Bosses are unique Enemies in Hollow Knight that typically have higher health and deal more damage than the standard enemies in the same area. The player may have to defeat a Boss to access a new Area, acquire an Item, complete a Quest, or simply further the main story of the game.

When the player encounters a Boss, the Boss' name will appear on-screen, and the music will change into a battle theme.


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Broken Vessel / Lost Kin

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Brooding Mawlek

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Crystal Guardian

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Dung Defender

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False Knight / Failed Champion

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God Tamer

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Gruz Mother

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The Hollow Knight

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Mantis Lords

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Soul Master / Soul Tyrant

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The Collector

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The Radiance

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Traitor Lord

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Watcher Knight


Dream Warriors

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Lingering Ghosts of particularly strong bugs, Dream Warriors are a unique form of Boss in that the player can only challenge them once they have acquired the Dream Nail. Defeating a Dream Warrior rewards a large amount of Essence.

After acquiring the Dream Nail, the player may purchase the Warrior's Grave Pin from Iselda for Geo180, which reveals the location of the Dream Warrior in the area after that area's Map has been purchased.

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Elder Hu

by Donaly Lynch

in Fungal Wastes

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by Zachary Virden

in Deepnest

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by Aladar Appony

in Howling Cliffs

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by Samuel Dixon

in Kingdom's Edge

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by Zara Pellen

in Queen's Gardens

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No Eyes

by Liza Kretzschmar

in Greenpath

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by Constant Pham

in Resting Grounds


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Grey Prince Zote

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White Defender


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Nightmare King


  • Designing a Dream Warrior was a reward for a tier of backers during the game's Kickstarter campaign.