Hollow Knight – Starter Guide

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Hollow Knight is the type of game that does very little hand holding. And players will find many mysteries and challenges along the way. In saying that, some of you might want a little general information going in without ruining the experience. And this Hollow Knight Guide aims to fill that void.




What To Do First

Early on you have very little tools or resources that will help you along the road. So your initial investment of your Geos will be quite crucial to your experience of the game. As soon as you get the chance, purchase the following:

+ Map + Compass + Quilt

Map to help you find your way, Wayward Compass to navigate and Quilt to make updates as you make discoveries..

HollowKnight - Looking for Map


Buy Them Pins

Your second most important investment will be the Map Pins, these will indicate things such as benches, vendors and stations. They will save you a great deal of time and energy, while allowing you to plan ahead.

These early investments will then set you up for the remaining part of the game, and will make life much easier as time goes by.


What To Spend Geo On

Spend your Geo freely when ever you come across things that you think are useful or will be at some point be useful. Because you’re bound to lose some along the way, and it’s better to spend, than to hoarded and lose.

In fact, the majority of the things that you come across will be useful and beneficial on some level. Especially purchases such as charms and upgrades. And the process of farming Geo is quite simple once you begin to explore and understand the basics.



Combat Tips

1, 2.. 1, 2, 3..

Like any other form of combat there is a rhythm and need for pacing. And these basics also apply to Hollow Knights combat. Remember this, and practice. And you’ll find combat much more effortless and natural.

More importantly a need for patience will take you a long way in this game. Remember to use all the mechanics available to you and fight at and advantage. A great example would be your ability to judge distance.


Better to Cast Than to Heal

It is often better to cast Vengeful Spirit and kill your enemies quickly than fight, take damage and then heal. Unless of course, you’re practicing. With this approach at least you’re saving time.

Which is a reminder that going a caster focused build is a viable and powerful route. Make sure checkout this list of the best charms for more information.


Remember Anything Can Kill You

Literally, anything. Assuming an enemy is basic and giving a half-hearted effort to killing them will often kill you instead, or at the very least take a life or two. So stay alert and be prepared, even against the most unlikely of opponents.


Explore and Build Familiarity

You’re playing an exploration game, so bring your adventurous spirit and the desire for the unknown. Hit surfaces for breaks and secret areas. Go out of your way to uncover a new room and make notes of the areas that are unavailable to you. They will always be worth it.


Pay Attention to the Details

Simply look and you’ll often find the way. Because this beautiful and intricate game shows you a great deal if you pay attention and give it all of your focus.

HollowKnight - Signs


Make Use of the Up and Down Mechanic

Going for it blind is never a good idea..
Especially when you’re given a mechanic to minimise that.

HollowKnight - Looking Down


Acquire the Hunters Journal

Somewhere in the east of Greenpath. You will meet an ancient Hunter, who will grant you the Hunter’s Journal. The journal can provide tips on certain enemies and best ways of defeating them. But only once you’ve defeated enough.

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Rest Frequently

Besides in game rests that will replenish your health and make updates of your discoveries. You will eventually find yourself nerved at some point during the game. It is best to take a break and come back with a fresh & clear mind.

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When Fighting Difficult Enemies/Bosses

Focus on them rather than all the things thrown at you to distract you. Your mind quickly learns to focus on the primary target while giving secondary focus to the obstacles. This tip, probably transcends beyond the game.


Saving Your Geo by Quitting

When chances of survival looks grim and you want get out while you still can. Exit the game and reload. And you’ll be at your last save spot with your Geo intact.


Shady Business

In case you didn’t know.. If you die while having a shade in the world, you’ll lose all your Geo on that shade. But! If you have a shade in the world and decide to save and exit. That shade will still be there when you reload your game.



Best Early Game Charms

Checkout the list of the Best Hollow Knight Charms!

HollowKnight - Charms Menu

These have been found the most useful amongst the early charms:

  • Wayward Compass – displays the bearers location whenever a map is open. The major navigation item when new to the game and having to find your way around the complex labyrinth.
  • Longnail – Increases the range of the bearer’s nail by 15%, which means that you will be able to keep your enemies at bay and avoid their attacks more often. And also more likely to reach them during jump attacks.
  • Soul Catcher – Increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the nail. Making it a great item for caster builds or heavy soul usage builds.
  • Gathering Swarm – A swarm will follow you and gather up any loose Geo. At 1 Notch, its the perfect Charm for the little saver in you.
  • Steady Body – Keeps its bearer from recoiling backwards when they strike an enemy with a nail. Found this very useful early on when getting the hang of the combat. Especially since it reduces the chance of being knocked around and taking extra damage.


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Other Hollow Knight Resources

Full Map V1.7 & Hollow Knight Reddit
Hollow Knight – OST [Relaxing Edition 1.0]
Hollow Knight – OST [Relaxing Edition 2.0]

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