Category:Bosses (Hollow Knight)

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For the Godmaster content Godmaster versions of Bosses and a list of their differing information, see Hall of Gods.

Bosses are unique enemies in Hollow Knight that typically have higher health or deal more damage than the standard creatures in the same area. The Knight may have to defeat a Boss to access a new area, acquire an item, complete a quest, or simply further the main story of the game.

When the Knight encounters a boss, the name usually appears on-screen, and the music changes into a battle theme.

Counting the variations, there are 47 bosses in the game. That number includes one “joke” boss that cannot damage the Knight (Zote), but excludes the two that are never actually fought. Some bosses also make a second appearance in the Colosseum of Fools.

Almost all the boss fights in the game have multiple variations in the Hall of Gods, including alternate arenas that change the nature of a fight, or special challenges such as beating a boss without taking a hit.


Broken Vessel Brooding Mawlek Godmaster content Brothers Oro & Mato The Collector

Crystal Guardian Dung Defender False Knight Flukemarm

God Tamer Godmaster content Great Nailsage Sly Grimm Troupe content Grimm Gruz Mother

Lifeblood content Hive Knight Hollow Knight Hornet Protector Mantis Lords

Massive Moss Charger Nosk Oblobbles Godmaster content Paintmaster Sheo

Radiance Soul Master Soul Warrior Traitor Lord

Uumuu Vengefly King Watcher Knight Zote

Warrior Dreams

Lingering memories of particularly strong bugs, Warrior Dreams are a unique form of boss in that the Knight can only challenge them once they have acquired the Dream Nail.[1] Defeating a Warrior Dream rewards a large amount of Essence.

After acquiring the Dream Nail, the Knight may purchase the Warrior's Grave Pin from Iselda for  180, which reveals the location of all discovered Warrior Dreams on any purchased Maps.

Dream Nailing a Warrior Dream automatically starts the fight, and Dream Nailing them after winning the fight automatically collects the Essence without dialogue. The Dream Nail has no effect when used during the fight.

Elder Hu Galien Gorb Markoth

Marmu No Eyes Xero

Boss Variants

Alternate versions of bosses, more challenging than the original fight. Some can be accessed by Dream Nailing their corpse; defeating these dream bosses awards a large sum of Essence. Others can be found elsewhere in Hallownest after the original fight. A few more boss variations can also be found inside Godmaster content Godhome.

Godmaster content Absolute Radiance Enraged Guardian Failed Champion Hidden Dreams content Grey Prince Zote

Hornet Sentinel Lost Kin Grimm Troupe content Nightmare King Godmaster content Pure Vessel

Godmaster content Sisters of Battle Soul Tyrant Hidden Dreams content White Defender Godmaster content Winged Nosk

Failed Champion, Hidden Dreams content Grey Prince Zote, Lost Kin, Grimm Troupe content Nightmare King Grimm, Soul Tyrant and Hidden Dreams content White Defender are considered "Dream Bosses" and occur within the Dream Realm. This means that the Knight does not actually die during a dream boss battle. If the Knight dies, they simply wake up next to the point of entry. This means several things:

  • The Knight does not leave behind a Shade.
  • The Knight does not lose part of their SOUL Meter. (However, the SOUL meter still completely empties.)
  • The Knight does not lose any Geo.
  • The Fragile Charms sold by Leg Eater do not break.
  • Steel Soul runs do not end.

An exception is the Radiance, whose fight follows the pattern of being a "Dream Boss"; however, losing to the Radiance is treated like an actual death.

Fake-Out Bosses

Bosses that include an intro sequence with a name card or a battle theme, but are not fought and have no purpose beyond being a joke or a surprise.

The Hunter Godmaster content Tiso


  • Designing a Warrior Dream was a reward for a tier of backers during the game's Kickstarter campaign:
"Ancient Hero: Appear in-game as an epic warrior-spirit! Help us create the appearance and dialogue for your spirit counterpart: Tell the Hollow Knight of your great deeds, then challenge him to battle!"
  • In this same Kickstarter project, a location called "Queen's Glade" is mentioned in the Warrior Dreams tier:
"Become a Warrior Spirit in the Queen’s Glade"
  • In the Kickstarter project, it is mentioned that 3 people pledged to the 2nd to last tier, which allows backers to create their own bosses, two of them were the God Tamer, Steel Assassin Sharpe, and a third upcoming boss in Hollow Knight: Silksong. The 2 companions announced alongside Sharpe do not seem to count in these 3.
    • There are also 3 upcoming bosses from the "create your own dungeon" reward tier in Silksong.
  • Dream bosses do not need to be defeated to unlock the Godmaster content Pantheon of the Knight as defeating their real-world counterparts count towards the lock. However, the dream boss remains unavailable in the Godmaster content Hall of Gods.
  • False Knight is unlocked in the Godmaster content Pantheons if he was skipped by breaking the left wall during his battle.
  • Hidden Dreams content Grey Prince Zote, Grimm Troupe content Nightmare King Grimm, Vengefly King, and God Tamer do not need to be defeated to unlock the Godmaster content Pantheons.
    • Hidden Dreams content Grey Prince Zote will be absent from the Pantheons if Zote was left to die in Greenpath or if he was not defeated in the base game.


  1. Official manual: "Lingering memories of particularly strong bugs."