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The most loyal and devout servants of the King.

Simple, weak creatures find strength by forming a hive and obeying a ruler. Such creatures become the arms and teeth and claws of their monarch.

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Royal Retainers are enemies in Hollow Knight. These bugs were the most loyal servants of the Pale King, but a number of them died after the King disappeared.[1][2] They can still be found in the White Palace in the Dream Realm where they wait for the King.[3]

Behaviour and Tactics

Stand in small groups and bow when the Knight approaches. They deal no damage on contact.

They can be used as a convenient source of SOUL by using the Dream Nail on them.

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In White Palace:

  • ...My King... All for us...
  • ... We will wait... King...
  • ...King... Your troubles... Let us...

Corpse in The Abyss (Lighthouse):

  • ...Turn it off?...Cannot...
  • My King. I'm sorry...the sea calls...

Corpses in Ancient Basin (Pale Fountain):

  • ...Return to us...
  • ...Missing monarch, we need you now...

(White Palace Ruins):

  • ...Where have you gone?...Dear King...

(In Mawlurk corpse):

  • ...Mine...

(Room left of destroyed lift):

  • ...the madness spreads...

Location

Living Royal Retainers are only found within the White Palace, although some corpses can be found elsewhere in the Ancient Basin.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Their Hunter's Journal entry is automatically unlocked after picking up the White Fragment.
  • When hit they simply dissipate into white Essence instead of leaving a corpse.
  • Royal Retainers are one of the few enemies that has various different looks, but no change in behaviour.
  • Royal Retainers are one of the few enemies that respawns upon leaving and re-entering the room.
  • Various other dead Royal Retainers can be found around the Ancient Basin and other areas bearing some varying headdresses and clothes, the unique ones are as follows:

References

  1. Royal Retainer Hunter's Journal entry: "The most loyal and devout servants of the King."
  2. Royal Retainer corpse Dream Nail dialogue: "...Where have you gone?...Dear King..." "...Missing monarch, we need you now..."
  3. Royal Retainer Dream Nail dialogue: "... We will wait... King..."
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