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For the in-game mechanic of "Lifeblood", see Lifeblood.
A Kingdom Upgraded! New Boss. Upgraded Bosses. Tweaks and Refinements across the whole game.

Lifeblood is a major update to Hollow Knight originally planned for the release of the game on Nintendo Switch.[1] It was pushed to public beta testing on March 23rd, 2018, with its name and content revealed on the 24th.[2] Lifeblood was then released on April 20th, 2018.[3]

This update enhanced many technical and visual aspects of the game, balanced the gameplay, and added a boss fight with its own theme.

Content Added


Mapping Tools


  • Lifeblood menu style
  • Infected menu style
  • Void menu style
  • Steel Soul menu style


Main menu

  • The background of the title screen can be changed (Extras section). The menu styles include:
  1. Classic (Unlocked from start)
  2. Hidden Dreams (Hidden Dreams content Hidden Dreams update)
  3. Grimm Troupe (Grimm Troupe content The Grimm Troupe update)
  4. Lifeblood (Lifeblood update)
  5. Infected (Unlocked by beating the Hollow Knight)
  6. Void (Unlocked by beating the Radiance)
  7. Steel Soul (Unlocked by completing Steel Soul Mode, any ending)
Two more with the Godmaster content Godmaster update:
  1. Godmaster (Godmaster update)
  2. The Eternal Ordeal (Unlocked by getting 57 kills in The Eternal Ordeal)
And one last one with Voidheart Edition:
  1. Voidheart (Included in Voidheart Edition)
  • A changelog was added to the Extras section in the main menu, which includes information about every major version of the game
  • Blur quality can be changed through the Video menu

Visual Changes

  • The Hive area had numerous visual changes[4]
  • The Zote statue implemented in the Hidden Dreams content Hidden Dreams update now only has four candles, but will still turn gold after ten defeats
  • Animation for travelling the stagways is longer and now able to be skipped
  • Parallax is a lot smoother and clearer
  • Using Crystal Heart now gives off a flash of purple light
  • Tram pass slots now have a glowing yellow light
  • Calling and riding the Tram now has a rippling overlay effect
  • New room transitions have been implemented
    • The map has been updated in accordance to these changes
  • Kingdom's Edge map has been slightly changed for clarity
  • The Knight now has a new burst animation when taking damage
  • Damage taken from coming in contact with spikes triggers a unique burst animation
  • Damage taken that deals multiple Masks now triggers a new burst animation
    • This animation can also be seen when the Knight is killed
  • Dying in Steel Soul Mode has a unique animation
  • Decorative mushrooms in the Fungal Wastes now react to the Knight walking over them and let out a puff of spores
  • Destroying decorative pipes in the Royal Waterways makes them leak sewage
  • The arena for the Lost Kin loses saturation and is more greyscale
  • There are now three unique animations for loading screens: normal, dream and the Colosseum of Fools
  • New icon for getting an achievement
  • "Infected" liquid physics and effects have been modified
  • Modified effects for obtaining Shade Cloak
  • A red barrier now appears when the Knight uses a spell in the secret room in Grimm Troupe content Grimm's Tent
  • Cloths's death sequence has been polished

Enemy Changes

NPC Changes

Charm Changes

  • Flukenest's damage has been nerfed and now costs 3 notches
  • Grimm Troupe content Weaversong's Weaverlings do more damage (increased to 3 from 2) with a new attack animation and can stagger bosses
    • Weaversong and Grimm Troupe content Sprintmaster now have an interaction which causes the Weaverlings to move faster and jump higher
    • Weaversong and Grubsong now have an interaction which causes Weaverlings to give the Knight SOUL on dealing damage
  • Joni's Blessing now only grants 40% + 1 more HP (down from 50% + 1)
  • Fury of the Fallen's activated effect has a new design and instead of a red circle highlighting the Knight, they now emit red smoke
  • New animation for when Grimm Troupe content Grimmchild attacks Millibelle

Audio Changes

For more information regarding updates and changes to the game, see Updates.



  1. HOLLOWEEN WRAP-UP! SWITCH NEWS! on Team Cherry's official blog.
  2. HOLLOW KNIGHT: LIFEBLOOD & SWITCH UPDATE on Team Cherry's official blog.
  3. HOLLOW KNIGHT: LIFEBLOOD HAS LAUNCHED! on Team Cherry's official blog.
  4. The Hive: old vs new comparison

Pages in category "Lifeblood"

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