Pantheon of the Sage is the third Pantheon in Hollow Knight. Pantheons in Hollow Knight are the new mechanics and trials that are included in the Godmaster DLC. There will be five pantheons available upon reaching the Location, Godhome. This page covers what to do during this Pantheon Trial. Below are five of the Pantheons players can encounter in the game.
- Nail: Removes Nail upgrades.
- Shell: Lowers your health to max 4.
- Charms: Removes Charms
- Soul: Limits soul capacity to one use, regardless of how much capacity you have.
Pantheon of the Sage
You will need to have fought all the required bosses for the third door shown on symbols upon inspecting it. Below are the enemies you will face before encountering this Pantheon's final boss, Great Nailsage Sly. After each Pantheon trial before the final boss, the Godseeker will speak appear with a dialogue sequence.
“Thou art painfully persistent! Why dost thou defile this pantheon with thine presence? Seek ye glory, o vain one? Thou misunderstand Our purpose. Through ritual combat are We attuned to the voices of the Gods. Ever higher do they lead Us! Higher and higher and higher! Until through Godly focus do We attain communion with that great power sleeping in the Kingdom’s heart…“
- Hive Knight
- Elder Hu
- The Collector
- God Tamer
- Troupe Master Grimm
- Grey Prince Zote (level 3) (only if already defeated in Dirtmouth)
- Hornet (Sentinel)
- Great Nailsage Sly
Great Nailsage Sly
The Great Nailsage Sly is quite a difficult and tricky boss. Compared to the others, he is faster and has a shorter recovery rate of executing one attack after the other. Sly can be fought in Godhome and appear as the final boss in the Pantheon of the Sage. It is recommended that you rely on your Spells or Charms that provide long-range effects or buffs. So first, let's talk about the Charms.
Quick Focus is a must to have equipped since Sly will not stop and will only give you little time or an opportunity to recover your health. So having this charm can help you recover health at a faster rate. Maintaining a safe space between you and Sly will be important, so in conjunction with that, make sure to have Mark of Pride to increase the range of the Nail allowing you to strike and be safe from a distance. Quick Slash is also helpful so that you can strike at even a faster rate.
Spells, Shade Soul or Vengeful Spirit will most likely work here, Abyss Shriek or Descending Dark isn't recommended since Sly constantly dances around the arena and you'll most likely miss. The reason why Shade Soul or Vengeful Spirit can work since it can be executed fast and can guarantee that it will hit Sly. But of course, if you plan on using your spells more often than The Nail, you must have the following charms equipped that can buff the overall effectiveness of your Spells - Shaman Stone to increase the effect of the spells, Spell Twister to reduce the SOUL required whenever you cast a spell, and Soul Catcher or Soul Eater to increase the amount of SOUL gained from striking the enemy with The Nail.
Keep your distance at all times, use long-range attacks, take your time, and use the opportunity to strike Sly whenever he falls onto the ground after performing an aerial attack.
Clearing this battle will reveal your trial time. Clearing this Pantheon will unlock the Achievement: Focus.
Next: Pantheon of the Knight