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Lingering dream of a fallen warrior. Trained in the wilds bordering the kingdom, hoping to become a Knight.
A Knight strives not only to protect the land and its people, but the hopes and dreams of the kingdom.
-Galien
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Galien is a Warrior Dream boss in Hollow Knight.

Galien was a brave and undefeated warrior who claimed to be the strongest in Hallownest and desired to prove his valour to the Pale King as a Knight.[1][2] He travelled to Deepnest in order to test his strength, but eventually found death instead.[1] His husk lies in a cave filled with unusually large glowing mushrooms and a Lifeblood Cocoon, below the Failed Tramway.

The ghost of Galien appears above its husk after the Knight acquired the Dream Nail. It greets them as a fellow warrior and proposes to battle to test their respective strengths. After its defeat, Galien is humbled and believes the Knight to have been sent by the Pale King to test him. He still hopes the Knight will get him in the King's good graces.[1] As it prepares to leave the place, the ghost shatters in 200 Essence to be collected by the dream Nail.

Throughout the encounter, Galien's ghost also fails to realise the corpse to be its own, nor even its death.[3]

Behaviour and Tactics

Galien has two attacks:

  • Scythe Slam: Commands a scythe that spins rapidly and bounces off the floor, slowly tracking The Knight. The scythe will carry a lot of momentum when moving. After nine bounces, he will command it to pause for half a second before sending it off again.
  • Soul Scythes: He will spawn a small glowing scythe that moves slowly across the screen reflecting off the floor or the walls when it collides with them. These scythes will travel and occur entirely independently of the main scythe. Only 2 scythes will be spawned throughout the entire fight: the first spawns when Galien has reached 60% hp, the second at 30% hp.

Having the Shade Cloak is recommended here, as it can be tough to react to the smaller scythes while dodging the main scythe. Otherwise, Galien has no teleport and is slow and large enough that it is easy to stay underneath him and continually attack him.

Abyss Shriek/Howling Wraiths is also effective.

To the left of Galien's corpse is a short path that leads to a Lifeblood Cocoon. This is advantageous to use as it lets the player take a few more hits that could result from losing focus on the smaller scythes.

It is advised to kill Galien quickly, as his scythes can become overwhelming if they are left for a long period of time.

Counting the main scythe's bounces will allow the player to predict safe moments to heal.

Godmaster Icon Godmaster Content

Statue Galien
Galien
"I lie dreaming in darkness, surrounded by predators"
"Dreamborn god of heroic hearts"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Sage, 6th boss
Health Attuned Badge 650
Ascended Badge 1000
Radiant Badge
Arena changes Same arena as the base game fight, no difficulty differences.


Dialogue

Dialogue

First encounter Hoh, a fellow warrior, out here? I thought I was the only one brave enough and strong enough to survive in this foul, forgotten pit.

I am Galien, the strongest warrior in Hallownest! I came to this monstrous place to test my strength. No doubt you wish to test your might as well, hmm?

Yes, you and I are a rare breed, quite unlike this poor fellow who has fallen before us. The world is not kind to the weak, I fear.

So then... shall we do battle? Let us test our strength in joyful combat!

Listening again So then... shall we do battle? Let us test our strength in joyful combat!

When listened to Unbelievable... I am defeated at last! So this is what it feels like to be bested...

Still though, I am strong, am I not? When you see our King, surely you'll tell him of my valour...?

Yes... he sent you here to test me, didn't he? I knew he had not forgotten brave Galien.

I am ready... to join you now. Brothers, you and I. Let us leave this place...

...together...

On his husk The body of a fallen warrior.

Location

Galien's corpse can be found in the west of Deepnest.

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Trivia

  • Galien is the only Warrior Dream to control and use a physical weapon.
  • Due to a bug, hatchlings from the Glowing Womb charm do not target Galien.
References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Galien: "I came to this monstrous place to test my strength." "Unbelievable... I am defeated at last! So this is what it feels like to be bested..." "When you see our King, surely you'll tell him of my valour...? Yes... he sent you here to test me, didn't he?"
  2. Galien Hunter's Journal entry: Trained in the wilds bordering the kingdom, hoping to become a Knight."
  3. Galien: "Yes, you and I are a rare breed, quite unlike this poor fellow who has fallen before us."
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