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Stalwart Shell is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It increases invincibility frames and reduces hit recoil.[note 1][note 2]


This item primarily shines in some boss battles, especially ones where it is difficult to avoid getting hit. The longer invulnerability time can provide a window to attack a boss with impunity, potentially overwhelming them with sheer damage.

It is also useful in the Trial of the Fool, which features many encounters with enemies whose attacks are hard to dodge.

How to Acquire

Life in Hallownest can be tough, always taking hits and getting knocked around. This charm grants you more time to recover after taking damage. Useful if you need to escape from a tight spot.

Charm Combo Tips

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Baldur Shell
Applies Stalwart Shell's effect when Baldur Shell is triggered.
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Quick Slash
Especially efficient in combination with Quick Slash, allowing the Knight to quickly deal a large amount of damage.
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Fragile Strength
Especially efficient in combination with Fragile Strength, allowing the Knight to quickly deal a large amount of damage. The same is true for Grimm Troupe Icon.png Unbreakable Strength.
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Quick Focus
Useful to provide a window to Focus. Can be combined with Deep Focus.
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Deep Focus
Useful to provide a window to Focus. Can be combined with Quick Focus.
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Carefree Melody
Applies Stalwart Shell's effect even when the damage is negated by Carefree Melody.
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Thorns of Agony
Decreases the time taken for thorns to activate after being hit.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Without any Charms, the invulnerability time is 1.3 seconds. With Stalwart Shell, it is 1.75 seconds.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Without any Charms, the recoil duration is 0.2 seconds. With Stalwart Shell, it is 0.08 seconds.
Charm Compendium
Main Game
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Wayward Compass
Gathering Swarm.png

Gathering Swarm
Stalwart Shell.png

Stalwart Shell
Soul Catcher.png

Soul Catcher
Shaman Stone.png

Shaman Stone
Soul Eater.png

Soul Eater

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

Mark of Pride.png

Mark of Pride
Baldur Shell.png

Baldur Shell

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

Grubberfly's Elegy.png

Grubberfly's Elegy

Spore Shroom.png

Spore Shroom
Sharp Shadow.png

Sharp Shadow
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Shape of Unn
Nailmaster's Glory.png

Nailmaster's Glory
Dream Wielder.png

Dream Wielder

Void Heart.png

Void Heart

Unbreakable Heart.png

Unbreakable Heart
Unbreakable Greed.png

Unbreakable Greed
Unbreakable Strength.png

Unbreakable Strength



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Carefree Melody