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Lingering dream of a fallen warrior. Only member of his forgotten tribe to take up a weapon.

May your efforts lead you somewhere worthy.

-Markoth
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Markoth is a Warrior Dream boss in Hollow Knight.

Markoth was the only moth to carry a weapon besides Thistlewind.[1] This undefeated warrior grew disgruntled from the world and the Hallownest, rejecting them.[2] He went to Kingdom's Edge to seclude himself and meditate,[3] hoping to uncover a truth long forgotten.[4] Markoth fought any who would threaten him, regardless of their reasons.[5] He eventually died, his remains never to be found in a lone cave of Kingdom's Edge.

Markoth's ghost appears above its corpse after acquiring the Dream Nail. It sees the Knight as yet another meddling warrior and dares them to draw their Nail.[6] Only after his first (and supposedly only) defeat, does Markoth notice the presence of his own corpse beside him, long forgotten.[7] He claims that nothing ever had hold over him until the Knight.[8] Through this, the ghost then sees the Knight as the darkness that has come to consume him,[9] before shattering in 250 Essence to be collected by the Dream Nail.

Behaviour and Tactics

Markoth has two abilities in addition to being able to teleport:

  • Dreamshield Summon: Markoth will spawn a glowing shield that constantly orbits around him, blocking attacks and dealing contact damage. At 50% hp, he will summon another shield that orbits directly opposite of the previous one.
  • Nail Barrage: Creates a Nail that aims in The Knight's direction for a moment before flying forward. He will send a Nail every 1-2 seconds. At 50% hp, his attack rate will increase to sending a nail every 0.75-1.25 seconds.
  • Shield Cyclone: Markoth Spins his shield in an increasingly wider radius before retracting it. The second shield summoned at 50% hp will not be affected in this attack and stay orbiting around him normally.

Healing during his Nail Summon is quite difficult, as the Nails pass through the environment. Keep moving and get attacks in whenever the opportunity arises. The nails stop homing in as soon as they begin to move and combined with their somewhat slow travel speed, this makes them relatively easy to dodge.

Shape of Unn is incredibly helpful, as it allows the player to dodge the Nail Summon attack while healing.

Wall-sliding with the Mantis Claw and attacking with Vengeful Spirit or Shade Soul is a good tactic as Markoth moves relatively slowly and has a large hitbox.

His Shield Cyclone attack is the best time to heal, as the shield has limited range. Alternatively, dash into the circle when it widens and Markoth will be completely open to attacks until the shield retracts.

Godmaster Icon Godmaster Content

Statue Markoth
Markoth
"I lie dreaming at the edge of the world"
"Dreamborn god of meditation and isolation"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Knight, 7th boss
Health Attuned Badge 650
Ascended Badge 950
Radiant Badge
Arena changes The arena's ground disappears and platforms are rearranged on Ascended difficulty or above.


Dialogue

Dialogue

First encounter You have come a long way, just to die here at the edge of the world.

No, do not speak. I have heard thousands and thousands of empty words from those like you. Your pride, your desires, your desperation... you will take these things with you once I strike you down.

Raise your weapon then, and die like those who came before you.

Talking again Raise your weapon then, and die like those who came before you.

When listened to Never... have I been defeated in combat.

I can... see myself there, still sleeping. How long have I been hidden here?

Here at the edge of the world, no-one could find me... except you.

Warriors, knights, kings, even time itself... they have no power over me. Only you.

You are the darkness... come to consume me.

On his corpse The body of a warrior, with a shield and nails.

Location

In order to reach the location, the Shade Cloak is needed to bypass the Shade Gate standing before Markoth's room.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The shield that Markoth uses is strikingly similar to the shield the Knight gains from the Grimm Troupe Icon Dreamshield charm.
References
  1. Markoth Hunter's Journal entry: "Only member of his forgotten tribe to take up a weapon."
  2. Markoth: "Never... have I been defeated in combat."
  3. Godmaster Icon Hall of Gods
  4. Thistlewind: "We are a passive species, though I am not the only one amongst us to take up arms. Another braved the edges of this world, hoping to uncover a truth long forgotten."
  5. Markoth: "No, do not speak. I have heard thousands and thousands of empty words from those like you. Your pride, your desires, your desperation... you will take these things with you once I strike you down."
  6. Markoth: "Raise your weapon then, and die like those who came before you."
  7. Markoth: "I can... see myself there, still sleeping. How long have I been hidden here?"
  8. Markoth: "Warriors, knights, kings, even time itself... they have no power over me. Only you."
  9. Markoth: "You are the darkness... come to consume me."
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