Heavy Blow

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Heavy Blow is a Charm in Hollow Knight. It increases an enemy's knockback when hit by Nail strikes or Nail Arts.

Godmaster content It also reduces the number of hits required to stagger a boss by 1.


High knockback can be useful for enemies who have an uninterruptible attack, like the Massive Moss Charger and the Wandering Husk. Using Heavy Blow against this kind of enemy usually pushes them back far enough to prevent their attack from hitting the Knight, allowing for more consecutive attacks, a chance to escape and heal, and safer Nail attacks for enemies with high range (thus removing the need for a ranged Spell and saving SOUL). However, this Charm should not be used against ranged enemies and Warrior Dreams such as No Eyes and Gorb (especially considering that they cannot be staggered), as it is harder to deal consistent damage to them from a distance.

Enemies that do not take knockback are not affected by Heavy Blow's increased knockback. This includes most bosses.

Godmaster content However, since Heavy Blow decreases the hits needed to stagger a boss by 1, it can still be useful during boss fights.

How to Acquire

Bought from Sly for Geo.png 350 after bringing him the Shopkeeper's Key found in the Crystal Peak.

  • Shop description:
You enjoy smacking about foes with that nail of yours, right? With this charm equipped, you'll be able to send them flying further with every hit!

Charm Combo Tips

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Quick Slash
Effective when combined with Quick Slash to knock back enemies at a faster rate.
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Steady Body
Allows the Knight to push all enemies away with strikes while not slowing down. More effective combined with Quick Slash.
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Grubberfly's Elegy
Allows projectiles to knock back enemies from greater distances.


Deep dive


  1. Does not affect the knockback of Nail attacks made while wall-sliding.