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Single cell of infection. Has a simple mind and can float using internal gasses.

The infection creeping through the Kingdom's dead veins... does it have a mind? Does it produce soul? Is it truly alive?

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Infected Balloons are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are single cells of infection consisting of pus and light gasses.[1][2]

Behaviour and Tactics

Spawn out of thin air, often catching the player off-guard. They float towards the Knight, dealing contact damage.

It's recommended to take them out first when fighting multiple enemies, as they can provide a nuisance while attempting to dodge other attacks.

They regularly spawn during the Broken Vessel and Lost Kin boss fights, making healing very difficult. Defender's Crest or Spore Shroom are viable choices for these battles to deal with the Infected Balloons as soon as they get in range.


Dream Nail Dialogue Essence
  • ...Light...Danger...
  • ...Safe...Dark...
  • ...Hungry...Hungry...
  • ...Scared...
  • ...Eat...When...
  • ...Kill...Hurt...
  • ...Away. Away...
  • ...Pain...

 Location

The Infected Balloons can be found in many locations throughout the west part of the Ancient Basin.

They are also summoned by Broken Vessel, Lost Kin, and Godmaster Icon Winged Nosk.

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References
  1. Infected Balloon Hunter's Journal entry: "Single cell of infection. Has a simple mind and can float using internal gasses."
  2. Wanderer's Journal, p. 127.
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