Grey Prince Zote

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Location Dirtmouth
Health 1200 - 1500
Reward/s 300 Essence

Grey Prince Zote is a dream Boss variant of Zote the Mighty 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 being placed into a state of stagger by 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.


Figment of an obsessed mind. Lacks grace but becomes stronger with every defeat.

"My love, any creature who could bear to be away from you, who would willingly leave you behind or say unkind things to you... Pah! Lowly maggots, not worthy of standing in your glorious shadow!"

She felt her cold body grow warm, a sensation she had almost forgotten... - 'The Grey Prince' Chapter 112


Grey Prince Zote Location

  • Location: Dirtmouth
    • Players will need to rescue Zote The Mighty and defeat him in the Colosseum of Fools, then rescue Bretta. You'll need to acquire the Monarch Wings and the Dream Nail as well. Once the two are seen in Dirtmouth, you can access the basement of Bretta's house where you'll find a reimagined statue of Zote. Strike the statue with the Dream Nail to enter the arena located inside the Dream World.


Grey Prince Zote Rewards

  • 300 Essence


Grey Prince Zote Strategies

Strategy Writeup

To win the battle against the Grey Prince, you'll need to finish the battle as quickly as possible and this is where heavy damage output charms will work. Having a combination of Quick Slash, Mark of Pride and Fragile Strength/Unbreakable Strength will be useful here since you'll be able to maximize the damage that is dealt with just The Nail - just be sure that you upgrade your nail by visiting the Nailsmith.

Spells will also be helpful here since you want to have the versatility to attack both in a close and long-range situation. With that said, it is also recommended to have the Spell Twister and Shaman Stone charms equipped to maximize the overall effectiveness of the spells.

For abilities, before heading into battle, make sure you have acquired the Shade Cloak ability as well as the Monarch Wings. Having the Shade Cloak ability will save you from getting hit by the shockwaves since you can phase through it if you are caught in a sticky situation. Monarch Wings, on the other hand, will allow you to dance around the arena to avoid his attacks.

Grey Prince Zote has some moments where he is vulnerable to getting hit, such as when he starts to spit out the Zotelings, you can use that opportunity to land a few attacks as well as when he trips over when he starts to run and swing his weapon towards The Knight - patience, and precision is needed in order to win this battle.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Flail Attack Can be avoided if you jump over him or dash through with the Shade Cloak and then wait for him to get tired where he'll fall onto the ground releasing shockwaves. Once he's on the ground you can attack.
Slam Attack Can be avoided if you jump over the shockwaves or dash through it with Shade Cloak.
Zotelings Zote spits out either a winged or spider-like bug that has Zote's head. You can quickly kill it in a group by using your spells.
Shadow Pound Since he disappears for a brief moment before slamming onto the ground, it is best to avoid it if you have the Shade Cloak ready so that you can quickly dash away from his landing spot and then execute a double jump to avoid getting hit by the shockwaves.



Grey Prince Zote Lore

Grey Prince Zote is a hidden boss in Hollow Knight. He is the empowered dream variation of Zote the Mighty that was created by Bretta's reimagination of him. Not only is Grey Prince Zote very physically powerful, he also displays knightly chivalry, hence his utmost loyalty toward Bretta, as she imagines herself to be his “queen”. 


Grey Prince Zote Notes & Trivia

  • He can be challenged up to 10 times which increases his health and damage for each time you challenge him
  • You'll only receive the reward of 300 Essence upon defeating him for the first run, the remaining, however, won't grant any rewards.
  • Upon winning the 10th challenge, the statue inside Bretta's basement will turn into gold.
  • His name will change each time he is defeated except after 9 times, at level 9 and 10 his name becomes Invincible Fearless Sensual Mysterious Enchanting Vigorous Diligent Overwhelming Gorgeous Passionate Terrifying Beautiful Powerful Grey Prince Zote.



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    • Anonymous

      relized it said he changes his name after each defeat which is wrong. After the 9th time you defeat zote he is called Invincible Fearless Sensual Mysterious Enchanting Vigorous Diligent Overwhelming Gorgeous Passionate Terrifying Beautiful Powerful Grey Prince Zote and at the 10th he is still called the same but with more damage.

      • Anonymous

        Zote is an absolutely hilarious character and the fact that his boss is so hard to defeat honestly is respectful.

        • Zote’s gruff, growly voice is so endearing - it boosts my mood to listen to him speak and grumble.
          I also love when Grey Prince Zote supernaturally phases through the ground and then suddenly comes crashing down from the ceiling and lands on his belly, creating an earthquake - I love his war cry when he does that, and the funny sound he makes when he falls down. He lacks grace, so he’s clumsy and stumbles a lot (which just adds to his cuteness), but he’s still crazy-powerful, enough to create actual huge tremors when he falls, which makes up for his lack of grace. ^_^♥️
          I mean, how could anyone *dislike* him? You’d have to be really shallow and not understand Zote to dislike him. He’s a grouch, but a lovable, larger-than-life grouch, like GrumpyCat. And he’s so grumpy that you know he’s just putting it on to show knightly bravado, which makes him so adorable. Also, his very sad childhood which made him so grumpy and gloomy and desperate to prove himself... His precepts are awesome, too. He’s such a well-developed, deep, excellent character - his story is just unfinished.

          • [Possible unpopular opinion warning:] Grey Prince Zote is absolutely adorable, and such an endearing and amusing boss fight! I love Zote so much, and I see what Bretta sees in him. He deserves to be loved after all the abuse and torment he’s been through in his life, especially from his awful parents as a very young child which caused him to run away. No child deserves that. Poor grouchy fella... I believe his negativity and bitterness caused by that abuse can be healed by love and friendship. Not only that, he’s such a well-developed humorous character with so much potential to have a major role. If anyone, I personally believe that Zote deserves his own game. No Silksong - Zotesong, please! :)

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