Hollow Knight Guide
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
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.
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.