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Grubs are special NPCs in Hollow Knight that serve a role as CollectiblesGrubs are small, caterpillar-like creatures that have gone missing from their home in the Forgotten Crossroads. The Knight can come across these creatures imprisoned in glass jars across many different locations throughout Hallownest. They can be freed by breaking their jars, after which they will tunnel their way back home to the Grubfather who will reward the Knight with a variety of useful items for every Grub recovered. There are a total of 46 Grubs to be found and rescued in Hollow Knight.


Hollow Knight Grub Information

The Grubs and the Grubfather are the basis for the Grubfather's Lament quest, which tasks The Knight with finding all 46 missing Grubs.

Early in the game, The Knight can come across the Grubfather who is the patriarchal figure of the Grub Family. He can be found in the upper-left section of the Forgotten Crossroads, in a large cavern filled with empty egg-shaped houses. Distraught from the sudden disappearance of his children, the Grubfather will be crying when the Knight first meets him. 

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Grubhome and Grubfather Map Location

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The Grubfather, bemoaning the loss of his children


The Grubs can be found trapped in glass jars across many different locations in Hallownest. Many require some clever platforming in order to reach, some can be found behind breakable walls or guarded by bosses, and others require The Knight to obtain certain upgrades first such as the ability to double jump with the Monarch Wings or swim across pools with Isma's Tear. Once rescued, Grubs will return back to the Grubhome. With each Grub rescued, the Grubfather will reward the Knight with many different items and geo currency hollow knight wiki guide 62pxGeo.


Grub Related Quests in Hollow Knight

Note that you do not need to meet the Grubfather first in order to start rescuing Grubs.


Grub Locations & Rewards in Hollow Knight

The tables below list the general location of all Grubs in Hallownest, as well as the rewards obtained by rescuing them and returning to the Grubfather. You can return to the Grubfather at anytime after rescuing a Grub to collect your reward. You may also collect them all at once or in groups. Most Grub rescues are rewarded with an increasing amount of geo currency hollow knight wiki guide 62pxGeo starting from 10 and up to 300. At certain thresholds, you will instead receive a valuable item.


After obtaining Isma's Tear, the Knight can acquire The Collector's Map which marks down the exact location of all Grubs yet to be rescued on the map, aiding players in locating these creatures. See the Grubfather's Lament page for a guide on how to obtain the map.

# Location Reward
1 5 Grubs in the Forgotten Crossroads hollow knight wiki geo icon10
2 hollow knight wiki geo icon20
3 hollow knight wiki geo icon30
4 hollow knight wiki geo icon40
5 mask shard hollow knight wiki guideMask Shard
6 4 Grubs in Greenpath hollow knight wiki geo icon50
7 hollow knight wiki geo icon60
8 hollow knight wiki geo icon70
9 hollow knight wiki geo icon80
10 2 Grubs in the Fungal Wastes grubsong hollow knight wiki charmsGrubsong
11 hollow knight wiki geo icon90
12 5 Grubs in the City of Tears hollow knight wiki geo icon100
13 hollow knight wiki geo icon110
14 hollow knight wiki geo icon120
15 hollow knight wiki geo icon120
16 rancid egg hollow knight wiki guideRancid Egg
17 7 Grubs in Crystal Peak hollow knight wiki geo icon140
18 hollow knight wiki geo icon150
19 hollow knight wiki geo icon160
20 hollow knight wiki geo icon165
21 hollow knight wiki geo icon170
22 hollow knight wiki geo icon180
23 hallownest seal hollow knight wiki guideHallownest Seal
# Location Reward
24 1 Grub in the Resting Grounds hollow knight wiki geo icon200
25 3 Grubs in the Royal Waterways hollow knight wiki geo icon200
26 hollow knight wiki geo icon210
27 hollow knight wiki geo icon215
28 1 Grub in the Howling Cliffs hollow knight wiki geo icon220
29 2 Grubs in Kingdom's Edge hollow knight wiki geo icon220
30 hollow knight wiki geo icon220
31 1 Grub in Fog Canyon hollow knight wiki pale ore iconPale Ore
32 3 Grubs in the Queen's Gardens hollow knight wiki geo icon230
33 hollow knight wiki geo icon235
34 hollow knight wiki geo icon240
35 5 Grubs in Deepnest hollow knight wiki geo icon245
36 hollow knight wiki geo icon250
37 hollow knight wiki geo icon255
38 kings idol hollow knight wiki guideKing's Idol
39 hollow knight wiki geo icon260
40 2 Grubs in the Ancient Basin hollow knight wiki geo icon265
41 hollow knight wiki geo icon270
42 2 Grubs in The Hive hollow knight wiki geo icon280
43 hollow knight wiki geo icon290
44 3 Grubs in the Tower of Love hollow knight wiki geo icon295
45 hollow knight wiki geo icon300
46 grubberflys elegy hollow knight wiki charmsGrubberfly's Elegy


Grub Dialogue in Hollow Knight


Hollow Knight Grub Notes & Tips

Do the Grubs die in Hollow Knight?

  • They do not appear to die, but rather combine into a new creature as a bizarre trait of their species. Upon completing the Grubfather's Lament and resting at a bench, you can return to the Grubfather to find the old bug lying on the ground with a severely distended belly, and the Grubs nowhere to be found. It appears he had swallowed all of his children who can be heard cooing happily, fully alive inside him. The description of the Grubberfly's Elegy suggests this to be part of the bugs' life cycle where they will eventually metamorphose into a Grubberfly.

Other Notes

  • The Knight may come across Grub Mimics who camouflage themselves as Grubs only to transform and attack the Knight when released. These creatures can perfectly mimic the appearance of Grubs but can be distinguished from genuine Grubs by using the Dream Nail on them. Genuine Grubs always say "...Home..." in their dream dialogue while the Mimics say "...Kill...", "...Empty...", or "...Other...",



All NPCs in Hollow Knight
Bardoon  ♦  Bretta  ♦  Brumm  ♦  Charm Lover Salubra  ♦  Cloth  ♦  Confessor Jiji  ♦  Cornifer  ♦  Distant Villagers  ♦  Divine  ♦  Dreamers  ♦  Dung Defender  ♦  Elderbug  ♦  Eternal Emilitia  ♦  Fluke Hermit  ♦  Godseeker  ♦  Grey Mourner  ♦  Grimmsteed  ♦  Grubfather  ♦  Herrah the Beast  ♦  Hornet  ♦  Iselda  ♦  Leg Eater  ♦  Little Fool  ♦  Lurien the Watcher  ♦  Mask Maker  ♦  Midwife  ♦  Mister Mushroom  ♦  Monomon the Teacher  ♦  Moss Prophet  ♦  Moth  ♦  Myla  ♦  Nailmaster Mato  ♦  Nailmaster Oro  ♦  Nailmaster Sheo  ♦  Nailsmith  ♦  Nymm  ♦  PoggyThorax  ♦  Quirrel  ♦  Relic Seeker Lemm  ♦  Seer  ♦  Sly  ♦  Snail Shaman  ♦  Songstress Marissa  ♦  Steel Soul Jinn  ♦  The Hunter  ♦  The Last Stag  ♦  The Nightmare's Heart  ♦  The Pale King  ♦  The White Lady  ♦  Tiso  ♦  Troupe Master Grimm  ♦  Tuk  ♦  Unn  ♦  Vessel  ♦  Willoh  ♦  Zote the Mighty


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