Trophy and Achievement Guide in Hollow Knight are tasks and challenges that a player acquires after completing and meeting certain criteria in the game. This will contain the list of achievements that can be unlocked for PC players, for both the base game and DLCs, as well as the trophies for PS4 players and how to acquire them - for Nintendo Switch players, achievements are called as Quests since the Switch does not have an achievement system like the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


Hollow Knight Trophy and Achievement Guide



Hollow Knight Achievements

Achievements in Hollow Knight is a type of reward a player acquires by completing and meeting specific requirements in different aspects of the game. The achievements listed below are for PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch users only. The achievements are for the base game, and DLC for Hidden Dreams, The Grimm Troupe and Godmaster.



Achievements can be unlocked from Bosses after successfully defeating one.

Achievement Acquisition

execution_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Execution

Defeat the Traitor Lord.

falsehood_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Falsehood

Defeat the False Knight.

honour_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Honour

Defeat the Dung Defender.

illumination_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Illumination

Defeat the Soul Master.
mortality_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Mortality Defeat the Soul Tyrant.
obsession_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Obsession Defeat the Collector.
peace_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Peace Defeat the Lost Kin.
proof_of_resolve_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Proof of Resolve

Defeat Hornet in Kingdom's Edge.

release_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Release Defeat the Broken Vessel.
respect_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Respect Defeat the Mantis Lords.
rivalry_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Rivalry Defeat Zote at the Colosseum of Fools.
strength_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Strength Defeat the Failed Champion.
test_of_resolve_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Test of Resolve Defeat Hornet at Greenpath.



The following achievements listed below can be acquired by meeting certain criteria of the game.

Achievement Acquisition


Achieve 100% game completion and finish the game.

conqueror_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Conqueror

Complete the Trial of the Conqueror.

fool_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Fool

Complete the Trial of the Fool.

keen_hunter_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Keen Hunter

Record all of Hallownest's creatures in the .
speed_completion_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Speed Completion Achieve 100% game completion and finish the game in under 20 hours.
speedrun_one_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Speedrun One Complete the game in under 10 hours.
speedrun_two_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Speedrun Two Complete the game in under 5 hours.
steel_heart_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Steel Heart

Achieve 100% completion and finish the game in Steel Soul mode.

steel_soul_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Steel Soul Finish the game in Steel Soul mode
true_hunter_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki True Hunter Receive the Hunter's Mark
warrior_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Warrior Complete the Trial of the Warrior.



A total of 45 Charms can be found in the game, a player can only collect up to 40 Charms in its inventory, while the remaining 5 can be replaced with the rest of the Charms. You may check our Charms page to learn more.

Achievement Acquisition

blessed_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Blessed

Locate all Charms and receive Salubra's Blessing.

charmed_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Charmed

Acquire your first Charm.

enchanted_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Enchanted

Collect half of the Charms in Hallownest.


Dream Essence

Collecting a certain number of Essence is required in order to acquire the achievements listed below.

Achievement Acquisition

ascencion_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Ascension

Collect 600 Essence.

attunement_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Attunement

Collect 2400 Essence and listen to the Seer's final words.

awakening_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Awakening

Collect 1800 Essence and awaken the Dream Nail.



*** Spoilers below! The following achievements listed below can be unlocked by acquiring the possible endings.

Achievement Acquisition

dream_no_more_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Dream No More

Defeat The Radiance and consume the light.

passing_of_the_age_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Passing of the Age

Aid the Herald in moving on.

sealed_siblings_secret_ascencion_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Sealed Siblings

Defeat the Hollow Knight with Hornet by your side.

the_hollow_knight_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki The Hollow Knight

Defeat the Hollow Knight and become the Vessel.



To unlock the listed achievements below, a total number of 46 Grubs can be located and rescued in the game.

Achievement Acquisition

grubfriend_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Grubfriend

Rescue half of the Grubs.

metamorphosis_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Metamorphosis

Rescue all of the Grubs


Mask Shards

A total of 16 Shards can be located, scattered around the map.

Achievement Acquisition

masked_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Masked

Acquire all Mask Shards.

protected_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Protected

Acquire 4 Mask Shards.


Stag Stations

The total number of Stag Stations that can be discovered is 11. There is a total of two achievements that can be unlocked for this category.

Achievement Acquisition

connection_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Connection

Open half the Stag Stations.

hope_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Hope

Open all Stag Stations and discover the Stag Nest.


