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I... you came here to rescue me, Bretta? The girl that everyone just... ignores?
-Bretta
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Bretta is a Quest NPC in Hollow Knight. She is initially found in the Fungal Wastes where she can be rescued.

Lore

Bretta is a beetle[2] who is looking for a saviour. She has a massive crush on the Knight after she is rescued.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] She realizes that she will not meet her life's companion if she sits idle.[5]

In-game events

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.

Hidden Dreams Icon.png Hidden Dreams Content

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.

Grimm Troupe Icon.png The Grimm Troupe Content

Once Grey Prince Zote has been defeated 4 times or more, Bretta leaves over the Howling Cliffs and is not seen again.[6]

Dialogue

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

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'd better go. Back to town I mean. I'd better get home.
Th... thank you.

Dream Nailed ...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...
Dream Nailed while she is listening to Zote Heroic...Beautiful...
Lifeblood Icon.png Dream Nailed after Hidden Dreams Icon.png Grey Prince Zote has been defeated once Grey Prince? Your words, are they... repeating?
Dream Nailed after Hidden Dreams Icon.png 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.

Location

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.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Bretta is referred to earlier in the game's development as "Bertha".[7]

References

  1. Elderbug: "That lovely young lass returned to us! I must admit, I'd placed thin odds on her survival."
  2. Official manual: "A shy young beetle of Dirtmouth who's recently vanished from town."
  3. 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..."
  4. Bretta Dream Nail dialogue while listening to Zote: "Heroic...Beautiful..."
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bretta'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."
  6. Elderbug: "That young lass! Why, she's up and departed over the cliffs, with only the briefest word of farewell."
  7. Kickstarter update of Dec 6, 2014.
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