Nail

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For the strong attacks taught by the Nailmasters, see Nail Arts.

Nail is the term used to describe the bladed weapons wielded by several enemies, NPCs, and bosses in Hollow Knight, including the Knight.

Upgrades

The Nailsmith in the City of Tears can upgrade the Knight's Nail up to 4 times if given enough Geo and Pale Ore, which increase the damage of Nail strikes.

Nail Info
Nail 1 Old Nail.png

Old Nail
A traditional weapon of Hallownest. Its blade is blunt with age and wear.
Upgrade Cost Default weapon
Damage 5
Nail 2 Sharpened Nail.png

Sharpened Nail
A traditional weapon of Hallownest, restored to lethal form.
Upgrade Cost Geo.png 250
Damage 9
Nail 3 Channelled Nail.png

Channelled Nail
A cleft weapon of Hallownest. The blade is exquisitly sic balanced.
Upgrade Cost Geo.png 800 + 1 Pale Ore
Damage 13
Nail 4 Coiled Nail.png

Coiled Nail
A powerful weapon of Hallownest, refined beyond all others.
Upgrade Cost Geo.png 2000 + 2 Pale Ore
Damage 17
Nail 5 Pure Nail.png

Pure Nail
The ultimate weapon of Hallownest. Crafted to perfection, this ancient nail reveals its true form.
Upgrade Cost Geo.png 4000 + 3 Pale Ore
Damage 21

Nail-bouncing

By jumping and slashing down with the Nail on environmental objects, spikes, or enemies, the Knight can bounce. This move, known as "Nail-bouncing", "pogo-jumping", or simply "pogo-ing" is useful for fighting enemies and platforming. A number of areas can also be accessed early through Nail-bouncing.

In the Fungal Wastes, there are purple mushrooms which the Knight can Nail-bounce on to bounce higher than usual. They must be used as a platform to access the Mantis Village and other locations before obtaining the Mantis Claw, Monarch Wings, or Isma's Tear.

Aside from these mushrooms, there are a few other times where Nail-bouncing is required:

Charms

Several Charms in the game affect the performance of the Nail:

Dream Nail

Main article: Dream Nail

The Dream Nail is an Ability given to the Knight by the Seer in the Resting Grounds. It allows the Knight to do various things including accessing the Dream Realm and striking creatures with it to collect SOUL or read their minds.

Trivia

  • Upgrading the Nail does not change its appearance in the Knight's sprites.
  • Some enemies wield greatnails and nail-lances; however, the Knight can wield neither.
  • Some enemies' health changes when upgrading the Nail.