Lost Kin

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Location Ancient Basin
Health 1200
Reward/s 400 Essence

Lost Kin 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.


Lost Kin faces upwards lightly shaking; its head being weighed down by the sac of Lightseeds.


Lost Kin Location


Lost Kin Rewards

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Lost Kin Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Lost Kin combat is the faster and more aggressive version of Broken Vessel since it is its dream counterpart. The strategy for this boss is to stay close to it and spam it with hits. It takes a while in between attacks, so it is recommended to hit it as much as possible, and heal yourself in between when you get a chance. 

Broken Vessel Charm suggestions: 

Charms: First you would want to consider having Quick Focus equipped as it will help you recover your health quickly while trying to avoid and close in for attacks. Second, having a defensive charm such as Thorns of AgonyDefender's Crest, or Spore Shroom will work so that you can inflict damage even when taking damage, by running and jumping inside the arena, or by using FOCUS. And finally, the Grubsong charm. Since it is most likely that you will take damage from its annoying spawn ability, it would be better to have the Grubsong charm equipped so that you can recover SOUL while taking damage.

Spells and Abilities: Whichever Spell you have acquired will help you with inflicting more damage on this boss. Spells like Vengeful Spirit or Shade Soul will definitely work with dealing damage from a distance especially if The Broken Vessel will perform an attack that requires it to channel or concentrate first. Desolate Dive is also a helpful spell where you can inflict damage while avoiding any projectile attack it has such as the constant spawn or releasing of Infected Balloons. And of course, the Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak ability will be your best friend in terms of constantly dashing and avoiding this boss' attacks. Note: if you are focused on using your Spells more rather than The Nail, make sure you have the Shaman Stone and Spell Twister charms equipped which will strengthen the damage of spells and reduce the SOUL cost of casting spells. 

Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Leap Avoid/ Counter attack. This attack doesn't happen too quickly and players will have a chance to react. 
Crash down Side Step. Before the crash down, it takes a big leap in the air followed by a long pause allowing players to calculate their next move.
Phase 2
Dash Jump over/ Evade



Lost Kin Lore


Lost Kin is what the Broken Vessel was before it was infected. It was a vessel that managed to escape the Abyss like the Knight. Unfortunately, because it was not completely hollow, it was infected in the Ancient Basin by Lightseeds and became the Broken Vessel.


Lost Kin Notes & Trivia

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.



Broken Vessel  ♦  Brooding Mawlek  ♦  Brothers Oro and Mato  ♦  Crystal Guardian  ♦  Dung Defender (Boss)  ♦  Elder Hu  ♦  Failed Champion  ♦  False Knight  ♦  Flukemarm  ♦  Galien  ♦  God Tamer  ♦  Gorb  ♦  Great Nailsage Sly  ♦  Grey Prince Zote  ♦  Gruz Mother  ♦  Hive Knight  ♦  Hollow Knight  ♦  Hornet (Boss)  ♦  Mantis Lords  ♦  Markoth  ♦  Marmu  ♦  Massive Moss Charger  ♦  Nightmare King Grimm  ♦  No Eyes  ♦  Nosk  ♦  Oblobble  ♦  Paintmaster Sheo  ♦  Soul Master  ♦  Soul Tyrant  ♦  Soul Warrior  ♦  The Collector  ♦  The Radiance  ♦  Traitor Lord  ♦  Troupe Master Grimm (Boss)  ♦  Uumuu  ♦  Vengefly King  ♦  Watcher Knight  ♦  White Defender  ♦  Winged Nosk  ♦  Xero  ♦  Zote the Mighty (Boss)


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    • Anonymous

      I don't really know how to edit this page- but someone needs to fix the attacks. It has way more, such as the spawn infected balloons, and when it starts to shake and summon lots of orbs of infection. Someone please fix this page.

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