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|
Hollow Knight - Charms & Locations
|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|
This guide is part of our Hollow Knight walkthrough series to help you complete the game 100%. It includes Hollow Knight guides with all Mask Shard Locations, every Vessel Fragment Location, all Spells Locations, every Ability Location, and all Nail Upgrades & Arts Locations. We've also got guides featuring Boss Locations & a Full Moves List and all Notch Upgrades & Charm Locations.
I appreciate the effort for the article and all, but PLEASE change the main picture from that absolute unnecessary spoiler.
It has nothing to do with the subject and no one who is just trying to make sure they have all the notches while avoiding spoilers deserves this.
Please. It is too late for myself, but there will be others.
Why would you add a big spoiler as the main image??? Please remove it. I signed up soulely (get it?) to say this.
Third comment on this topic within one year, and nothing changed.
PLEASE get rid of that massive spoiler, it's actually really annoying!
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