Hollow Knight: All Abilities And How To Get Them (2022)

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  • Mantis Claw
  • Isma’s Tear
  • Dream Nail/Dreamgate
  • Shade Cloak
  • World Sense

It’s not easy getting around the world of Hollow Knight. Hallownest is full of unreachable ledges, blocked pathways, searing hot pools of acid, and other fun obstacles. Without the right ability or piece of equipment, you won’t be able to make it very far.

There are several different abilities in Hollow Knight. Some of them improve movement and combat, some will let you traverse previously unreachable areas, and others are just useful if you want to get a little more lore. So if you’ve been looking for a specific ability to help you get through this tough Metroidvania, this guide will help you find every ability in the game.

Mothwing Cloak

This item gives you one of the very first abilities in the whole game. To find it, you must reach Greenpath. Once there, you should have your first encounter with Hornet, a very important character in the Hollow Knight universe. When you see her, she’ll run away from you. Chase after her until you reach this part of the map:

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When you finally catch up to her, she’ll insult you before beginning a boss fight. This battle can be a little tough as she has some very quick attacks. She’ll leap up in the air and launch herself at you, throw her nail, and even do an attack where she’ll swing wildly in a circle. She’s far from the most difficult fight in the game, but she can be challenging.

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Once you’ve defeated her, she’ll fly off in a huff. In the area where you just fought her, you’ll see a corpse that looks suspiciously like you. On it will be the Mothwing Cloak. This item will grant you the ability to dash on the ground or in mid-air, which will be valuable for both combat and platforming. Needless to say, you’ll be using this ability a lot.

Mantis Claw

The Mantis Village is an area located within the Fungal Wastes region. It’s home to a variety of Mantis enemies who do quick slashing attacks that can demolish you in no time. When you reach the Fungal Wastes, travel down until you start to encounter the Mantises. Keep going and you’ll reach an area where the ground looks less fungal and more like wooden platforms. Head west and you should come across a switch. Hit it and a wall above you will open up.

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Go back and you’ll be able to make your way up by jumping on a ledge. Make your way here while avoiding or fighting the Mantises and you’ll see shelves with little hooks on them. In front of them will be the Mantis Claw, which will allow you to cling to and climb up walls.

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Crystal Heart

The Crystal Heart essentially gives you the power of flight. By using it, you can fly horizontally across wide chasms until you collide with a wall or strong enemy.

To get it, you need to reach Crystal Peak, a mine where infected miners gather mysterious pink crystals. This area is initially very dark and hard to navigate. You’re going to need to purchase a Lumafly Lantern for 1800 Geo from Sly when he opens up his store in Dirtmouth. Then, head east from the Forgotten Crossroads and you should wind up here:

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With the lantern, you’ll be able to see through the darkness. Pay the 50 Geo toll gate to get inside. Make your way through Crystal Peak until you reach this part of the map:

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Now you’ll have to go through a tough platforming area filled with rotating platforms, conveyor belts, lasers, and plenty of spikes. At the end will be a deactivated Crystal Golem. Remove its Crystal Heart and now you can zip across the gaps of Hallownest.

Monarch Wings

When you reach the Ancient Basin, make your way through this area until you reach a boss fight with the Broken Vessel. This boss looks a lot like a diseased version of you. He’ll slash, flail, and spew orange blobs of infection.

When you beat him, head to the next area and you’ll obtain the Monarch Wings. Congratulations, you can finally double jump.

Isma’s Tear

You’ve probably fallen into one of those acid pools in Greenpath, Fungal Wastes, or other areas in Hallownest. They’re annoying, but there’s actually a way to swim in them without taking damage.

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To gain Isma’s Tear, you need to have gained access to The Royal Waterways. Make your way through this area and you’ll make it to a boss battle with the Dung Defender. Defeat him, and there will be a switch to the right for you to hit. Do so, and then head to this part of the map:

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Use the Crystal Heart to get across this gap and reach Isma’s Grove. Fly across the pools of acid ahead and deal with the Sentry enemies who roam around. Head through this area and you’ll reach Isma’s Tear, which is hanging from some kind of branch. Now those pools of acid will feel like a warm bath.

