Hornet is an NPC in Hollow Knight. Hornet is an arachnid warrior who wears a curved mask shaped vaguely like a boomerang, with two dark eye-holes near the bottom. In addition, Hornet wears a red dress-like cloak and wields a needle and silk as her weapon. Hornet primarily acts as an anti-hero, and her involvement unlocks 2 possible endings in Hollow Knight.
Hollow Knight Hornet Lore
Hornet was raised in the Deepnest, and survived the fall and the Infection of the kingdom. She wanders around its ruins, rashly and with much unneeded hostility chasing off all travelers and outsiders whom she automatically assumes are trying to desecrate the place (despite most of them being harmless). She is paranoid, impetuous and self-absorbed, putting on an imperious facade to overcompensate for her lack of ability to truly protect the kingdom crumbling around her. She is very hostile and antagonistic toward the Knight, trying to kill him at first, and primarily acting as an anti-hero. Hornet's true purpose is to protect the sealing of the Black Egg. She also guards the Cast-Off Shell in Kingdom's Edge. After some time, she was able to sense the awakening of the Infection and started off on a journey to travel across Hallownest in search for answers.
Hollow Knight 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.
- Where to Find Hornet: Hornet can be first found in Greenpath. Then you'll encounter her again in Kingdom's Edge.
- Hornet Story Progression: Hornet then moves to Kingdom's Edge after you defeat her in Greenpath.
- Hornet Combat Information: Hornet is fought twice, first in Greenpath, second in Kingdom's Edge. In Kingdom's Edge, she uses more attacks and moves more quickly.
- Rewards for defeating Hornet: Defeating Hornet in Greenpath will reward you with the Mothwing Cloak and the Test of Resolve Trophy/Achievement. Defeating her in Kingdom's Edge will reward you with the King's Brand and the Proof of Resolve Trophy/Achievement.
Hollow Knight Hornet Associated Endings
One of two possible endings involving Hornet: Sealed Siblings - A semi-hidden 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 get knocked out and 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 and can never escape. 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 involving Hornet: Dream No More - To get this ending, obtain a fully awakened Dream Nail by defeating 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 Gardens 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 Pale King until his exoskeleton 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, defeating 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 permanently change the Kingsoul into the Void Heart. Afterward, 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, the Hollow Knight’s Shade form will assist you along with all of the Siblings, and you can watch the ending. In this ending, you kill the Radiance and end the Infection.
Hollow Knight Hornet Dialogue
Come no closer, ghost.
I've seen you, creeping through the undergrowth, stalking me.
This old kingdom... A terrible thing awakens. I can smell it in the air...
I know what you are. I know what you'd try to do. I can't allow it.
Hollow Knight Hornet 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 Hollow Knight to wield a Needle.
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