You act so confident in battle. You show no fear before your foes. I'll try my best to do the same.
Cloth is a large cicada warrior. She set out to Hallownest in order to prove her courage by defeating mighty creatures. 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. She is motivated by the prospect of dying in an epic battle and joining her departed Nola.
Cloth fights by brandishing a club cut from the tooth of an ancient beast. She jumps before landing her club, smashing her opponents to bits.
Cloth can first be 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 rises from the ground to talk to them. She tells them of the Mantis Tribe deeper down in the area, against whom she wants to test her strength.
Later on, if Cloth has 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. She plans to leave the area later and search for a less terrifying challenge.
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. Once the Knight clears off the tunnel of Aspid Hunters and Lesser Mawleks, she comes out from the ground. Abandoning her bravado, she openly confides her weaknesses. Yet, inspired by the Knight's feats, she regains confidence and decides to continue her quest in Hallownest.
From this point on, 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. 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 Traitor Lord mortally wounds her at the end of the fight, she then chooses to deal the final blow herself before dying.
|Cloth needs to be saved in the Ancient Basin for her to appear during Traitor Lord's fight. If Traitor Lord was fought but not defeated before Cloth was rescued in Ancient Basin, then rescuing Cloth does not trigger her next encounter at the entrance of the Queen's Gardens. Despite her absence in this location, she is still present in the fight against the Traitor Lord.|
Once the Knight leaves the area and returns, Cloth's spirit can be found above her corpse. She is thrilled by her fight, having achieved what she came to Hallownest for, and states she will depart soon to join Nola. After leaving the area again, her spirit disappears.
If Cloth was not rescued in the Ancient Basin before killing the Traitor Lord, she decides to leave Hallownest, having found no challenge she could not overcome or die trying. 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. In her mind, she still hopes to be reunited with Nola in death. Cloth leaves Dirtmouth after she is listened to and the area is exited.
Cloth can be found in several locations across Hallownest. If she is encountered in the Queen's Gardens, she cannot be found in Dirtmouth and vice versa.
- 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 denotes 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 Knight walks on a breakable floor.
- 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.
- If the Dream Nail has not been obtained before defeating the Traitor Lord with Cloth, her spirit is invisible, but can still be interacted with to hear her dialogue.
- Alhough Nola is mentioned several times by Cloth, Nola cannot be seen in the game. The circumstances of their death are also unknown.