Nail is the term used to describe the bladed weapons wielded by several enemies, NPCs, and bosses in Hallownest, including the player character. The Nailsmith in the City of Tears can upgrade the player's nail up to 4 times if given enough Geo and/or Pale Ore, which will increase the damage of melee strikes.

The charms Fragile Strength and Fury of the Fallen will also increase Nail damage.

 Nail Upgrades

Nail Description & Upgrade Cost
Nail 1 Old Nail
Old Nail

A traditional weapon of Hallownest. Its blade is blunt with age and wear.

Default weapon
Damage: 5
Nail 2 Sharpened Nail
Sharpened Nail

A traditional weapon of Hallownest, restored to lethal form.

Upgrade cost: Geo 250
Damage: 9
Nail 3 Channelled Nail
Channelled Nail

A cleft weapon of Hallownest. The blade is exquisitly balanced.

Upgrade cost: Geo 800 + 1 Pale Ore
Damage: 13
Nail 4 Coiled Nail
Coiled Nail

A powerful weapon of Hallownest, refined beyond all others.

Upgrade cost: Geo 2000 + 2 Pale Ore
Damage: 17
Nail 5 Pure Nail
Pure Nail

The ultimate weapon of Hallownest. Crafted to perfection, this ancient nail reveals is true form.

Upgrade cost: Geo 4000 + 3 Pale Ore
Damage: 21

Nail Arts 

Cyclone Slash

Nail Arts are the abilities given to the player by the Nailmasters. Executing a Nail Art involves holding down ATTACK to charge, then releasing while doing an optional second input depending on the Nail Art. Nail Arts deal multiplicative damage, meaning the stronger the player's nail is, the stronger the Nail Art will be.

The Nailmaster's Glory charm will decrease the time needed to charge Nail Arts.

Nail Art damage is not affected by Fragile Strength or Fury of the Fallen.

Icon Description & Source
Cyclone Slash
Cyclone Slash

Acquired from Nailmaster Mato

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Mato. A spinning attack that rapidly strikes foes on all sides.

Hold ATTACK, release + UP
Damage: 2 x Nail damage
Dash Slash
Dash Slash

Acquired from Nailmaster Oro

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Oro. Strike ahead quickly after dashing forward.

Hold ATTACK, release + DASH / DASH + release Damage: 2.5 x Nail damage
Great Slash
Great Slash

Acquired from Nailmaster Sheo in Greenpath.

The signature Nail Art of Nailmaster Sheo. Unleashes a huge slash directly in front of you which deals extra damage to foes.

hold ATTACK, release
2.5 x Nail damage

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