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Hiveblood is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It heals the last Mask that was lost without having to use Focus. It also makes enemies in the Hive passive.


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The regenerating Mask is marked by a small blob of dripping honey that slowly grows bigger. Taking damage again while regenerating starts the process over (at the Knight's current health). In the case of an attack that deals two Masks of damage (such as an explosion), Hiveblood only regenerates one Mask. Finally, healing a Mask with Focus ends the regeneration in progress.

Hiveblood does regenerate Lifeblood Masks gained from the Joni's Blessing Charm, though it takes twice as long (24s). Other sources of Lifeblood — like Lifeblood Cocoons, or the Lifeblood Heart and Lifeblood Core Charms — are not affected.

Hiveblood is decent in combat if the Knight can dodge a boss effectively, but has trouble finding opportunities to heal. As the Knight is likely to not go on the offensive while waiting for Hiveblood to regenerate health, Hiveblood pairs well with Charms that can damage foes while dodging, such as Glowing Womb or Sharp Shadow.

The best use of Hiveblood is to regenerate health in situations where SOUL is not readily available. This makes it very helpful in difficult platforming sections with few enemies, such as the Crystallised Mound in the Crystal Peak, the path to Nailmaster Sheo in Greenpath, the Nail-jumping section to reach a Vessel Fragment in Deepnest, and most prominently, the White Palace and the Grimm Troupe Icon.png Path of Pain.

It also serves as the only means by which health may be recovered mid-air, making it useful for the Colosseum of Fools.

Its ability to render the Hive's residents passive makes it very useful on return trips to the area.

How to Acquire

Located in the Hive, below the room where the Lifeblood Icon.png Hive Knight is fought. Requires defeating the Hive Knight.

Charm Synergies

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Joni's Blessing
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Regenerates the Lifeblood health gained from Joni's Blessing, though taking twice as long (24s). It also turns the blue Lifeblood Masks into Lifeblood combs.

Charm Combo Tips


In combination with Grubsong it allows for regenerating SOUL infinitely albeit slowly by jumping into hazards or enemies, retreating, waiting for health to regenerate, then repeating.

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Grubberfly's Elegy

Taking damage and then regenerating it with Hiveblood restores Grubberfly's Elegy's effect. However, this does not work in combination with Joni's Blessing.

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Carefree Melody

Carefree Melody can prevent damage from interrupting the regeneration of Hiveblood Masks.

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Deep Focus

Combined with Deep Focus, it greatly helps tackling difficult platforming challenges, especially the White Palace.

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Fragile Heart

Useful to combine with Fragile Heart/Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Heart during exploration and backtracking as Hiveblood slowly regenerates health.

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Baldur Shell

Baldur Shell can prevent damage from interrupting the regeneration of Hiveblood Masks.


  • Despite the Hive enemies turning friendly while wearing Hiveblood, their Dream Nail dialogues still show hostility towards the Knight.
  • Before the Lifeblood Icon.png Lifeblood update, this Charm could be collected simply by walking through the open room after Queen Vespa's room, without having to fight the Lifeblood Icon.png Hive Knight.
Charm Compendium
Main Game

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

Unbreakable Heart.png
Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Greed.png
Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Strength.png
Unbreakable Strength
Carefree Melody.png
Carefree Melody