Pale Ore is an Item in Hollow Knight.


Pale Ore can be found in several places throughout Hallownest. Giving the Nailsmith Pale Ore along with a payment of Geo allows him to upgrade the Knight's Nail.

The first upgrade requires no Pale Ore, the second requires one, the third requires two, and the final upgrade requires three Pale Ore, for a total of six.

How to Acquire

There are six pieces of Pale Ore to be found in total:

Source Conditions / Requirements Map
Found in Ancient Basin, found to the left of the tram station and the main Ancient Basin entrance. Defeat two Lesser Mawleks that guard it. Pale ore ancient basin.png
Given by the Seer. Collect 300 Essence with the Dream Nail. Mapshot HK Vessel Fragment 07.png
Found in Hallownest's Crown at the very top of Crystal Peak, embedded in the pedestal of a statue of The Radiance Requires Mantis Claw.

Monarch Wings recommended.

Pale ore hallownest's crown.png
Found in a secret spot in Deepnest, accessed by breaking a wall in the room just left of the Hot Spring. Requires defeating Nosk. Pale ore deepnest.png
Given by Grubfather. Rescue 31 Grubs. Mapshot HK Mask Shard 02.png
Reward in Colosseum of Fools. Complete the Trial of the Conqueror. Mapshot HK Colosseum of Fools.png



  1. Reddit AMA answer concerning Pale Ore.
  2. Vespa: "If you attempt to resolve your past then I am not the queen you seek. It is the pale beings that bear blame for your nature."
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