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Charms are gorgeous, mystical, one-of-a-kind accessories with a spark of power woven into their cores. Just wearing one is enough to change your life! You'll do things you never thought possible!
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A white silhouette of The Knight sitting on a bench with a charm on top of them and an arrow pointing towards two charms
Charm equipment tutorial illustration

Charms are a special type of Item in Hollow Knight that provide various bonuses and special abilities. Charms use Notches when equipped and can only be equipped and unequipped while sitting on a Bench.

There are a total of 45 Charms, though only a max of 40 can be kept at one time, as 5 Charms can be replaced with different ones throughout the game:


Charm Notch icon

Charm Notches are required to equip Charms. Different Charms require a different number of Notches. The Knight starts with 3 Notches. 8 more can be found throughout the game, for a total of 11 Notches.

Acquiring a Charm Notch fully restores the Knight's health.

List of Charm Notches
Source Conditions / Requirements Location
1. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png 120 Collect 5 Charms
Mapshot HK Salubra 01.png
2. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png 500 Collect 10 Charms
3. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png 900 Collect 18 Charms
4. Sold by Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for Geo.png 1400 Collect 25 Charms
5. North-east of Cornifer in Fog Canyon (hidden area) Unlock Isma's Tear or Monarch Wings
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6. Found in Fungal Wastes Defeat 2 Shrumal Ogres
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7. Reward in Colosseum of Fools Complete the Trial of the Warrior
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8. In Dirtmouth, inside the tent of the Grimm Troupe content Grimm Troupe Defeat Grimm
Mapshot HK Brumm 01.png


If there are free notches in the Knight's equipment, the player may Overcharm the Knight by selecting a final Charm with a higher cost than remaining open notches. The first time this is done, the player must select the charm 5 times, as the charm "smashes" into the slot, eventually equipping and leaving purple cracks in the loadout. After this, Overcharming only requires one attempt.

While Overcharmed, damage dealt to the Knight from all sources is doubled, except for environmental damage taken while invulnerable.

Being Overcharmed is advantageous for areas where the player is confident in their ability to avoid damage, or for places that give the Knight a long enough pause in the action to heal the extra damage taken. It is also highly effective for Radiant fights in the Godmaster content Hall of Gods, as the Knight will die in one hit regardless of damage multipliers.

Charm Synergies

Main article: Charm Synergies

Certain charms will provide unique effects when worn together, separate from expected effects like more Lifeblood Hearts or increased Nail range. For a complete list, see Charm Synergies.

List of Charms

Item Description Location Notches
Wayward Compass.png

Wayward Compass
Whispers its location to the bearer whenever a map is open, allowing wanderers to pinpoint their current location. Sold by Iselda for Geo.png 220, after encountering Cornifer HK Notch.png
Gathering Swarm.png

Gathering Swarm
A swarm will follow the bearer and gather up any loose Geo.

Useful for those who can't bear to leave anything behind, no matter how insignificant.

Sold by Sly for Geo.png 300 HK Notch.png
Stalwart Shell.png

Stalwart Shell
Builds resilience. When recovering from damage, the bearer will remain invulnerable for longer.

Makes it easier to escape from dangerous situations.

Sold by Sly for Geo.png 200 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Soul Catcher.png

Soul Catcher
Used by shamans to draw more SOUL from the world around them.

Increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the nail.

Ancestral Mound, west of Elder Baldur HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Shaman Stone.png

Shaman Stone
Said to contain the knowledge of past generations of shaman.

Increases the power of spells, dealing more damage to foes.

Sold by Salubra for Geo.png 220 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Soul Eater.png

Soul Eater
Forgotten shaman artifact, used to draw SOUL from still-living creatures.

Greatly increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the nail.

Resting Grounds
Requires Desolate Dive
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Bears the likeness of an eccentric bug known only as 'The Dashmaster'.

The bearer will be able to dash more often as well as dash downwards. Perfect for those who want to move around as quickly as possible.

Fungal Wastes, south of Mantis Village HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png

Grimm Troupe content Sprintmaster
Bears the likeness of a strange bug known only as 'The Sprintmaster'.

Increases the running speed of the bearer, allowing them to avoid danger or overtake rivals.

Sold by Sly for Geo.png 400
Requires Shopkeeper's Key
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Contains the gratitude of freed grubs.

Gain SOUL when taking damage.

