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You act so confident in battle. You show no fear before your foes. I'll try my best to do the same.
-Cloth
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Cloth is a wanderer in Hollow Knight. She is on a quest of her own throughout Hallownest to prove her bravery.

Cloth is a large cicada warrior.[1] She set out to Hallownest in order to prove her courage by defeating mighty creatures.[2] However, her cowardly nature often takes over her bravado and leads to hiding underground to escape her foes or to simply sleep, snoring loudly while doing so.[3] She is motivated by the prospect of dying in an epic battle and joining her departed Nola.[4][5]

Cloth's fights by brandishing a club cut from the tooth of an ancient beast.[2] She jumps before landing her club, smashing her opponents to bits.


Cloth can be first encountered in the Fungal Wastes, above the entrance to the City of Tears. She is woken up by the sound of the Knight's footsteps and rise from the ground to talk to them. She tells them of the Mantis Tribe deeper down in the area, whom she wants to test her strength against.[6]

Later on, if Cloth had yet to be encountered in the Ancient Basin, she can be found at the beginning of the Failed Tramway in Deepnest. There she rests, exhausted and sore after her fight against the ferocious creatures of the Nest.[7] She plans to leave the area later and search for a less terrifying challenge.[8]

In the Ancient Basin, Cloth found herself unable to fend off the creatures infesting the end of the Tram tunnel and buried herself to hide from them.[9] Once the Knight cleared off the tunnel of Aspid Hunters and Lesser Mawleks, she comes out from the ground. Abandoning her bravado, she openly confides her weaknesses.[9] Yet, inspired by the Knight's feats, she regains confidence and decides to continue her quest in Hallownest.[10]

From this point, Cloth can be encountered at the entrance of the Queen's Gardens near the Fog Canyon. She returned to this area to face the Mantis Traitors occupying the gardens.[11] She hopes to finally be able to face down her fears this time or die doing so. She later appears to help the Knight during an ambush of Mantis Traitors near the White Lady's refuge, and they fight together against the Traitor Lord. However, the Lord will mortally wound her at the end of the fight, a moment she chooses to deal the final blow herself before dying.

Cloth Traitor Lord Corpses

Once the Knight leaves the area and returns, Cloth's ghost can be found above her corpse. She is thrilled by her fight, having achieved what she came for in Hallownest, and states she will depart soon to join Nola.[4] After leaving the area again, her ghost will have disappeared.

If Cloth was not rescued in the Ancient Basin before fighting the Traitor Lord, she will decide to leave Hallownest, having found no challenge she could not overcome and die trying.[5] She returns to Dirtmouth and sleeps outside of Sly's shop for a quick rest. She thanks the Knight for the inspiration they gave her but states her plan to find more challenges outside Hallownest's ruins.[12] In her mind, she still hopes to be reunited with Nola in death.[5] Cloth leaves Dirtmouth after she is listened to and the area is exited.

Dialogue

Greeting in Fungal Wastes Ah ha! The tiny steps of a tiny creature. You got the look of an adventurer, so we've much in common.

Searching for dangerous places aye? Well you're on the right track.
A long necked critter warned me of a tribe deeper down. Warrior sorts, so she says and I'm itching for some serious combat.

Listening again, onward I wasn't hiding, you know. Just napping before I head off again.

Bound to be facing even more deadly beasts soon, so I gotta keep me strength up.
Keep sharp my adventurous friend. Stay alive and let's meet again on the road ahead.

Dream Nailed in Fungal Wastes Am I in over my head? Even these shroom creatures almost did me in and far nastier things await further down.

Curse me and my foolish bravado! If I could shed my pride, I'd be asking this tiny warrior for help.

Greeting in Deepnest Greetings tiny creature. You got the look of an adventurer alright. I'd call myself the same but this dreadful place makes me feel inadequate.

This whole area swarms with deadly critters, biting, burning, scratching types. I'd thought to test my strength against them. Now that bravado has left me and all I feel is tired and sore.

Listening again, onward I'm taking what brief rest I can, then I'm off in search of less terrifying challenge. This nest is no place to die.
Dream Nailed in Deepnest Such bad luck. The critters about here are just terrifying. Those scuttling legs, those gnashing teeth.

Tis not the end I'd ever want to meet.

Greeting in Ancient Basin My friend, you dealt with all of those beasts?

I'm ashamed to say... I was hiding. Those ghastly things chased me and I ran. If you hadn't come along, who knows if I'd ever have survived.
Others take me for a fearsome warrior, what with my impressive size, but this kingdom's beasts, I wonder if I'm just no match for them?...

Greeting if never talked before Oh! Ahh. Such a tiny creature, yet you dealt with all of those beasts?

