Bulky and covered in thick plating. Retracts into itself when attacked.
As they age, these creatures become too heavy and lumpy to roll around freely. Instead, they curl up and hide from the world. What do they think of in there, wrapped up inside of themselves? More carefree times perhaps.
Elder Baldurs are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are adult Baldurs with thick armour plating who block pathways. The ones guarding Ancestral Mound and the entrance to Greenpath are not optional and must be defeated in order to progress through the game.
Behaviour and Tactics
Remains stationary, taking no knockback. It can use one of three attacks:
- Summon Baldur: It occasionally spawns a Baldur.
- Spit Venom: It occasionally spits a blob of venom that lingers on the ground for a small amount of time.
- Shell Curl: When approached, it curls into a ball that cannot be damaged.
Elder Baldurs do not take damage from Nail attacks or Nail Arts. The easiest way to kill them is by using Spells, such as Vengeful Spirit/Shade Soul and Desolate Dive/Descending Dark. Alternatively, the Knight can use Charms, such as Spore Shroom, or Charms that spawn familiars, such as Grimmchild, Glowing Womb and Weaversong. Killing the Baldurs they spawn allows SOUL to be gathered, which is required to cast Spells in order to damage them when they are not curled.
One encounter on the boundary of Greenpath and the Howling Cliffs involves fighting two of them at once. Do not stand in the middle of the room, approach one Elder Baldur until it rolls into a ball and stay there until the other one has died.
Dream Nail Dialogue
There are four of them throughout the game:
- One in Ancestral Mound
- One guarding the entrance to Greenpath
- Two in the Howling Cliffs, inside a "trap chest".
- The Elder Baldur is one of the few enemies that never respawns.
- If an Elder Baldur is encountered without having acquired the Vengeful Spirit Spell, it does not spawn Baldurs, instead it only spits venom and curls into a ball when approached.
- The Baldurs summoned by Elder Baldurs do not drop any Geo.
- Prior to the Voidheart Edition, the Hunter's Journal image for the Elder Baldur showed them with white eyes, even though their eyes during gameplay are orange.
- Defeating the right Elder Baldur in the Howling Cliffs opens a tunnel filled with Elder Baldur corpses and the Baldur Shell Charm.
- Wanderer's Journal, p. 32.