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Glowing Womb is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It uses SOUL to spawn Hatchlings which deal damage to enemies on contact.


Main article: Damage Values and Enemy Health

This Charm is based on preference, if the player prefers Nail combat and is efficient at dodging will have less use for SOUL for healing or using Spells, so having a passive assistant to combat may be useful.

How to Acquire

Glowing Womb can be acquired in the Forgotten Crossroads. The entrance is hidden to the right of the False Knight arena in the ceiling after a series of columns. There is a spike tunnel that can only be traversed after the Crystal Heart has been acquired. The area where the Charm is acquired is Infected even before triggering the Infected Crossroads. The Charm itself is found on the body of a giant Aspid Mother.

The area itself is littered with Aspid Hunters and Aspid Mothers, both of which also show up in an arena where a fair number of them need to be fought before Glowing Womb can be acquired.

Charm Synergies

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Defender's Crest

Lowers Hatchling contact damage by 5, adding it back in the form of a 1 second dung cloud that does, on average, 4-5 damage. 9 (dif +5) Hatchling damage when Fury of the Fallen is active, dung cloud damage is not affected. Already spawned Hatchlings change only when entering another room.

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Fury of the Fallen

Increases any spawned hatchlings' contact damage by 5 when on 1 Mask.

Charm Combo Tips


Balances with the charm's income of SOUL meaning that there will always be SOUL available to create hatchlings.


  • When resting on a Bench, the Hatchlings rest on the ground after a few moments.
  • Due to a bug, Hatchlings do not target Galien.
  • Hatchlings despawn after removing the Charm and exiting the Charm configuration screen.
  • Hatchlings despawn when using the Stagways.
  • Due to a bug, if the Knight dies immediately upon the completion of the battle in the arena before the giant Aspid Mother, the room remains walled off making the Charm unattainable. There is currently no known way to circumvent this bug if it happens.
  • Hatchlings carry over when challenging a boss in Godhome, despite not appearing to. They immediately charge towards the boss and attack. It is currently unknown whether this is a glitch or intentional.
  • Due to a bug, Hatchlings target False Knight's empty armour.
  • When riding lifts, sometimes Hatchlings spawn in the floor and get stuck.
  • In the Hollow Knight Press Kit the hatchling's file is titled "knightling".
  • The Hatchlings try to attack Millibelle when she is at her bank in Fog Canyon. This deals no damage, but prevents the Knight from using her banking service.
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Regular Hatchling Regular Hatchling Resting Explosive Hatchling Explosive Hatchling Resting
Charm Compendium
Main Game

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Wayward Compass
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Gathering Swarm
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Stalwart Shell
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Soul Catcher
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Shaman Stone
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Soul Eater
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Thorns of Agony
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Fury of the Fallen
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Fragile Heart
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Fragile Greed
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Fragile Strength
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Spell Twister
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Steady Body
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Heavy Blow
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Quick Slash
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Mark of Pride
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Baldur Shell
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Defender's Crest
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Glowing Womb
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Quick Focus
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Deep Focus
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Lifeblood Heart
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Lifeblood Core
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Joni's Blessing
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Grubberfly's Elegy
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Spore Shroom
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Sharp Shadow
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Shape of Unn
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Nailmaster's Glory
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Dream Wielder
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Void Heart

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Unbreakable Heart
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Unbreakable Greed
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Unbreakable Strength
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Carefree Melody