Items in Hollow Knight are found throughout Hallownest, and can be used in a variety of ways, such as progressing the main story, upgrading your Equipment or recieving new equipment such as Charms. Items that are collected throughout the game have different categories; they can be characterized as Key Items, Quest Items, Upgrade Items, and Tradeable Items. On this page, you can find a list of all the available items featured in Hollow Knight.

What are Items in Hollow Knight?

There are four categories of types of items that can be found in Hollow Knight, each having its own function. These category of items are Keys or Key Items, Quest Items, Upgrade Items, and Tradeable Items.

  • Keys or Key Items: These items are mainly used to unlock doors, new locations, and even chests that are scattered around Hallownest. You can either purchase these key items or locate them in various sections of an area.
  • Quest Items: Quest Items in Hollow Knight are to be used for completing specific Quests in Hollow Knight. It can either be given to certain NPCs, to unlock some features in the game, or to simply progress the story of the game. Quest Items can either be purchased from Merchants, given by an NPC, or simply found in specified sections of a location.
  • Trade Items: These special, unique items are to be traded with specific NPCs or Merchants in Hollow Knight. If given to a special character, a player can gain a reward in return or even request for services provided that you can hand over the required item.
  • Upgrade Items: Upgrade Items in Hollow Knight are vital for The Knight, these items help in increasing the stats of The Knight such as increasing its Health, SOUL, and Equipment such as the Nail.


What Hollow Knight Items Should You Buy?

When you first start Hollow Knight in Dirtmouth, you may encounter the first couples of Merchants; Sly, a small bug who sells you Items from a shack and Iselda, a female bug who also sells items from a shack.

It is recommended that you explore the Forgotten Crossroads for a bit when starting, then go back to Dirtmouth and buy the Charm Gathering Swarm from Sly. Additionally, you should buy the Charm Wayward Compass and the Item Map and Quill from Iselda to have a better sense of direction when exploring Hallownest.

After buying these Items, you can start buying whatever you want from there on out. It is recommended that you frequently buy Mask Shards from Sly to get extra Masks and thus survive longer against Bosses or Enemies in exploration.

Its very important to note that in this game, you should never have to grind Geo. All of the Equipment in this game can eventually be obtained by exploring and continuing the main storyline as expected, so dont ever feel the need to grind Geo to buy specific Items from Merchants. 



Hollow Knight All Items


Hollow Knight Keys

Keys in Hollow Knight are items that are used to unlock certain doors within Hallownest. Some keys can be purchased from a Merchant and some are scattered throughout the map.

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City Crest

"Stone slab bearing the crest of the Hallownest capital city. Has an insert on the back that would fit into a slot."


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Elegant Key

"An explorer found this fancy key floating in the waterways of the city far below us. I've not cleaned it."


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King's Brand

"Marks the bearer as King."


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Love Key

"Covered in padding, it bears a symbol of love."


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Shopkeeper's Key

"Small brass key made in the likeness of a shopkeeper."


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Simple Key

"Simply, a simple key. It will fit a variety of locks, which is useful if you like to poke around in places you don't belong."


Hollow Knight Quest Items

Quest Items in Hollow Knight are items that are used as an aid to traverse and explore the depths of Hallownest. Some Quest Items can be purchased from a Merchant and some are scattered throughout the map.

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The Collector's Map

"Allows the Hollow Knight to find the location of the Grubs."

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Delicate Flower

"Given to you by the Grey Mourner in the Resting Grounds. She has asked you to place it at the grave of her mantis lover in the Queen's Gardens"

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"Seek the gods of Hallownest. Tune their power. Through their strength, ascend." 


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Hunter's Journal

"Prove yourself worthy to bear the mark of Hunter."

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Hunter's Mark

"The mark of a true Hunter. I have no offspring, nor subjects, nor worshippers. The sum of my being, my learning, my instincts... I leave it all to you. Good luck, Hunter."

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Lumafly Lantern

"Crystal lantern containing a Lumafly. Brightens dark caverns so wanderers can find their way." 


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Map and Quill

" The map of Hallownest used to find undiscovered area." 

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Ruined Flower

"Given to you by the Grey Mourner in the Resting Grounds. It has been destroyed and is now worthless as an object of sentiment."

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Tram Pass

"A lifetime pass to the tramways connecting parts of Hallownest."  


Hollow Knight Trade Items

Trade Items in Hollow Knight are items that can be exchanged into Geo or assistance. These Trade Items can be found scattered within the depths of Hallownest.

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Arcane Egg

"Mysterious stone egg from before the birth of Hallownest."


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Hallownest Seal

"Official seal of the Kingdom of Hallownest, symbolizing the authority of the King and his Knights."


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King's Idol

"A white idol depicting the King of Hallownest. The elusive king was worshipped through these idols."


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Rancid Egg

"Fatty, rancid egg of an unknown creature."


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Wanderer's Journal

"A journal left behind by a long-dead traveller. The words are written in a forgotten dialect and difficult to understand."


Hollow Knight Upgrade Items

Upgrade Items in Hollow Knight are items that are used to enhance The Knight's status such as health, SOUL, and his equipment. Some Quest Items can be purchased from a Merchant and some are scattered throughout the map.

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Mask Shard

"A shard of an ancient mask, worn to protect oneself from harm."


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Pale Ore

"Rare, pale metal that emanates an icy chill."


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Salubra's Blessing

"A boon bestowed by Charm Lover Salubra."


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Vessel Fragment

"Fragment of a white vessel made to contain SOUL."

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