Vessel Fragments

In order to unlock the achievements listed below, players will need to collect a total number of 16 Shards that can be found in the game.

Achievement Acquisition

soulful_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Soulful

Acquire 3 Vessel Fragments.

worldsoul_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Worldsoul

Acquire all Vessel Fragments.


NPC and Quest Achievements

 The following achievements listed in this category are achievements that are related to NPCs and Quests.

Achievement Acquisition

beast_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Beast

Destroy Herrah the Beast.

cartographer_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Cartographer

Acquire and complete the Map for each area.

happy_couple_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Happy Couple

Allow the Nailsmith to find a new calling.

neglect_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Neglect

Leave Zote  to die.
purity_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Purity Slay the Nailsmith with the Pure Nail.
solace_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Solace Bring peace to the Grey Mourner.
teacher_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Teacher Destroy Monomon the Teacher.
watcher_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Watcher

Destroy Lurien the Watcher.

witness_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Witness Spend a final moment with Quirrel.
void_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Void Remember the past and unite the Abyss.


Hidden Dreams Achievements

The following achievements listed below is part of the DLC: Hidden Dreams.

Achievement Acquisition

memory_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Memory

Defeat the White Defender.

dark_romance_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Dark Romance

Defeat Grey Prince Zote.


The Grimm Troupe Achievements

The following achievements listed below is part of the DLC: The Grimm Troupe.

Achievement Acquisition

banishment_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Banishment

Banish the Grimm Troupe from Hallownest.

grand_performance_secret_ascencion_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Grand Performance

Defeat Troupe Leader Grimm.

ritual_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Ritual

Defeat the Nightmare King and complete the Ritual.


Godmaster Achievements

The following achievements listed below is part of the DLC: Godmaster.

Achievement Acquisition

brotherhood_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Brotherhood

Complete the Pantheon of the Master

embrace_the_void_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Embrace the Void

Ascend the Pantheon of Hallownest and take your place at its peak.

focus_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Focus

Complete the Pantheon of the Sage.

inspiration_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Inspiration

Complete the Pantheon of the Artist

pure_completion_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Pure Completion

Achieve 112% game Completion and finish the game.

soul_and_shade_secret_achievement_icon_hollow_knight_wiki Soul and Shade

Complete the Pantheon of the Knight.

Hollow Knight Trophies

Trophies in Hollow Knight are achievements that a player can unlock by completing and meeting specific requirements. These trophies are only available for PlayStation 4 users only - there is a total of 35 trophies that can be acquired (1 Platinum Trophy, 5 Gold Trophies, 11 Silver Trophies, and 18 Bronze Trophies.)

Achievement Acquisition


platinum_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiHeart of Hallownest

Acquire all other trophies.


gold_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiEmbrace the Void

Ascend the Pantheon of Hallownest and take your place at its peak.



Complete the Trial of the Fool.


gold_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiNightmare's End

Complete the tale of the Grimm Troupe.


gold_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiPure Completion

Achieve 112% game Completion and finish the game.


gold_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiThe Hollow Knight

Defeat the Hollow Knight and become the Vessel.



Collect 2400 Essence and hear the Seer's final words.



Acquire all Charms and receive Salubra's Blessing.



Acquire a map of each area.



Complete the Trial of the Conqueror.



Open all Stag Stations and discover the Stag Nest.



Acquire all Mask Shards.



Rescue all of the Grubs.



Acquire all Vessel Fragments


silver_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiPassing of the Age

Aid the Herald in moving on.


silver_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiSoul and Shade

Complete the Pantheon of the Knight.


silver_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiTrue Hunter

Receive the Hunter's Mark.



Collect 600 Essence.



Collect 1800 Essence and awaken the Dream Nail.



Destroy Herrah the Beast.



Open half the Stag Stations.



Acquire your first Charm.



Acquire half of Hallownest's Charms.



Defeat the False Knight.


bronze_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiGrand Performance

Defeat Troupe Leader Grimm.



Rescue half of the Grubs.


bronze_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiKeen Hunter

Record all of Hallownest's creatures in the Hunter's Journal.


bronze_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiProof of Resolve

Defeat Hornet in Kingdom's Edge.



Acquire 4 Mask Shards.



Bring peace to the Grey Mourner.



Acquire 3 Vessel Fragments.



Destroy Monomon the Teacher.


bronze_trophy_icon_hollow_knight_wikiTest of Resolve

Defeat Hornet in Greenpath.



Complete the Trial of the Warrior



Destroy Lurien the Watcher.

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