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Stalwart Shell is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It increases invincibility frames and reduces hit recoil.


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 Synergies

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Thorns of Agony

Decreases the time taken for thorns to activate after being hit. Increases the animation speed and leaves extra invincibility frames after the ones consumed by the animation.

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.

Charm Compendium
Main Game

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Wayward Compass
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Gathering Swarm
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Stalwart Shell
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Soul Catcher
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Shaman Stone
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Soul Eater
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Thorns of Agony
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Fury of the Fallen
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Fragile Heart
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Fragile Greed
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Fragile Strength
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Spell Twister
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Steady Body
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Heavy Blow
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Quick Slash
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Mark of Pride
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Baldur Shell
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Defender's Crest
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Glowing Womb
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Quick Focus
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Deep Focus
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Lifeblood Heart
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Lifeblood Core
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Joni's Blessing
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Grubberfly's Elegy
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Spore Shroom
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Sharp Shadow
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Shape of Unn
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Nailmaster's Glory
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Dream Wielder
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Void Heart

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Unbreakable Heart
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Unbreakable Greed
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Unbreakable Strength
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Carefree Melody