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Charms are a special type of item in Hollow Knight that give various bonuses to the Knight. Charms use Notches when equipped and can only be equipped and unequipped while sitting on a bench.

There are a total of 45 Charms, though only a max of 40 can be kept at one time, as 5 Charms are replaced with different ones throughout the game:

Notches

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Charm Notches are required to equip Charms. Different charms require a different amount of notches. The Knight starts with 3 Notches. 8 more can be found throughout the game.

Picking up a Charm Notch will heal the Knight up to full HP.

Source Conditions / Requirements
1. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo120 Collect 5 Charms
2. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo500 Collect 10 Charms
3. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo900 Collect 18 Charms
4. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo1400 Collect 25 Charms
5. Found north-east of Cornifer in Fog Canyon (hidden area) Unlock Isma's Tear or Monarch Wings
6. Found in Fungal Wastes Defeat 2 Shrumal Ogres
7. Reward in Colosseum of Fools Complete the Trial of the Warrior
8. In Dirtmouth, inside the tent of the Grimm Troupe Icon Grimm Troupe Defeat Grimm

Overcharmed

If the Knight tries to equip a charm that takes more notches to equip than they have, it will eventually be equipped after 5 tries. However, the Knight will become Overcharmed. While in this state, the health bar will have a purple aura and the Knight will take twice as much damage from all sources. To remove the effect, simply remove the charm that broke the notch limit. Subsequent attempts to Overcharm will immediately equip the Charm and cause the effect instead of requiring 5 attempts.

It should be noted that this cannot be performed if the Knight has used all Notches (for example: If the Knight has 3 available notches and have Gathering Swarm + Stalwart Shell, 3/3 is used and no additional charm may be equipped), and only one charm can be equipped past the notch limit. As such, if the Knight wishes to play while Overcharmed, it is advantageous to equip a high-notch charm in the final slot, as the amount of notches over the limit does not affect the Overcharm penalty.

Being Overcharmed is very advantageous for Radiant fights in the Godmaster Icon Hall of Gods as when taking an infinite amount of damage there is no drawback to doubling what is already a one-hit defeat.

List of Charms

Icon Name & Effect Notches
Wayward Compass
Wayward Compass

Whispers its location to the bearer whenever a map is open.

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Gathering Swarm
Gathering Swarm

A swarm will follow the bearer and gather up any loose Geo.

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Stalwart Shell
Stalwart Shell

When recovering from damage, the bearer will remain invulnerable for longer.

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Soul Catcher
Soul Catcher

Increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the nail.

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Shaman Stone
Shaman Stone

Increases the power of spells, dealing more damage to foes.

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Soul Eater
Soul Eater

Greatly increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the nail.

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Dashmaster
Dashmaster

The bearer will be able to dash more often as well as dash downwards.

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Thorns of Agony
Thorns of Agony

When taking damage, sprout thorny vines that damage nearby foes.

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Fury of the Fallen
Fury of the Fallen

When close to death, the bearer's strength will increase.

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Fragile Heart
Fragile Heart

Increases the health of the bearer.
This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

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Fragile Greed
Fragile Greed

Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies.
This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

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Fragile Strength
Fragile Strength

Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their nail.
This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

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Spell Twister
Spell Twister

Reduces the SOUL cost of casting spells.

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Steady Body
Steady Body

Keeps its bearer from recoiling backwards when they strike an enemy with a nail.

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Heavy Blow
Heavy Blow

Increases the force of the bearer's nail, causing enemies to recoil further when hit.

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Quick Slash
Quick Slash

Allows the bearer to slash much more rapidly with their nail.

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Longnail
Longnail

Increases the range of the bearer's nail.

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Mark of Pride
Mark of Pride

Greatly increases the range of the bearer's nail.

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Baldur Shell
Baldur Shell

Protects its bearer with a hard shell while focusing SOUL.

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Flukenest
Flukenest

Transforms the Vengeful Spirit spell into a horde of volatile baby flukes.

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Defender's Crest
Defender's Crest

Causes the bearer to emit a heroic odour.

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Glowing Womb
Glowing Womb

Drains the SOUL of its bearer and uses it to birth hatchlings.

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Quick Focus
Quick Focus

Increases the speed of focusing SOUL, allowing the bearer to heal faster.

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Deep Focus
Deep Focus

The bearer will focus SOUL at a slower rate, but the healing effect will double.

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Lifeblood Heart
Lifeblood Heart

When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a modest amount of damage.

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Lifeblood Core
Lifeblood Core

When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a large amount of damage.

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Joni's Blessing
Joni's Blessing

The bearer will have a healthier shell and can take more damage, but they will not be able to heal themselves by focusing SOUL.

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Grubsong
Grubsong

Gain SOUL when taking damage.

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Grubberfly's Elegy
Grubberfly's Elegy

Imbues weapons with a holy strength. When the bearer is at full health, they will fire beams of white-hot energy from their nail.

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Hiveblood
Hiveblood

Heals the bearer's wounds over time, allowing them to regain health without focusing SOUL.

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Spore Shroom
Spore Shroom

When focusing SOUL, emit a spore cloud that slowly damages enemies.

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Sharp Shadow
Sharp Shadow

When using Shadow Dash, the bearer's body will sharpen and damage enemies.

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Shape of Unn
Shape of Unn

While focusing SOUL, the bearer will take on a new shape and can move freely to avoid enemies.

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Nailmaster's Glory
Nailmaster's Glory

Increases the bearer's mastery of Nail Arts, allowing them to focus their power faster and unleash arts sooner.

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Dream Wielder
Dream Wielder

Allows the bearer to charge the Dream Nail faster and collect more SOUL when striking foes.

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Kingsoul
Kingsoul

Holy charm symbolising a union between higher beings. The bearer will slowly absorb the limitless SOUL contained within. Opens the way to a birthplace.

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Void Heart
Void Heart

Unifies the void under the bearer's will. This charm is a part of its bearer and can not be unequipped.

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Grimm Troupe Icon The Grimm Troupe Content

Icon Name & Effect Notches
Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Heart

Increases the health of the bearer.
This charm is unbreakable.

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Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Greed

Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies.
This charm is unbreakable.

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Unbreakable Strength
Unbreakable Strength

Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their nail.
This charm is unbreakable.

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Dreamshield
Dreamshield

Conjures a shield that follows the bearer and attempts to protect them.

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Weaversong
Weaversong

Summons weaverlings to give the lonely bearer some companionship and protection.

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Sprintmaster
Sprintmaster

Increases the running speed of the bearer, allowing them to avoid danger or overtake rivals.

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Carefree Melody
Carefree Melody

Contains a song of protection that may defend the bearer from damage.

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Grimmchild
Grimmchild

Worn by those who take part in the Grimm Troupe's Ritual. The bearer must seek the Grimmkin and collect their flames. Uncollected flames will appear on the bearer's map.

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Achievements

Achievement Charmed Charmed
Acquire your first Charm
Achievement Enchanted Enchanted
Acquire half of Hallownest's Charms
Achievement Blessed Blessed
Acquire all Charms and receive Salubra's Blessing


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