|Hold to charge and slash with the Dream Nail.
Cut through the veil between dreams and waking.
Hold down DREAM NAIL to charge and swing the Dream Nail. This can perform several functions:
- Extract Essence from Ghosts
- Collect SOUL from living Enemies (33% meter)
- Challenge Dream Warriors
- Challenge Dream Bosses
- Enter the minds of Dreamers
- Read the minds of NPCs and some bug corpses
How to Acquire
Essence is the energy gained from multiple sources after obtaining the Dream Nail. After obtaining certain amounts of Essence, the player can return to the Seer for rewards. There is 2608 obtainable Essence total in the game.
- Using Dream Nail on a Ghost
- Collecting Essence spawned by a Whispering Root
- Defeating a Dream Warrior
- Defeating a Dream Boss
Essence rewards from the Seer
- 100 Essence - Hallownest Seal
- 200 Essence - Spirit's Glade opens
- 300 Essence - Pale Ore
- 500 Essence - Dream Wielder Charm
- 700 Essence - Vessel Fragment
- 1000 Essence - Arcane Egg
- 1300 Essence - Mask Shard
- 1800 Essence - Awakening the Dream Nail, allowing entrance to the White Palace
- 2400 Essence - Ascension Achievement
- It is not necessary to use the Dream Nail on passive Ghosts to fully awaken the Dream Nail
- It is unknown whether or not Ghosts are the bug's spirit, a lingering spectre, an imprinted memory, or some other form.