Hollow Knight Guide
15. The Abyss
The Abyss is super easy to navigate, but holds some tough enemies. Shades will continually spawn when you are on the bottom floor and inflict two heart damage per hit. With that warning aside, use the King’s Brand to open the gate about halfway down the map, head to the bottom of The Abyss and head to the right. In the next room, you will need to turn on the lighthouse before you can Crystal Heart across the void lake. Turn on the lighthouse, Crystal Heart across the lake, and collect the Shade Cloak ability.
Ability: Shade Cloak
The Shade Cloak ability is collected by jumping into the black tar bowl the bug at the end of the tunnel is holding. Shade Cloak allows the user to dash through Abyss. This black substance blocks access to certain areas and must be passed through in order to access the final mask. With the ability in hand, make your way back to the nearest Stagway Station and head to Queen’s Station. The end is near!