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Sharp Shadow is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It damages enemies when dashing through them and increases dash length when using the Shade Cloak.[Note 1]

Usefulness

Enemies struck by the Sharp Shadow do not generate SOUL.

Sharp Shadow can harm enemies that are immune to Nail attacks.

Be warned that while the 40% increase to dash length can be useful against certain bosses, making it easier to dash through them and their attacks, it can also make some platforming sections more difficult.

How to Acquire

Located in Deepnest, southeast of the Hot Spring behind a Shade Gate. Requires Shade Cloak.

Charm Synergies

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Dashmaster
Increases the damage dealt by the shadow to 1.5 x Nail damage. Does not affect charge or cooldown time.[Note 2]

Trivia

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  • When using the Shade Cloak with Sharp Shadow the Knight turns into a six-eyed void creature for a split second before reverting back to normal.
  • The pedestal on which the Sharp Shadow Charm is found resembles an empty Soul Totem covered with twisted black vines of what is possibly Void.
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  • Shadow Dashing through an Ooma while using Sharp Shadow causes its explosive core to always go to the right, independently of the direction the Knight dashes. This effect is also present in the bodies of enemies killed by the Shadow Dash (though its much easier to see in flying enemies). Whether this is intentional or a bug in the in-game physics is unknown.
  • When using the Godmaster Icon.png Nail Binding in any Godmaster Icon.png Pantheon, Sharp Shadow's damage is not affected. Its damage is also not affected by the Fragile Strength/Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Strength and Fury of the Fallen Charms.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Without any Charms, dash length is 5.6. With Sharp Shadow, it is 7.84.
  2. The damage is rounded to the nearest integer; for all possible values this is identical to rounding up.
Charm Compendium
Main Game
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Wayward Compass
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Gathering Swarm
Stalwart Shell.png

Stalwart Shell
Soul Catcher.png

Soul Catcher
Shaman Stone.png

Shaman Stone
Soul Eater.png

Soul Eater
Dashmaster.png

Dashmaster
Thorns of Agony.png

Thorns of Agony
Fury of the Fallen.png

Fury of the Fallen
Fragile Heart.png

Fragile Heart
Fragile Greed.png

Fragile Greed
Fragile Strength.png

Fragile Strength
Spell Twister.png

Spell Twister
Steady Body.png

Steady Body
Heavy Blow.png

Heavy Blow
Quick Slash.png

Quick Slash
Longnail.png

Longnail
Mark of Pride.png

Mark of Pride
Baldur Shell.png

Baldur Shell
Flukenest.png

Flukenest
Defender's Crest.png

Defender's Crest
Glowing Womb.png

Glowing Womb
Quick Focus.png

Quick Focus
Deep Focus.png

Deep Focus
Lifeblood Heart.png

Lifeblood Heart
Lifeblood Core.png

Lifeblood Core
Joni's Blessing.png

Joni's Blessing
Grubsong.png

Grubsong
Grubberfly's Elegy.png

Grubberfly's Elegy
Hiveblood.png

Hiveblood
Spore Shroom.png

Spore Shroom
Sharp Shadow.png

Sharp Shadow
Shape of Unn.png

Shape of Unn
Nailmaster's Glory.png

Nailmaster's Glory
Dream Wielder.png

Dream Wielder
Kingsoul.png

Kingsoul
Void Heart.png

Void Heart

Unbreakable Heart.png

Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Greed.png

Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Strength.png

Unbreakable Strength
Dreamshield.png

Dreamshield
Weaversong.png

Weaversong
Sprintmaster.png

Sprintmaster
Carefree Melody.png

Carefree Melody
Grimmchild.png

Grimmchild
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