Hollow Knight Guide

5. Greenpath

Ahh Greenpath. A lush, poisoned filled area, which starts introducing more platforming to the game. To get to Greenpath, go to the room above Cornifer in the Forgotten Crossroads (the one with all the platforms and look for a door midway on the left wall. To know you are in the right area, look for a stone tablet and a Armadillo looking guy. The armadillo looking guy is blocking a path, but will cover up when you get near. If only you had some sort of spell you could shoot from long distances… Kill him and enter Greenpath.

First thing to note is that there is tons of poison in this area. Poison, like other hazards will start you back on the platform you dove off of (or there abouts). So look before you leap. The other thing to notice is that there are a lot of new enemies. These enemies are more powerful than those found in the Forgotten Crossroads, so be careful. Like we did in the Forgotten Crossroads, let’s get you a map.

Get the Map

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Cornifer is a bit of a journey into the area, but use the above map as a guide to find him. Basically from the entrance keep going left until you meet Hornet (by meet I mean she is standing on a ledge you can’t reach). In this room head down and go right until you find him. Use the above map for clarification if needed. With map in hand, let’s get you to the boss.

Getting to Hornet

Hornet is probably the second most important character in Hollow Knight, because she plays an interesting role throughout the game. In our first meeting in Greenpath, Hornet is nice enough to guide us where we need to go.

Basically from the Cartographer, head left and drop down the floor. Continue heading left and then then head up. Snag the bench here (costs 50 Geo to access), then continue upward. In the room above the bench, head right, and go up. From here you will head left and pass Zote who is in trouble. There are two choices you can make, help him or leave him to die. The choice is up to you. Regardless, continue left and drop into the room below. This room gives us direct access to Hornet, but there is a Stagway station and bench which are right below the boss fight you should grab first. When ready let’s fight Hornet.

Boss: Hornet

Hornet will be your first real test as she is quick and can cover distances fairly quick. If needed, pick up the Stalwart Shell from Sly, as this will give you more recovery time when hit. Approach this fight with the mindset of attacking and then escaping. Keep as much distance as you can from Hornet and strike when she is recovering. In total, I can see four moves: dash, jump attack, spear throw, and yarn explosion (jumps in the air and yarn spins around her). When you beat Hornet, you get a nice little ability from the Mothwing Cloak.

Ability: Mothwing Cloak

When you down Hornet, a shimmering item appears on the dead body in the boss arena. Inspect this item and you will receive the Mothwing Cloak. This cloak allows the wearer to dash! I’m guessing it will come in handy. After we collect the cloak, we will learn a bit more about the story. Once this is done, we can leave the boss arena. To do this, head through the open gate (left one). This takes us into an area where we need to dash (think of it like a tutorial). Dash your way out and return to the Stagway station/bench area.


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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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