Soul Tyrant 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.
In my dreams I could see it. The Kingdom's salvation, the cure for the plague... the answer was in the soul that animates our bodies.
Soul Tyrant Location
- Location: Soul Sanctum
Soul Tyrant Rewards
- Rewards 300 Essence
Soul Tyrant Strategies
Soul Tyrant is the dream variant of Soul Master, it has the same moves with a few minor changes and it attacks at a much faster rate. The Soul Tyrant also teleports much more rapidly than the Soul Master and that’s what makes it difficult to land an attack on him. It’ll be difficult for you to gather Soul so it is advisable to have Charms like Soul Eater and Soul Catcher equipped. The Mothwing Cloak is an ability you must have as it will help you maneuver and dodge effectively against its attacks. Howling Wraiths can also be useful for this fight as the Soul Tyrant often flies over you.
Similar to its weaker counterpart, the Soul Tyrant also has 2 phases for the fight. It is important for you to time your jump, dodges, and movement when fighting this enemy. The most annoying move he has is its rotating orbs, try to perform only a short hop when you see it coming towards you, as it will most likely hit you on your level. When he summons those homing orbs, be sure to time your dodge correctly, try running to a wall first then jump, if you jump too early or dodge it without hitting the ground or wall, the orb will continue to chase you as it has strong homing.
After defeating him, the Soul Tyrant will smash through the floor. There are enough floors that remain before you can go down with the Soul Tyrant, so use this time to heal if you need to before coming down, as the 2nd phase will only trigger once you come down with the Soul Tyrant. During this phase, you won’t have any time to heal, as orbs will come at a non-stop pace. Soul Tyrant’s health is already low during this phase so it is best to use high damaging Spells and Abilities like the Desolate Dive and Abyss Shriek on him, this way you can defeat him quickly before you take more damage. The Soul Tyrant also won’t be using its Fake Out Slam during this phase. Take your time in observing the movements and try to strike when you see an opening, most of his moves are very telegraphed, and since you’ve already fought the Soul Master, you should have an idea on how some of his moves work.
Attacks & Counters
|Dash Attack||Soul Tyrant teleports to either the left or right side of the arena and will dash towards you until it hits a wall. It's best to run away from the Soul Tyrant and jump at the right time, followed by executing a downward attack to deal damage.|
|Soul Slam||A fast attack where the Soul Tyrant will teleport up high and quickly slam onto the ground where you're standing followed by emitting a shockwave. Watch if the Soul Tyrant will teleport even higher and maintain a distance and be ready to jump after it slams on the ground since the shockwaves will follow. This time the shockwaves produced from the slam will be much more taller and will travel at a faster pace.|
|Fake Out||In conjunction with the Soul Slam, Soul Tyrant can fake out its slam attack once before actually slamming onto the ground. This is quite tricky since Soul Tyrant telegraphs it quickly, so the recommended strategy is to take your time and try to dash to maintain a distance enough for you to avoid both the slam attack and shockwaves released. Do not jump since you will take damage upon contact with Soul Tyrant.|
|Orb of Infection||A projectile attack where Soul Tyrant will shoot one or two orbs that will target and follow you. It can be easily dodged, but you will need to bait it for it to hit a wall or the ground for it to completely disperse. If you dodge it but it doesn't hit any surface, it will continue to chase you since this attack has strong homing.|
|Rotating Orbs||An attack that works as an offensive and defensive tactic for Soul Tyrant. This time, six rotating orbs will appear around Soul Tyrant where he will try to fly towards your direction. Afterward, he will disappear for a short moment and the orbs will fly towards you. Be mindful that not only does the orb deal damage upon contact, but also Soul Tyrant himself if you get close enough while evading. It is recommended to jump at a normal height instead of trying to jump up high - focus on the orb that is within the same level as you so that you can dodge it while the Soul Tyrant flies in.|
|Final Slam||Soul Tyrant will change its slam attack into a stronger and trickier version. This time, the impact radius of each slam will be much larger compared to the Soul Master's Final Slam. While he charges the attack, Soul Tyrant will float and track your position and follow up with slamming onto the ground. Instead of releasing shockwaves, a huge burst of energy will be released that deals damage upon contact. Be aware that Soul Tyrant can perform this attack multiple times before shifting into another attack.|
|Summoned Orbs||Soul Tyrant also changes his Orb attacks where he will conjure Orbs in random locations that will shoot towards you. Soul Tyrant conjures this attack in place, so you can have the assurance of landing multiple attacks, but be mindful of the orbs since it comes out in a random time and location.|
Soul Tyrant Lore
The Soul Tyrant is the Dream variation of the Soul Master. You can fight him by visiting the Soul Master's corpse and striking it with the Dream Nail, where it'll transport you to the dream world. The Soul Tyrant has the same moves as the Soul Master, but it performs at a much faster pace with a few minor changes here and there.
Soul Tyrant Notes & Trivia
- Defeating the Soul Tyrant unlocks the "Mortality" Achievement/Trophy.
- There is a bug in the 2nd Phase of the fight where if you kill the Soul Tyrant as you take damage, the Soul Tyrant's death animation does not go through. This will mean that the Soul Tyrant is in its dying state but the infection does not burst out of him. If this happens, you are somehow stuck and the only way you can progress our get out is by exiting the game.