The Monarch Wings are an Ability in Hollow Knight. It allows jumping again while in mid-air.


Press JUMP while in the air to perform a double-jump. Refreshes when the Knight lands on the ground, takes damage, bounces off an enemy/object with their Nail, or clings to/jumps off a wall using Mantis Claw.

Similar to the regular jump the height of the "flap" scales with how long the JUMP button is held.

The Monarch Wings are not necessary to finish the game; however, they allow access to the following areas:

The Monarch Wings are intended to be used to access Hallownest Crown, the Watcher Spire, the Hive, and Hornet in Kingdom's Edge. However, these locations can be accessed by nail jumping on enemies and environmental objects.

The Monarch Wings are also very useful for platforming and during fights against some bosses.

The first frame of animation when using Monarch Wings does not immediately lift the Knight up, this is why there can be cases where the Knight gets hit by hazards below when falling despite the wings successfully manifested.

How to Acquire

Located in the Ancient Basin, just after the Broken Vessel boss fight. The Crystal Heart is required to reach the location.


"Wings of a monarchfly that grant momentary flight."
  • The Monarch Wings is what was causing a torrent of wind in a portion of the Ancient Basin. Picking up the ability will stop the wind.
  • The Monarch Wings were originally called "Mantis Wings" on the Kickstarter page.[1]


  1. Hollow Knight Kickstarter campaign.
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