Shade Cloak

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The Shade Cloak is an Ability in Hollow Knight. It allows for dashing through enemies and their attacks, as well as Shade Gates.


The Shade Cloak acts as an upgrade to the Mothwing Cloak.

Environmental hazards still deal damage. Dashing through most projectiles destroys the projectile.

The Shade Cloak has a small cooldown (1.5 sec) independent of the regular dash. This is indicated by shadow particles scattering around the Knight while it is on cooldown, then being absorbed into the Knight when it recharges. Dashing while the cooldown is in effect will result in a normal dash which does not phase through enemies.

The Dashmaster Charm does not reduce the Shade Cloak cooldown. It only reduces the normal dash cooldown.

Acquiring the Shade Cloak also unlocks new dialogue for Mask Maker.


The Sharp Shadow Charm causes the Shadow Dash to deal 1x Nail damage and increases dash length by 40%.

How to Acquire

Located in the Abyss, to the very east, beyond the sea of Void. The Knight must first climb the lighthouse on the west side of the sea and activate the light in order to suppress the Void Tendrils blocking access to the Shade Cloak room. Once there, standing inside the bowl of the Void fountain results in Void permeating the Knight before the ability is granted.


  • The Knight may shadow dash downwards with the Dashmaster Charm equipped.
  • Hitting the creature holding the bowl without having the Awoken Dream Nail makes a possible seal appear over its head.
    • Hitting it with the Awoken Dream Nail gives the line "...Void... Power... Without unity..."
    • After acquiring the Void Heart it gives "...Lord of Shades..."
    • This is the only Dream Nail dialogue for a non-living object that changes based on game state.