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When I was young, my brothers and sisters and I would hunt each other in the nest. Now I hunt alone.
– The Hunter
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The Hunter is a Quest NPC in Hollow Knight. He gifts the Hunter's Journal, a bestiary detailing all enemies in Hallownest.

Lore

When the Hunter was young, he and his siblings used to hunt each other in their nest.[2] Ever since then, he hunts alone without any companion or partner.[3][4]

The Hunter tries to kill any living being he can find, which he does only for his own sake, believing this to be the nature of the Hunt.[5][6][7] In addition to this, he attempts to eat certain creatures, even Infected ones, though he does not like the taste of those.[8][9][10]

He looks down on the bugs of the kingdom of Hallownest, regarding them as weak and pathetic,[11][12] with their kingdom being destined for ruin.[13]

Upon completion of his quest, the Hunter bides his time before his next hunt begins, as he believes that a true Hunter has no home or kingdom.[14]

In-game events

The Hunter is located in Greenpath. When he is first approached, he roars menacingly, and if the Knight still approaches him, he gives them the Hunter's Journal and tasks them with completing the Journal by killing or defeating a specified number of each enemy.[15]

When the Hunter's Journal is complete, returning to the Hunter awards the Hunter's Mark and the True Hunter achievement.

Before getting the Hunter's Mark from him, the ground below collapses and it is revealed that the "cave" is actually a hood and the rest of his body is a large thin figure. He then roars and boss music briefly plays, making it seem like a boss battle. The music then stops abruptly and the Hunter puts his hand out with the Hunter's Mark in it.

Dialogue

Before Hunter's Mark
First Encounter Tiny squib... You approach fearless. Are you a hunter like me?

Do you feel the urge inside, to stalk, to kill, to understand?
Then take it! My journal. It will aid you. At first the text may seem difficult to discern, but a learned hunter will come to understand its words.
Venture the depths of this land and slay its beasts. Prove yourself worthy to bear the mark of Hunter.

Listening having less than 50 entries in the Hunter's Journal Little squib! You may have overcome a few creatures, but you are only just beginning.

Don't delay, descend into the belly of this world and hunt down the life you find!

Listening having between 50 and 99 entries in the Hunter's Journal Ahhh... I knew I'd seen it right. That hunter's quality. Hallownest's creatures fall in your path.

Don't stop now little squib, many more there are to find, and stalk, and kill.

Listening having 100 entries or more in the Hunter's Journal, but less than the total number of required entries for the Hunter's Mark Ah ha! Your journal grows fat and full. Only those last few, rare beasts remain left to stalk.

Search the kingdom's corners. Complete the journal. Earn your well deserved reward...

Listening having all Hunter's Journal entries that are required for the Hunter's Mark, but not having completed all of them So, you've encountered all of the beasts in this land. Impressive! But one task remains, little squib.

Keep hunting down creatures until you have deciphered all of my notes! Only then will I recognise you as my fellow Hunter and you shall receive your reward.

Hunter's Mark
Listening having completed all entries in the Hunter's Journal that are required for the Hunter's Mark Your journal... let me see it!

Yes... Yes! The Hunter's journal is complete!
You have proven yourself a true hunter, a master of killing, and so with great pleasure I will give you the reward you deserve...

Listening after refusing the reward You have proven yourself a true hunter, a master of killing, and so with great pleasure I will give you the reward you deserve...
Listening after obtaining the Hunter's Mark, exhausted dialogue You have my mark, and you shall be recognised as one of my rare caste. Fellow Hunter, I have nothing else to give you.
Listening after returning with the Hunter's Mark, exhausted dialogue Fellow Hunter. You return? You've already proven yourself to me. I'm only biding time a moment, before next my hunt begins.

A true Hunter has no home, no kingdom and I'm eager for new prey.
You bear the mark now, but that's only the beginning. That mark will become a part of you, will engrave itself deep within, and that yearning to hunt... It will never leave.

Dream Nailed right before picking up the Hunter's Mark It is stronger even than me... does it know that? Will it return to hunt me...? I hope it tries.

Location

The Hunter is located on the east side of Greenpath above the Stone Sanctuary.

Gallery

Achievements

Achievement Keen Hunter.png Keen Hunter
Record all of Hallownest's creatures in the Hunter's Journal
Achievement True Hunter.png True Hunter
Receive the Hunter's Mark

Trivia

"If you explore the Greenpath carefully, you'll come across the mysterious Hunter in his lair. He'll give you his Hunter's Journal, and charge you with the task of defeating enemies, adding their details to the journal. And so your hunt begins!"[1]
  • If the Grimm Troupe Icon.png Grimmchild Charm is equipped, the Grimmchild attempts to attack the Hunter when he roars, but stops after a moment. This does no damage to the Hunter.
  • Before being dropped into the pit to receive the Hunter's Mark, a choice is given of "Ready to receive reward?".
  • The roar the Hunter uses is the same as Brooding Mawlek's.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kickstarter update of August 19th, 2016.
  2. Fungling Hunter's Journal entry: "When I was young, my brothers and sisters and I would hunt each other in the nest. Now I hunt alone."
  3. Oblobbles Hunter's Journal entry: "No mate has ever come forth to stay by my side..."
  4. God Tamer Hunter's Journal entry: "Some hunters train beasts to join them in chasing down prey. I tried it once, but couldn't resist the urge to test my companion's strength against mine."
  5. Mosscreep Hunter's Journal entry: "I used to think these things were merely ambling plants. When I learned they were actually living creatures, I began to kill them on sight. This is the nature of the Hunt!"
  6. Sibling Hunter's Journal entry: "Far down below us, beneath the kingdom, the air grows stiller and a sense of emptiness pervades. Can life flourish down there? If so, I will hunt it."
  7. Dung Defender Hunter's Journal entry: "Fighting for 'honour', or for 'loyalty'... you may as well be fighting for dust. If you want to kill, do it for your own sake. That is the nature of a true Hunter."
  8. Ambloom Hunter's Journal entry: "Lie on your belly, open your maw and let this tasty morsel stroll straight into your stomach."
  9. Grub Mimic Hunter's Journal entry: "Luring an enemy close by pretending to be a weak little grub. Very cunning! Unfortunately for them, I eat these grubs as soon as I see them."
  10. Husk Bully Hunter's Journal entry: "A thick orange mist fills these walking corpses. It has a sweet, sickly taste to it. I find it foul. After you kill these creatures, I suggest you do not eat them."
  11. Leaping Husk Hunter's Journal entry: "The bugs of old Hallownest did not hunt their own food, they had it brought to them. That's why they were so weak. That's why their kingdom crumbled into dust and faded away!"
  12. Fungified Husk Hunter's Journal entry: "The bugs of Hallownest are so pathetic that being infected by poisonous fungi actually increases their chances of survival! They really are absurd creatures."
  13. Husk Dandy Hunter's Journal entry: "It seems the weakest, greediest members of Hallownest were also the one who exerted the most influence. Truly a Kingdom that was always destined for ruin."
  14. The Hunter: "I'm only biding time a moment, before next my hunt begins. A true Hunter has no home, no kingdom and I'm eager for new prey."
  15. The Hunter: "My journal. It will aid you. At first the text may seem difficult to discern, but a learned hunter will come to understand its words. Venture the depths of this land and slay its beasts. Prove yourself worthy to bear the mark of Hunter."
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