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Thorns of Agony is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It causes the Knight to sprout thorny vines when taking damage which damage nearby enemies.


The Thorns of Agony deal damage equal to the base damage of the Nail, capable of hitting twice if within range. The main downside of this Charm is that it deals damage without collecting SOUL, and, in some situations, it may kill easier enemies that would have been useful for regaining SOUL.

The animation for Thorns of Agony also takes up invincibility frames as the Knight cannot be controlled until the animation is over. This reduces the number of invincibility frames that the Knight has to move or reposition.

This charm is particularly useful when fighting multiple enemies at the same time, especially in the Colosseum of Fools.

This charm is not recommended for use in Fog Canyon as damaging Oomas makes them burst, releasing their explosive core that home in on the Knight, dealing two Masks of damage.

How to Acquire

Found in Greenpath in a maze of thorns featuring Charged Lumaflies. Requires Mothwing Cloak to reach.

Charm Synergies

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Stalwart Shell

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

Thorns of Agony activates if the Baldur Shell is triggered, even if the Knight has not taken damage.

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Carefree Melody

Thorns of Agony still triggers even if damage was 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
Shaman Stone.png
Shaman Stone
Soul Eater.png
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
Fragile Strength.png
Fragile Strength
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Spell Twister
Steady Body.png
Steady Body
Heavy Blow.png
Heavy Blow
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Quick Slash
Mark of Pride.png
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
Grimm Troupe Icon.png The Grimm Troupe Content

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Unbreakable Heart
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Unbreakable Greed
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Unbreakable Strength
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Carefree Melody