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Charms are a special type of item in Hollow Knight that provide various bonuses and special abilities. 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 can be 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 fully restore HP.

Source Conditions / Requirements Location
1. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png120 Collect 5 Charms
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2. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png500 Collect 10 Charms
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3. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png900 Collect 18 Charms
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4. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png1400 Collect 25 Charms
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5. Found north-east of Cornifer in Fog Canyon (hidden area) Unlock Isma's Tear or Monarch Wings
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6. Found in Fungal Wastes Defeat 2 Shrumal Ogres
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7. Reward in Colosseum of Fools Complete the Trial of the Warrior
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8. In Dirtmouth, inside the tent of the Grimm Troupe Icon.png Grimm Troupe Defeat Grimm
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Overcharmed

The Overcharmed status is activated if there are more charms equipped than the number of Notches can support. While in this state, the damage from all sources is doubled.

If all Notches are being used, the Overcharmed cannot be activated. Activating the Overcharmed for the first time will require 5 attempts.

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

List of Charms

Icon Name & Effect Notches
Wayward Compass.png
Wayward Compass

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

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Gathering Swarm.png
Gathering Swarm

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

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Stalwart Shell.png
Stalwart Shell

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

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Soul Catcher.png
Soul Catcher

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

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Shaman Stone.png
Shaman Stone

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

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Soul Eater.png
Soul Eater

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

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Dashmaster.png
Dashmaster

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

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Sprintmaster.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Sprintmaster

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

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Grubsong.png
Grubsong

Gain SOUL when taking damage.

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Grubberfly's Elegy.png
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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Fragile Heart.png
Fragile Heart

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

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Unbreakable Heart.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Heart

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

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Fragile Greed.png
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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Unbreakable Greed.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Greed

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

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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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Unbreakable Strength.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Strength

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

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Spell Twister.png
Spell Twister

Reduces the SOUL cost of casting spells.

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Steady Body.png
Steady Body

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

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Heavy Blow.png
Heavy Blow

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

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Quick Slash.png
Quick Slash

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

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Longnail.png
Longnail

Increases the range of the bearer's nail.

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Mark of Pride.png
Mark of Pride

Greatly increases the range of the bearer's nail.

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Fury of the Fallen.png
Fury of the Fallen

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

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Thorns of Agony.png
Thorns of Agony

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

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Baldur Shell.png
Baldur Shell

Protects its bearer with a hard shell while focusing SOUL.

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Flukenest.png
Flukenest

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

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Defender's Crest.png
Defender's Crest

Causes the bearer to emit a heroic odour.

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Glowing Womb.png
Glowing Womb

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

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Quick Focus.png
Quick Focus

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

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Deep Focus.png
Deep Focus

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

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Lifeblood Heart.png
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.png
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.png
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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Hiveblood.png
Hiveblood

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

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Spore Shroom.png
Spore Shroom

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

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Sharp Shadow.png
Sharp Shadow

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

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Shape of Unn.png
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.png
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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Weaversong.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Weaversong

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

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Dream Wielder.png
Dream Wielder

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

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Dreamshield.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Dreamshield

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

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Grimmchild.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png 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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Carefree Melody.png
Grimm Troupe Icon.png Carefree Melody

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

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Kingsoul.png
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.png
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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Achievements

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


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