Hollow Knight: Where To Find Every Map (2023)

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  • Ancient Basin
  • City Of Tears
  • Crystal Peak
  • Deepnest
  • Fog Canyon
  • Forgotten Crossroads
  • Fungal Wastes
  • Greenpath
  • Howling Cliffs
  • Kingdom's Edge
  • Queen's Gardens
  • Royal Waterways

For a kingdom full of insects, Hollow Knight has a surprisingly large space for players to explore. As players progress, they will uncover more areas of Hallownest that contain increasing levels of challenge. Hollow Knight players will also encounter a number of NPCs along their journey whom they can interact with.

Among these characters is a vendor named Cornifer, one of the first friendly faces that the player can meet after jumping down the well in Dirtmouth. He is a cartographer and can be found in each main area of Hallownest where players can buy a map from him. Cornifer’s location is signaled to players by his humming and, as they get closer to him, a literal paper trail leading to the mapmaker.

If players find Cornifer but don’t purchase a map before moving on to the next area, the NPC will leave behind a card to direct players back to Dirtmouth where they can buy his maps, alongside other markers, from Iselda. To save time traveling back and forth, here is where players can find Cornifer in each area of Hallownest.

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Ancient Basin

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There are two ways to enter the Ancient Basin: either by taking the southernmost Tram between Deepnest and Kingdom’s Edge, or traveling down through the Royal Waterways. In either case, players should make their way to the Tram platform to progress.

From the Tram platform, there is a passage to the left that players can drop into. This will lead to the main chamber of the Ancient Basin and has numerous Shadow Creepers crawling around and scaling walls. To the far right, players will find a few paths branching off including a fountain that provides a Vessel Fragment after depositing 3000 Geo. Directly below the fountain, players will run into the friendly humming mapmaker.

City Of Tears

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It is likely that the first time that players enter the City of Tears will be when they travel to the outskirts to use the City Crest, restoring the bridge between the city and the Fungal Wastes. The short route from this entrance to Cornifer’s location is locked, and so players must travel south until they reach the city proper.

After reaching the bottom, the path going left will lead players towards the Nailsmith who can upgrade the Knight’s nail. Heading to the right, before meeting Hornet at the fountain, players can take an elevator up to find Relic Seeker Lemm, who will buy relics from the player that they have collected along their journey.

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Continuing up from Lemm, the player will need to fight through various enemies as they ascend, many of which are guarding items, Geo, and other collectibles. Using the elevators and the Mantis Claw to travel, players will eventually come across a familiar stray sheet of paper. When following this trail, the Knight will be trapped in a small arena with a Heavy, Lance, and Winged Sentry who must be defeated to open the gates. Cornifer is in the room above, alongside a bench that will run the player 150 Geo to unlock.

Crystal Peak

Players can first enter the Crystal Peak through the Forgotten Crossroads, directly east of the Black Egg Temple, but they will need the Lumafly Lantern to see through the dark passage and to interact with a toll machine. Players will then need to pay 50 Geo to open the way into the next area.

Once inside the Crystal Peak, players need to follow the path to the right across the conveyor belts and over the large gap. Here there will be Husk Miners that throw their tools at the Knight when they approach or use their picks as a slashing weapon. Before heading up this room, players can find a bench to the room on the right.

Using the Mantis Claw to climb up, players can ride the vertical belt up to where a patrolling Glimback is before continuing to ascend. At the top, players will find a Grub but it’s trapped behind a gate for now. The next room has several Crystal Crawlers that intermittently shoot deadly lasers that must be avoided as the player continues their ascent. Once through, there is an exit to the left that players can take to find Cornifer happily humming.


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There are two places in Deepnest where the Knight can encounter Cornifer depending on which entrance they use, but he will not be humming out of fear of giving away his location to the creepy crawlies that inhabit the area. It’s recommended to have the Lumafly Lantern to make navigating around the darkness easier.

If players enter Deepnest after defeating the Mantis Lords in the Fungal Wastes, he can be found cowering behind a ledge as the player continues to the left and up from the entrance. However, if players come from the Queen’s Gardens to the north, they will need to proceed south and head left to find Cornifer, near the Failed Tramway.

Fog Canyon

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Although it is possible to enter part of the Fog Canyon earlier in the game, players will not be able to explore it to its full extent until much later. There are two ways to reach Cornifer, and the player will need to have unlocked either the Shade Cloak or Isma’s Tear to get to him.

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When approaching Cornifer’s position from the left, players can find the room either by traveling down through Greenpath or up from the Queen’s Station. A path branching off to the right in the central column-like area of the Fog Canyon will lead out to a room filled with an acid pool, platforms, and Uomas. As the player progresses through this room, they will be able to hear Cornifer, but the way is blocked by a Shade Gate. Using the Shade Cloak, players can dash through the Shade Gate and find the path leading to Cornifer.

