One of the key aspects of progress in any Metroidvania is the dominate battles. Although these battles are often non very linear given the nature of this genre, completing them often shows you merely how powerful the protagonists have go, and

Hollow Knight

is an especially good instance.

With so many adversaries spread beyond the land, at that place’s no set lodge for you to come across them, equally every playthrough is dissimilar. Even so, it’due south good to have an thought of what boss is best to knock out before others, and that’southward exactly what this guide volition assist y’all do.


The False Knight

The False Knight
is possibly the easiest boss in all of Hollow Knight, and the kickoff many are likely to run into. While additional abilities similar dashing and spells will make this fight much easier to tackle, this boss is uncomplicated enough to be conquered without them. You will run into the Fake Knight in the middle of the
Forgotten Crossroads.

The False Knight attacks past slamming his massive mallet into the ground to create shockwaves, which tin be jumped over. The swings are slow at first, so landing a couple of hits after dodging and walking away is the best way to rack upwardly damage. Y’all tin mark the transition between the phases of the fight by the number of times he slams his weapon wildly into the ground, causing rocks to fall effectually him. In the 2d phase, a massive swing will cause rocks to fall also every bit shockwaves, and in the final phase, all swings will.
Beating The Simulated Knight rewards the City Crest, which is required to access the Metropolis of Tears.


Gruz Mother

Hollow Knight Gruz Mother Fight in the Forgotten Crossroads

The Gruz
can be encountered at the bottom of the
Forgotten Crossroads, blocking the gate that leads to an abandoned village area. While it is possible for yous to have access to the Vengeful Spirit spell and the Mothwing Cloak before fighting the Gruz Mother, it is recommended that you fight her beforehand as these items are not needed to defeat her and this battle unlocks the 2d half of the surface area for exploration.

The fight involves the Gruz Mother charging at the Knight directly, bouncing off the ceiling to move beyond the room, and flying around. Your best bet is to merely hit her as much as possible and motion away equally fast as you can when she attacks. The bouncing can exist avoided by moving back and forth to her with your nail and is also the all-time opportunity to heal. The fight is not over until you also kill the swarm of Gruzzers that she spawns upon death.


Vengefly King

Vengefly King Eating Zote in the Forgotten Crossroads

The first time y’all’ll exist able to encounter a
Vengefly King
is rather early on, every bit you lot make your way to
for the first time. Killing this Vengefly King is completely optional, and whether or not you do volition change certain aspects of the game, namely achievements y’all can unlock, as well as your completion of the Hunter’s Journal. It is for the latter reason that nosotros recommend you face him correct away, only it is still upward to you.

Luckily, this battle is rather piece of cake as well, as the Vengefly Male monarch only has 2 attacks: a accuse assault and a summoning call. He will either accuse at the Knight and elevate his jaw across the floor to deal harm or summon Vengefly enemies to assist him. The all-time strategy is to leap and pogo off his body to deal damage when he charges, then kill the enemies as soon as possible. Yous can choose to return to face him upwardly until you lot obtain the
Mantis Hook.


Hornet Protector

First Battle Encounter Against Hornet in Hollow Knight

The commencement fight against
takes identify before long afterwards you enter
Greenpath. Defeating her allows you to progress through the western half of the area also as earning yourself the Mothwing Cloak, which gives you the ability to dash.

She has five main attacks:

  • Lunge
    where she only lunges forwards at the Knight.
  • Aerial Lunge
    where she jumps into the air and so lunges downwards.
  • Gossamer Swarm,
    which is an area-of-issue attack she usually performs in the air.
  • Throw
    where she pulls the nail back earlier firing it at the Knight.
  • Bound, where she jumps around the arena.

The best strategy is to jump over and under her lunge attacks and gain SOUL from blast hits. You should have Vengeful Spirit at this point, so utilise that from a distance for extra damage and heal out of range of her Throw and Gossamer Swarm attacks.


Massive Moss Charger

Massive Moss Charger Attack in Hollow Knight

Massive Moss Charger
can be encountered along the
Pilgrim’southward Manner
Greenpath, which leads to the Fog Canyon. It should be noted that beating this boss is non required to actually progress through the surface area and it is more of an enemy come across.

