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Hollow Knight Wiki Guide: Descend Into A Vast, Ruined World 

The Hollow Knight Wiki Guide is a conspectus featuring guides and informative data for the game Hollow Knight, a bestseller Metroidvania game made by Team Cherry which completely redefined the genre, and single-handedly became one of the most definitve Metroidvania games in history. The various guides and information in this wiki can include any aspect of the game, such as Controls, Combat, Charms, Items, Spells and Abilities, NPCs, Bosses, Lore, a 100% Completion Guide and more for Hollow Knight. This Wiki is a compendium of information which is open for community editing, so feel free to add your own information to the Wiki and help out thousands of players!

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Hollow Knight Features

  • Classic side-scrolling action, with all the modern trimmings.
  • Tightly tuned 2D controls. Dodge, dash and slash your way through even the most deadly adversaries.
  • Explore a vast interconnected world of forgotten highways, overgrown wilds, and ruined cities.
  • Forge your own path! The world of Hallownest is expansive and open. Choose which paths you take, which enemies you face and find your own way forward.
  • Evolve with powerful new skills and abilities! Gain spells, strength, and speed. Leap to new heights on ethereal wings. Dash forward in a blazing flash. Blast foes with fiery Soul!
  • Equip Charms! Ancient relics that offer bizarre new powers and abilities. Choose your favourites and make your journey unique!
  • An enormous cast of cute and creepy characters all brought to life with traditional 2D frame-by-frame animation.
  • Over 140 enemies! 30 epic bosses! Face ferocious beasts and vanquish ancient knights on your quest through the kingdom. Track down every last twisted foe and add them to your Hunter's Journal!
  • Leap into minds with the Dream Nail. Uncover a whole other side to the characters you meet and the enemies you face.
  • Beautifully painted landscapes, with extravagant parallax, give a unique sense of depth to a side-on world.
  • Chart your journey with extensive mapping tools. Buy compasses, quills, maps, and pins to enhance your understanding of Hollow Knight’s many twisting landscapes.
  • A haunting, intimate score accompanies the player on their journey, composed by Christopher Larkin. The score echoes the majesty and sadness of a civilization brought to ruin.
  • Complete Hollow Knight to unlock Steel Soul Mode, the ultimate challenge!

Hollow Knight Release Info

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Release Date February 24th, 2017
Platforms PC, Mac, Linux, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One
Developers Team Cherry
Publishers Team Cherry
Hollow Knight PC Specs for Windows
Minimum Requirements

OS: Windows 7 (64bit)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
GPU: GeForce 9800GTX+ (1GB)
DirectX Driver: Version 10
Game Size: 9 GB available space

Recommended Requirements

OS: Windows 10 (64bit)
CPU: Intel Core i5
GPU: GeForce GTX 560
DirectX Driver: Version 11
Game Size: 9 GB available space



Hollow Knight Wiki Guide: Everything About The Game  


Descend Into a Vast, Ruined World


The story of Hollow Knight takes place in a fictional underground kingdom of bugs named Hallownest, which is on the brink of destruction by a divine being known as The Radiance. The Radiance seeks to corrupt the kingdom by infecting Hallownests citizens, breaking their minds and forsaking their wills, causing them to attack uninfected bugs. They act mindlessly, continuing the common daily lifestyle of their previous life such as marching around the City of Tears as a guard, and will attack any non-infected being they see. The story of The Hollow Knight begins with the protagonist, The Knight, a strange Vessel, suddenly arriving in Dirtmouth after he was telepathically called. This mysterious nameless Knight begins his journey through Hallownest by uncovering the forgotten kingdom's darkest secrets, and seeking to save the kingdom from the impending doom that awaits.


The Mysterious Black Egg

Awaiting in the Forgotten Crossroads lies the source of the infection: The Temple of the Black Egg. As a vessel named the Hollow Knight, it is your duty to rid Hallownest from the infection by unlocking the Egg and destroying the infection from within. To do so, you will need to break the seal by defeating the 3 dreamers of Hallownest: Monomon the Teacher, Lurien the Watcher, and Herrah the Beast. As a vessel, you must find the bodies of these 3 dreamers and wake them from their eternal sleep in order to open the Temple of the Black Egg. You will face many perils and dangers in pursuit of unlocking the egg, and exploring the ruined regions of Hallownest; From gargantuan bugs to infected monstrosities, you must face anything the vast world throws at you, and become strong enough to save it.

