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As you explore the dark and beautiful world of Hollow Knight, you'll no doubt come across a Charm or two. These are special items that provide various bonuses to our hollow hero.

You'll need a free Notch to equip a Charm, and you start with three of them. As you play, you can unlock a total of eight more, allowing you to equip 11 Charms.

When you consider that there are a grand total of 45 Charms to be found in Hollow Knight, you'll realise that isn't actually that many Notches. But it's enough.

In this guide, we'll detail the locations of every single Notch upgrade and Charm in Hollow Knight. Charms go towards 100% completion so gathering them all is a task well worth undertaking for the completionists amongst you.

Hollow Knight - Notch Upgrades

Unlock Location  Unlock Requirement
Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads 120 Geos / 5 Charms
Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads 500 Geos / 10 Charms
Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads 900 Geos / 18 Charms
Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads 1,400 Geos / 25 Charms
Northeast of Cornifer in Fog Canyon Isma's Tear or Shade Cloak
Fungal Wastes Defeat 2 Shrumal Ogres
Colosseum of Fools Beat Trial of Warriors
Dirtmouth Beat Grimm

Hollow Knight - Charms & Locations

Charm Description Location
Wayward Compass Whispers its location to the bearer whenever a map is open Buy from Iselda in Dirtmouth for 220 Geos after beating Cornifer the first time
Gathering Swarm A swarm will follow the bearer and gather up any loose Geo Buy from Sly in Dirtmouth for 300 Geos
Stalwart Shell When recovering from damage, the bearer will remain invulnerable for longer Buy from Sly in Dirtmouth for 200 Geos
Soul Catcher Increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the Nail Beat Elder Baldur
Shaman Stone Increases the power of spells, dealing more damage to foes Buy from Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for 220 Geos
Soul Eater Greatly increases the amount of SOUL gained when striking an enemy with the Nail Use Desolate Dive on the grave under the Stag Station in the Resting Grounds
Dashmaster The bearer will be able to DASH more often as well as dash downwards It's underneath a statue in the Fungal Wastes, below Mantis Village and near Royal Waterways
Thorns of Agony When taking damage, sprout thorny vines that damage nearby foes Found in a thorny maze in Greenpath. You'll need the Mothwing Cloak to reach it
Fury of the Fallen When close to death, the bearer's strength will increase King's Pass, behind a spikey cavern
Fragile Heart Increases the health of the bearer. This Charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed Buy from Leg Eater in Fungal Wastes for 350 Geos
Unbreakable Heart Increases the health of the bearer. This Charm is unbreakable Give to Divine in Dirtmouth and pay 12,000 Geos
Fragile Greed Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies. This Charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed Buy from Leg Eater in Fungal Wastes for 250 Geos
Unbreakable Greed Causes the bearer to find more Geo when defeating enemies. This Charm is unbreakable Give to Divine in Dirtmouth and pay 9,000 Geos
Fragile Strength Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their Nail. This Charm is fragile, and will break if its bearer is killed Buy from Leg Eater in Fungal Wastes for 600 Geos
Unbreakable Strength Strengthens the bearer, increasing the damage they deal to enemies with their Nail. This Charm is unbreakable Give to Divine in Dirtmouth and pay 15,000 Geos
Spell Twister Reduces the SOUL cost of casting spells Reach the secret room on top of the Soul Sanctum, just before the fight with Soul Master
Steady Body Keeps its bearer from recoiling backwards when they strike an enemy with a Nail Buy from Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for 120 Geos
Heavy Blow Increases the force of the bearer's Nail, causing enemies to recoil further when hit Buy from Sly in Dirtmouth for 350 Geos after giving him the Shopkeeper's Key
Quick Slash Allows the bearer to slash much more rapidly with their nail Find the hidden room in front of the big skeleton in Kingdom's Edge
