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Grubs are creatures found trapped in glass jars throughout Hallownest. They can be freed from their jar after which the Grubfather grants a reward for each Grub that is saved.

When close enough to their location, a faint crying noise can be heard in their general direction. The Grubs talk in high-pitched babbles and cannot be listened to.

Map Pin Grub.png

They can be freed by breaking the jar with the Nail, after which the Grub burrows into the ground and returns to the Grubfather. Obtaining the Collector's Map after beating the Collector shows the locations of unfreed Grubs.

There are 46 Grubs to be found in total. Rescuing 23 Grubs rewards the Grubfriend achievement while rescuing all 46 Grubs rewards the Metamorphosis achievement.

Rewards and locations

Trapped Grubs can be found all across Hallownest. Rewards are based on the total number of Grubs saved, not which Grubs have been saved.

# Location Map Requires Reward
1 Forgotten Crossroads Grub Forgotten Crossroads Location 1.png Defeat Husk Guard Geo.png10
2 Forgotten Crossroads Grub Forgotten Crossroads Location 2.png - Geo.png20
3 Forgotten Crossroads Grub Forgotten Crossroads Location 3.png Breakable wall Geo.png30
4 Forgotten Crossroads Grub Forgotten Crossroads Location 4.png Nail-bounce Geo.png40
5 Forgotten Crossroads Grub Forgotten Crossroads Location 5.png Mothwing Cloak (or Nail-bounce) Mask Shard
6 Greenpath Grub Greenpath Location 1.png Throw off a moss block Geo.png50
7 Greenpath Grub Greenpath Location 2.png - Geo.png60
8 Greenpath Grub Greenpath Location 3.png Defeat Moss Knight Geo.png70
9 Greenpath Grub Greenpath Location 5.png - Geo.png80
10 Fungal Wastes Grub Fungal Wastes Location 1.png Mothwing Cloak Grubsong
11 Fungal Wastes Grub Fungal Wastes Location 2.png Mantis Claw Geo.png90
12 City of Tears Grub City of Tears Location 1.png - Geo.png100
13 City of Tears Grub City of Tears Location 2.png Defeat Great Husk Sentry Geo.png110
14 City of Tears Grub City of Tears Location 3.png Desolate Dive Geo.png120
15 City of Tears Grub City of Tears Location 4.png - Geo.png120
16 City of Tears Grub City of Tears Location 5.png Mantis Claw

Monarch Wings (or Nail-bounce)

Rancid Egg
17 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 1.png Mantis Claw

Crystal Heart

Geo.png140
18 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 2.png Mothwing Cloak

Mantis Claw

Geo.png150
19 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 3.png Mantis Claw

Crystal Heart/Monarch Wings

Geo.png160
20 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 4.png Mothwing Cloak

Monarch Wings (or Nail-bounce)

Geo.png165
21 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 5.png Mothwing Cloak

Mantis Claw

Geo.png170
22 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 6.png Mothwing Cloak Geo.png180
23 Crystal Peak Grub Crystal Peak Location 7.png Mothwing Cloak

Mantis Claw

Desolate Dive

Hallownest Seal
24 Resting Grounds Grub Resting Grounds Location 1.png Desolate Dive Geo.png200
25 Royal Waterways Grub Royal Waterways Location 1.png - Geo.png200
26 Royal Waterways Grub Royal Waterways Location 2.png Crystal Heart

Monarch Wings (or Nail-bounce)

Geo.png205
27 Royal Waterways Grub Royal Waterways Location 3.png Isma's Tear Geo.png210
28 Howling Cliffs Grub Greenpath Location 4.png Mantis Claw Geo.png215
29 Kingdom's Edge Grub Kingdom's Edge Location 1.png Desolate Dive Geo.png220
30 Kingdom's Edge Grub Kingdom's Edge Location 2.png Mantis Claw Geo.png220
31 Fog Canyon Grub Fog Canyon Location 1.png Crystal Heart Pale Ore
32 Queen's Gardens Grub Queen's Gardens Location 1.png - Geo.png230
33 Queen's Gardens Grub Queen's Gardens Location 2.png Mantis Claw

Crystal Heart

Monarch Wings (or Nail-bounce)

Geo.png235
34 Queen's Gardens Grub Queen's Gardens Location 3.png Mantis Claw Geo.png240
35 Deepnest Grub Deepnest Location 1.png Mantis Claw

Breakable wall

Geo.png245
36 Deepnest Grub Deepnest Location 2.png Mantis Claw

Crystal Heart (or Nail-bounce)

Geo.png250
37 Deepnest Grub Deepnest Location 3.png Breakable Wall

Monarch Wings/Crystal Heart

Geo.png255
38 Deepnest Grub Deepnest Location 4.png Mothwing Cloak

Mantis Claw

King's Idol
39 Deepnest Grub Deepnest Location 5.png Mothwing Cloak

Mantis Claw

Geo.png260
40 Ancient Basin Grub Ancient Basin Location 1.png Mothwing Cloak

Monarch Wings

Geo.png265
41 Ancient Basin Grub Ancient Basin Location 2.png Desolate Dive Geo.png270
42 The Hive Grub Hive Location 1.png Desolate Dive

Isma's Tear

Geo.png280
43 The Hive Grub Hive Location 2.png Crystal Heart

Monarch Wings (or Nail-bounce)

Geo.png290
44 Tower of Love Grub Tower of Love Location 1.png Love Key Geo.png295
45 Tower of Love Grub Tower of Love Location 2.png Love Key Geo.png300
46 Tower of Love Grub Tower of Love Location 3.png Love Key

Grubberfly's Elegy

Dream Nail Dialogue Essence.png

  • ...Home...

Achievements

Achievement Grubfriend.png Grubfriend
Rescue half of the imprisoned grubs
Achievement Metamorphosis.png Metamorphosis
Rescue all of the imprisoned grubs

Gallery

Trivia

The Vitruvian Grub

  • It is possible to come across a Grub Mimic trapped in a glass jar that transforms and becomes hostile when freed. The easiest way to check if it is an actual Grub is to Dream Nail them. Grubs always say "...Home..." but Grub Mimics say "...Kill...", "...Empty..." or "...Other...".
  • Within the Tower of Love, there is a secret area that can be accessed by jumping into a hidden gap within the ceiling along the hallway of the Grubs. This reveals a mysterious piece of art known only as the "Vitruvian Grub" in the game's files. This is likely a reference to the Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing “The Vitruvian Man”, which represents the ideal human body proportions.
  • Grubs were designed by Makoto Koji, the voice actress of Hornet and various other female characters.[1][2] The Grubs were voiced by William Pellen.[1] The Grubs' sounds are based on the Pikmin creatures' sounds from Pikmin.[3]

References

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