Descending Dark is a Spell in Hollow Knight. Using it will strike the ground with concentrated SOUL and Shadow, breaking floors and damaging enemies.


Press FOCUS/CAST or QUICK CAST while holding DOWN to cause the Knight to slam into the ground, creating a shockwave that spreads further upwards than Desolate Dive, and bursts twice. The dive deals 15 damage, while the two bursts deal 30 and 15 damage respectively.

Like Desolate Dive, using Descending Dark makes the Knight invincible for 0.4 seconds and allows breaking of some floors. Using Descending Dark in quick succession will cancel the invincibility frames of the spell if it was cast while the previous spell's invincibility frames had not yet run out.


Damage Values

Charm Dive Damage Shockwave 1 Damage Shockwave 2 Damage Total Damage
None 15 30 15 60
Shaman Stone 23 50 15 88

How to Acquire

An upgrade to Desolate Dive. Found on a snail shaman's corpse in Crystal Peak, within the Crystallised Mound. It is recommended to have the Lumafly Lantern in order to reach this area.


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  • Gained by absorbing the body of a snail shaman encased in crystal. Dream Nailing this snail will give the lines:
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