Longnail Increases the range of the bearer's nail Buy from Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for 300 Geos
Mark of Pride Greatly increases the range of the bearer's nail Found inside a chest in Mantis Village, near the Mantis Lords
Baldur Shell Protects its bearer with a hard shell while focusing SOUL Find the chest in the southwest section of Howling Cliffs and jump inside it. Defeat the Elder Baldurs and find the Charm in a tunnel on the right
Flukenest Transforms the Vengeful Spirit Spell into a horde of volatile baby flukes Beat Flukemarm in the Royal Waterways
Defender's Crest Causes the bearer to emit a heroic odour Beat Dung Defender in the Royal Waterways
Glowing Womb Drains the SOUL of its bearer and uses it to birth hatchlings Forgotten Crossroads in a hidden area near the False Knight arenea
Quick Focus Increases the speed of focusing SOUL, allowing the bearer to heal faster Buy from Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for 800 Geos
Deep Focus The bearer will focus SOUL at a slower rate, but the healing effect will double In a hidden cave in Crystal Peak
Lifeblood Heart When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a modest amount of damage Buy from Salubra in Forgotten Crossroads for 250 Geos
Lifeblood Core When resting, the bearer will gain a coating of lifeblood that protects from a large amount of damage Collect at least 15 Lifeblood Masks and enter a cave on the left wall of The Abyss to find the Lifeblood Core
Joni's Blessing The bearer will have a healthier shell and can take more damage, but they will not be able to heal themselves by focusing SOUL Joni's Repose in Howling Cliffs
Grubsong Gain SOUL when taking damage Free 10 Grubs and get it from the Grubfather
Grubberfly's Elegy Imbues weapons with a holy strength. When the bearer is at full health, they will fire beams of white-hot energy from their nail Free all 46 Grubs and get it from the Grubfather
Hiveblood Heals the bearer's wounds over time, allowing them to regain health without focusing SOUL Defeat the Hive Knight in The Hive
Spore Shroom When focusing SOUL, emit a spore cloud that slowly damages enemies In a secret area in the Fungal Wastes
Sharp Shadow When using Shadow Dash, the bearer's body will sharpen and damage enemies Behind a Shade Gate in Deepnest
Shape of Unn While focusing SOUL, the bearer will take on a new shape and can move freely to avoid enemies Meet Unn beneath the Lake of Unn
Nailmaster's Glory Increases the bearer's mastery of Nail Arts, allowing them to focus their power faster and unleash arts sooner Get all Nail Arts from the Nailmasters and get it from Sly
Dream Wielder Allows the bearer to charge the Dream Nail faster and collect more SOUL when striking foes Gather 500 Essence and visit the Seer
Kingsoul Holy Charm symbolising a union between higher beings. The bearer will slowly absorb the limitless SOUL contained within. Opens the way to a birthplace The Kingsoul comes in two parts, one of which is given by the White Lady in Queen's Gardens, and the other received by beating the White Palace
Void Heart Unifies the void under the bearer's will. This Charm is a part of its bearer and can not be unequipped Get the Kingsoul and visit the bottom of the Abyss to reach the Birthplace. You'll find this Charm at the end of the area
Dreamshield Conjures a shield that follows the bearer and attempts to protect them Break a wall in the Resting Grounds beneath the Seer
Weaversong Summons weaverlings to give the lonely bearer some companionship and protection Found in the Weaver's Den
Sprintmaster Increases the running speed of the bearer, allowing them to avoid danger or overtake rivals Buy from Sly in Dirtmouth for 400 Geo after getting the Shopkeeper's Key
Grimmchild Worn by those who take part in the Grimm Troupe's Ritual. The bearer must seek the Grimmkin and collect their flames. Uncollected flames will appear on the bearer's map Summon Grimm's Troupe and you'll get this from Grimm
Carefree Melody Contains a song of protection that may defend the bearer from damage Banish the Grimm Troupe and meet Nymm in Dirtmouth to get this Charm