Dream Nail/Dreamgate

Dreams are an important part of Hollow Knight’s lore. With the Dream Nail, you can access the thoughts and dreams of friendly NPCs or certain bosses and enemies. You can even take on optional bosses by traveling into dreams.

To get the Dream Nail, you need to get to the Resting Grounds. There are a few different ways to get here, but the easiest way is to get the Tram Pass. That can be found in an abandoned train car in the Failed Tramway region of Deepnest. After you find that, head to this location in the Forgotten Crossroads:

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Use the Tram Pass on this tram to get to the Resting Grounds. Head east and you should reach the home of a moth known as The Seer. She’ll give you the Dream Nail, which can gather a resource called Essence. Gathering Essence will earn you rewards from The Seer.

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Once you’ve gathered 900 Essence, return to The Seer, you’ll gain an ability called the Dreamgate. This is Hollow Knight’s form of fast travel. You can set a Dreamgate at almost any location in Hallownest and teleport there. It’s pretty handy.

Shade Cloak

You may have seen some strange walls of shadowy black energy called Shade Gates that you can’t get past throughout Hallownest. To get past these, you need to obtain the Shade Cloak, which is a sort of upgrade to your Mothwing Cloak.

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First, you need to get the King’s Brand. This is found in Kingdom’s Edge at this location:

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You’ll need to survive another boss fight with Hornet before you can get this item. After you defeat her, you’ll reach the Cast-Off Shell and can pick up the King’s Brand. Now head on down to the Ancient Basin to this spot:

The seal here will open once you present the King’s Brand. Now you’re in The Abyss, which is a dark, difficult, and spooky area of the game. Get to the bottom and head east. You’ll come across a large sea of Void that you won’t be able to get past.

Head up via the platforms above and you’ll reach a lighthouse. Turn it on to get rid of the Void Tendrils in your way. Now you can use the Crystal Heart to fly across the sea and reach the other side.

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Keep going forward and you’ll reach a creepy-looking fountain of black ooze being held by a giant bug statue. Jump into the ooze and sit there until you absorb the power of the Shade Cloak. This will let you get past those Shade Gates and even dash through enemy attacks.

World Sense

Many Hollow Knight players may not know that this ability exists as it’s often the very last one you acquire in the game. It’s primarily for those who wish to fully complete the game as it tells you what percentage of total completion you’ve accomplished.

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Getting it is fairly straightforward. Kill all three Dreamers – which includes Lurien The Watcher, Herrah The Beast, and Monomon The Teacher – and head to The Temple Of The Black Egg in the Forgotten Crossroads.

The masks of The Dreamers will crack the seal inside allowing you to head in. This is where you go to initiate the final boss fight of the game. Just before that battle, there’s a bench and lore tablet inside. Reading the tablet will give you the World Sense ability. When you go into your inventory screen, it’ll now tell you how much of the game you’ve completed.

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FAQs

How do you get other abilities in Hollow Knight? ›

Head east and you should reach the home of a moth known as The Seer. She'll give you the Dream Nail, which can gather a resource called Essence. Gathering Essence will earn you rewards from The Seer. Once you've gathered 900 Essence, return to The Seer, you'll gain an ability called the Dreamgate.

How many abilities are there in Hollow Knight? ›

Hollow Knight draws a lot of inspiration from Metroidvanias, which traditionally drip-feed you new Abilities to help you better traverse the world and uncover secret areas in previously visited locations. This is no different, with seven unique Abilities you can unlock and use over the course of your adventure.

How do you get new spells in Hollow Knight? ›

It can be obtained once the player has obtained the Elegant Key, which can be purchased from Sly in Dirthmouth after the player has found both Sly (located in the bottom-right section of Forgotten Crossroads) and the Shopkeeper's Key (located in the northern section of Crystal Peaks).

Can you get Abyss Shriek before? ›

The Abyss Shriek upgrade can only be obtained after receiving the King's Mark.

Can you fly in Hollow Knight? ›

Crystal Heart is an Ability in Hollow Knight. It allows the Knight to fly forward horizontally until colliding with a wall or enemy that is not killed by the dash.

How much damage does D dark do? ›

Descending Dark makes The Knight invincible for 0.4 seconds and deals 60 damage.

What is the best charm in Hollow Knight? ›

One of our best picks for the best Charm in Hollow Knight is Quick Focus. This Charm can be used to speed up your Focus healing power, halving the time it takes to recover from damage. In tricky boss battles, this can be a literal lifesaver when at low health.

