Keys or Key Items 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. Below a list of keys available that can be obtained through the Hollow Knight game

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.


How do I View my Items in Hollow Knight?

When you first start Hollow Knight in Dirtmouth, you may encounter the first couples of MerchantsSly, 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 Key Items

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Name Usage/Description

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City Crest

Unlocks the gate of the City of Tears that is located between Fungal Wastes. However, it can only be used once, and the gate will later close.

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Elegant Key

Unlocks the door in the Soul Sanctum - beyond the door lies the Shade Soul spell and a boss, the Soul Warrior.

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King's Brand

This unlocks a door at the Ancient Basin, which leads to The Abyss.

Unlocking the door allows players to unlock four Endings and adds new dialogues for certain NPCs.

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Love Key

Unlocks a door in the Tower of Love where The Collector can be found and fought.

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Shopkeeper's Key

Provide the Shopkeeper's Key to Sly to unlock more items that can be bought.

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Simple Key


Unlocks doors with simple locks, but breaks after using.

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