Its just two attacks are Charge, where it charges at you, and Belly Flop or Spring, where it jumps out the ground and tries to fall on you.
It is recommended to accept the Mothwing Cloak during this fight
then you can dash over and under the Massive Moss Charger’s attacks, likewise as using Vengeful Spirit to hitting it every bit it crawls back under the ground.


Mantis Lords

Still of the Mantis Lords Fight In the Fungal Wastes in Hollow Knight

Mantis Lords
can exist encountered at the bottom of the
Fungal Wastes
Mantis Village. Defeating them grants access to the lower eastern department of the Deepnest, but
information technology is recommended that you do not venture through Deepnest without showtime purchasing the Lumafly Lantern. Information technology is as well recommended to have your nail upgraded at least in one case, which requires
Pale Ore.

In the commencement, you will only fight one Mantis Lord who has three principal attacks:

  • Lance Lunge
    where she lunges at the Knight direct.
  • Lance Drop
    where she’ll appear over the Knight before thrusting her nail into the footing.
  • Bract Boomerang, a projectile she throws while hanging off the wall that either starts low and rises up or starts up and descends.

Once she is defeated, the other two will attack you at the same time with the same attacks. It is recommended that y’all stay in identify and only move when you see either of the Mantis Lords coming toward y’all or if you have to avert both boomerangs, which tin be done by simply billowy off them with your Nail (or double jumping if you lot have that ability).


Soul Warrior

Battle Against The Soul Warrior and a Folly

There are actually two
Soul Warriors
that you will meet in the
Soul Sanctum.
The first i protects the chief entrance to the upper level of the Soul Sanctum, and the second requires you lot to take the Elegant Key in society to access it.

Both battles volition always brainstorm with the Soul Warrior teleporting above the Knight and doing a downwards slash. His main attacks include said downward slash, a dashing slash, and firing an orb of soul energy that homes in on yous. The second Soul Warrior also summons up to 24 Folly enemies to help information technology. Brand sure to get a few hits in later the first downward slash and bound over the dash slashes to land hits from behind or with a downwardly pogo. The homing attack is easier to dodge since information technology is on the ground. Don’t focus on the Follies as well much in the second battle unless you have to.


Soul Primary

Battling the Soul Master in Hollow Knight

Soul Main
is the final battle of the
Soul Sanctum
and is encountered in the upper part of the area.
Defeating him rewards you with Desolate Dive.
The main difficulty with this boss lies in the fact that telling which attack he going to do next is troublesome considering of the subtle differences in how he telegraphs them. He also teleports around the arena oft.

He has a number of attacks to picket out for:

  • Dash attacks from one end of the arena to some other.
  • Fires an free energy orb from anywhere that homes in on you lot.
  • Moves across the arena surrounded past 4 glowing orbs that rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise and boomerang back once he disappears.
  • Slams directly into the ground, creating shockwaves on either side of the loonshit.
  • Faux-out slam attack where he cancels it before beginning another.

The best strategy is to not move around also much and pay attention to the Soul Main at all times. There is a second stage where he slams ofttimes into the footing and floats in place while conjuring orbs from all across the area. Make sure to heal before starting this phase.


Dung Defender

Battle Against The Dung Defender

Dung Defender
is found in the eastern section of the
Royal Waterways, right before the entrance to Isma’southward Grove where the Isma’s Tear item can exist found. He must exist defeated in guild to gain access to Isma’s Grove, as well equally to obtain the Defender’s Crest Charm.

The Dung Defender mainly attacks by tossing assurance of dung into the air that can bounciness all over the arena, either one or multiple, and sometimes forth with himself. He can as well burrow underground and swim towards the Knight, so burst along to send smaller balls that shatter on impact. He’ll let out a roar at half health to indicate a chain of flare-up attacks. The best way to defeat him is to employ Desolate Dive to damage him while he is underground. Continue tabs on where he is surreptitious as well every bit where the balls fly to.


Broken Vessel

The Knight battles the Broken Vessel in Hollow Knight

Broken Vessel
is encountered in a room to the far w in the
Ancient Basin. He must be defeated in gild to receive the
Monarch Wings
power. Be careful of the post-obit moves:

  • Slash attack that covers about 75 pct of the arena.
  • Aerial Slash is the aforementioned, but simply in the air.
  • Will flail his boom quickly over his head.
  • Tin can leap onto the Knight.
  • Slams into the basis and spawns multiple balls of Infection that rise into the air.
  • Jumps into the center of the expanse, waves his head effectually, and conjures a cascade of Infection blobs that rise speedily from the ground.
  • Summons Infection Balloon enemies that home in on the Knight.

