The Pale King


Location Only appears as a memory.

The Pale King is an NPC in Hollow Knight. The Pale King was the king of Hallownest and also the White Palace and is a mate to The White Lady.


The Pale King Information

The Pale King who was previously referred to as a Wyrm reduced his form into the size of most of the bugs in Hallownest to show equality. After he transformed, he granted the bugs in Hallownest insight and knowledge in order for them to follow him towards the rise of Hallownest. The Pale King was rarely seen outside of his palace, but he had numerous devotees and followers who strongly believed that The Pale King created the world they live in - eventually, his worshippers even grew in numbers, such as the moth tribe, The Radiance, and even the mushrooms living at the Fungal Wastes glorified him.

During The Pale King's rule, The Radiance wanted to be remembered again before she was completely forgotten and in doing so, ended up with creating a plague called The Infection. However, The Pale King had the ability of foresight and was able to predict and anticipate his plan - The Pale King's plan was to seal The Radiance using a Vessel who are beings created from him and The White Lady. He also tasked three bugs to become the defenders of the Temple of the Black Egg (who are known as the Dreamers) to create a seal that would contain the Vessel (The Hollow Knight) and The Radiance - and eventually, the Vessel could not contain the infection.

At some point in time, The Infection started to leak and spread out and infected the minds and bodies of the bugs and The Pale King along with The White Palace disappeared - The Godseeker claims that The Pale King's existence has been wiped out and the cause of his death is still unclear. 

  • Location: The Pale King Can be found as a memory at the White Palace, Path of Pain, and The Abyss.
  • Progression: The Pale King's body can be found in his throne room.
  • Combat: Players may not kill The Pale King.


Associated Quests

  • N/A



No cost too great.

No mind to think.

No will to break.

No voice to cry suffering.

Born of God and Void.

You shall seal the blinding light that plagues their dreams.

You are the Vessel.

You are the Hollow Knight.


Notes & Tips

  • The Pale King is responsible for most structures created in Hallownest, including the Stagways and Tram that was built for traveling within the kingdom.



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