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Quests are in-game tasks the player receives from NPCs, which grant various rewards upon completion.

For a list of Nintendo Switch "Quests," see Achievements.

Delicate Flower

Che' asks perhaps impossible things? Mad things? For Le'mer to take up such quest would be a kindness che' has near forgotten.

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Traitors Child

The Traitor's Child

Given by the Grey Mourner to be delivered to the grave of the Traitor's Child in Queen's Gardens. Taking any damage or attempting to use Fast Travel or Dreamgate will destroy the flower, after which the player will need to acquire a new one from the Mourner. Successfully delivering the flower rewards a Mask Shard and the Solace achievement.

Isma's Tear is needed to access the Queen's Gardens. Before accepting the flower, it is recommended to go to the Queen's Gardens and unlock the shortcut to the local Stag Station. This is because the path to the grave of the Traitor's Child is located in the same room as the entrance of said station. If the shortcut is unlocked, the player will have to face only one Mantis Petra in the Gardens on the way to the grave. If not, it's a very long way fraught with difficult platforming and powerful enemies, which are almost guaranteed to destroy the flower.

It is a good idea to do this quest before the Forgotten Crossroads becomes Infected, as the Furious Vengeflies are extremely fast and aggressive. This will limit the offensive options, since it is not possible to get the Monarch Wings without killing the Broken Vessel and thus triggering the infection. However, on the optimal route, the only threatening enemies faced will be one single Mantis Petra and a few Spiny Husks. It is recommended to have at least the Great Slash, a Coiled Nail and Fragile Strength for dealing with those.

If the Crossroads are already infected, it is recommended then to wait to have a Pure Nail and use the Grubberfly's Elegy in combination with Quick Slash and Fragile Strength.

One good route is to leave the Resting Grounds through the Blue Lake and into the Forgotten Crossroads. Once there, head towards the room to the bottom left of the map, the one with the acid pool. Dive into the acid and take the shortcut to Fog Canyon, then head into the Queen's Gardens. Ooma and Uoma are very passive, making the trek fairly easy to do without being damaged as long as there is no collision with anything on the way down through the vertical shaft. In the Queen's Gardens, take the shortcut towards the Stag Station. There are three spiky sections in the corridor that leads to the grave.

The grave can also be approached from Fog Canyon through the Fungal Wastes, as showcased here.

For those who struggle with combat, the easiest but most time-consuming method is to pick a route from the grave to the Grey Mourner and kill everything along the way without using a bench to save or heal. Some enemies like Furious Vengeflies and Mantis Petra do not respawn until the player sits on a bench. When carrying the flower to the grave, the player will only need to worry about environmental hazards and weaker enemies such as Aspid Hunters, Mossflies, and Uoma as long as a bench has not been used.

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A Nailsmith's Obsession

When his job is done; when the perfect blade is forged; what meaning remains for the Nailsmith?

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Found in the outskirts of the City of Tears in an isolated hut. His only desire is to forge the perfect Nail using Pale Ore.

He'll provide the first nail refinement for Geo only, after which he will require Pale Ore and Geo to upgrade further (see Nail for prices).

After having him forge the Pure Nail, the Nailsmith will step outside and asks the player to cut him down. Obliging him sends him plummeting down to the waters below, though his corpse is never found.

This will award the 'Purity' achievement. If the player leaves him, not granting his request however, he can be found with Nailmaster Sheo and will award the 'Happy Couple' achievement after talking to him.

He will then remain in Sheo's hut for the rest of the game, engaging in modelling for Sheo and making wooden figurines together.

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Nailsage's Pride

...Wherever you are... Whatever it is you do now... I hope you three are looking after yourselves...

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Sly is initially found in a hovel in Forgotten Crossroads, slowly succumbing to the infection. Breaking him out of it by talking to him prompts him to leave and open his shop at Dirtmouth.

After having obtained all three Nail Arts taught by his former pupils Nailmaster Oro, Nailmaster Mato and Nailmaster Sheo, Sly reveals himself as the legendary Nailsage and gifts the player the Nailmaster's Glory charm.

