Hollow Knight contains remappable controls for both the Keyboard and an Xbox or Dualshock 4 Controller. On the wiki, due to the multiple possible inputs and ability to remap said inputs, button/key prompts are referred to by their action rather than the name of the assigned button or key. This is a guide to the names of each input and their default mappings.

Note: Default mappings for the Nintendo Switch and any future consoles will be added upon release

Name Use
Ds4 white
Nintendo Switch
JUMP Jump, bounce off walls with Mantis Claw, activate Monarch Wings while in mid-air
Keyboard White Z
360 A
ATTACK Attack with the Nail, hold to charge Nail Arts
Keyboard White X
360 X
PS4 Square
FOCUS/CAST Cast Spells, hold to use Focus and the Dreamgate
Keyboard White A
360 B
PS4 Circle
DREAM NAIL Hold to use Dream Nail or Dreamgate
Keyboard White D
360 Y
PS4 Triangle
QUICK CAST Cast Spells
Keyboard White E
360 RB
PS4 R1
DASH Use Mothwing Cloak or Shade Cloak
Keyboard White C
360 RT
PS4 R2
PAUSE Pause the game to access menu options
Keyboard White Esc
360 Start Alt
PS4 Options
INVENTORY Open the last viewed menu page (Inventory, Map, Hunter's Journal, or Charms)
Keyboard White I
360 Back Alt
PS4 Share
SUPER DASH Hold to use the Crystal Heart
Keyboard White S
360 LT
PS4 L2
QUICK MAP Hold to view Area map, double-tap to view full Map
Keyboard White Tab
360 LB
PS4 L1
LOOK UP/DOWN Hold to view the area above or below the current field of view
Keyboard White Arrow Up
Keyboard White Arrow Down
360 Right Stick
PS4 Right Stick
UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT Move, navigate menus, aim Nail attacks, change Nail Art used, change Spell cast, activate or warp to a Dreamgate
Keyboard White Arrows
360 Left Stick
360 Dpad
PS4 Left Stick
PS4 Dpad

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