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Steel Soul
No Shade. No Reviving. Death is Permanent. The Ultimate Challenge.

Steel Soul Mode is a game mode in Hollow Knight that is unlocked after finishing the game for the first time.

In Steel Soul Mode, there are four main changes to gameplay, compared to Classic Mode:

As death is permanent, this means that the Fragile Charms sold by Leg Eater become significantly more useful, as their main penalty (breaking upon death) is nullified.

Trying to enter a failed Steel Soul run will result in asking if the player would like to clear the save slot. The save slot will also say the word "DEFEATED" instead of the location the game was last saved in.

Besides two Achievements, finishing the game in Steel Soul Mode also unlocks a new Menu Theme.

Achievements

Achievement Steel Soul Steel Soul
Finish the game in Steel Soul mode
Achievement Steel Heart Steel Heart
Achieve 100% and finish the game in Steel Soul mode
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