Watcher Knight 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.
Discarded shell of a Watcher Knight, re-animated by a swarm of infected flies.
When these silent warriors fall in battle, their bodies split open and strange bugs come flying out. I wonder, what will come flying out of me when I die? Will my hopes and fears drift away into the darkness?
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Watcher Knight Strategies
Watcher Knight is yet once again a fast boss who has quick reflexes, so be sure to observe its movements when you start the battle. In total, there are 6 Watcher Knights that The Knight will have to face if the battle is too long. If you fail to defeat the first Watcher Knight within 20+ seconds, a second knight will be resurrected where you will now need to face two Watcher Knights at once. You can get rid of one Watcher Knight so that you can only face 5 instead, and in order do this, right before you head inside the arena, you can find a breakable wall in the ceiling where you can cause one of the chandelier to break and fall on one shell of a Watcher Knight.
Going back, if you successfully beat a Watcher Knight before 20+ seconds, two Watcher Knights will automatically be resurrected in battle. Now be sure you have your offensive spells ready such as Shade Soul or Vengeful Spirit since you will need to use this to penetrate the shells of the Watcher Knight once it curls up into a ball. It may be invulnerable to your physical attacks, but Spells will be able to penetrate into its shells. In conjunction with the usage of spells, having the Spell Twister and Shaman Stone charm will allow you to gain buffs that can strengthen and increase the effectiveness of The Knight's Spells.
Of course, you cannot just rely on your Spells, you will have to use your basic attacks. So, having the Quick Slash charm will help The Knight land quick and consecutive attacks while the Watcher Knight is in its normal state. Quick Focus is a must to have so that you can quickly recover health, especially in a tight situation.
And last, as far as Abilities go, it is recommended to upgrade the Mothwing Cloak ability into the Shade Cloak ability, and in conjunction with this ability, pairing it up with the Shade Cloak charm will allow you to deal damage and evade an attack while phasing through the boss.
I found an extremely easy startegy which won the fight in 40 seconds. No need for Mark of Pride or Long Nail since you will stay right in the face of the Knights the whole time. I used Cyclone Slash after each new Knight spawned. Charms - Fragile Strength, Stalwart Shell for increased invincibility ticks after taking damage, Thorns of Agony for constant free damage, and Baldur Shell for protection in case you need to heal. Baldur Shell wasn't even necessary though as I had plenty of time to heal after each Knight went down. When there are 2 Knights at once, don't panic. Just stand in their faces and wail away. My nail was upgraded 3/4 at this time.
Attacks & Counters
|Double Slash Attack||Watcher Knight will swing its sword in a horizontal way then follow up with a vertical attack. This will also allow them to move forward slightly will executing this attack. It can be easily dodged by jumping over them to get behind and follow up with an attack.|
|Curling Ball Attack||Watcher Knight will curl up into a ball like a hedgehog and will roll towards The Knight. While in this position, they are invulnerable to any physical attacks and will only revert back to normal after hitting a wall. Your best tactic is to double jump and pogo off the Watcher Knight if you are caught up in a tight space to avoid this attack|
|Bouncing Ball Attack||Similar to how it will curl up into a ball for a rolling attack, Watcher Knight instead bounces on the ground twice towards The Knight's position. It can be tricky and unpredictable, so the recommended strategy is to play defensively and dash/phase through its attacks with the use of Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak. Do not waste your effort of trying to attack it since it is invulnerable to any physical attacks once it curls up into a ball.|
Watcher Knight Lore
A Watcher Knights are defenders of the entrance of Watcher's Spire and Lurien's chambers. At some point and during The Infection, they died while guarding the area. Later on, The Knight faces a Watcher Knight that has been consumed and overtaken by infected flies.
Watcher Knight Notes & Trivia
- The Watcher Knight was revealed in a promotional material.
- Black Knight was the original name given during development.