Gifted by Grubfather for freeing 10 Grubs HK Notch.png
Grubberfly's Elegy.png

Grubberfly's Elegy
Contains the gratitude of grubs who will move to the next stage of their lives. Imbues weapons with a holy strength.

When the bearer is at full health, they will fire beams of white-hot energy from their nail.

Gifted by Grubfather for freeing all Grubs HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Fragile Heart.png

Fragile Heart
Increases the health of the bearer, allowing them to take more damage.

This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

Sold by Leg Eater for Geo.png 350/Geo cost with Defender's Crest equipped 280 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Unbreakable Heart.png

Grimm Troupe content Unbreakable Heart
Increases the health of the bearer, allowing them to take more damage.

This charm is unbreakable.

Given by Grimm Troupe content Divine for Geo.png 12000
Requires Fragile Heart
HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Fragile Greed.png

Fragile Greed
Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies.

This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

Sold by Leg Eater for Geo.png 250/Geo cost with Defender's Crest equipped 200 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Unbreakable Greed.png

Grimm Troupe content Unbreakable Greed
Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies.

This charm is unbreakable.

Given by Grimm Troupe content Divine for Geo.png 9000
Requires Fragile Greed
HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Fragile Strength.png

Fragile Strength
Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their nail.

This charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed.

Sold by Leg Eater for Geo.png 600/Geo cost with Defender's Crest equipped 480 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Unbreakable Strength.png

Grimm Troupe content Unbreakable Strength
Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their nail.

This charm is unbreakable.

Given by Grimm Troupe content Divine for Geo.png 15000
Requires Fragile Strength
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Spell Twister.png

Spell Twister
Reflecting the desires of the Soul Sanctum for mastery over SOUL, it improves the bearer's ability to cast spells.

Reduces the SOUL cost of casting spells.

Soul Sanctum, in the room before fighting Soul Master HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Steady Body.png

Steady Body
Keeps its bearer from recoiling backwards when they strike an enemy with a nail.

Allows one to stay steady and keep attacking.

Sold by Salubra for Geo.png 120 HK Notch.png
Heavy Blow.png

Heavy Blow
Formed from the nails of fallen warriors.

Increases the force of the bearer's nail, causing enemies to recoil further when hit.

Sold by Sly for Geo.png 350
Requires Shopkeeper's Key
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Quick Slash.png

Quick Slash
Born from imperfect, discarded nails that have fused together. The nails still long to be wielded.

Allows the bearer to slash much more rapidly with their nail.

Kingdom's Edge, south of Oro's hut. HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png

Increases the range of the bearer's nail, allowing them to strike foes from further away. Sold by Salubra for Geo.png 300 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Mark of Pride.png

Mark of Pride
Freely given by the Mantis Tribe to those they respect.

Greatly increases the range of the bearer's nail, allowing them to strike foes from further away.

Mantis Village, northeast of the Mantis Lords room
Requires defeating the Mantis Lords.
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Fury of the Fallen.png

Fury of the Fallen
Embodies the fury and heroism that comes upon those who are about to die.

When close to death, the bearer's strength will increase.

King's Pass, east of the starting room. HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Thorns of Agony.png

Thorns of Agony
Senses the pain of its bearer and lashes out at the world around them.

When taking damage, sprout thorny vines that damage nearby foes.

Greenpath, middle of area.
Requires Mothwing Cloak
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Baldur Shell.png

Baldur Shell
Protects its bearer with a hard shell while focusing SOUL.

The shell is not indestructible and will shatter if it absorbs too much damage.

Howling Cliffs, in a chest to the south. HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png

Living charm born in the gut of a Flukemarm.

Transforms the Vengeful Spirit spell into a horde of volatile baby flukes.

Dropped by Flukemarm HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Defender's Crest.png

Defender's Crest
Unique charm bestowed by the King of Hallownest to his most loyal knight. Scratched and dirty, but still cared for.

Causes the bearer to emit a heroic odour.

Dropped by Dung Defender HK Notch.png
Glowing Womb.png

Glowing Womb
Drains the SOUL of its bearer and uses it to birth hatchlings.

The hatchlings have no desire to eat or live, and will sacrifice themselves to protect their parent.

Forgotten Crossroads, east of the False Knight
Requires Crystal Heart
HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Quick Focus.png

Quick Focus
A charm containing a crystal lens.

Increases the speed of focusing SOUL, allowing the bearer to heal damage faster.