The other path requires Isma’s Tear to swim through a small pool of acid directly opposite Leg Eater’s location in the Fungal Wastes. This will take players directly into the Fog Canyon where they can continue to the left until reaching the room where Cornifer has holed up.

Forgotten Crossroads

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This will be the first place where players can encounter Cornifer and one of the easiest places to find him.

After descending into the well from Dirtmouth, players should head to the left and enter the large room with the suspended platforms and several Gruzzers, Crawlids, and Tiktiks. Players will need to reach the bottom of this area, carefully avoiding hazards as they descend, and go through the opening at the very bottom. Cornifer will be found in the next room to the right.

Fungal Wastes

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As with many areas in Hallownest, players can enter the Fungal Wastes from a few different directions. After defeating the False Knight and Hornet, players may naturally make their way towards the Fungal Wastes as a means to find the City of Tears.

Heading towards the southeast of Greenpath, players must proceed through a small portion of Fog Canyon to discover the Queen’s Station. To the top right of the station, players can continue to the right to find the Fungal Wastes and Cornifer can be found along the path down and to the left.

If players instead drop into the Fungal Wastes from the Forgotten Crossroads, they will need to continue down the path south and to the left. In this room, they must fight two Shrumal Ogres to open the gates ahead. Players will then need to continue down, past the projectile-spitting Sporgs, and head left while avoiding acid, following the familiar sounds of Cornifer’s humming as they approach him.


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Players will be able to enter Greenpath after they have acquired the first spell from the Snail Shaman in the Ancestral Mound. The entrance to Greenpath can be found south of the Grubfather’s location in the Forgotten Crossroads, through another path that branches off to the left.

Using the Vengeful Spirit, players can defeat the Elder Baldur that blocks the way and continue left to enter Greenpath. The road through Greenpath is quite linear in comparison to other areas of Hallownest, and players will run into Hornet along the way, who is unfortunately not quite leading players to Cornifer.

After following the path as far left as they can go, players should then proceed down and start heading right. Cornifer can be found in a small area of Greenpath that has Volatile Mosskin and Squits patrolling the space, with platforms that can be cut down to make for easier navigation in the future.

Howling Cliffs

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Players will need the Mantis Claw to reach the Howling Cliffs, which can be found by scaling back up the wall to the far left of Dirtmouth and back through the King’s Pass. Return to the first room that the Knight lands in after the opening cutscene and go left to find a hidden passage that leads up to the Howling Cliffs. Although this area can also be accessed through Greenpath, players will still require the Mantis Claw to proceed.

Around halfway down the cliffs, alongside meeting one of the Nailmaster brothers, Cornifer can also be found scribbling away in one of the paths leading to the right.

Kingdom's Edge

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Although there are several ways into Kingdom’s Edge, the quickest way to reach Cornifer is through the City of Tears, specifically the King’s Station. In the room directly below the Stag Station platform that the Knight can use, players will find a decrepit platform with a broken bench and two Vengeflies to the far right.

If players jump into the small pool of water and continue to the right, they will find a shortcut to a hidden area of the city. Avoid the Belfies as they dive towards the Knight and continue traveling to the right. Players can also free a trapped Grub here along the way.

There is a path that players can take up, which leads to the Tower of Love, but it requires the Love Key to open the way, and its exit into Kingdom’s Edge will take players further away from Cornifer.

After players make their way into Kingdom’s Edge, Cornifer will be directly below them in a hidden area along the wall on the left. Using the Mantis Claw, players can slide down the wall safely until reaching the first of two platforms, between which is the hidden entrance where the mapmaker can be found.

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Queen's Gardens

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The easiest route to the Queen’s Gardens is through the Fog Canyon and players will require Isma’s Tear to get there. From the Queen’s Station, players can reach the Fog Canyon and continue ascending through the area with the floating Uomas and Oomas until coming to the first path that branches to the left. There will be a large acid pit and spikes but, with Isma’s Tear, players will be able to swim through the acid to reach Queen’s Gardens.

Continue heading left until encountering the first Mantis Petra. Above here is the way to the Stag Station, but the route is blocked until players can hit the switch, so they must continue around for now. Players will need to drop down to the area with the temporary platforms until reaching the very bottom and going right. In this next area, players will enter a short battle encounter with more Mantis Petras where the way out is sealed until defeating them all.

Once players have emerged victorious, continue to the right where there will be a single sheet of paper and a sign with a bench. Follow these to find the humming cartographer.

