Hollow Knight Silksong

Combat
Enemies Bosses Colosseum of Fools
Damage Values Warrior Dreams Spells and Abilities
Nail Nail Arts Charms
Godmaster Icon.png Hall of Gods Godmaster Icon.png The Eternal Ordeal Godmaster Icon.png Pantheons
For the Godmaster Icon.png Godmaster versions of Bosses and a list of their differing information, see: Hall of Gods

Bosses are unique enemies in Hollow Knight with typically higher health or deal more damage than the standard creatures in the same area. The Knight may have to defeat a Boss to access a new area, acquire an item, complete a quest, or simply further the main story of the game.

When the Knight encounters a Boss, their name will appear on-screen, and the music will change into a battle theme. There is a total of 47 bosses in the game.

Bosses

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Broken Vessel Brooding Mawlek Godmaster Icon.png Nailmasters Oro & Mato The Collector

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Crystal Guardian Dung Defender False Knight Flukemarm

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God Tamer Godmaster Icon.png Great Nailsage Sly Grimm Troupe Icon.png Grimm Gruz Mother

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Lifeblood Icon.png Hive Knight Hollow Knight Hornet Protector Mantis Lords

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Massive Moss Charger Nosk Oblobbles Godmaster Icon.png Paintmaster Sheo

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Radiance Soul Master Soul Warrior Traitor Lord

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Uumuu Vengefly King Watcher Knight Zote

Warrior Dreams

The following is a list of ghosts that the Knight can fight. For a list of "NPC" ghosts, that can be only interacted with and seen, see: Ghosts

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Lingering Ghosts of particularly strong bugs, Warrior Dreams are a unique form of Boss in that the Knight can only challenge them once they have acquired the Dream Nail. Defeating a Warrior Dream rewards a large amount of Essence.

After acquiring the Dream Nail, the Knight may purchase the Warrior's Grave Pin from Iselda for Geo.png180, which reveals the location of the Warrior Dream in the area after that area's Map has been purchased.

Dream Nailing a Warrior Dream will automatically enter the fight, and Dream Nailing them after winning the fight will automatically collect the essence without dialogue. The Dream Nail has no effect when used during the fight.

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Elder Hu Galien Gorb Markoth

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Marmu No Eyes Xero

Boss Variants

Alternate versions of bosses. More challenging than the original fight. Some can be accessed by Dream-Nailing their corpse; defeating these dream bosses awards a large sum of Essence. Others can be found elsewhere in Hallownest after the original fight. A few more boss variation can also be found inside Godmaster Icon.png Godhome.

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Godmaster Icon.png Absolute Radiance Enraged Guardian Failed Champion Hidden Dreams Icon.png Grey Prince Zote

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Hornet Sentinel Lost Kin Grimm Troupe Icon.png Nightmare King Godmaster Icon.png Pure Vessel

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Godmaster Icon.png Sisters of Battle Soul Tyrant Hidden Dreams Icon.png White Defender Godmaster Icon.png Winged Nosk

Failed Champion, Hidden Dreams Icon.png Grey Prince Zote, Lost Kin, Grimm Troupe Icon.png Nightmare King Grimm, Soul Tyrant and Hidden Dreams Icon.png White Defender are considered "Dream Bosses" and occur within the Dream Realm. This means that The Knight does not actually die during a Dream Boss battle. If the Knight dies, they will simply wake up next to the point of entry. This means several things:

  • The Knight does not leave behind a Shade.
  • The Knight does not lose part of their SOUL Meter. (However, the SOUL meter still completely empties.)
  • The Knight does not lose any Geo.
  • The Fragile Charms sold by Leg Eater do not break.
  • Steel Soul runs will not end.
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An exception is Radiance, who's fight does follow the pattern of being a "Dream Boss"; however, losing to Radiance is treated like an actual death.

Fake-Out Bosses

Bosses that include an intro sequence with a name card and a battle theme, however, will not be fought and have no purpose beyond being a surprise/joke.

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Hunter Godmaster Icon.png Tiso

Trivia

  • Designing a Warrior Dream was a reward for a tier of backers during the game's Kickstarter campaign:
"Ancient Hero: Appear in-game as an epic warrior-spirit! Help us create the appearance and dialogue for your spirit counterpart: Tell the Hollow Knight of your great deeds, then challenge him to battle!"
  • In this same Kickstarter project, a location called Queen's Glade is mentioned in the Warrior Dreams tier:
"Become a Warrior Spirit in the Queen’s Glade"
  • In the Kickstarter project, it is mentioned that 3 people pledged to the 2nd to last tier, which allows backers to create their own bosses, two of them were the God Tamer, Steel Assassin Sharpe, and a third upcoming boss in Hollow Knight: Silksong. The 2 companions announced alongside Sharpe do not seem to count in these 3.
    • There are also 3 upcoming bosses from the "create your own dungeon" reward tier in Silksong.
  • Dying at the same time as a boss dies will no longer lead to the boss being considered defeated, rather the Knight has to fight the boss again as it will be respawned.
  • Dream bosses do not need to be defeated to unlock the Godmaster Icon.png Pantheon of the Knight as defeating the base counterpart will count towards the lock. However, the dream boss will still not be available in the Godmaster Icon.png Hall of Gods.

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