Because the Broken Vessel moves a lot and is difficult to go close to, continue your altitude and make certain to utilize Spells in combination with your nail attacks.


Crystal Guardian / Enraged Guardian

The Crystal Guardian Sitting on the Central Bench in Crystal Peak

Crystal Guardian
is first found sitting on the center demote in
Crystal Tiptop. The merely way to sit on the bench yourself is to defeat him, and afterward, he will jump to the room to a higher place and becomes the Enraged Guardian. This room cannot be accessed until yous get the Monarch Wings, which tin simply be done by defeating the Cleaved Vessel. You lot tin return to this room at any time later receiving this detail, and defeating the Enraged Guardian rewards a Mask Shard.

Both forms set on by charging and firing a laser beam from their hands that shoot in one direction, summoning multiple lasers from the ceiling, and hopping effectually. The Enraged Guardian is merely faster and stronger. Every axle is telegraphed, so waiting for the right opportunity to dodge and getting damage in while he is standing notwithstanding is the best strategy.


Brooding Mawlek

THe Knight Facing the Brooding Mawlek in the Forgotten Crossroads

A single
Brooding Mawlek
can exist encountered in the
Forgotten Crossroads. To the left of the vertical shaft filled with Gruzzers and Tiktiks, there is a blocked room that requires the Mantis Hook to become over. Some other is found in the Coliseum of Fools.

The Brooding Mawlek constantly spits upward blobs of Infection in an arc as it moves beyond the arena, occasionally spitting out a massive rain of blobs that fall on whatever side of the field the Knight is in. A good strategy is to get in a few hits, then walk away to avoid the blobs, and spring/pogo over the Heart-searching Mawlek during its blob rain assault. Another reason to move way afterward each striking is to avoid its claw that slashes at you if you become as well close.



The Knight Attacking the Flukemarm Boss in the Royal Waterways

can just be reached accessing a
undercover area in the Royal Waterways
with the Desolate Dive/Descending Nighttime spell, to the southeast. She is the mother of all Flukes in the surface area and defeating her rewards yous with the Flukenest Charm.

Her only attack involves spawning Flukes from any of the openings in her body. They announced at regular intervals and there can only be up to vi on the screen at a time. The two all-time tactics are to focus on the Flukes to collect SOUL from them, so damage the Flukemarm with spells, or simply hit the Flukemarm betwixt spawns and pogo correct higher up to damage both her and any Flukes that come towards you, though how exactly you lot approach her depends on your current arsenal.


Traitor Lord

Still of Cloth Fighting Against the Traitor Lord Boss

Traitor Lord
tin can be found in the upper section of the
Queen’s Gardens, but he is only accessible through the apply of the
Shade Cloak
power. If Cloth was rescued before this boxing, she will assist you. If she was non and yous defeat the Traitor Lord beginning, she will be found in Dirtmouth.

The Traitor Lord volition frequently bound and swoop diagonally toward you, dash toward y’all while swiping its massive claws, and perform either the Dancing Glaive or the Basis Pound set on. The Dancing Glaive fires 2 spinning orange blades across the arena towards the Knight, while the Basis Pound creates Giant shockwaves on either side.
If you exercise non have the Shade Cloak, it is recommended that yous try to stay close to the Traitor Lord and avoid his telegraphed concrete attacks.
While the Shade Cloak can help, don’t rely on it too much.


The Collector

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The Collector
is the boss of the
Tower of Love, an area that can only be accessed from a locked door in the Kingdom’southward Edge expanse. The door can be opened by obtaining the Dearest Primal from the Queen’due south Gardens. Defeating the Collector will grant you the Grub Map, which shows the location of every Grub you have still to find.

It should be noted that, because the Collecter is a Void animal, striking him does not requite you SOUL and your only manner to gain SOUL is to striking the enemies that suspension from the jars. The Collector volition exist constantly hopping around the arena, forcing you lot to keep up with him until he jumps into the ceiling and drops several jars containing different enemies, including Venegeflies, Buldurs, and Aspid Hunters. Where the jars fall is telegraphed, and it is important that you take care of the enemies every bit before long equally possible. Scout out for his occasional grab attack as well.