Is Hollow Knight hard? ›

Hollow Knight is full of difficult boss battles. Here's how to dispatch the most difficult ones. Hollow Knight is one of the best Metroidvania games to see release in a very long time. It took a lot of inspiration from the Dark Souls franchise while managing to carve its own path in the world of video games.

What does void heart do? ›

Void Heart is a charm that unlocks multiple aspects of the game. Once players have acquired this charm, they will be able to access 4 different endings, but will not be able to obtain the first ending unless you start a new game.

How do you get crystal heart ability? ›

The Crystal Heart ability can be found at the end of a platforming segment east of Crystal Peak. It can be obtained by interacting with the old mining golem on the east end of the room.

How do you get void heart? ›

The area's entrance only opens if the Kingsoul Charm is equipped. At the end of the area is an egg which, upon being hit with the Awoken Dream Nail, reveals a memory of the Knight involving Vessels and the Pale King. It is after traversing this memory that the Kingsoul is changed into Void Heart.

How do I get Elegant Key? ›

The Elegant Key can be purchased from Sly in Dirtmouth for 800 Geo. This key will only be available for purchase once the Shopkeeper's Key has been obtained and given to Sly. The Elegant Key opens a small area in the Soul Sanctum where the Shade Soul, one of the many spell upgrades in the game, can be obtained.

How do you get a False Knight? ›

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Enter the boss arena and clear out the weak enemies. Once they are all dispatched, head towards the far left side of the arena, and the gates will close. The False Knight will drop from the ceiling and the boss fight will begin.

What does the False Knight drop? ›

The Knight comes to a big room with enemies, only for the False Knight to drop from the rood and crush them instead. False Knight's weapon is a mace, which he slams onto the ground to cause a small shockwave that the Knight must jump over.

How do I make my soul scream? ›

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How do you get a howling Wraith? ›

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How much damage does Howling Wraiths do? ›

Damage Values
CharmDamage Per HitTotal Damage
None1339
Shaman Stone2060

Should I drop my Geo into the fountain? ›

Make your way back to the tram station and drop down the hatch. As you head down the first room on the right has a Fountain. If you drop 3,000 Geo in the Fountain you'll receive a Vessel Fragment as a reward. Don't worry about losing all of your Geo, the Fountain will only take 3,000 Geo no matter how much you have.

Can I double jump in Hollow Knight? ›

Press JUMP while in the air to perform a double-jump.

How long is Hollow Knight? ›

HowLongToBeat calculates a playthrough at around 21 hours -- and that's just for the main story. If you add in optional areas, that figure inflates to 26 hours, which is staggering for an indie game. And if you're a real completionist, you're looking at a whopping 42 hours of playtime.

How much HP does broken vessel have? ›

Behaviour and Tactics
Broken Vessel Hall of Gods text: "I sleep in the deep caves below the world" "Broken shell of an empty god"
PantheonPantheon of the Artist, 9th boss
Health700
1000
Arena changesSame arena as the base game fight, no difficulty differences.
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How much health does the soul master have? ›

Phase 2
Soul Master Hall of Gods text: "Immortal, I rule the Sanctum" "Covetous god of soul"
Health900 / 600 at Phase 2
Arena changesSame arena as the base game fight, no difficulty differences. Does not smash through the ground in mid-fight.
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Can you get rid of the thorns in Hollow Knight? ›

Equipping the Stalwart Shell charm along with Thorns of Agony will decrease the time for the thorns to activate after getting hit. Equipping the Baldur Shell charm along with Thorns of Agony will still allow The Knight to release the thorns even if The Knight is in the shell.

Is Soul Catcher useful Hollow Knight? ›

Its effect is not drastic but it remains useful for quite a long time for healing purposes, especially in areas where enemies have attacks that are difficult to avoid or SOUL is scarce.

How many masks are in Hollow Knight? ›

Mask Shards are to Hollow Knight what Heart Pieces are to The Legend of Zelda. Find four of them and you'll earn yourself an Ancient Mask that will boost your health by one. There are 16 Ancient Masks in Hollow Knight, so if you find all of them that's four extra health points.