Sold by Salubra for Geo.png 800 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Deep Focus.png

Deep Focus
Naturally formed within a crystal over a long period. Draws in SOUL from the surrounding air.

The bearer will focus SOUL at a slower rate, but the healing effect will double.

Crystal Peak, south of Cornifer
Requires Crystal Heart
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Lifeblood Heart.png

Lifeblood Heart
Contains a living core that seeps precious lifeblood.

When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a modest amount of damage.

Sold by Salubra for Geo.png 250 HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Lifeblood Core.png

Lifeblood Core
Contains a living core that bleeds precious lifeblood.

When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a large amount of damage.

The Abyss, on the west wall
Requires 14 Lifeblood masks (15 if Joni's Blessing is equipped).
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Joni's Blessing.png

Joni's Blessing
Blessed by Joni, the kindly heretic. Transfigures vital fluids into blue lifeblood.

The bearer will have a healthier shell and can take more damage, but they will not be able to heal themselves by focusing SOUL.

Joni's Repose HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png

Golden nugget of the Hive's precious hardened nectar.

Heals the bearer's wounds over time, allowing them to regain health without focusing SOUL.

The Hive, south of Hive Knight
Requires defeating Hive Knight
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Spore Shroom.png

Spore Shroom
Composed of living fungal matter. Scatters spores when exposed to SOUL.

When focusing SOUL, emit a spore cloud that slowly damages enemies

Fungal Wastes, west end, near the entrance to Queen's Gardens HK Notch.png
Sharp Shadow.png

Sharp Shadow
Contains a forbidden spell that transforms shadows into deadly weapons.

When using Shadow Dash, the bearer's body will sharpen and damage enemies.

Deepnest, southeast of the Hot Spring
Requires Shade Cloak
HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Shape of Unn.png

Shape of Unn
Reveals the form of Unn within the bearer.

While focusing SOUL, the bearer will take on a new shape and can move freely to avoid enemies.

Lake of Unn
Requires Isma's Tear
HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Nailmaster's Glory.png

Nailmaster's Glory
Contains the passion, skill and regrets of a Nailmaster.

Increases the bearer's mastery of Nail Arts, allowing them to focus their power faster and unleash arts sooner.

Given by Sly after acquiring all 3 Nail Arts HK Notch.png

Grimm Troupe content Weaversong
Silken charm containing a song of farewell, left by the Weavers who departed Hallownest for their old home.

Summons weaverlings to give the lonely bearer some companionship and protection.

Weavers' Den HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Dream Wielder.png

Dream Wielder
Transient charm created for those who wield the Dream Nail and collect Essence.

Allows the bearer to charge the Dream Nail faster and collect more SOUL when striking foes.

Given by Seer for gathering 500 Essence HK Notch.png

Grimm Troupe content Dreamshield
Defensive charm once wielded by a tribe that could shape dreams.

Conjures a shield that follows the bearer and attempts to protect them.

Resting Grounds, south of Seer HK Notch.pngHK Notch.pngHK Notch.png

Grimm Troupe content Grimmchild
Worn by those who take part in the Grimm Troupe's Ritual.

The bearer must seek the Grimmkin and collect their flames. Uncollected flames will appear on the bearer's map.

Given by Grimm Troupe content Troupe Master Grimm HK Notch.pngHK Notch.png
Carefree Melody.png

Grimm Troupe content Carefree Melody
Token commemorating the start of a friendship.

Contains a song of protection that may defend the bearer from damage.

Given by Grimm Troupe content Nymm in Dirtmouth
Requires banishing the Grimm Troupe
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Holy charm symbolising a union between higher beings. The bearer will slowly absorb the limitless SOUL contained within.

Opens the way to a birthplace.

1/2: Given by the White Lady
1/2: Complete the White Palace
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Void Heart.png

Void Heart
An emptiness that was hidden within, now unconstrained. Unifies the void under the bearer's will.

This charm is a part of its bearer and can not be unequipped.

Requires having Kingsoul equipped



Achievement Charmed.png Charmed
Acquire your first Charm.
Achievement Enchanted.png Enchanted
Acquire half of Hallownest's Charms.
Achievement Blessed.png Blessed
Acquire all Charms and receive Salubra's Blessing.


  • The Charm system was inspired by the badges from Paper Mario.[1] Just like Charms, badges have a variety of effects when equipped, such as increased stats, new abilities, or new moves.[2]