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Baldur Shell is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It spawns a protective shell around the Knight when using Focus which blocks up to 4 hits.

Usefulness

Prevents the Knight from taking damage if hit with an attack while using Focus. The Knight will also gain invincibility frames as if they were hit normally despite not taking damage.

The shell can only absorb up to four hits before it breaks and it can only be repaired by resting at a Bench. The durability is represented by a tiny image of a blue shell that appears below the SOUL meter. As it takes hits, cracks will form on the shell, until it breaks completely.

This charm is of debatable use, as taking a hit while Focusing will still interrupt the charge and waste SOUL, rendering the protection pointless. On top of that, it can only block four hits of damage and only regenerates when resting at a Bench. Due to this, Baldur Shell is outclassed by Quick Focus and even Shape of Unn for mid-battle healing.

Its best use is against bosses that have a certain attack that is difficult to avoid. Starting to Focus during that attack can save the trouble of having to dodge it and risk losing health. Even so, its limited hits mean that it loses its effect in drawn-out battles.

Note that Baldur Shell cannot be activated if the Knight does not have enough SOUL, as in order to use Focus there has to be a minimum of 33 SOUL in the gauge.

How to Acquire

This charm is located in the southwest portion of the Howling Cliffs, where there is a chest that drops only Geo1. Jumping down into the chest takes the Knight to a cave guarded by two Elder Baldurs. Defeating the one on the right opens a tunnel filled with Elder Baldur corpses that leads to the charm.

Charm Interactions

Stalwart Shell
Stalwart Shell

Applies Stalwart Shell's effect when Baldur Shell is triggered.

Shape of Unn
Shape of Unn

While Focusing, the Knight will appear as a snail with a blue shell on their back.

Spore Shroom
Spore Shroom

When combined with Shape of Unn, the Knight appears as a snail with a mushroom-covered shell during Focus.

Thorns of Agony
Thorns of Agony

Thorns of Agony will activate if the Baldur Shell is triggered, even if the Knight has not taken damage.

Carefree Melody
Carefree Melody

Carefree Melody's counter will increase from hits to the shell and can protect it from damage when activated.

Trivia

  • Baldur Shell was originally going to be called "Propede Shell".[1]
  • While fighting a boss, using the shell as the boss roars will cause the shell to be visible until taking damage or healing. This works for any boss that stun roars. The shell will also still protect the Knight from damage.

References

  1. Hollow Knight Press Kit "screen_charms.jpg" screenshot.
Charm Compendium

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Wayward Compass
Wayward Compass
Gathering Swarm
Gathering Swarm
Stalwart Shell
Stalwart Shell
Soul Catcher
Soul Catcher
Shaman Stone
Shaman Stone
Soul Eater
Soul Eater
Dashmaster
Dashmaster
Thorns of Agony
Thorns of Agony
Fury of the Fallen
Fury of the Fallen
Fragile Heart
Fragile Heart
Fragile Greed
Fragile Greed
Fragile Strength
Fragile Strength
Spell Twister
Spell Twister
Steady Body
Steady Body
Heavy Blow
Heavy Blow
Quick Slash
Quick Slash
Longnail
Longnail
Mark of Pride
Mark of Pride
Baldur Shell
Baldur Shell
Flukenest
Flukenest
Defender's Crest
Defender's Crest
Glowing Womb
Glowing Womb
Quick Focus
Quick Focus
Deep Focus
Deep Focus
Lifeblood Heart
Lifeblood Heart
Lifeblood Core
Lifeblood Core
Joni's Blessing
Joni's Blessing
Grubsong
Grubsong
Grubberfly's Elegy
Grubberfly's Elegy
Hiveblood
Hiveblood
Spore Shroom
Spore Shroom
Sharp Shadow
Sharp Shadow
Shape of Unn
Shape of Unn
Nailmaster's Glory
Nailmaster's Glory
Dream Wielder
Dream Wielder
Kingsoul
Kingsoul
Void Heart
Void Heart
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Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Strength
Unbreakable Strength
Dreamshield
Dreamshield
Weaversong
Weaversong
Sprintmaster
Sprintmaster
Carefree Melody
Carefree Melody
Grimmchild
Grimmchild
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