Steel Soul Mode is a game mode in Hollow Knight that the player unlocks after completing the game once.
In Steel Soul Mode, there are three main changes to gameplay:
- The player will not respawn upon death. Once the player dies, the game ends and the save file is reset. Note: dying to Lost Kin, Failed Champion, Soul Tyrant, Grey Prince Zote, White Defender, or Nightmare King Grimm does NOT count as an actual death.
- Confessor Jiji is replaced by Steel Soul Jinn, who will trade Rancid Eggs for Geo.
- Tuk has been killed by the Infection, and will not sell Rancid Eggs. found next to tuk's corpse is a Rancid Egg.
Trying to enter a failed Steel Soul run will result in asking if the player would like to clear the save slot.