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It is here in The Temple of the Black Egg where you will face the challenge of how you will defeat the infection, and save the kingdom of Hallownest from The Radiance and its evil corruption. How you choose to do so will determine which of the Hollow Knight Endings you will get. After getting one ending, you can try to get the other endings on the same save file, so dont worry about locking in to one ending you like.

A Ruined Kingdom Awaiting a Savior

On The Knights journey to save Hallownest, he will find the various regions of Hallownest which have been transformed as a result of the infection. The constructed roads in the caverns of Dirtmouth which used to conviniently led to the kingdoms capital have been overrun with vegetation, and infested with not just infected bugs, but also toxic mushrooms and more. In reflection of the state of the Kingdom, the capital's name which had been long forgotten was named The City Of Tears, also mirroring the endless rain that falls onto the once prospering city.

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The further you venture into this decaying kingdom, the more secrets you will unveil about its old ruler, The Pale King, including your purpose and role as a Hollow Knight in the liberation of Hallownest from the infection which threatens to cause the extincion of all bugs and ultimately bring about the downfall of Hallownest.



Master New Powers


As The Knight progresses in the game, he must become more powerful in order to face the mutations created by the test of time and continue on his duties as a vessel. New areas explored and interactions with various NPCs will eventually yield new powerful Spells and Abilities which can be used to defeat powerful Enemies and Bosses, or traverse areas in Hallownest which could not be accessed before. 


Explore Hidden Areas with New Spells and Abilities

Hidden behind Bosses or within secret Locations lies a variety of spells and abilities which can be used to unlock new areas of the game, or simply create shortcuts between certain Locations. Each ability The Knight acquires marks a new milestone in the progression of the game. There are a multitude of paths which you are prohibited from entering from the moment you step foot into Hallownest, and you will find yourself lost in options of which way to go after acquiring a new traversal spell.  

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You are given the freedom to choose whichever path entices you the most in the game, and are always rewarded for any exploration you do, be it with Geo, new Spells and Abilities or Key Items that help you progress the game. There are many times you will feel lost from the freedom that you are given, but the moment you unlock one of these new paths is an experience that is unique to Hollow Knight.

Master Ancient Nail Arts

The Nail is the primary and signature weapon of The Knight, requiring no Soul to use. It can be upgraded later on in the game, and can also be utilised to master the ancient Nail Arts which have been mastered by various NPCs you meet. You will be offered teachings by the Nailmasters to acquire these special skills, and utilise them against the Enemies and Bosses you face later.

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The damage of the Nail Art also depends on the type of Nail that is equipped or upgraded as well as Charms that can also change certain effects such as damage and charge time. Be sure to use Nail arts in between damage phases for maximum damage potential against Bosses.



Unleash the Might of Charms


Another way that The Knight gets stronger in Hollow Knight is through equipping the various Charms in the game. There are a total of 45 different Charms available in Hollow Knight, including the Charms from all of the free DLC. Some Charms you acquire are special, and can be upgraded through accomplishing certain tasks. The Knight may only equip a certain number of Charms depending on how many Notches he has acquired, which will increase throughout the progression in the game.


Unique and Powerful Charm Buffs

You will recieve up to 40 Charms throughout the game, with each benefitting The Knight in a different, unique way. Some Charms may simply increase The Knights Nail damage/range, or decrease the Soul cost of Spells and Abilities. Other charms can provide you with companions to fight alongisde with, or give you a unique healthbar which has extra masks or maybe even regenerates over time. 

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There are dozens of different effects that Charms can provide, and its up to you how you wish to build The Knight; whether that is becoming the ultimate exploration master or becoming extremely formidable in Combat. There are also Charms in the game which can be upgraded by either progressing an NPCs storyline, or spending heaps of Geo to do so. These Charms are especially powerful, and can be unlocked later on in the game.

Overcharming The Knight

If you are a high risk high reward player, you may be interested in this mechanic. If you equip a Charm which has a Notch Cost which would exceed your current Notch Limit 5 times, you may become Overcharmed. In this state, you have all the buffs from the Charms you have equipped, including the one which would exceed your Notch Limit, but you take twice the damage.

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Overcharmed in Hollow Knight is an extremely risky mechanic to utilise, and only some can pull it off. It becomes necessary in the later stages of the game where some special Bosses can defeat The Knight with one hit, making the double damage debuff obsolete. However, if you are willing to risk the damage potential, you can become extremely strong by overcharming up to 4 Notches.