What's the hardest game ever? ›

We believe we have the ultimate list of difficult video games that factors in all variables.
  1. Contra. Konami Be prepared to die, die, and die again.
  2. Ghosts 'n Goblins. ...
  3. Devil May Cry 3. ...
  4. Elden Ring & any other Soulsborne game. ...
  5. Cuphead. ...
  6. I Wanna Be The Guy. ...
  7. Super Meat Boy. ...
  8. Ninja Gaiden. ...
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Is Cuphead or Hollow Knight harder? ›

But overall, Hollow Knight can be considered the harder game. Boss fights are a major part of this difficulty ranking, and Hollow Knight features some truly terrifying bosses. That isn't to say that Cuphead doesn't have difficulty with bosses, as the Devil and King Dice can be extremely challenging.

Is Hollow Knight 2 player? ›

There are two ways to play Hollow Knight multiplayer—you can either host your own server or join another player's server. Once in-game with the mod installed, simply pause Hollow Knight. The multiplayer menu will be in the top-right of the pause menu.

What is the second ability in Hollow Knight? ›

Cloak threaded with mothwing strands. Allows the wearer to dash forwards along the ground or through the air.

How do you get crystal heart ability? ›

The Crystal Heart ability can be found at the end of a platforming segment east of Crystal Peak. It can be obtained by interacting with the old mining golem on the east end of the room.

How do you get Shade Cloak ability? ›

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How do you get the Howling Wraiths spell in Hollow Knight? ›

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What does the False Knight drop? ›

The Knight comes to a big room with enemies, only for the False Knight to drop from the rood and crush them instead. False Knight's weapon is a mace, which he slams onto the ground to cause a small shockwave that the Knight must jump over.

How do you become a Dashmaster in Hollow Knight? ›

How to Acquire. Found beneath a statue below the Mantis Village in the Fungal Wastes, near the entrance to the Royal Waterways.

Where is the flying ability Hollow Knight? ›

You must defeat a medium-difficulty boss named the “Broken Vessel.” It's on the right side of where the Monarch Wings are. After defeating the Vessel, keep going further left. Eventually, you reach a fountain of moths. This fountain will bestow the Monarch Wings upon you.

Can you double jump in Hollow Knight? ›

While not necessary to finish the game, Hollow Knight's Double Jump ability makes the game a whole lot manageable, and provides you access to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. To get the Double Jump in Hollow Knight, the players need to get an ability called the Monarch Wings.

Do you need lantern for Crystal Peak? ›

Breaking the crystal she is trapped in grants the Descending Dark Spell. Entering this area requires Desolate Dive to break the floor. The Lumafly Lantern is recommended for the dark area right before the Mound. The Crystal Heart or the Monarch Wings is also required to cross the chasm leading to it.

Do you need the Lumafly Lantern to get the crystal heart? ›

The Lumafly Lantern, while not necessarily required to get the Cryatal Heart, is heavily reccomended for this area as you will not be able to leave Crystal Peak without it until you get the Crystal Heart.

Why can't I dash in Hollow Knight? ›

In order to dash in Team Cherry's Hollow Knight, you must obtain the Mothwing Cloak. This will grant the Knight the ability to dash a short distance – horizontally – to cross gaps that normal jumping cannot reach or to dodge enemy attacks.

How do you get the sharp shadow in Hollow Knight? ›

Sharp Shadow Acquisition
  1. Location: Deepnest.
  2. Acquisition: This charm is obtained in Deepnest, you can find the charm behind a Shade Gate, southeast of the Hot Spring - you will need to have the Shade Cloak ability in order to pass through the Shade Gate.
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How do you get rid of black barriers in Hollow Knight? ›

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How do you get void heart? ›

The area's entrance only opens if the Kingsoul Charm is equipped. At the end of the area is an egg which, upon being hit with the Awoken Dream Nail, reveals a memory of the Knight involving Vessels and the Pale King. It is after traversing this memory that the Kingsoul is changed into Void Heart.

How do you get a vengeful spirit? ›

Shade Soul

The upgrade to Vengeful Spirit requires players to have collected the Shopkeeper's Key, which can be found in the Crystal Peak. To the left of the room where the Crystal Knight is first encountered, with the central bench in Crystal Peak, the Shopkeeper's Key is nestled away in a corner.

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