Traitor Lord

Location Queen's Gardens
Health 800
Reward/s Gain access to The White Lady

Traitor Lord 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.


Deposed Lord of the Mantis tribe. Embraced the infection and turned against his sisters.

I have felt that desire. The desire to take the infection into myself. To become stronger, more powerful... these thoughts haunt my dreams during the darkest times. A false hope, but it can burn so brilliantly in one's mind.


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Traitor Lord Strategies

Strategy Writeup

Traitor Lord is quite a fast boss, so having the right Charms, Spells and Abilities is needed in order to win this battle. First, Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak - this ability will be your savior, almost 3 out of 4 attacks can be easily dodged with the use of the said ability. Now, let's talk about the right Charms to bring into this fight. Since you will be frequently using your dash ability, having the Sharp Shadow charm is a must, if chances are you get close enough or get caught up in a sticky situation, and if you dash and phase through Traitor Lord's attacks and himself, you can instantly deal damage while dashing through him and evading at the same time. Quick Slash, it is quite easy to close in the gap between yourself and Traitor Lord, so landing quick attacks can be beneficial here since Traitor Lord's attacks mostly have a window of opportunity to strike.

You can also be a trickster and have Shape of Unn equipped, this will allow you to easily evade the dancing scythe attack because of the size of The Knight's transformation will be too small for the scythes to reach The Knight - pairing Quick Focus with this charm will allow you to gain an increase movement speed while in the snail-like form making it difficult for Traitor Lord to land most of its attacks.

Another strategy for cases where you need to recover health, be sure to have Quick Focus to cast FOCUS as fast as you can and take your time and wait for the opportunity to be available to heal. The best time to recover your health is when Traitor Lord uses his projectile attacks since whenever he telegraphs these attacks and you are able to dodge them quickly, you can use that brief moment to heal before Traitor Lord shifts to another attack.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Dash Attack Traitor Lord will dash towards The Knight and swing its claws forward, this attack is about mid-range and can easily be dodged if you jump over him or if you run/dash away - you can also use your Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak ability to phase through his attacks and follow up with striking the Traitor Lord with The Nail.
Dive Attack This attack will have the Traitor Lord jump up into the air and dive down towards The Knight in a 45 degrees angle. This attack could cover most of the arena when he dives down and he can also perform it twice, if you try to perform a downward slash attack and pogo on top of him, this will trigger him to perform a dive attack. Other than that he can also shift into this attack as he pleases Simply use your dash ability to be able to evade the attack. Do not jump once he dives since you can get caught up in his attack.
Dancing Scythes Traitor Lord will throw out two orange-colored scythes that move in a wave-like motion towards The Knight. To avoid this attack, once Traitor Lord throws out the Scythes, try to keep your distance and wait for it to separate from each other where you can use the gap in between to dash in and avoid it. If you do this, you can dash in the middle of the gap of the scythes then dash towards Traitor Lord to follow up with a few strikes.
Pounding Shockwaves For this attack, Traitor Lord will pound the ground in place causing it to emit shockwaves that will run in both left and right. The Shockwaves are high enough that it covers the arena while it moves, so the best way to counter this is to use your Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak ability and phase through the waves and close in the gap to follow-up with landing a few attacks. Use this as an opportunity to attack Traitor Lord since he will stay in place for a brief moment.



Traitor Lord Lore

The Traitor Lord was one of the leaders of the Mantis Tribe alongside his sisters. He is the father of the Grey Mourner's lover and he despised their relationship, he also hated The White King and the Kingdom of Hallownest as a whole. Once The Infection spread out, he and his followers chose to embrace it in order to gain more power, which led his sisters to cast him and his followers out of the Mantis Village.

They decided to take refuge at the Queen's Gardens and tried to drive The White Lady away, however, their plan failed and they were pushed back by The White Lady's protector Dryya. Now, his followers along with himself remain within the gardens still hoping to drive The White Lady out and will stop at nothing to anyone or anything who steps in the gardens.


Traitor Lord Notes & Trivia

  • Defeating the Traitor Lord unlocks the "Execution" Trophy/Achievement
  • Originally Traitor Lord only had two attacks, but after the Lifeblood update, he grew in size and two more attacks were added.



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