Paintmaster Sheo

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Location Godhome
Health 950
Reward/s ??

Paintmaster Sheo 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.


Skilled and respected master of the nail. Always eager to learn new things.

"O God inspired, master of arts, Whose works shall eternal endure, Peer beyond Our minds and hearts, Reveal to Us the God most pure!" - Prayer to the Artist


Paintmaster Sheo Location


Paintmaster Sheo Rewards

  • Rewards ??



Paintmaster Sheo Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Paintmaster Sheo is fought in Godhome and appear as the final boss in the Pantheon of the Artist. Sheo's attacks can be evaded easily since similar to his fellow Nailmasters, Sheo needs to charge before releasing an attack and has a bit of a slow animation which allows players to predict its movements. An attack that is recommended to watch out for is Great Slash and the Lunge Attack since both have quite a long range that is enough to reach The Knight.

Sheo can be staggered which you can use to either heal or go on the offense and bombard him with attacks. Your spells can be handy in this battle since you will be dancing around the arena to try and evade Sheo's long-range attacks, spells such as Shade Soul, Abyss Shriek, and Descending Dark will allow you to deal damage in all ranges and direction Sheo tries to move around - just be sure to have Shaman Stone and Spell Twister to increase the overall effectiveness of your spells, Soul Eater is also best paired with to increase the number of SOULS replenished from landing basic attacks.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Painter's Lunge Sheo will start to raise his brush and lunges it like a spear. This creates a yellow colored javelin paint that has a long range. You can either dash away from this attack or jump above before he releases the attack. Sheo's paintbrush turns into yellow when he executes this attack
Painter's Leap Similar to the Brothers Oro and Mato's leap attack, Sheo first leaps into the air, releases red paint in a parabolic angle and finishes the move with stomping onto the ground. Since the attack is fast, you can bait out Sheo to jump at one end of the arena by running and standing at the end. Wait for him to jump on top of you and quickly dash towards the opposite end to give you space to avoid the projectiles. Sheo's paintbrush turns into red when he executes this attack.
Splash of Paint Sheo swings his paintbrush onto the ground, causing three blobs of blue paint to shoot out of Sheo's weapon in front of him. One low, mid, high blobs of paint travel once Sheo swings his paintbrush. Keep your distance and try to dash instead of jumping to avoid the mid and high projectiles. Sheo's paintbrush turns into blue whenever he executes this attack.
Great Slash Sheo performs his signature Nail Art, Great Slash. Sheo's paintbrush turns into Magenta and a white aura will engulf Sheo for players to identify that this attack is being telegraphed. If you want to play offensively, you can dash and phase through the attack and follow up with an attack but if you want to play defensively, simply keep your distance and do not stand close since Sheo releases a column of paint in front of him that has a long range.



Paintmaster Sheo Lore

Paintmaster Sheo is the the strongest and mightiest amongst the trio Nailmasters. I'm his youth Sheo was taken under the supervision of the Great Nailsage Sly, who nurtured and trained him and his brothers Oro and Mato to be the masters of Nail arts they are now. At some point in his life, Sheo decided to move to Greenpath to pursue a new mastery, the art of painting, sculpting, and creation. If the Knight spares the Nailsmith in the main game, Sheo will meet him and the two will live together, spending their time in pursue of art.


Paintmaster Sheo Notes & Trivia

Voice Actor, homages, and other trivia go here.



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    • I absolutely love Sheo and his creative (in every sense) method of battling with his paintbrush and paint! I also love that Sheo is so kindhearted, humble, and honorable despite being so skilled in Nail Arts. He isn’t prideful and he’s such a kind brotherly friend to the poor Nailsmith. I like how Sheo mentions that befriending the Nailsmith as they work on art projects together is like being with his brothers again. Wonderful, lovable character who brings a dash of hope and happiness to the dying kingdom and such an overall sad game. Sweet beetle artist. I love all of the Nailmasters - Sheo happens to be the most unique seeing as he became an artist. I love the unique personalities of his triplet brothers Mato and Oro as well, and I wish they had more character development. The Nailmaster triplets and their mentor Sly should have a bigger role in the game.

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