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Defender's Crest is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It spawns damaging clouds around the Knight.


Main article: Damage Values and Enemy Health

The clouds are not very powerful and have very little range, making it situational. Useful when fleeing enemies, as the clouds linger behind the Knight and damage pursuing enemies. It can be very useful during both the Broken Vessel and Lost Kin fights since the cloud can kill the Infected Balloons in only one tick, so the Knight can focus on the boss and gain precious healing time. It also damages Oomas, triggering their explosion. As such, it is best to use caution when traversing these areas with this Charm equipped.

Costing only one Notch, it is most effective when used with one of the other charms listed below, as it greatly increases their power.

Wearing Defender's Crest unlocks extra dialogue with Elderbug, White Lady, Relic Seeker Lemm, Dung Defender, Leg Eater, Tuk, and Divine. Additionally, it unlocks the following interactions:

  • Leg Eater gives a 20% discount on his items and repairs
  • Relic Seeker Lemm refuses to barter
  • Tuk gives a free Rancid Egg

How to Acquire

Reward from defeating Dung Defender in the Royal Waterways.

Unlocked dialogue

Elderbug Can you... smell something? There's suddenly a horrid stench in the air.
I swear, the town usually smells much nicer than this. Please accept my humble apology!
Divine Ahhh, that smell! So strong, so virile, but not the odour that calls to me.
I crave a different smell. Precious. Sensitive... Fragile. Ahh! Bring it. Wear it!
Dung Defender Ahh, you exude the proud odour of the just. Truly, a mighty Knight you are.
Relic Seeker Lemm Urgh! What do you think you're doing, coming into my nice little shop stinking like that?

These relics have been through enough. They don't need you spreading your stench all over them! Crawl back to the Waterways or wherever you came from!

Leg Eater Eeeauuggh! That smell you carry with you...

Ah! Ah! Ahhhhh!
...Very tasty!
You're sweet... to share such a tasty smell with me. Do you want a gift in return?
Cheaper... Yes. My beautiful gifts... I'll give them to you. Cheaper.

Tuk Mmnnnnggghhh...? Your smell... Are you a friend, too? If you're a friend, I'll share my food with you. When you see him again, our friend... tell him thank you. For helping me.
White Lady ...That scent. Does another travel with you? Is that you Ogrim, my mighty Knight?

I cannot see you, but then time has clouded my eyes and I cannot see much. Even your booming voice falls silent upon me.
Only this small one I register, if maybe because it shares some piece of myself. This one stands clear upon a misted world.
Ah.... But my my, that potent smell does recall such joyous memory. Only a short moment we had together, compared to ruin now endured, but what shining times they were.
I am grateful you would visit, even if to see me in somewhat faded form.
Dear Ogrim, I'm sure you saw Dryya on the way in? She's stood guard over me for so long.
Despite her hard front, she's always been a caring type. I'm sure she'll much enjoy a Knights' reunion.

Charm Synergies

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Spore Shroom

Defender's Crest increases the damage of the spore cloud to 2 damage per tick and makes the cloud last 4.1 seconds. However, tick frequency is decreased, allowing for only 20 ticks (40 total damage). Also changes the visuals of the cloud.


Replaces the horde of Flukes with one massive volatile Fluke that deals 3 impact damage and explodes into a dung cloud that deals 1 damage per tick for 23 ticks (29 with Shaman Stone).

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Glowing Womb

Lowers Hatchling contact damage by 5, adding it back in the form of a 1-second dung cloud that does on average 4-5 damage. Hatchlings spawned when Fury of the Fallen is active have their contact damage restored; the dung cloud damage is not affected.


  • Wearing Defender's Crest attracts small flying bugs when in the Pleasure House kitchen.
Charm Compendium
Main Game

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Wayward Compass
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Gathering Swarm
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Stalwart Shell
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Soul Catcher
Shaman Stone.png
Shaman Stone
Soul Eater.png
Soul Eater
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Thorns of Agony
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Fury of the Fallen
Fragile Heart.png
Fragile Heart
Fragile Greed.png
Fragile Greed
Fragile Strength.png
Fragile Strength
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Spell Twister
Steady Body.png
Steady Body
Heavy Blow.png
Heavy Blow
Quick Slash.png
Quick Slash
Mark of Pride.png
Mark of Pride
Baldur Shell.png
Baldur Shell
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Defender's Crest
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Glowing Womb
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Quick Focus
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Deep Focus
Lifeblood Heart.png
Lifeblood Heart
Lifeblood Core.png
Lifeblood Core
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Joni's Blessing
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Grubberfly's Elegy
Spore Shroom.png
Spore Shroom
Sharp Shadow.png
Sharp Shadow
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Shape of Unn
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Nailmaster's Glory
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Dream Wielder
Void Heart.png
Void Heart

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Unbreakable Heart
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Unbreakable Greed
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Unbreakable Strength
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Carefree Melody