Hornet Scout

Face-Off Against Hornet in Kingdom's Edge

Hornet Sentinel
is the 2nd form of the character Hornet that you have to face. She is encountered to the far east in
Kingdom’s Border, right before the chamber that leads to the Cast-Off Trounce, where the King’south Brand is establish. The King’south Make is necessary for accessing The Abyss, a late-game area central to the story.

Hornet Sentinel is essentially the same as Hornet Protector in terms of her attacks and pattern, aside from a few differences. She is much faster than before and has two new skills in her armory: Parry and Spike. Parry has her put upwardly her blast and immediately counter when hit, while Spike allows her to summon several fasten assurance that stay suspended in the air. Approach this fight generally the same every bit you did with Hornet Protector, but brand sure to dorsum off/heal whenever she parries and get rid of the fasten balls as soon as possible with either a spell or a swing of your blast.



The Oblobbes at the end of the Trial of the Conquerer in the Colleseum of Fools

are the final bosses of the
Trial of the Conquerer, the 2d trial in the
Colosseum of Fools
at the pinnacle of Kingdom’s Edge. Defeating them rewards you with Pale Ore, up to ii,024 Geo, and the Conquerer achievement.

The Oblobbles but attack by floating around the arena and occasionally firing a series of Infection blobs from all of the holes on their bodies. These blobs can really be dodged fairly easily if you merely continue your distance, so it is actually very like shooting fish in a barrel to become a few good hits before backing off to a corner to heal/avoid the blobs. A good thought is to hit one, then the other, and proceed the number of hits equal between them. Once one dies, the other will go into a rage and start shooting out blobs at a much faster pace, only these can still be avoided with the same tactic.


Watcher Knights

The Knight Fighting Against The Watcher Knights

Watcher Knights
are the bosses of the
Watcher’s Spire, who guard the entrance to the sleeping accommodation of the Dreamer Lurien the Watcher. When the Knight defeats the first one, two more will appear and attack at the same time. There are a full of vi.

Their merely two attacks include swinging their large nail when the Knight is close, and either rolling or bouncing towards them when the Knight is farther away. Endeavor to avert existence cornered past or beingness in-betwixt two Knight at once, and make sure to jump over their attacks to land hits and keep your distance. Spells are likewise incredibly helpful, peculiarly if you tin damage two at once.

In that location’south actually a breakable wall that leads to a hidden path in a higher place this boss fight. By heading upwardly here, you lot can knock downwards a chandelier and take out i of the Watcher Knights before the fight even begins.



Encounter with Nosk in Hollow Knight

tin can be plant inside the walls of
Deepnest, direct westward from the Hot Springs Chamber and past a brittle wall that leads through a series of tunnels. Either the Monarch Wings or the Crystal Center power is needed for admission. Defeating it rewards a piece of Pale Ore.

Nosk primarily attacks by charging towards y’all, leaping upwards to three times beyond the arena platform, spewing large blobs of Infection from both sides of its body in a parabolic arc, and jumping into the ceiling to rain down blobs of Infection in a line. The charge assault can mostly exist dodged past continuing on the lower edges of the middle platform and jumping, and the blobs can by and large be avoided with careful maneuvering. The Shade Cloak and the apply of spells can also be greatly effective against Nosk.



Quirrel Battling Against Uumuu in Hollow Knight

is unique from most bosses because you really accept help when fighting it the starting time time. Defeating Uumuu is necessary for gaining admission to the chamber of Monomon the Teacher, 1 of the 3 Dreamers. The character Quirrel actually helps you during the battle, making your job much easier than information technology otherwise would be.

Uumuu primarily attacks with one of 2 lightning-based attacks. Information technology can create several small bursts of electrical energy all across the battleground, which can by and large be avoided by standing on the bottommost platforms and confusing a trail of electricity that follows you around the loonshit for half dozen seconds. Its body is completely invincible from any form of attack upwardly until Quirrel shows up to assist you. From there, attack information technology as much equally possible with your nail and as many Spells as you tin leave, though make sure to keep some SOUL for healing if yous accidentally fall into the acrid while avoiding its attacks.

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