Hollow Knight: How To Get Every Spell (2022)

Hollow Knight is a tricky metroidvania set in a delightful and enormous underground world. The sheer amount of lore and collectibles in this game are astounding, not to mention the variety of enemies and the scope of the map. Spells are one of the most importanttools fordefeating key bosses and opening up new locations, and as such, it's in your best interest to fortify your Knight with as many of these spells as possible.

There are six spells total that the Knight can acquire, three base spells and three upgrades:

  • Vengeful Spiritand its upgradeShade Soul
  • Desolate Diveand its upgradeDescending Dark
  • Howling Wraithsand its upgradeAbyss Shriek

Each of the spells consumes a small amount of the Knight's Soul reserve, so they can not be used when the Knight's stores of Soul are depleted.

The spells have been laid out here in the order the player is most likely to encounter them, but since there is no right or wrong way to play Hollow Knight, the player may encounterthese spells in a completely differentorder. The only general rule is that base spells(Vengeful Spirit, Desolate Dive, Howling Wraiths)must be acquired before their respective upgrades unless you're using amod.

Vengeful Spirit

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The Vengeful Spirit is a useful and powerful range attack that fires a burst of Soul from the Knight's reserves in a horizontal line away from the Knight. It can be used while jumping or while on the ground and is a relatively quick attack.

How To Get Vengeful Spirit

You can, and must, get this spell fairly early on in the game since it's located in the first section of Hallownest and is needed in order to enter the Greenpath. This spell is located directly left of the False Knight, which Corniferous will have marked on his original portion of the map.

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Once you've defeated the False Knight, head to the left to the next room, which will be creepily adorned with bug skulls on sticks. Climb to the top of this room to find the lair of the Snail Shaman, an area called the Ancestral Mound.

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Speak to the Snail Shaman in his lair, and he will offer you the Vengeful Spirit. Jump into it to accept the spell.

Note: accepting the Vengeful Spirit will trap you in a new location with a mini-boss that must be defeated before exploring Hallownest further.

Desolate Dive

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The Desolate Dive is avertical attack that uses a small amount of the Knight's Soul reserves to shoot directly down at the ground. It can be used while jumping or while standing, but it is a bit unwieldy to use for attacking.

Its primary purpose is to break areas of weak ground or cracked glass windows, to further open up areas for the Knight to explore. Patches of shaky ground that can be destroyed are often accompanied by a sound effect that sounds like tumbling pebbles, and an animation where tiny rocks jump up from the ground.

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How To Get Desolate Dive

This spell is immediately acquirable after defeating the formidable boss the Soul Master. The Soul Master is located in the top room of the Soul Sanctum, a higher sub-section of the City of Tears.

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Once you've defeated the Soul Master, Desolate Dive will automatically appear in front of the Knight. Jump into it to acquire the spell.

Note: Soul Master is a two-phase battle. Don't get complacent!

Howling Wraiths

Howling Wraiths is a vertical area attack that uses a portion of the Knight's reserve Soul to attack upwards in a cloud around the Knight.

This attack can be used while jumping or standing and can be useful against flying enemies, although it only deals damage in a narrow radius around the Knight.

How To Get Howling Wraiths

This spell can be found by entering a sub-location in Fog Canyon called the Overgrown Mound. This location is found to the far left of Fog Canyon.

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There is no major boss to defeat here, although the player willencounter an abundance of Squits that must be destroyed before the spell can be obtained. Once the Squits have been defeated, continue right through Fog Canyon to find the husk of a large Snail Shaman, and the Howling Wraiths spell floating beside it. Jump into the spell to acquire it.

Shade Soul

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This spell is an upgrade for Vengeful Spirit and will replace that spell once it has been acquired. It is a more powerful version of Vengeful Spirit spell that functions the same way and consumes the same amount of Soul.

Keys To Shade Soul

Accessing the location of the Shade Soul requires first gettingtwo literalkey items.The firstkey item to acquire is the Shopkeeper's Key. This can be found in the Crystal Peaks area, close to the bench in the middle of the area.