Royal Waterways

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From the City of Tears, players can find a locked hatch below Relic Seeker Lemm’s location. The hatch requires a Simple Key to unlock it, opening a path to the Royal Waterways. It is recommended that players have the Lumafly Lantern before heading into the Royal Waterways to make travel easier.

After descending into the hatch, players should take a left and continue down the lower path, past the two Pilflips. Instead of following the path down to the bench, players will need to take a left and make their way across the room with the Hwurmps. At the top left, there is a small opening where players will spot one of Cornifer’s papers, leading into an area with Flukemons.

Follow the path around and continue traveling left, but players should note that there is a Mask Shard at the bottom left of the pool of the larger room. In the next room, players will be locked in and must defeat the enemies that appear to unlock the gates. To the far left, players can use the Mantis Claw to climb up and reach Cornifer, who will be sitting on the top platform in the area.

Hollow Knight is available on PC, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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What is the order of areas on Hollow Knight map? ›

There really isn't a set order, and some areas are entirely optional, but generally for a first play, the first areas should probably be: crossroads > greenpath > fungal wastes > city of tears > royal waterways > ancient basin. ...and then the others are kinda up to you as there really isn't an order that is necessary.

How do I get more maps in Hollow Knight? ›

Maps can be bought from Cornifer in each area, or, if the Knight misses him (usually by beating the area's boss before speaking to him), Iselda sells them in their shop in Dirtmouth for a slightly higher price.

Where does Cornifer go after Greenpath? ›

Cornifer can be found in nearly every area, selling his maps. He permanently moves to Dirtmouth after every map is bought or once all maps are available in Iselda's shop.

Where is Cornifer in Deepnest? ›

Deepnest. There are two places you can encounter Cornifer in Deepnest: in the lower section and the upper section. It is easiest to find him in the lower section, which can be accessed from the entrance to Deepnest found to the left of the room where you fight the Mantis Lords.

How many endings can you get in Hollow Knight? ›

There are a total of five endings in Hollow Knight. Three are attached to the game's original release and the Hollow Knight boss fight while the other two were added as part of the Godmaster DLC. Here's how to get each one, and what they entail.

Who is Cornifer's wife? ›

Iselda used to be a fighter; however, when she followed her husband Cornifer, his thirst for exploration leading them to Hallownest, she put down her weapon to enjoy a quieter life in Dirtmouth.

What kind of bug is Cornifer? ›

This species is a member of the insect family Coreidae, or leaf-footed bugs, which also includes the similar Leptoglossus phyllopus and Acanthocephala femorata, both known as the "Florida leaf-footed bug". Western conifer seed bugs are sometimes colloquially called stink bugs.

How long does it take to do everything in Hollow Knight? ›

Read More. How long is Hollow Knight? When focusing on the main objectives, Hollow Knight is about 26½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 62 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Can you get Fog Canyon map without Shade Cloak? ›

Access to the east and centre part of Fog Canyon is initially restricted by a Shade Gate, which requires the Shade Cloak to pass through it.

What boss is after Hornet? ›

The true final boss of Hollow Knight is the Radiance. She can only be fought if you Dream Nail the Hollow Knight when Hornet gives you an opening.

Where is Zote in Deepnest? ›

Presumably captured by the inhabitants, Zote can be found bound by spiderwebs in a central area of Deepnest. Zote will signal his position to players by grumbling, which will become louder as they approach his location.

What bug is sly hollow Knight? ›

Sly is pretty straight forward. Small size, large eyes, quick speed and even name are all meant to tell you this little dude is a fly. Probably just a fly in general, but maybe we can narrow “fly” down a bit. Like most insects, there are a ton of flies.

What happened to Myla hollow Knight? ›

Eventually, Myla becomes Infected, her cheerful song changing. The voice of the Radiance appears in her mind, commanding her to kill the Knight. In the end, the Infection overtakes her, making her become hostile. However, the song she always sang remains in her thoughts.

Who has a crush on Hollow Knight? ›

Bretta is a beetle who is looking for a saviour. She has a massive crush on the Knight after she is rescued. Bretta blushes if the Knight sits next to her for a while.

What is the strongest weapon in Hollow Knight? ›

Channelled NailA cleft weapon of Hallownest. The blade is exquisitly sic balanced.13
Coiled NailA powerful weapon of Hallownest, refined beyond all others.17
Pure NailThe ultimate weapon of Hallownest. Crafted to perfection, this ancient nail reveals its true form.21
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What is the hardest Hollow Knight achievement? ›

Embrace the Void is quite possibly the hardest achievement to unlock in the game, full stop. It requires you to complete the Pantheon of Hallownest, which involves defeating all of the game's bosses without dying even a single time. The last five bosses you will face are the hardest ones.

