This article is about the in-game item and mechanics. For a full map of Hollow Knight, see the Guides page.

A map charting the various rooms, passages, and chambers within Hallownest.

To start mapping an Area, the player must first purchase an incomplete area map from Cornifer. If the player misses Cornifer in an area (usually by defeating the area Boss), Iselda will sell the map of that area for a slightly higher price in Dirtmouth.

The player can view the entire map by pressing INVENTORY and scrolling to the Map page. This can also be accessed by double-tapping QUICK MAP instead of navigating through the menu. Holding down QUICK MAP will open an overlaid map of the current Area, allowing The Knight to walk around in the background while reading the map.

To complete the map, the player then needs to purchase the Quill, sold by Iselda. After the player has explored uncharted areas, they will need to rest at a Bench to update the map. Explored areas of the map appear as coloured segments with solid lines.


Mapping Tools

Icon Name & Description Cost

Used to record one's travels.

Requires a map to be of any use.

You'll need this if you want to update your map with new area as you explore. It's essential for anyone serious about mapping!' - Iselda

Scroll Map

Map of Hallownest, partially filled out by Cornifer.

Without a Quill it can not be updated.

Scroll Map Feather
Map and Quill

Map of Hallownest. When resting at a bench or elsewhere, the quill can be used to update the map with newly discovered areas.

When both Map and Quill are purchased
Wayward Compass
Wayward Compass

Highly recommended! If you're having trouble finding your way in the maze of ruins below us, try this charm.

It will pinpoint your location on your map. Incredibly helpful for finding your bearings in unfamiliar locations!'



Maps can be bought from Cornifer in each area, or, if the player misses him (usually by beating the area's Boss before speaking to him), Iselda sells them in their shop in Dirtmouth for a slightly higher price.

Name & Description Cost (Cornifer) Cost (Iselda)

Ancient Basin

A map of the Ancient Basin, a land buried deep down at the bottom of the world.

Geo‍112 Geo‍150

City of Tears

A map of the City of Tears, capital of Hallownest. Does water really fall from above the city? It sounds beautiful...

Geo‍90 Geo‍120

Crystal Peak

A map of Crystal Peak, the huge shining mountain that looms behind Dirtmouth. My husband brought back some crystals from the mines along with the map of this area. What makes them shine so brightly?

Geo‍120 Geo‍150


A map of Deepnest, a dark and dangerous area at the bottom of the world.

When my husband came back with a map he'd barely filled out I was annoyed, but then I saw how frightened he was! Poor thing.

Geo‍38 Geo‍50

Fog Canyon

A map of Fog Canyon, which connects Greenpath to the Fungal Wastes. The air is thick there, so Cornifer found it difficult to find his way. Well, more difficult than he usually does.

Geo‍150 Geo‍200

Forgotten Crossroads

A map of the Forgotten Crossroads, the area just below Dirtmouth. Cornifer dragged me down there once. It was an empty, lonely place but still quite impressive.

Geo‍30 Geo‍40

Fungal Wastes

A map of Fungal Wastes, an area beneath the Forgotten Crossroads that is choked with fungus. My husband brought some mushrooms back from there and tried to cook them. The stench was hideous!

Geo‍75 Geo‍100


A map of Greenpath, a verdant area of Hallownest close to the surface. Apparently the water there is deadly to the touch!

Geo‍60 Geo‍80

Howling Cliffs

A map of the Howling Cliffs, which look over Dirtmouth. Cornifer told me that the winds got so loud there he couldn't hear himself speak. Which begs the question...Why was he speaking to himself?

Geo‍75 Geo‍100

Kingdom's Edge

A map of Kingdom's Edge, all the way out at the end of the world. My husband...He travels to such distant places, while I stay here in town.

Geo‍112 Geo‍150
Resting Grounds

A map of the Resting Grounds, a sacred place not far from the Crossroads. Cornifer told me he found the area serene and calming, but it sounds a bit spooky to me. No Thanks.

N/A Geo‍75

Royal Waterways

A map of the Royal Waterways, the pipes and chambers below the City of Tears. It sounds like Cornifer really enjoyed exploring the area, though he was damp and shivering when he returned.

Geo‍75 Geo‍100
Queen's Gardens

A map of the Queen's Gardens, a royal sanctuary close to Greenpath. Cornifer sometimes calls me his Queen...Usually only when I'm angry though.

Geo‍150 Geo‍200

Map Pins

Map pins are used to mark locations on the map. They are sold by Iselda in Dirtmouth, with the exception of the Collector's Pin that shows Grub locations on the map, dropped by The Collector.

Icon Name & Description Cost Condition
Map Pin Tree
Whispering Root Pin

Cornifer has been telling me about these strange whispering roots he's been seeing. I made him some pins so you can record their locations yourself.

Geo‍150 Acquire Dream Nail
Map Pin Warriors Grave
Warrior's Grave Pin

Cornifer told me he's found some interesting looking graves and shrines in the depths.You can use these pins to mark down any interesting graves on your map. Go and pay your respects.

Geo‍180 Acquire Dream Nail
Map Pin Stag
Stag Station Pin

These pins will mark any Stagway Stations you've visited. They must have been very lively places when the stags still travelled through them.

Geo‍100 Open first Stag Station
Map Pin Tram
Tram Pin

Those trams sound like awfully advanced machines. Those ancient bugs must've been a clever lot.

These pins should be perfect for recording a tram stop's location.

Geo‍100 Acquiring Tram Pass
Map Pin Salubra
Vendor Pin

Use these pins to mark shopkeepers or any other interesting bugs you find on your travels.

Every so often, you should pass by and see how they're doing. I'm sure they'd like that.

Geo‍100 Encountering Cornifer
Map Pin Springs
Hot Spring Pin

I designed these pins to keep track of the kingdom's hot springs.

I haven't visited any myself... I wonder if Cornifer might take me sometime? I'm sure you'd make better use of these pins 'til then.

Geo‍100 Encountering Cornifer
Map Pin Cocoon
Cocoon Pin

Have you seen those beautiful blue cocoons? I made these pins so you can keep track of them.

The cocoons are pretty, but very delicate. Please be careful around them.

Geo‍100 Encountering Cornifer
Map Pin Bench green
Bench Pin

These pins will mark benches and other rest spots on your map. Useful if you're exhausted and just need to find somewhere to sit!

Geo‍100 Encountering Cornifer
Map Pin Grub

Collector's Pin

Marks the locations of all Grubs not yet rescued.

N/A Defeating The Collector

The Collector's Map

Collectors map LB

Gained after defeating The Collector, the locations of still imprisoned Grubs will be displayed by Collector's Pins.