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Lingering dream of a fallen warrior. Travelled the world tending to those affected by the plague.

Never forget what once was lost, yet do not let it tie you down.

-Elder Hu
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Elder Hu is a Warrior Dream boss in Hollow Knight.

Lore

Elder Hu was a travelling sage[2] who sought to purify the borderlands of Hallownest from the Infection.[3][4] He reached the Mantis Village, but his own Infected mind made him see the Mantis Lords and the Tribe as afflicted by the plague.[5] The Mantises killed him after he attacked them.[6] A memorial was erected in his name above the gates to the City of Tears, his tunic and bead necklace resting on top of it.

In-game events

The spirit of Elder Hu can be fought at his memorial after acquiring the Dream Nail. Still deluded in his experience with the Mantis Tribe, he warns the Knight.[7] After his defeat, the spirit becomes aware of his madness-driven mistake.[6] He realizes his own death before shattering into 100 Essence to be collected by the Dream Nail.[6]

Behaviour and Tactics

Elder Hu has two attacks in addition to being able to teleport:

  • Ring Slam: Elder Hu summons a row of rings in midair, interspersed with several safe gaps, before quickly slamming them all down onto the ground simultaneously.
  • Ring Curtain: Elder Hu summons pairs of rings that slam down on the ground, beginning from the edges of the arena and moving towards the centre.
  • Teleport: Elder Hu warps from one area to another to avoid attacks or set up his own.

The ring attacks require very precise movements to dodge as they come out quickly. The Shade Cloak is highly recommended, although not completely necessary. Elder Hu remains in place during the attacks, and his floating pattern is low enough to the ground, where attacking with the Nail is possible. Dodge the rings and get in some hits in between. Eventually, the rhythm of the attacks is easy to follow and the Knight should have no problem timing dashes and attacks.

Alternatively, the Knight can use Shade Cloak to dodge the Ring Slam attack and use Howling Wraiths/Abyss Shriek along with a Spell build (such as Shaman Stone, Spell Twister, Soul Catcher, and Soul Eater) to quickly finish him off.

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Elder Hu

Hall of Gods text: "I lie dreaming in the wastes"
"Dreamborn god of travellers and sages"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Sage, 2nd boss
Health Attuned difficulty 600
Ascended difficulty 800
Radiant difficulty
Arena changes Same arena as the base game fight, no difficulty differences.

Dialogue

First encounter Wait, child! Why have you come here? Have you come to tame this savage, ruined land?

Many have come to purify this place, but all who dwell here are eventually consumed.
Yes, even the wild bugs lurking below us. They were once proud like you, but now they are only monsters.
Beware dreams of glory, child. Turn back, and do not return.

Talking to again Beware dreams of glory, child. Turn back, and do not return.

When listened to My mind... it clears. Have we been... sleeping, child?

Aah... I remember. Those proud lords... were they truly monsters? I remember their eyes now... bright and clear. Why then did I fear them so?
If there was madness in that village, it was I who brought it. They were right to cast me out.
When I attacked, they were right to...
They were right to kill...
To kill... me...?
...aah.

On his memorial We remember the Elder.

Location

Elder Hu is found in the eastern part of Fungal Wastes not too far away from the entrance to the Mantis Village and the City of Tears.

Gallery

Trivia

  • It is possible to Nail-bounce on top of the rings summoned by Elder Hu.

References

  1. Portuguese translation: "Deus onírico dos viajantes e sábios" and French translation: "Dieu né des rêves des voyageurs et des sages" (Dreamborn god of travellers and sages).
  2. Godmaster Icon.png Hall of Gods: "Dreamborn god of travellers and sages"
  3. Elder Hu Hunter's Journal entry: "Travelled the world tending to those affected by the plague."
  4. Elder Hu: "Have you come to tame this savage, ruined land?"
  5. Elder Hu: "Many have come to purify this place, but all who dwell here are eventually consumed. Yes, even the wild bugs lurking below us. They were once proud like you, but now they are only monsters."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Elder Hu: "Those proud lords... were they truly monsters? I remember their eyes now... bright and clear. Why then did I fear them so? If there was madness in that village, it was I who brought it. They were right to cast me out. When I attacked, they were right to... They were right to kill... To kill... me...?"
  7. Elder Hu: "Beware dreams of glory, child. Turn back, and do not return."
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