Focus is a Spell in Hollow Knight. It allows healing using SOUL.


Hold down FOCUS/CAST to drain SOUL and regenerate health at a rate of 1 mask per 33 SOUL. It takes ~1.141 seconds to heal the first mask including the initial startup time of 0.25 seconds.

Continuing to hold FOCUS/CAST will continue to heal 1 mask of health as long as the Knight has 33 or more SOUL. This takes ~0.891 seconds and skips the startup time.

If the Knight does not have enough SOUL, it is not possible to use Focus. However, if Focus is used while at full health, or a full cast of Focus is not performed, stored SOUL is still used up. Getting hit by an enemy interrupts casting (even while protected by Baldur Shell or having the damage negated by Grimm Troupe Icon.png Carefree Melody) and wastes any SOUL used during the incomplete cast.


Several charms change the way Focus works:

How to Acquire

The Knight starts the game with this ability. A tutorial prompt will appear the first time the Knight is injured, but Focus may still be activated before this.

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