Patriarch of a vengefly colony. Swoops at intruders and cries out for reinforcements if threatened.

A filthy creature that is happy to chew on any old thing it finds discarded on the cavern floor. When it notices a threat it will annoyingly scream and shriek, so kill it swiftly.

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The Vengefly King is an optional mini-boss in Hollow Knight as well as a Colosseum of Fools mini-boss. Unlocking its Journal entry requires beating 2 Vengefly Kings.

In-game events

Vengefly Kings are the territorial patriarchs of Vengeflies and are native to Greenpath.[1] One can be encountered above the roads of Greenpath, hanging on the ceiling and chewing on Zote. Harming it prompts to release Zote and to fight the Knight. Upon defeat, the Infection bursts out of it and makes it explode in pieces. Neglecting to help Zote results instead in the Vengefly King eating him before disappearing.

One more Vengefly King can be fought during the Trial of the Warrior.

Behaviour & Tactics

The Vengefly King has two attacks:

  • Swipe: Opens its jaw and swoops at the Knight in a wide 'U' shape.
  • Summoning Scream: Emits a screech, bringing 0-2 Vengeflies into the fight. There is a maximum of 4 Vengeflies that can be alive at once.

If it opens its mouth to Swipe, wait until it starts moving. Jump over it as it approaches. Either perform a downward slash to get in some damage or simply avoid it.

When it summons normal Vengeflies, kill them as quickly as possible. The longer they're around, the more difficult dodging the Vengefly King will become, and they provide an easy way to get SOUL.

There is enough time to heal immediately after dodging a Swipe attack.

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Vengefly King is always unlocked in the Hall of Gods and the Pantheon of the Master, even if it was never encountered or fought anywhere outside of Godhome.

Statue Vengefly King
Vengefly King
Hall of Gods text: "I keep guard above a verdant land"
"Vicious god of territories"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Master, 1st boss
Health Attuned Badge 450
Ascended Badge 430 (right) / 735 (left)
Radiant Badge
Arena changes One more Vengefly King will spawn opposite to the side of the other Vengefly King on Ascended difficulty or above. No arena changes from the base fight.

Dream Nail Dialogue Essence
  • ...Rage...
  • ...Defend...Kill...
  • ...Light...


Vengefly King is first encountered at the north of Greenpath. It can also be battled in the Trial of the Warrior at the Colosseum of Fools.



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Leave Zote to die


  • If Zote is not rescued, then the Vengefly king in Greenpath cannot be fought. However, the Hunter's Journal entry can still be completed when one is fought in the Trial of Warriors or in Godmaster Icon Godhome.
  • In Godmaster Icon Godmaster, the Vengefly King along with the Massive Moss Charger and the Soul Warrior appear as regular bosses.


  1. Hollow Knight: Wanderer's Journal, p.30
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