Enraged Guardian

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Crystal Guardian Enraged Guardian

Heavyset miner of the Crystal Peak overcome by crystal growth. Can discharge blazing beams of light from its crystalllised sic limbs.

How does the world look to this creature, gazing out from within its crystal prison? Does it see only light? Is that what drives it into a frenzy?

The Enraged Guardian is the second form of the Crystal Guardian and an optional boss in Hollow Knight. It is faster and tougher than its original form and deals twice the amount of damage with its attacks. Both forms have to be beaten to unlock its Journal entry.

Behaviour and Tactics

The Enraged Guardian has the same three manoeuvres as its first form:

  • Laser Beam: The Enraged Guardian shoots a beam of crystal energy from its hand. It targets the Knight with its arm, firing a beam where they were when it started its attack. The beam is dangerous for about half a second.
  • Sky Beams: The Enraged Guardian screams, and throughout the arena, up to four beams of crystal energy shoot down from the ceiling, in succession. These beams each trigger at different times and stay dangerous for about half a second. Each beam can be at a different angle between plus and minus 15 degrees from the vertical. The Enraged Guardian always starts the fight with this attack followed by the Hop attack.
  • Hop: The Enraged Guardian randomly hops either a short or long distance to move within the arena.

It is possible to defeat the Enraged Guardian before triggering the boss fight by having the Kingsoul Charm equipped and then using the Vengeful Spirit/Shade Soul Spell repeatedly from outside the arena.

The Enraged Guardian has the same attacks as before but is more aggressive; its attacks deal two Masks of damage instead of one, and the Sky Beams attack's beams appear one after the other rather than simultaneously. Visually the beams are now orange instead of pale pink.

The strategies discussed for the Crystal Guardian work for the Enraged Guardian as well. In addition, when standing on the far east section of the room, most of the beams from above do not hit the Knight, so they only really have to watch for the Guardian's Laser Beam attack. When the Enraged Guardian jumps close to the Knight, it tends to shoot backwards giving time to land multiple hits.

Godmaster Content

Enraged Guardian

Hall of Gods text: "I rest amongst crystals and strange machinery"
"Shining god of greed"

Pantheon Pantheon of the Knight, 1st boss
Health Attuned difficulty 650
Ascended difficulty 1250
Radiant difficulty
Arena changes The arena is smaller with spikes now added to the top half of both walls of the arena. Starts the fight with the Laser Beam attack and then a random attack.

Dream Nail Dialogue

  • ...Die...Leave...Die...
  • ...Kill it...KILL IT...


The Enraged Guardian is directly above the room where the Crystal Guardian is fought. It can only be encountered if the first form has been defeated. Reaching it also requires the Monarch Wings.



  • The name Enraged Guardian was coined in the Godmaster content Godmaster content pack, prior to which it was commonly referred to as simply "Crystal Guardian 2".
  • Beating the Crystal Guardian in Godmaster content Godhome does not contribute to unlocking its Hunter's Journal entry.
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