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Bretta is a beetle who is looking for a saviour. She has a massive crush on the Knight after she is rescued. Bretta blushes if the Knight sits next to her for a while. She has several drawings and dolls of the Knight in her house, along with a diary where she writes about her "saviour".
If Zote is saved and defeated in the Colosseum of Fools, Zote shows up in Dirtmouth and Bretta falls in love with him. One single painting of Zote replaces the dolls and drawings of the Knight that she had in her house.
Eventually, Bretta leaves Hallownest, regarding the Knight as merely a beast, and Zote as being diminished. She realizes that she will not meet her life's companion if she sits idle.
Bretta can be found in the Fungal Wastes, sitting alone in the dark, muttering to herself. After listening to her, she heads back to Dirtmouth, unlocking her house and a Mask Shard. Once there, she sleeps in her house and occasionally sits on the Bench.
If both Zote and Bretta are in Dirtmouth after Zote has been defeated in the Colosseum of Fools, a new room opens up in her house leading to a statue of Zote. When this statue is Dream Nailed, it transfers the Knight to a dream where they can fight Grey Prince Zote.
You... forgot about me...? I knew you would... everyone always forgets about me...
Oh?! Who are you?
Your face... you're so... so...
I-I'm sorry. I got lost, I don't know how I ended up here.
I... you came here to rescue me, Bretta? The girl that everyone just... ignores?
Sorry, when I look at your face I can hardly... I just can't believe you came all the way down here to rescue me. I didn't think anybody...
Sorry... I mean, thank you. I mean... I'd better go. Back to town I mean. I'd better get home...
Th... thank you.
...Shining figure...So bright...
Dream Nailed at bench in Dirtmouth
My saviour, so close...
Dream Nailed while she is sleeping in her house
White Wanderer...don't be shy....cold outside....bed is soft...
Listening before defeating Grey Prince Zote, exhausted dialogue
Grey Prince...So dark...So troubled...
Dream Nailed while she is listening to Zote
Dream Nailed after Grey Prince Zote has been defeated once or twice
Grey Prince? Your words, are they... repeating?
Dream Nailed after Grey Prince Zote has been defeated three times
Grey Prince? You seem... smaller? Were you always so tattered and stained...?
First Diary Entry, after saving Bretta: The White Saviour
The maiden woke in darkness. Confused she reached out. Sharp brambles jabbed at all sides. Burning acid bubbled close below. What nightmare had led her here? What hope of survival remained?
Doomed she thought herself and to despair she fell, until a light bloomed far in the distance, a bright, glowing spot fast approaching. It swept majestic about the thorns, leapt above burning waters and dove towards the maiden.
Coming close, the form revealed at last, a beautiful being, sharp horns gleaming white. Arms reached out for the damsel, gathering her up, grip firm...
Second Diary Entry, after seeing Bretta on the bench in Dirtmouth: The White Saviour Returns
Long had they remained apart and the village, once so warm, now grew cold. The maiden felt the well of grief. It gripped fierce about her lonely shell.
And suddenly, as though her tragic state was sensed, the saviour returned, standing tall, glowing bright. Below shining horns, eyes welled black, glistening, eyes only for the maiden long missed, long desired.
Her saviour leaned close, sat beside, perfectly composed. In that charged, breathless moment not a word needed be spoken,
The maiden's shell felt suddenly tight. Her claws curled. No glance was shared, no claws touched, just perfect, aching love shared in silence, together...
Third Diary Entry, after seeing Bretta sleep in her house: The White Saviour in Darkness
Troubled dreams beset the maiden. Her saviour gone, consumed below. Now her only companion the cold wind, moaning at her door. Her heart fluttered with sudden fear...
Then still. A sudden calm. Why? A presence. A figure close behind.
She doesn't dare look, doesn't dare move, fearful the slightest action would break the spell. She knew the presence at her bed, knew the calm only they could bring.
Her white saviour, now protector, standing tall beside, powerful, perfect...
Fourth Diary Entry, if Zote arrived to Dirtmouth: The Grey Prince
Heaving heavy breaths; flush from the exertion of battle; the figure emerged from the well. Triumph was his and trophy he bore to prove it, the fearsome skull of his vanquished opponent.
Startling warning he brought to the village, one that rung so true: Their white saviour, thought a hero by the bugs, was a vicious beast and this shrouded grey prince was in truth the hero deserved.
With honour and humility he recounted his quest below, his epic journey of one purpose, to find her, to protect her, his grey maiden, his partner in darkness...
Final Diary Entry, if Bretta has left: The Maiden's Quest
Her Grey Prince diminished and her White Saviour revealed as beast, the Maiden at last understood the truth.
Her life's companion would not appear, for they could not appear to a maiden sat idle. She must instead seek them out, must find her love, and free them of their solitude.
And thus her own journey began, out into dangerous lands, shielded by her love awaiting, guided by her love to be.
With every step, the maiden could feel it, their fated meeting, coming ever closer.
Bretta can initially be found in the Fungal Wastes near the southeast part of Mantis Village, past the statue of the Dash Master. She can be reached by continuing west and subsequently completing a minor platforming challenge.
Location in the Fungal Wastes
Location in Dirtouth
Bretta lost in the Fungal Wastes
Bretta on the bench in Dirtmouth
Bretta sleeping in her house
Bretta and Zote in Dirtmouth
Bretta's house after being rescued
Bretta's house after Zote permanently moves to Dirtmouth
Bretta is referred to earlier in the game's development as "Bertha".
Before the Lifeblood update, Bretta's eyes were orange when she was first met in the Fungal Wastes. This was removed or stopped working for unknown reasons.
Bretta with orange eyes before the Lifeblood update
↑Elderbug: "That lovely young lass returned to us! I must admit, I'd placed thin odds on her survival."
↑Official manual: "A shy young beetle of Dirtmouth who's recently vanished from town."
↑Bretta's diary entry: "She knew the presence at her bed, knew the calm only they could bring. Her white saviour, now protector, standing tall beside, powerful, perfect..."
↑Bretta Dream Nail dialogue while listening to Zote: "Heroic...Beautiful..."
↑ 5.05.1Bretta's diary entry: "Her Grey Prince diminished and her White Saviour revealed as beast, the Maiden at last understood the truth. Her life's companion would not appear, for they could not appear to a maiden sat idle."
↑Elderbug: "That young lass! Why, she's up and departed over the cliffs, with only the briefest word of farewell."