Hollow Knight Guide

2. King’s Pass

Hollow Knight Guide

The starting area known as King’s Pass and is rather straightforward.

The Hollow Knight starts with the Knight dropping into King’s Pass. This area acts as a sort of loose tutorial for players and does not hold many secrets. Before making the trek to Dirtmouth: The Fading Town there are a few Geo clusters (Geo is the game’s currency) we can collect on the way.

Geo Cluster 1

The first Geo Cluster is located to the left of the first room in King’s Pass. Walking off screen will take you to a smallish cave which has the Geo Cluster inside. Geo Clusters can be collected by smashing them with your nail (character’s weapon). Early in the game Geo needs to be manually collected, so make sure to collect every piece. Once this cluster is collected, exit the cave and head right.

Geo Cluster 2

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This Geo Cluster is pretty hard to miss.

Heading right will take you through a hallway of breakable doors. Head through each door and watch for enemies. Once you make it through the hallway, you will arrive in a large room with platforms in the middle. Head to the bottom right area of the room to find Geo Cluster 2. After collecting the Geo make your way up the room via the conveniently placed platforms. Once you make it to the top of the room you will enter a hallway to the left with a tutorial marker in it. This mark introduces us to Focus which is the games healing system. Continue left and you will enter another large room.

Geo Cluster 3

Take out the flying enemy in this room and proceed left to the breakable door. Break the door and enter the room. Use the platforms to head up while watching out for the flying enemy and claim the Geo Cluster. Head back to the large room and proceed upward using the platforms.


At the top of this room is an alcove which has a blue like orb in it. If Hollow Knight hits this orb and the pieces it explodes into he receives an overheal (more health than normal). Currently Overheal is removed after sitting at a bench. Collect the overheal and head right.

Geo Cluster 4

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As you make your way through the breakable door, you will come to an area where the floor collapses under you. Try and trigger the collapse while remaining on the sturdy portion of the walkway. This will let you collect the 4th Cluster in the area which is located along the left side of the wall left after the collapse. Simply drop down along the wall to land in the hallway and collect it. Leave the hallway and drop down below. Head right into the next area.

Geo Cluster 5

In the room with the spiked floor, make your way across and drop down to the right corner of the room. Enter the next room to find the Geo Cluster. Collect the Geo, return to the spiked room and make your way up. You will come across a board which appears to be holding the ground above up. Hit the board and jump to the higher level. Head right until you come to a large gate.

Getting to Dirtmouth: The Fading Town

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This gate separates King’s Pass and Dirtmouth.

This gate is the gate to Dirtmouth. Hit the gate multiple times until it eventually breaks and enter the town. Congratulations, you made it to the hub area of Hollow Knight!


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83 responses

  1. NGorter says:

    Can I use your writing and pictures in this guide to create a android app and publish it legally?

  2. fritz says:

    On page 6, Getting to hornet section, isnt going left then down from Cornifer ability locked? I’m trying to speedrun this game using this guide. thanks!

  3. Lee Cunningham says:

    This is an excellent, massively helpful walkthrough dude. It’s articulate, easy to follow, and is my default go to guide for when I’m stuck

    Much obliged for your putting in the effort in its preparation. I know that the front of house end result belays an awful lot of back office work that you no doubt sweated into this. You’ve done a top job



    – everygrainofsand –

  4. Dorotyhy little cat says:

    Great guide!! it really helped me solve all of the grueling puzzles! who knew the creatures were bugs!

  5. KyloRen23471 says:

    What about howling cliffs?

  6. KyloRen23471 says:

    I need help. I went to the store in dirtmouth after being at the seers house. I accidentally fell in and got the dream nail on accident. I was traversing through crystal peak when i fell in. I would like to know if i can get back without the tram pass because i dont have that. Also the map wasnt in cornifers shop.

    • Jogamy says:

      in section 10 of the guide it has discription on how to get to the resting grounds and you should find a card here that says cornifer left after that you will be able to buy the map at dirtmouth

  7. KyloRen23471 says:

    How do i get to the other area in city of tears? In the other area to the northwestern bench. There is a little corridor and it has just a block and the leaver on the other side. OR how do i get to the area past where you meet hornet?

  8. sleepy_birdie says:

    “Uumuu only takes damage after being deflated by (name?) an ally who appears during the fight.”

    Quirrel! You make it sound like you haven’t played the game for enjoyment, there are so many places you talk to him!

  9. sleepy_birdie says:

    “This black substance blocks access to certain areas and must be passed through in order to access the final mask.”

    What? That’s not true; I broke all three masks before getting the shade cloak 🙂 There’s a way into Fog Canyon from Fungal Wastes that puts you on the other side of the inky wall thing, Cornifer even comments on having found a way around. That wasn’t just to explain his presence there, you can find it too.

  10. Alex says:

    Thanks for the guide – I’ve tried to avoid using it other than as a pointer for the next general direction to head. I’m 26 hours in, and just heading towards the second mask in Deepnest. So far the Watcher Knights have been the biggest pain in the ass, but I’m currently getting owned by a dream essence fighter thing I stumbled across in Deepnest (not on your map, but it’s near one of the blue glowing bulb things that gives you extra blue hearts). Such an awesome game.

  11. CoolKid says:

    Fuck the Mantis Village

  12. Kat says:

    I have a question, on this guide it says to backtrack to where Hornet was. But there is a passage right above where you get the mantis claw, are you supposed to go there?

  13. war says:

    strange, queen’s garden is not in the guide ….

    • CueWasTaken says:

      queen’s garden is a completely optional part of the game is probably why, this guide isn’t for a 100% completion so it makes sense that its ignored

  14. someone_who_wants_to_know_this: says:

    How do you get to that bench in the picture? I cant find a way there.

  15. Octo Knight says:

    How do you get out of the soul master area after defeating him?

  16. Henry says:

    Hi, I am loving the guide. I am on page 12 and I can’t understand how to follow the map to Isma’s Tear. I am on the passage from King’s Station, the one with the broken elevator down below, and can’t find any opening on walls to follow the path on your map. If anybody could help me..

  17. Headclass says:

    Hello, in the guide number 14, you tell us to go for the first bench in the deepnest. However, the area is blocked. There is no way to go there. What should I do?

    • Headclass says:

      I’m sorry, I meant guide number 13

      • QQxwQQ says:

        For everyone wondering what to do. This seems to be a mistake.

        You can go down to the other bench and then transition one screen to the left and and then go up.
        This way you can reach the bench and follow up the route in the guide.

        • Zarya Stark says:

          Thanks for this! Was wondering what I was doing wrong. Nearly died two times trying to backtrack to find a path to that bench x_x

  18. Konrad says:

    First of all, congratz on a great guide. It helps a lot! I have a question about King’s station stagway. I managed to get there but there’s a bench broken and bell on a ground with no possibilty to activate it. I went far right but I gotto Kingdom’s edge. Did I miss something?

  19. wratih9 says:

    Great job on the guide! I’ve dropped 15 hours into Hollow Knight and the lack of pointing you in the right direction has made the challenge only harder. I’m fighting Soul Master now even though I’ve completed the Royal Waterways, Deepnest, and have explored a lot of the map. I think at just glancing at the order that your guide has the areas will make it much more manageable.

  20. quanta says:

    Great guide. Simple, easy to understand and it allows to head in the right direction while leaving 90% of the content unspoiled for the user to discover. Thank you so much!

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