Befriend Bizzare Bugs


Hallownest is a kingdom of bugs, thus you will find some bug friends along The Knight's journey. Since most bugs have been infected or killed by The Infection, most sentient bugs reside in the small, relatively safe town of Dirtmouth which is where The Knight begins his Journey to become the Hollow Knight. Bugs can provide you with items that you need to upgrade your Equipment, or provide you with useful Maps and even teach you ancient Nail Arts which can be used against Enemies and Bosses.


Cornifer, the Helpful Cartographer

One of the most important and friendly bugs you will meet in your journey is Cornifer, a cartographer willing to sell you Maps of the Locations in Hallownest for a small amount of Geo. He lives in Dirtmouth with his wife Iselda, and spends his days exploring all of Hallownest and drawing up a huge map of the ruined kingdom.

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His wife Iselda can also sell you special items, one of which being the extremely helpful Wayward Compass Charm and others being complamentary to the Maps you acquire, such as pins for special locations such as Vendors and Hot Springs. 



Challenge Over 30 Epic Bosses


Bosses in Hollow Knight are characterized in the game as Enemies that have a higher amount of health and do more damage, unlike the normal enemies that wander around the various regions of Hallownest. These Bosses are special and important since some need be defeated in order to progress through the main game, whereas some drop important Items. In Hollow Knight, there will be a total of 47 Bosses for you to defeat, with some having more powerful variants included in this number. 

Below is a catalogue of the range of Bosses that exist in the game, as well as a link which will take you to the related boss page if you wish.


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Barter, Upgrade, Train, Travel and Relax


There exist a multitude of things to do in Hollow Knight, with plenty of options for The Knight. You can buy Items from the friendly bug NPCs of Hallownest, upgrade the Nail as well as your Spells and Abilities, train The Knight to learn new Nail Arts, explore what the world has to offer and even hang out in one of the many hot springs in the game. 


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Hollow Knight Media

Hollow Knight is defined by its unique art style and approach to world design. From mines to a forest palace or a challenging arena, each area is crafted beautifully and contrasts with the game's imposing pace and challenging gameplay.

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    • Anonymous

      I love the beautiful maps of each area that display pins to mark the locations of various objects / characters / bosses. One problem: I can’t seem to find a legend / key to define what the various pins represent! Can anyone help out here?

      • Anonymous

        Anyone else think Tiso is just a nice person? Although they do think rather highly of themself, I love just how confident they are! (Warning spoilers ahead: If you have not met Tiso past the well in Dirtmouth, do not proceed) I hate that they had to die...it would've been SO fun if you go to fight with Tiso in the Colosseum of Fools!

        • Anyone else absolutely love the Hollow Knight soundtracks? Christopher Larkin is a musical genius. Such a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. Grimm’s battle themes are like a *major* mood-booster for me - being a Grimmkin, it keeps my flame-soul alive. (^_^)♥️ I also love “Truth, Beauty & Hatred” (Grey Prince Zote’s theme), Pure Vessel’s theme (very ethereal and angelic), “Soul Sanctum” (which contains Soul Master’s incredible battle theme), and “Sealed Vessel” (which honestly brings tears to my eyes as I reflect on the agony of the Hollow Knight - so poignant...) “Pale Court” is great too. I’m curious to know, what does everyone else think of the music? What are your favourite tracks?

          • Wait, what the...? Why is there an icon of *Hornet* atop the main logo for this Hollow Knight wiki? Hornet and the Weaversong charm??? That doesn’t make sense at all... She’s not the main character or protagonist of HK — the Knight is... His face should be there on the logo, along with the Kingsoul or Voidheart charm. It would be nice if whomever made the graphic could simply correct and update it. There’s a completely separate wiki here for “Silksong”, so Hornet being on the logo here with the Weaversong charm as if the original Hollow Knight game is centered around her is flat-out bizarre. Please fix this with a logo that makes sense and honors the Knight as the main protagonist, if possible. (I could make it, but I don’t know how to upload images to this particular website.)

            • Anonymous

              It would be nice if the Fandom site allowed comments!
              It's always fun looking at complaints and discussions about certain enemies, locations, etc.

              • Anonymous

                Dark Souls, but only one type of weapon, no Fashion Souls, horrid graphics and lame enemies and bosses! This súcks!!!

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