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Once you have the Shopkeeper's Key, return to Dirtmouth and visit Sly's shop. The Shopkeeper's Key will open up his storeroom where he keeps his rare items. These items then become available to purchase. Among them is the second key item that must be bought for 800 Geo: the Elegant Key.

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How To Get Shade Soul

The Elegant Key can be used to open up a locked door located in the Soul Sanctum, a subsection of the City of Tears.

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Hint:On the elevator up to the locked door there is a secret breakable wall on the left. Smashing it will allow the Knight to travel quicklybetween the Soul Sanctum and the nearest bench.

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Behind the locked door in the Soul Sanctum is atough mini-boss battle against a Soul Warrior and his Folly summons (which is why the shortcut to the bench is handy!).

Hint:this battle is made much easier by using Pale Ore to upgrade to the Channelled Nail, which allows the Knight to one-shot kill each Folly.

Once you've defeated this boss, continue left and above the fight area to find a strange bug figure attached to a device. Examine the figure to consume the Shade Soul.

Descending Dark

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This spell is an upgrade for Desolate Dive and will replace that spell once it has been acquired.

Like the Shade Soul, it is a more powerful version of its base spell that functions the same way and consumes the same amount of Soul.

How To Get Descending Dark

Descending Dark can be acquired in a sublocation at the bottom right of the Crystal Peak called the Crystallised Mound.

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Inside the Crystallised Mound is a challenging platforming section. There is no maze, or map, so follow the path to the right across the platforms until you encounter aSnail Shaman imprisoned in a crystal.Destroy the crystalized Shaman to receive the Descending Dark.

Abyss Shriek

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The Abyss Shriekis an upgrade for the Howling Wraiths and will replace that spell once it has been acquired. It is again a more powerful and darker version of its base spell that functions the same way and consumes the same amount of Soul.

The Abyss Shriek upgrade can only be obtained after receiving the King's Mark. (The King's Mark is located in the Cast-Off Shell, a sublocation in the Kingdom's Edge area that can only be reached after encountering Hornet for the second time.)The King's Mark will allow the Knight to break the seal at the bottom of the Ancient Basin and enter the Abyss, the lowest section of Hallownest.

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How To Get Abyss Shriek

The Abyss Shriek is located in a tiny room in the left-most area of the Abyss.

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In this roomis a square stone surrounded by statues that bear faces resembling the Howling Wraith attack. Stand on the stone and perform the Howling Wraith to receive the Abyss Shriek upgrade.

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FAQs

How do you get more 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).

How many spells are there in Hollow Knight? ›

There are six spells total that the Knight can acquire, three base spells and three upgrades: Vengeful Spirit and its upgrade Shade Soul. Desolate Dive and its upgrade Descending Dark. Howling Wraiths and its upgrade Abyss Shriek.

How much damage does D dark do? ›

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

How do you get a False Knight? ›

Hollow Knight Walkthrough: FALSE KNIGHT

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 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.

Does Vengeful Spirit work on Hornet? ›

She can't be harmed by your Nail during this time, so keep your distance, heal, or leap up and cast Vengeful Spirit.

How much health does Hornet 1 have? ›

There can only be a maximum of 6 spikes set up at once. Hornet only uses this attack after reaching 480 HP.
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Hits: 13
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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.

Can you upgrade vengeful spirit? ›

Shade Soul is a Spell in Hollow Knight. It is the upgrade to Vengeful Spirit.

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 get the Howling Wraiths spell in Hollow Knight? ›

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How do you get to Soul Master? ›

Soul Master is a two-phase boss encounter, and is the first encounter the Knight will have with a “Spell Caster” boss. Soul Master can be found at the top of the Soul Sanctum section of the City Of Tears.

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 get monarch wings in Hollow Knight? ›

Step Two – Unlock the Monarch Wings

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.

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