Hornet is an NPC in Hollow Knight. Hornet wears a curved mask like a boomerang with two holes near the bottom to see out of. In addition, Hornet wears a red dress and wields a needle and thread, which she can use to help attack the Hollow Knight and unlock 2 possible endings.


Hornet Information

Hornet is the daughter of Herrah the Beast, who is the queen of Deepnest, and the Pale King. Her birth was the result of a bargain for her mother to become a Dreamer, and as such, she spent only a short time with Herrah. Her shared heritage with the Knight and the rest of the Vessels makes them siblings.

  • Location: Hornet can be found in Greenpath 
  • Progression: Hornet moves to the Kingdom's Edge after defeating her in Greenpath.
  • Combat: Hornet is fought twice, once in each location. In her fight in Kingdom's Edge, she uses more attacks and moves more quickly.
  • Rewards: Defeating Hornet in Kingdom's Edge grants access to the Cast-Off Shell, which contains the King's Seal necessary for entering the Abyss.


Associated Endings

One of two possible endings(credit: noirscape): Sealed Siblings - A semi-hidden bad ending. To get this ending, obtain the Void Heart and enter the Black Egg. When Hornet interrupts, don't strike the Hollow Knight with your Dream Nail, but continue your attacks. Hornet will eventually pass out and the fight continues. Beat the Hollow Knight to get this ending. In this ending, you take the Hollow Knight's place, but because Hornet is sealed with you, the cycle is ended forever as no new knights can enter the Black Egg and Hallownest will eventually succumb to the infection.

The other possible ending with Hornet(credit: noirscape): Dream No More - The golden ending. To get this ending, first, obtain a fully awakened Dream Nail by killing the various spirit bosses, the Champion versions of False Knight (Failed Champion), Soul Master (Soul Tyrant), and Broken Vessel (Lost Kin). Additional essence can be gained from the various nonhostile spirits and the Dream Trees scattered around the map. You need a total of 1800 essence to fully awaken the Dream Nail. Additionally, go to the Queen's Garden and obtain the White Crest Fragment. After awakening the Dream Nail, strike the Knight sitting outside the Palace Grounds. This will transport you to the Dream World, where you must complete the White Palace's platforming challenge. At the end of the palace, strike the king until his corpse drops from the throne. After striking the King's corpse, you must pick up the other half of the Kingsoul. This will make you leave the Dream World and will kill the Knight. Equip the Kingsoul and enter the Abyss. Go to the bottom-most section of the Abyss and enter the newly opened cave area. Descend down the area, killing or dodging the Siblings. At the bottom of the Abyss, strike the mirror with your Dream Nail and ascend from the Abyss in the Dream World. This will change the Kingsoul into the Void Heart. After that go to the Black Egg. Hornet will be waiting outside. Enter the Egg and fight The Hollow Knight. Halfway through the fight, Hornet will interrupt by hitting the Hollow Knight with her nail and tying him down. Hit the Hollow Knight with the Dream Nail. At this point, The Radiance will appear. It is a three-stage boss fight. After you complete it, you can watch the ending. In this ending, you kill the Radiance and end the cycle.



  • Example Dialogue Lines
  • Quest Progression optional dialogue


Notes & Tips

  • In Hornet's second fight, she rarely stays in place long enough for more than two nail strikes. Because of this, it is useful to charge up Nail Arts strikes in between hits to allow players to deal more damage when an opening presents itself.
  • Hornet is the only creature in Hollowknight to have a Needle.
  • Hornet is the main character of the sequel, Hollowknight: Silksong.
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