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Swarming predator of the Deepnest. Burrows through the ground and bursts out to surprise prey.

Springy and vicious, these hunters will try to overwhelm you with numbers in the dark, tight, twisting caverns they carve through the ground. Always be on your guard!

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Dirtcarvers are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are crawling predators who dig small tunnels and burst out of them to surprise prey.[1][2]

Behaviour and Tactics

They burrow out of the ground with little warning then charge at the Knight. Occasionally they burrow back in the ground only to reemerge later. They can climb walls and jump down ledges to pursue the Knight.

The best tactic is to attack them from above as they cannot attack upwards, only angrily hiss at the player from below.

Despite seemingly random spawning locations, Dirtcarvers will always crawl out of the same locations and multiple Dirtcarvers can crawl out of the same one.


Dream Nail Dialogue Essence
  • ...Light...Danger...
  • ...Safe...Dark...
  • ...Hungry...Hungry...
  • ...Scared...
  • ...Eat...When...
  • ...Kill...Hurt...
  • ...Away. Away...
  • ...Pain...

Location

The Dirtcarver can only be found in Deepnest, mainly in its northeast portion, near the entrance to the Fungal Wastes.

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Trivia

References
  1. Wanderer's Journal, p. 90.
  2. Dirtcarver Hunter's Journal entry: "Burrows through the ground and bursts out to surprise prey."
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