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Carefree Melody is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It has a chance to block damage when the Knight is hit.

Usefulness

Carefree Melody

The block chance resets to 0% every time the charm prevents damage, and increases with each hit taken. Overall, it negates damage on 22.4% of hits taken, which effectively gives the player 29% more health. With 13 masks (including those added via healing), the charm will enable the player to take just as many hits as Lifeblood Core against sources of double damage. And, unlike the other health-increasing charms, it also improves the player's healing efficiency by 29%, since each mask healed is 29% more valuable.

The hit counter doesn't reset even when the charm is unequipped. If you manage to get hit many times without it activating, you can unequip the charm to store the increased block chance for later. Storing a 7 hit Carefree Melody means the next attack has a 90% chance to be blocked. This can be especially useful against radiant bosses in the hall of gods, as a single blocked attack effectively doubles the player's health. However, there's only a 1.5% chance of getting to 7 hits without it activating, so grinding for 90% block requires taking 293 hits on average. Comparatively, getting the charm to 70% block would happen once every 46 hits.

Will allow the effects of other charms to continue through or activate alongside its own effect, save for Grubsong which requires taking actual damage.

How to Acquire

After banishing the Grimm Troupe, the charm can be acquired from Nymm by talking to him in Dirtmouth.

Probability

The overall probability of blocking a hit comes out to 22.3794%, leading to an effective increase in player health of 28.8317%.

The odds of the charm activating increase with each hit taken since it last blocked damage:

0 Hits Taken 1 Hits Taken 2 Hits Taken 3 Hits Taken 4 Hits Taken 5 Hits Taken 6 Hits Taken 7+ Hits Taken
0% 10% 20% 30% 50% 70% 80% 90%

Getting the charm up to 7 hits without it activating can take quite a long time:

1 Hit/ 10% Block 2 Hits/ 20% Block 3 Hits/ 30% Block 4 Hits/ 50% Block 5 Hits/ 70% Block 6 Hits/ 80% Block 7 Hits/ 90% Block
Odds of getting X hits without activating 100% 90% 72% 50.4% 25.2% 7.56% 1.512%
Expected number of hits taken to get up to X 1 2.2 4 7.2 16.4 57.9 294.4

Charm Interactions

Stalwart Shell
Stalwart Shell

Applies Stalwart Shell's effect even when the damage is negated by Carefree Melody.

Thorns of Agony
Thorns of Agony

Thorns of Agony will still trigger even if damage was negated by Carefree Melody.

Baldur Shell
Baldur Shell

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

Hiveblood
Hiveblood

Carefree Melody can prevent damage from interrupting the regeneration of Hiveblood masks.

Trivia

  • This charm takes up the spot that Grimmchild was in previously.
  • The Delicate Flower will be destroyed even if damage was negated by Carefree Melody.
  • Carefree Melody is inaccessible in Godmaster Icon Godseeker Mode.
  • Over an infinite series of masks, the charm will activate on approximately 22.3794% of all incoming hits. However, since each activation itself preserves more health to advance the activation process with, this comes out to an average 28.8317% increase in effective health. Furthermore, since this health is not added through masks, it doubles as a 28.8317% increase to effective health gained per heal as well, regardless of the healing method.
  • The precise chance of it activating on the 1st, 2nd, ... hit are 0%, 10%, 18%, 21.6%, 25.2%, 17.64%, and 6.048%. The odds of getting to 7 without activating is 1.512%
Charm Compendium

Main Game


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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