Highly intelligent bug that uses arcane knowledge to twist soul into vicious spells.

I have heard others talk about 'soul' but I do not understand what it actually is. I do know that freshly killed meat tastes best - is that because the 'soul' still clings to it?

Dialogue Bottom.png

Soul Twisters are enemies in Hollow Knight. They are scholars of the Soul Sanctum who have learnt how to harness the power of Soul, which they twist into spells and use to teleport.[1][2]

Behaviour and Tactics

Appearing out of thin air upon entering their territory, this enemy will first conjure an orb to protect them, or will already have an orb upon teleporting into battle. Afterwards, it will pursue the Knight by teleporting and conjure homing offensive orbs to attack with. Teleports frequently around their territory, making it difficult to hit and impossible to corner. They will hover a certain distance away from the Knight at all times, though they must remain stationary to conjure an orb. If the Knight enters an area they cannot teleport to, they will teleport out of the vicinity but will return once the Knight re-enters their territory and resume the battle.

It is recommended to use Nail Arts such as Great Slash to dispatch them quickly. Dash Slash can also help close the range with them.

If neither of these options are available, the best tactic then is to wait for the enemy to conjure an offensive orb and then rush in to attack it after avoiding its projectile, as it cannot teleport immediately after firing a projectile. Depending on their location, avoiding the orb can be as simple as jumping over or dashing. Utilizing the terrain to prevent them from attacking from disadvantageous positions is also advised. Forcing them into smaller rooms and hallways where they have fewer angles of attack is also recommended to make dodging more predictable, and to make it easier to get in hits. Vengeful Spirit is also useful for attacking at range, as they do not deliberately teleport to avoid projectiles.

Fleeing from these enemies is very difficult, as they will relentlessly teleport after the Knight upon their activation. They will not follow the Knight into other rooms marked via a screen transition, however.

Dream Nail Dialogue Essence.png


  • ...I feel them within me...
  • ...Power...Light...Rage...
  • ...Mind swells...Mind aches...


They appear in the Soul Sanctum, only to the east of the Soul Master arena. They also appear in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 17th waves of the Trial of the Fool.



  1. Soul Twister Hunter's Journal entry: "Highly intelligent bug that uses arcane knowledge to twist soul into vicious spells."
  2. Wanderer's Journal, p. 75.
Compendium Broken Vessel Idle.png
Main Game CrawlidVengeflyVengefly KingGruzzerGruz MotherTiktikAspid HunterAspid MotherAspid HatchlingGoamWandering HuskHusk HornheadLeaping HuskHusk BullyHusk WarriorHusk GuardEntombed HuskFalse Knight (Failed Champion) • MaggotMenderbugLifeseedBaldurElder Baldur
MosscreepMossflyMosskinVolatile MosskinFool EaterSquitObbleGulkaMaskflyMoss ChargerMassive Moss ChargerMoss KnightMossy VagabondDurandooDurandaAluba
Charged LumaflyUomaOomaUumuu
AmbloomFunglingFungoonSporgFungified HuskShrumelingShrumal WarriorShrumal OgreMantis YouthMantis WarriorMantis Lords
Husk SentryHeavy SentryWinged SentryLance SentryMistakeFollySoul TwisterSoul WarriorSoul Master (Tyrant) • Husk DandyCowardly HuskGluttonous HuskGorgeous HuskGreat Husk SentryWatcher KnightThe Collector
BelflyPilflipHwurmpBluggsacDung DefenderFlukefeyFlukemonFlukemarm
ShardmiteGlimbackCrystal HunterCrystal CrawlerHusk MinerCrystallised HuskCrystal Guardian (Enraged)
Furious VengeflyVolatile GruzzerViolent HuskSlobbering Husk
DirtcarverCarver HatcherGarpedeCorpse CreeperDeeplingDeephunterLittle WeaverStalking DevoutNosk
Shadow CreeperLesser MawlekMawlurkBrooding MawlekLightseedInfected BalloonBroken Vessel (Lost Kin)
BooflyPrimal AspidHopperGreat HopperGrub MimicHivelingHive SoldierHive GuardianHusk Hive
Spiny HuskLoodleMantis PetraMantis TraitorTraitor Lord
Sharp BaldurArmoured SquitBattle ObbleOblobblesShielded FoolSturdy FoolWinged FoolHeavy FoolDeath LoodleVolt TwisterZoteGod Tamer
XeroGorbElder HuMarmuNo EyesGalienMarkoth
WingmouldRoyal RetainerKingsmouldSiblingVoid Tendrils

Hornet (ProtectorSentinel) • Hollow KnightRadianceShadeHunter's Mark

Hidden Dreams Icon.png Hidden Dreams
Grey Prince ZoteWinged ZotelingHopping ZotelingVolatile ZotelingWhite Defender
Grimm Troupe Icon.png The Grimm Troupe
Grimmkin NoviceGrimmkin MasterGrimmkin NightmareGrimmNightmare KingSeal of Binding
Lifeblood Icon.png Lifeblood
Hive Knight
Godmaster Icon.png Godmaster
FlukemungaPale LurkerSisters of BattleWinged NoskNailmasters Oro & MatoPaintmaster SheoGreat Nailsage SlyPure VesselAbsolute RadianceVoid IdolWeathered Mask
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.