Mantis Lords

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Location Mantis Village
Health 530
Reward/s Mark of Pride
Hallownest Seal

The Mantis Lords are 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.


Leaders of the Mantis tribe and its finest warriors. They bear thin nail-lances and attack with blinding speed.

The Mantis tribe and the bugs of old Hallownest had no love for each other. The Mantises outlived their rivals though, and their civilisation still stands.


Mantis Lords Location


Mantis Lords Rewards



Mantis Lords Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Mantis Lords are probably the quickest boss you'll encounter, they are an optional boss and the only way to fight them is if you challenge them. Once you choose to do so, the battle will begin with the first Mantis Lords. All of them have the same three attacks which are the Boomerang, Charge, and Overhead attacks. The first mantis has more health compared to the other two, and once you've defeated the first mantis, the 2nd phase will begin where you'll now fight the other two simultaneously.

Their pattern is pretty easy to follow since whatever the 2nd mantis attack does, the other will follow. However, their speed and ability to teleport and dance around the arena is what will make the battle difficult.

Recommended Charms: Be sure to have Quick Focus equipped, you'll need that extra speed of recovering health. The best time to heal is when they use their boomerang attack. Grubsong is another helpful charm since you will most likely get hit by their attacks especially in Phase 2 once you fight the two other mantis. And finally, be sure to have Thorns of Agony so that you can deal damage even after getting hit.

If you are planning to use your spells often, be sure to have Shaman Stone and Spell Twister equipped to maximize the effects of your spells. Vengeful Spirit is best used when they cling onto the wall and telegraph their boomerang attack while Desolate Dive and Howling Wraiths is a nice counter whenever they perform the overhead attack.

And finally, make sure to upgrade your Nail by visiting the Nailsmith before challenging the Mantis Lords


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Boomerang Watch for the position of the Mantis, if it clutches onto the lower part of the wall the projectile will start from the bottom and will rise up. If it positions itself onto the higher part of the wall, the projectile will start high and then to the bottom before it boomerangs back up
Charge Attack One of the Mantis Lords will jump onto the platform and charge in to attack. This can be avoided by jumping on top, you'll have the time to jump since there will be a slight delay before it dashes.
Overhead Attack Dash away once one of the Mantis jumps above you and drops onto your position. There is also a slight delay before it actually drops down.



Mantis Lords Lore

The Mantis Lords are mysterious unnamed mantidfly-like siblings of three who are the leaders of the Mantis Tribe. Upon the spread of The Infection, they were able to resist and fight the plague all throughout the fall of the kingdom of Hallownest. They are also the siblings of the Traitor Lord whom they've exiled due to him becoming Infected.

The Mantis Lords have kept peace and order throughout their tribe even from before The Infection and have killed any intruders who try to break that peace. As proud warriors, they have kept their duty of keeping the beasts of Deepnest and will only grant passage to those who challenge and defeat them in a fair challenge. 

Mantis Lords Notes & Trivia

  • Unlocks the "Respect" Trophy/Achievement after defeating them.
  • The three Mantis Lords, unlike Traitor Lord, highly resemble insects known as mantidflies, not actual mantises. Traitor Lord resembles a true mantis. 



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    • For some reason..... I just imagine these three being absolutely crazy-evil, sneaky and vicious, and hiding a very dark secret..... Heh, It’s been a weird head-canon of mine for a long time. :P

      Anyhow... These guys barely even look like mantises. They’re technically *not* praying mantises or any kind of mantis according to their bizarre morphology, but more so they are likely designed after mantidflies (which are not mantises at all). No idea why they on earth have stag-beetle horns, though... Maybe they are wearing them as crowns, seeing as they are monarchs and wearing those stag horns is a symbol of power or leadership in Hallownest? Hm...

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