must not get hit while your health regenerates.

Make sure to upgrade your nail as well before jumping into this battle to increase its damage value. In conjunction with The Nail, pairing charms that will enhance The Knight's basic attacks will work for this battle such as Unbreakable Strength / Fragile Strength, Quick Slash, and Mark of Pride.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Leap Attack Do not jump, be patient and wait for the opportunity to move around in case you are stuck in a sticky situation to avoid and keep your distance - deals damage upon contact.
Slam Attack This attack is also in conjunction with the leap attack. The Failed Champion may perform a mix-up with its attacks, instead of just slamming the ground, the False Knight emits a shockwave created after slamming the ground with its mace. The shockwave runs in a horizontal line towards The Knight's direction that deals damage upon contact. Jump to avoid getting hit by the shockwaves
Rocks from Above Rocks continuously fall down from the ceiling for every attack the Failed Champion does, you can hit it with The Nail to break it if you get stuck in a difficult situation. Other than that, you can dash in and out to avoid getting hit.



Failed Champion Lore

The Failed Champion is a hidden boss that can only be fought in the Dream World. The Failed Champion is the dream variation of the False Knight. Defeating the Failed Champion allows the Maggot who was the False Knight explain how he got his armor: he stole it when the Great Knight Hegemol was sleeping because he had noble intentions to protect his oppressed and endangered family (hence his two Maggot brothers seen mourning his death, praying and crying over his body prior to the Dream battle).


Failed Champion Notes & Trivia

  • Players won't die if a dream boss defeats you. Instead, you'll wake up and you can re-enter their dream to fight the boss again.



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    • Anonymous

      He tends to jump attack 3-4 times in a row if you stay close to him before he switch to the slam/shockwave attack. You can dash behind him when he jumps and punish him between his jumps and then distance yourself after the 3rd jump or so to bait his shockwave and then repeat. It's not perfect but with a fully upgraded nail, quick slash, and steady body you should be able to stagger him pretty quickly. Shade cloak helps.

      • Anonymous

        If you don’t mind cheesing this boss, you can use a pet build and stay on top the arena, only coming down to heal or hit the boss when he’s staggered.

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