The Knight

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The Knight in Hollow Knight is the main protagonist that players will take control of.


The Knight General Information

The Knight was born a Vessel to the higher beings The Pale King and The White Lady - it is shown in the Birthplace Cutscene that the Knight fell back into the Abyss right after it was sealed.

Hornet mentions in the City of Tears that the Knight is born from two voids whereas one being the Void that the Knight was within them, and the other is the area outside of Hallownest. The time that the Knight has spent in the area has caused the Knight to lose its memories.

Hornet also states that once the Knight obtains a Void Heart and gains back its memories, they will have the power to unify the Void under their own will.

At the start of the game, the Knight starts off with an Old Nail and the ability to heal themselves with the use of Soul and as you dive deep in to the game, the Knight will be given access to new spells, powers, abilities, items, and upgrades that can be used to aid The Knight throughout its bizarre journey.


The Knight Health and Soul

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Health Mask

The Health of the Knight is represented as masks that are shown on the upper-left corner of the screen. At the start of the game, The Knight starts off with 5 masks and can be obtained by finding Mask Shards. Players can use 4 Mask Shards in order to craft 1 new Health Mask - The Knight can hold up to a maximum number of 9 Health Masks. The Knight loses its health by taking damage from enemies or environmental hazards. Health can be regained by either resting at a Bench or by using Focus.

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Lifeblood Mask

Lifeblood Masks are temporary masks that cannot be healed or replenished when using Focus - these are granted by Lifeseeds and specific Charms. Lifeblood Masks will disappear once you rest at a bench, while Lifeblood Masks granted by Charms will tend to regenerate.

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SOUL is characterized as a circular mask that is found to the left, right next to the Health Masks. SOUL is used by The Knight to cast Spells such as Focus. Damaging enemies using the Nail is the primary source of regaining SOUL.


The Knight Equipment and Abilities


The Nail is The Knight's main weapon where it is swung offensively in any direction towards spikes, enemies or certain environmental objects - it is also The Knight's main tool used for traversing the depths of Hallownest. As you progress throughout the game, players can choose to upgrade The Nail and learn Nail Arts from Nailmasters to unlock devastating moves.



Charms are special items that can be acquired through completing quests, by finding certain charms through the environment or by purchasing it from Merchants. Charms provide certain enhancements that can be equipped to enhance The Knight's power and overall effectiveness in battle and survivability - this includes an increase of health, reduction of healing times, and many more.



Spells are skills that the Knight can use that deals with magical attacks as well as replenishing The Knight's health, this can be first acquired from the Snail Shaman. Each spell can also be upgraded to a more potent version by locating hidden rooms throughout Hallownest - Spells are activated by using SOUL from the Knight's Soul Meter. This includes spells like Focus, Vengeful Spirit, and more.



Abilities are skills that The Knight acquires throughout the game, certain abilities provide The Knight an easier and effective way of traversing Hallownest's terrain and as well as engaging enemies in combat - this includes Mothwing Cloak, Monarch Wings, and more.


The Knight Gallery

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