For the playable Silksong protagonist, see: Hornet (Silksong)
Hornet Hornet Protector Hornet Sentinel

Skilled protector of Hallownest's ruins. Wields a needle and thread.

I have seen this nimble little creature. I thought her prey and pounced at her, but with a flash she stabbed me with her flying stinger and darted away. Could she be... a Hunter?

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Hornet Sentinel is the second form of Hornet as a boss in Hollow Knight. She challenges the Knight at the entrance to the Cast-Off Shell in Kingdom's Edge to test their resolve and strength in saving Hallownest. She deploys this time her full strength and tools. Unlocking her journal entry requires defeating her both once in Protector and Sentinel forms or defeating her twice in Godmaster Icon.png Godhome.

Behaviour and Tactics

Hornet Sentinel uses tactics similar to her Protector form, but her attacks come at a much more rapid pace. The range of the area of effect on her Gossamer Storm attack is also larger. Her base attacks remain:

  • Lunge: Hornet lunges forward with her needle in front of her.
  • Aerial Lunge: Hornet jumps in the air before aiming at the Knight and rushing downwards.
  • Gossamer Storm: Hornet unleashes an area-of-effect attack centred on herself, using her thread to slice into anything around her. This attack can be done in the air.
  • Throw: Hornet throws her needle forward, then pulls it back. The range of this attack is slightly smaller than the width of the battlefield. The needle can damage the Knight on the way back.
  • Leap: Hornet jumps to move within the arena.
  • Run: Hornet runs to move within the arena.

In addition, she gains two new ones:

  • Parry: Hornet holds her needle in a defensive stance, blocking any incoming attack. If struck while she is defending, she will giggle before unleashing a wide-range counter slash.
  • Spike: Hornet uses her thread to suspend spiked balls in midair. The spikes deal contact damage and remain until they are destroyed by either Nail attacks or spells. There can only be a maximum of 6 snares set up at once. Hornet only uses this attack after reaching 480 HP.

Stagger Values
Description: Hornet Sentinel leans over and pauses, breathing heavily.
Hits: 13 Stagger Limit: 999
Combo: 7 Combo Time: <2s per hit

Dashing over her as she lunges is a typically safe move, and using Desolate Dive/Descending Dark prevents the Knight from taking damage while it is being cast.

Having Quick Focus and/or Soul Catcher/Soul Eater is useful as it allows for more opportunities to heal or charge SOUL, respectively.

Using Great Slash is effective due to the fact that Hornet rarely stays in one place long enough to get more than one or two standard Nail strikes in.

One strategy is to use the Quick Slash, Lifeblood Heart, Grubsong, and Stalwart Shell Charms, and then repeatedly attack Hornet while tanking her attacks and Focusing to heal whenever she staggers.

Godmaster Icon.png Godmaster Content

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Hornet Sentinel
Hall of Gods text: "I watch over lush pathways and distant ash-swept graves"
"God protector of a fading land"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Sage, locked by default
Health Attuned Badge.png 800
Ascended Badge.png 1200
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Arena changes The arena appears to be about the same size, no difficulty differences.

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In Kingdom's Edge:

  • From where does it draw this strength?
  • Can it succeed?
  • Is it strong enough?

In Godhome:

  • ...Do they watch us struggle?..
  • Do you haunt my dreams... Or I yours?
  • Little Ghost... What dreams we share...


Hornet Sentinel can be fought in the Kingdom's Edge.



Achievement Proof of Resolve.png {S} Proof of Resolve
Defeat Hornet in Kingdom's Edge


  • After defeating Hornet Sentinel, if the Knight uses the Dream Nail on her before talking to her, they gain SOUL as if she were still an enemy.
  • The names of her boss forms "Hornet Protector" and "Hornet Sentinel" were coined in Godmaster Icon.png Godmaster, prior to which she was commonly referred to as simply "Hornet 1&2".


  1. Hornet Hunter's Journal entry: "I have seen this nimble little creature. I thought her prey and pounced at her, but with a flash she stabbed me with her flying stinger and darted away."
  2. Tweet by Team Cherry
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