Nail and Nail Arts in Hollow Knight is the primary weapon used by the game's protagonist, The Knight. It is also seen to be equipped by some enemies, bosses, and NPCs in the kingdom of Hallownest. This page will provide you an overview of the type of Nail that can be upgraded along with Nail Arts that is later on acquired as you progress through the game.

 

Hollow Knight Nail and Nail Arts

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Nail

Nail is the primary weapon of The Knight, by default, players will start off with the Old Nail and later can be upgraded into four different tiers by speaking to the Nailsmith in the City of Tears. In doing so, the Nailsmith will require The Knight to provide him with sufficient hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon Geo and Pale Ore in order to upgrade it - this will increase the damage done of melee attacks. With regards to this, certain Charms can also be equipped in order to gradually top-up the overall damage of the Nail.

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Nail Arts

Nail Arts are abilities that The Knight can acquire by learning it from Nailmasters. These are abilities that deliver an even stronger attack than the melee attacks dealt by the Nail - depending on the type of Nail Art, some deal with multiple damages, or requires the player to charge the ability in order to deliver a single blow. The damage of the Nail Art also depends on the type of Nail that is equipped or upgraded as well as Charms that can also change certain effects such as damage and charge time.

 

Hollow Knight Nail

The Nail in Hollow Knight can be upgraded into 4 tiers by approaching the Nailsmith in the City of Tears - sufficient Geo and Pale Ore are needed to acquire the upgraded Nail. Certain Charms can also be equipped in order to strengthen the overall damage of The Nail.

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Old Nail

A traditional weapon of Hallownest. Its blade is blunt with age and wear.
Damage Requirement/s
5 Default Weapon

 

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Sharpened Nail

A traditional weapon of Hallownest restored to lethal form.
Damage Requirement/s
9 hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon250

 

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Channelled Nail

A cleft weapon of Hallownest. The blade is exquisitely balanced.
Damage Requirement/s
13 hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon800, 1 Pale Ore

 

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Coiled Nail

A powerful weapon of Hallownest, refined beyond all others.
Damage Requirement/s
17 hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon2000, 2 Pale Ore

 

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Pure Nail

The ultimate weapon of Hallownest. Crafted to perfection, this ancient nail reveals its true form.
Damage Requirement/s
21 hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon4000, 3 Pale Ore

 

 

Hollow Knight Nail Arts

Nail Arts in Hollow Knight can be acquired by locating three different Nailmasters in certain locations and by interacting with them. The overall damage of the Nail Arts depends on the type of Nail that is equipped. Some Charms that is equipped can also change certain effects such as damage and charge time.

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Cyclone Slash

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Mato. A spinning attack that rapidly strikes foes on all sides.
Acquisition: Learned from Nailmaster Mato.
Location: Howling Cliffs
Old Nail: 21-49 Damage
Sharpened Nail: 36-84 Damage
Channelled Nail: 51-119 Damage
Coiled Nail: 66-154 Damage
Pure Nail: 81-189 Damage

 

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Dash Slash

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Oro. Strike ahead quickly after dashing forward.
Acquisition: Learned from Nailmaster Oro and hollow_knight_wiki_geo_icon800.
Location: Kingdom's Edge
Old Nail: 12.5 Damage
Sharpened Nail: 22.5 Damage
Channelled Nail: 32.5 Damage
Coiled Nail: 42.5 Damage
Pure Nail: 52.5 Damage

 

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Great Slash

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Sheo. Unleashes a huge slash directly in front of you which deals extra damage to foes.
Acquisition: Learned from Nailmaster Sheo.
Location: Greenpath
Old Nail: 12.5 Damage
Sharpened Nail: 22.5 Damage
Channelled Nail: 32.5 Damage
Coiled Nail: 42.5 Damage
Pure Nail: 52.5 Damage

 




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