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For the in-game mechanic of "Lifeblood", see Lifeblood.
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A Kingdom Upgraded! New Boss. Upgraded Bosses. Tweaks and Refinements across the whole game.
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Lifeblood is a major update to Hollow Knight originally planned for the release of the game on Nintendo Switch.[1] It was pushed to public beta testing on March 23rd, 2018, with its name and content revealed on the 24th.[2]. Lifeblood was then released on April 20th, 2018.[3]

This update enhanced many technical and visual aspects of the game, balanced the gameplay and added a new boss fight with its own theme.

Content Added


Mapping Tools


  • Lifeblood menu style
  • Infected menu style
  • Void menu style
  • Steel Soul menu style


Main menu

  • The background of the title screen can be changed (Extras section). The menu styles include:
  1. Classic (Unlocked from start)
  2. Hidden Dreams (Hidden Dreams Icon.png Hidden Dreams update)
  3. Grimm Troupe (Grimm Troupe Icon.png The Grimm Troupe update)
  4. Lifeblood (Lifeblood update)
  5. Infected (Unlocked by beating the Hollow Knight)
  6. Void (Unlocked by beating the Radiance)
  7. Steel Soul (Unlocked by completing Steel Soul Mode, any ending)
Two more with the Godmaster Icon.png Godmaster update:
  1. Godmaster (Godmaster update)
  2. The Eternal Ordeal (Unlocked by getting 57 kills in The Eternal Ordeal)
And one last one with Voidheart Edition:
  1. Voidheart (Included in Voidheart Edition)
  • A changelog was added to the Extras section in the main menu, which includes information about every major version of the game
  • Blur quality can be changed through the Video menu

Visual Changes

  • The Hive area gained a complete visual redesign[4]
  • The Zote statue implemented in the Hidden Dreams Icon.png Hidden Dreams update now only has four candles, but will still turn gold after ten defeats
  • Animation for travelling the stagways is longer and now able to be skipped
  • Parallax is a lot smoother and clearer
  • Using Crystal Heart Dash now gives off a flash of purple light
  • Tram pass slots now have a glowing yellow light
  • Calling and riding the Tram now has a rippling overlay effect
  • New room transitions have been implemented
    • The map has been updated in accordance to these changes
  • Kingdom's Edge map has been slightly changed for clarity
  • The Knight now has a new burst animation when taking damage
  • Damage taken from coming in contact with spikes triggers a unique burst animation
  • Damage taken that deals multiple masks now triggers a new burst animation
    • This animation can be seen when the Knight is killed
  • Dying in Steel Soul Mode has a unique animation
  • Decorative mushrooms in the Fungal Wastes now react to the Knight walking over them and let out a puff of spores
  • Destroying decorative pipes in the Royal Waterways makes them leak sewage
  • The arena for the Lost Kin loses saturation and is more greyscale
  • There are now three unique animations for loading screens: normal, dream and the Colosseum of Fools
  • New icon for getting an achievement
  • "Infected" liquid physics and effects have been modified
  • Modified effects for obtaining Shade Cloak
  • A red barrier now appears when the Knight uses a spell in the secret room in Grimm Troupe Icon.png Grimm's Tent

Enemy Changes

NPC Changes

  • The Dung Defender now has extra dialogue after the Knight beats the Hidden Dreams Icon.png White Defender five times
    • If the Knight encounters the new dialogue from the Dung Defender and then re-enters his home, a dung statue of the Knight can be found next to the others.
  • Grimm Troupe Icon.png Divine now has extra dialogue when the Knight talks to her while wearing the Defender's Crest (added for a misconception)

Charm Changes

  • Flukenest's damage has been nerfed and now costs 3 notches
  • Grimm Troupe Icon.png Weaversong's Weaverlings do more damage (up from 2 to 3) with a new attack animation and can stagger bosses
    • Weaversong and Grimm Troupe Icon.png Sprintmaster have a new interaction which causes the Weaverlings to move faster, wander a bit farther from the Knight and jump higher
    • Weaversong and Grubsong now have a new interaction which causes damaged Weaverlings to give the Knight SOUL
  • Joni's Blessing now only grants 40% + 1 more HP (down from 50% + 1)
  • Fury of the Fallen's activated effect has a new design and instead of a red circle highlighting the Knight, they now emit red smoke
  • New animation for when Grimm Troupe Icon.png Grimmchild attacks Millibelle

Audio Changes

For more information regarding updates and changes to the game, see Updates.



  1. HOLLOWEEN WRAP-UP! SWITCH NEWS! on Team Cherry's official blog.
  2. HOLLOW KNIGHT: LIFEBLOOD & SWITCH UPDATE on Team Cherry's official blog.
  3. HOLLOW KNIGHT: LIFEBLOOD HAS LAUNCHED! on Team Cherry's official blog.
  4. The Hive: old vs new comparison
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Content Packs
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Grimm Troupe Icon.png
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Hidden Dreams
August 3rd, 2017
The Grimm Troupe
October 26th, 2017
April 20th, 2018
August 23rd, 2018

Hollow Knight
February 24th, 2017
Voidheart Edition
September 25th, 2018
Hollow Knight: Silksong
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