hornet boss hollow knight wiki guide
Location Greenpath, Kingdom's Edge
Health 225 (First Encounter) 700 (Second Encounter)
Reward/s Mothwing Cloak, King's Brand

Hornet 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.


Skilled protector of Hallownest's ruins. Wields a needle and thread.

I have seen this nimble little creature. I thought her prey and pounced at her, but with a flash she stabbed me with her flying stinger and darted away. Could she be... a Hunter?


Hollow Knight Hornet Location


Hollow Knight Hornet Rewards



Hollow Knight Hornet Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Hornet is one of the bosses you can encounter at the early part of the game, so do not underestimate her since she is an early boss that has increased movement speed and has a short recovery time allowing her to execute her attacks frequently. You will encounter Hornet in a boss fight twice in Hollow Knight. First is when you meet her for the first time in Greepath, and second is when you meet her at Kingdom's Edge. Whenever she performs a ground lunge attack, take that opportunity to jump over her and land a few strikes to damage her and recover SOUL. Since you are in the early stage of the game, the only spell you possibly have acquired is Vengeful Spirit, it is recommended that you use this spell whenever she executes her storm of threads attack.

Other than that take your time and try to consume your SOUL wisely both offensively and defensively.

When you encounter Hornet for the second time at Kingdom's Edge, she will challenge you to test your resolve and strength in saving Hallownest. This is the second time you'll be facing her in a boss fight, and this time, she'll be using her full strength and abilities. Hornet would still have the same moveset and tactics as when you first fought her, but her attacks will be a lot faster now. She also has two additional moves during this fight. You can use the same strategy as before, but you will have to react faster as well. Take advantage of the Spells and Abilities you've already acquired in the process before you run into her the second time.

Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Ground Lunge Hornet dashes and lunges with her needle on the ground. You can jump evade this attack by jumping on top of her.
Aerial Lunge Hornet jumps into the air and charges for a lunge attack towards The Knight in a 45-degree angle. Hornet dives in for the attack at the last position The Knight will be while she charges midair, use that opportunity to predict where she will land in order to evade her attack.
Needle Throw Hornet throws her needle for about mid-range and pulls it back with the thread attached to the needle's eye. You can avoid this attack by jumping on top of her nail and executing a downward strike on Hornet's needle to pogo off it. Be mindful that The Knight can still take damage upon contact with both the Needle and Thread.
Storm of Thread Hornet unleashes an AOE attack where her Thread engulfs around her for a brief period. She can perform this attack both on the ground and in the air. You can easily dodge this since she telegraphs this attack in place. If you want to be aggressive you can damage her by using Vengeful Spirit.
Parry Hornet will hold her needle and strike a defensive stance, if you hit her during this stance, you will hear her giggle before unleashing a wide-range slash of counterattack. So don't go charging in pressing buttons, this telegraphed parry is very noticeable so you should be able to counter her attempt in countering you easily.
Spike Hornet will use her thread to suspend spiked balls in the air, these spikes will deal contact damage and will remain there unless it's destroyed by either Nail attacks or Spells. The maximum number of spikes she can set at a time is 6, and she won't be using this move unless you've already reduced her health to about 480 HP.



Hollow Knight Hornet Lore

Hornet is the mysterious princess, protector, and guardian of Hallownest's ruins. She is the offspring of the queen of Deepnest Herrah the Beast and Hallownest's Pale King. Her existence was the result of a bargain made by her mother with her father: Herrah would become a Dreamer only if The Pale King would grant her a child. After Hornet was born, the mother and daughter were given little time to spend together, but Hornet says she remembers it fondly.

She was then raised in Deepnest by the weavers. She was able to avoid The Infection and this survive the fall of the Kingdom of Hallownest with her sanity intact. Once she was ready, she became the protector and guardian of Hallownest's ruins, where she fends off those who pose a threat or try to seek out answers to the Kingdom's fall and the ancient secret sealed inside the Black Egg.


Hollow Knight Hornet Notes & Trivia

  • Unlocks the "Test of Resolve" Trophy/Achievement after defeating Hornet in Greenpath.
  • Unlocks the "Proof of Resolve" Trophy/Achievement after defeating Hornet in Kingdom's Edge.
  • Hornet will aid The Knight in the final battle, provided you have acquired Void Heart.
  • Hornet is the protagonist of the upcoming HK sequel Hollow Knight: Silksong.



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