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Protector of the Greenpath, trained in the ways of the Nail and the Shell.

They hide as bush-like mounds and look soft, but beware these warriors! They are relentless in combat, fiercely guarding something hidden deep in the Greenpath.

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Moss Knights are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are part of the Mosskin Tribe. Moss Knights protect Greenpath with their Nail and Shell, hiding as bush-like mounds to ambush invaders.[1][2]

Behaviour and Tactics

  • Block: blocks with its shield when engaged. It will face the Knight with the shield from any direction.
  • Swing: strikes once or twice to the front, lunging forward with each swipe and pausing for a bit after the last strike.
  • Thorn Spit: spits a projectile of thorns at the Knight that travels in a parabolic arc. This projectile can be destroyed by hitting it with the Nail or a Spell.
  • Disengage: occasionally jumps backwards, disengaging from melee battle. If the Knight is close enough it will chain this into a melee attack, baiting the Knight into pursuing them. If it creates enough distance between it and the Knight it will chain it into a Thorn Spit attack.

There are several easy ways to dispose of it. 3 Vengeful Spirit attacks and 1 Nail hit is the easiest way to kill it in the early game.

Baiting its melee by standing in front of it and jumping over it to land a few hits from above is a safe strategy as well. Another strategy is to use the Mothwing Cloak, bait its ranged attack, then dash in to get a hit in before it can raise its shield again.


Dream Nail Dialogue Essence
  • ...New light, in our leaves...
  • ...Kill, for light...For Unn...
  • ...Protect...Destroy...
  • ...She is calling... Home so close... (at Lake of Unn)

Location

They can be spotted only in Greenpath, usually guarding Geo or something of interest.

Gallery

Trivia

  • A non-respawning Moss Knight is found looking across the surface of the Lake of Unn with unique Dream Nail dialogue.
References
  1. Wanderer's Journal, p. 44.
  2. Moss Knight Hunter's Journal entry: "Protector of the Greenpath, trained in the ways of the Nail and the Shell. They hide as bush-like mounds [..]."
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