Steel Soul Mode

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No Shade. No Reviving. Death is Permanent. The Ultimate Challenge.

Steel Soul Mode is a game mode in Hollow Knight that is unlocked after finishing the game for the first time.

In Steel Soul Mode, there are four main changes to gameplay, compared to Classic Mode:

As death is permanent, this means that the Fragile Charms sold by Leg Eater become significantly more useful, as their main penalty (breaking upon death) is nullified.

Trying to enter a failed Steel Soul run results in asking if the player would like to clear the save slot. The save slot also says the word "DEFEATED" instead of the location the game was last saved in.

In addition to two achievements, finishing the game in Steel Soul Mode unlocks a new Menu Style.


Steel Soul
Finish the game in Steel Soul mode.
Steel Heart
Achieve 100% game completion and finish the game in Steel Soul mode.