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Dream No More

...Could it achieve that impossible thing? Should it?

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The "true" ending of the game, one of three possible endings.

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While Hornet has the Hollow Knight pinned down, if the player uses the Awakened Dream Nail on them, they will be transported inside Hollow Knight's mind to challenge The Radiance. At the end of this fight, the Hollow Knight returns as a Shade that rips open the Radiance's face, allowing the Knight to destroy it once and for all.

After The Radiance is defeated, the Infection is purged and the Black Egg remains open. Hornet wakes up to find the Knight's mask broken in half at the centre of a crater in the room, implying the Knight has either died or returned to the Void.

Unlocks the "Dream No More" achievement.

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Grubfather's Lament

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Grubfather

The Grubfather in Forgotten Crossroads has lost all of his Grubs. They can be found throughout Hallownest trapped in glass jars. When The Knight is close enough to their location, a faint crying noise can be heard in their general direction. Breaking the jars will send the Grubs back to the Grubfather. When the Knight next returns to the Grubfather, he will reward them with Geo and other items depending on how many Grubs have been saved. There are 46 grubs to be found in total.

Rescuing 33 Grubs reward the Grubfriend achievement.

After all Grubs have been rescued and rewards collected, returning to the Grubfather will reveal that all the Grubs are gone from their holes, and the Grubfather is now laying in the center of the room, his stomach extremely bloated. The muffled noises of Grub chatter can be heard near him. Unlocks the Metamorphosis achievement.

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Secret of the Stagways

I'd thought its location lost to my failing mind, but now I can almost remember the path.

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Upon opening the first Stag Station, the Last Stag tells the player about the Stagways and that no one has travelled them for a long time. The Stag will tell the player facts about each area around each Stag station opened. As more and more Stations are opened, the Stag will slowly remember more about the Stag Nest, and once all have been opened, it will take the player there.

Inside, many Stag's corpses are found along with a broken egg that yields a Vessel Fragment. Talking to the Stag then hints that its kin is still alive, also supported by the its name changing from "The Last Stag" to "Old Stag" afterwards.

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Bretta

Ohhh... please... don't leave me behind!

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Found in Fungal Wastes, sitting alone in the dark, muttering to herself. After talking to her, she'll head back to Dirtmouth, unlocking her house and a Mask Shard as reward. Her house becomes filled with paintings and dedications to The Knight, showing her infatuation with them.

If the player chooses to save Zote the Mighty and defeats him in the Colosseum of Fools, Zote will show up in Dirtmouth and Bretta will fall in love with him instead, the contents of her house changing to idolize Zote instead of The Knight.

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This also opens up a passage in Bretta's house leading to a basement with a statue of Zote. Hitting this statue with the Dream Nail will initiate a fight with Grey Prince Zote.

Defeating Grey Prince Zote 10 times will cause Bretta to leave town. Talking to Elderbug hints that she seems to have overcome her hero-worship complex and has set out on her own.

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Millibelle

...When next to return to that delightful spa?...


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Millibelle is an NPC encountered running a stand in Fog Canyon. She provides a banking service to the player, holding the player's Geo.

She will hold a maximum of Geo‍4500 for the player, but will run away and abandon her stand with the money after more than Geo‍2500 is deposited and the player has rested at a bench.

After this point she can be found at the Hot Spring in Pleasure House. Here the player can reclaim their stolen Geo by attacking her, bouncing her around harmlessly while causing the Geo to fall out of her.

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Wandering NPCs

NPCs who appear in several different locations throughout Hallownest. Finding and speaking to them is optional, save for a few encounters, but can result in different dialogue or situations.

Cloth

Stay alive and let's meet again on the road ahead.


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Tiso

...The perfect challenge. I can already taste my victory...


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Zote

Know this, cur. I am Zote the Mighty, a knight of great renown.


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Mister Mushroom

...Oh. Excuse me.


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Quirrel

What is this feeling?... So familiar. Drawn forward yet repelled.


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Hornet

I know what you are. I know what you'd try to do. I can't allow it.


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