Hollow Knight

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Location Temple of the Black Egg
Health 1250
Reward/s None

Hollow Knight 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.


Fully grown Vessel, carrying the plague's heart within its body.

The old King of Hallownest... he must have been desperate to save his crumbling little world. The sacrifices he imposed on others... all for nothing.


Hollow Knight Location


Hollow Knight Rewards

  • N/A



Hollow Knight Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Hollow Knight has 4 phases, each phase will begin with the Hollow Knight leaning its head backward and releasing a loud battle cry. Phase 1 will consist of three attacks that will be telegraphed by the Hollow Knight from phases 1 through 3. In phase 2, the Hollow Knight gains two more attacks that are telegraphed until phase 3. Now in the 3rd phase, the Hollow Knight will perform new attacks but will move less and loses the triple cut and dash attacks from phase 1. Phase 4 on the other hand, the Hollow Knight will only attack with its single strike and overhead bounce attacks.

At this point in the game, we'll assume you've fully upgraded your Nail, Spells and have obtained the needed abilities and charms. Charms: It is important to have Quick Focus and Quick Slash equipped for this battle, you'll need that extra speed of recovering health and landing multiple blows using the Nail. In conjunction with Quick Slash, combining it with Longnail or Mark of Pride can help you land your basic attack from a distance. Grubsong is also recommended so that you can gain SOUL from taking damage and not just by hitting the boss and [airing the Grubsong charm with Thorns of Agony will allow you to inflict some damage whenever you take a hit.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Triple Cut Attack With the Monarch Wings obtained, jump on top of the Hollow Knight and perform a down attack to pogo on it.
Parry Do not attack with ANY TYPE OF ATTACKS while it is in the parry stance. Jump over it and strike it at its back.
Dash Attack Either dash through its attack with the help of Shade Cloak or jump. 
Phase 2
Pillars of Fire Look at the ground and walk in between the gap of the flames. There is a slight delay before the pillars of fire appear after the Hollow Knight slams down onto the ground.
Barrage of Blobs Dash towards the Hollow Knight to avoid the blob of Infection it casts out. The attack shoots from the bottom and will make its way up.
Phase 3
Frenzied Barrage Watch out for where the blobs will land and use the gaps to avoid getting hit.
Overhead Bounce The only way to avoid this is by the timing and dashing away before it bounces onto your position.
Phase 4
Single Strike Keep your distance once the Hollow Knight swings its nail and attack once it falls onto its knees.



Hollow Knight Lore

The Hollow Knight is a Vessel, a mysterious empty insectoid being with long stag-beetle-like horns, a creation of the Pale King of Hallownest and the White Lady. Just like its siblings, it was created as a Vessel and is infused with the power of the Void to seal The Radiance and stop the spread of The Infection for eternity.

Upon their birth, all Vessels have been conditioned to have no mind, no will, and no voice or ability to feel pain, to prevent The Radiance from influencing them. However, this Vessel (named the “Hollow Knight” by the Pale King) developed differently, as it formed a bond between itself and The Pale King (who was like a father to it in addition to its creator) while it was being trained and raised into a full grown Vessel.

Eventually, The Radiance and its Infection was sealed within the Hollow Knight, and it was chained and sealed within the Temple of the Black Egg. Being a knight (raised by a sovereign to become a warrior and serve the king and kingdom) it served its kingdom by sacrificing itself in this manner. At some point, due to the impurity of the Hollow Knight, its emotional attachment to its creator and father, the Pale King, The Radiance was able to influence the chosen Vessel, causing its shell to crack, and it was then consumed by the Infection. This lead to the spread of The Infection which also lead to the fall of the Kingdom of Hallownest.


Hollow Knight Notes & Trivia

  • Unlocks the "The Hollow Knight" Trophy/Achievement after the defeating the Hollow Knight and becoming the Vessel.
  • Unlocks the "Sealed Siblings" Trophy/Achievement after defeating the Hollow Knight with Hornet by your side.



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