I wasn't hiding, if that's what you're thinking. Just waiting for the right moment to pounce!...No... I can't speak such a lie... I was hiding.
Those ghastly things chased me and I ran. If you hadn't come along, who knows if I'd ever have survived.
Others take me for a fearsome warrior, what with my impressive size, but this kingdom's beasts, I wonder if I'm just no match for them?...

Listening again Enough! I cannot wallow in my weakness. I must take strength from your example!

You act so confident in battle. You show no fear before your foes. I'll try my best to do the same.

Listening again, onward I look forward to our next contact, tiny saviour. Then you'll meet a warrior with courage to match you own.
Dream Nailed (before listening) I could only hide. What warrior am I? ...
Dream Nailed (after listening) Such luck! This tiny one appears at just the right moment. And what masterful skill it shows!

As a warrior it sets powerful precedent. I'd do well to learn from its form.

Greeting in Queen's Gardens Ahhh tiny warrior. Then, you too come to test yourself against that traitorous tribe?

A deadly bunch they are that roost within these glades. I'd once've stayed well clear of them, but your actions have shown me the truth of it. We must face down our fears or be defeated by them.
If we both make it through, we can swap stories of our adventures. I'd look forward to that!

Listening again, onward Stay alive my friend. Whatever you seek in here, I'm sure that tribe won't look lightly on our intrusion.
Dream Nailed It's time! I'll face that fear. Nola will be proud.
Cloth's ghost Well now that was something! A true battle of mighty warriors. So intense. So climactic. It's really everything I could have ever hoped for.

Thanks for all your help, my friend. For a tiny bug you set a valiant example. We'll meet again, I'm sure of it.

Cloth's ghost, again Be on my way soon. Nola is waiting and I'm done down here. Just savouring the moment a little longer.
Listening again, onward I'll be off soon. It's a dangerous thing to trek the desolate sands beyond the kingdom. I'll need all my strength to survive them.

First though, a good rest is in order.

Dream Nailed in Dirtmouth Nola, I'm coming. More challenging foes are out there, somewhere, but none in this ruin could take me to you...

Locations

Cloth can be found in several locations across Hallownest. If she is encountered in Queen's Gardens, she cannot be found in Dirtmouth and vice versa.

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Trivia

Cloth Concept
  • Cloth was the first Backer NPC announced. Backer NPCs were a reward tier on the Hollow Knight Kickstarter page:
    • "Cloth is a Cicada-type warrior to meet on your quest through the caverns. Just listen for his Cicada song and you’ll know he’s close. Cloth’s a friendly sort, though he’s having doubts about his combat prowess. As the Hollow Knight, you can help Cloth regain his morale and in doing so gain his assistance through some tough battles. Watch out though! Cloth isn’t invincible and without the two of you working together he may end up meeting a warrior’s demise."
    • "Fun Fact: Cloth was originally called Burlap until we realised burlap, the material, doesn't exist in Hallownest so he underwent a name change. We’re still working with Noah to finalise Cloth so look forward to his exciting (possibly tragic) tale when you play the final game."
    • Although pitched as male during the Kickstarter campaign, the official manual and developer notes denote Cloth as female.
  • There is always rumbling before Cloth pops out of the ground in any area; this is accompanied by the same sound effects as when the player walks on a breakable floor.
  • Godmaster Icon Her club can be seen resting on the grave of the Traitors' Child in the background of the Traitor Lord fight in Godhome, if she is killed in battle.
References
  1. Official manual: "A Cicada warrior who finds her courage challenged by Hallownest's many terrifying beasts."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wanderer's Journal, p. 52.
  3. Cloth: "I wasn't hiding, you know. Just napping before I head off again."
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cloth's ghost: "A true battle of mighty warriors. So intense. So climactic. It's really everything I could have ever hoped for." "Be on my way soon. Nola is waiting and I'm done down here. Just savouring the moment a little longer."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Cloth Dream Nail dialogue in Dirtmouth: "Nola, I'm coming. More challenging foes are out there, somewhere, but none in this ruin could take me to you..."
  6. Cloth: "A long necked critter warned me of a tribe deeper down. Warrior sorts, so she says and I'm itching for some serious combat."
  7. Cloth: "I'd thought to test my strength against them. Now that bravado has left me and all I feel is tired and sore."
  8. Cloth: "I'm taking what brief rest I can, then I'm off in search of less terrifying challenge."
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cloth: "I'm ashamed to say... I was hiding. Those ghastly things chased me and I ran."
  10. Cloth: "I must take strength from your example! You act so confident in battle. You show no fear before your foes. I'll try my best to do the same."
  11. Cloth: "A deadly bunch they are that roost within these glades. I'd once've stayed well clear of them, but your actions have shown me the truth of it. We must face down our fears or be defeated by them."
  12. Cloth: "I'm glad I could see you again. You've inspired me! I'm about to head off in search of other places and other foes."
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