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Lurks amongst foliage and attacks by flinging wind-scythes from a distance.

They will harass you from afar, so get close and strike quickly. Their bodies are brittle and will easily fall to your nail.

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Mantis Petras are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are flying infected mantises of the Mantis Tribe who followed the Traitor Lord and were exiled from their village.[1]

Behaviour and Tactics

They hover just outside of the Knight's melee reach. They fling scythes that will swoop down in a parabolic arc, slow at the apex, then come back up.

If possible, try to get slightly above them to lure them close and hit them with a Nail Art or Spell before they hover away again. Alternatively, using Howling Wraiths/Abyss Shriek or Grubberfly's Elegy will close the distance.

They often show up in groups with another Petra or a Mantis Traitor. Get rid of them first, as their aerial attacks make fighting ground-based enemies aggravating.

Dreamshield will destroy their scythes when making contact, making this charm useful against them.

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  • ...Is it child?...
  • ...Must kill...Prove strength to the tribe...
  • ...It must learn fear...

 Location

The Mantis Petra are very commonly found in Queen's Gardens, usually as a challenge in the platforming sections. Also found within the Colosseum of Fools, in the 9th, 14th and 17th wave of the Trial of the Fool.

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Trivia

  • Only the Mantis Petra marked by a red circle in the location image will respawn when reentering the room, all others will only respawn when the Knight rests at a bench.
  • Mantis Petras have the same Dream Nail dialogue as hostile Mantis Youths. It is not known if this is intentional or an oversight.

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