Which Hollow Knight ending is canon? ›

Which Ending Is Canon? With multiple endings that can be unlocked throughout the game, it leaves lots of room for interpretation for which one can be considered canon. As Team Cherry addressed in a Reddit Q&A, all endings are considered “equally canon,” and you “choose the path yourself.”

Is Hornet a vessel? ›

What kind of ship is this? HORNET (IMO: 9197844) is a Crude Oil Tanker that was built in 2000 (23 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.

Are the Knight and Hornet siblings? ›

The Pale King accepted, and out of this union another bug was born, and she is Hornet. This means that the Knight, who was born as a Vessel filled with Void to the Pale King and the White Lady, is indeed Hornet's sibling because both share the same father.

Can you fight Iselda Hollow Knight? ›

After the battle, Cornifer runs the shop and Iselda is in the basement, sharpening her nail. You will be able to challenge her and she will fight you, minus the Summon attacks cause that time its real life.

How many NPCS are in Hollow Knight? ›

Without further ado, let's buckle up and find out how long it takes me to lose my mind.

What does the shopkeeper say in Hollow Knight? ›

If you return above, come and see me.

What insect is Tiso? ›

Tiso (spider), a spider genus.

What bug is quirrel? ›

Quirrel's specific species is never stated, but the general consensus is that he's a pillbug.

What bug looks like appleseed? ›

Appearance of Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius L.)

Adult bed bugs, in general, are: about the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long); long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently); balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently);

Is Ori better than Hollow Knight? ›

Ori does provide a pacier experience in many cases, however; while Hollow Knight can see you trekking across the map in search of a big upgrade and coming up short, Ori's linear structure ensures that you'll always be moving forward, with new abilities coming at regular intervals.

Is the Knight a child in Hollow Knight? ›

The Knight is a discarded Vessel. They are the child of the Pale King and the White Lady, born in the Abyss with Void inside their shell. Hornet is the Knight's sister through their shared father. Like the rest of their Vessel siblings, the Knight is genderless.

What to do after killing Uumuu? ›

Once Uumuu has been defeated, players will be able to progress further into the Teacher's Archives to find Monomon's resting place. When prompted, players can use the Dream Nail on Monomon to bring themselves one step closer to opening the Black Egg Temple, and reaching one of the endings.

Is the Shade Cloak optional? ›

Shade Cloak is Required in order to the “Good” endings in Hollow Knight. There is a Shade Gate blocking one of two halves of a special charm.

What does the False Knight drop? ›

When players have successfully defeated the False Knight, they will be rewarded with 200 Geo, which will be waiting for them in a chest. Additionally, players can pick up the City Crest from the False Knight's armor, which is needed to open the way to the capital city of Hallownest, the City of Tears.

Can you fly in Hollow Knight? ›

Crystal Heart is an Ability in Hollow Knight. It allows the Knight to fly forward horizontally until colliding with a wall or enemy that is not killed by the dash.

What is the hardest boss in Hollow Knight? ›

As the final boss in the Godmaster DLC, the Absolute Radiance is the most challenging being that the player will face in Hollow Knight. Sitting atop Hallownest's Pantheon, the Absolute Radiance can inflict heavy damage with attacks that use swords, soul beams, orbs, and spikes.

Does Hornet become a dreamer? ›

Once the Knight becomes the new Vessel of the Infection, the seal of the Black Egg displays Hornet's face, implying she became a Dreamer.

Is Hornet the queen of Deepnest? ›

Hornet is the daughter of the Pale King and Herrah the Beast, the queen of Deepnest.

What happens if you don't save Zote? ›

If he is not saved before acquiring the Mantis Claw, he dies in this location, with his nail and shell remaining. Hitting his shell here grants the Neglect achievement. If he is saved in Greenpath, Zote shows up in Dirtmouth, where he once again talks to the Knight in an arrogant fashion.

What do you get for killing Prince Zote? ›

Each time Grey Prince Zote is defeated, one additional candle around his statue lights up, to a maximum of 4. After the 10th victory, the statue also turns gold.

Do I need to save Zote for 112? ›

If I haven't saved Zote anywhere, can I still get 112%? Yes. Decisions made in the game have no effect on how much Game Completion % you are able to get.

Is radiance a moth? ›

The Radiance resembles a white moth with multiple gray tentacles by her side that act as wings. She has yellow glowing eyes and three spear-like spikes atop her head resembling a crown. Her legs appear to be made up of two appendages.

What animal is the hollow Knight? ›

Hollow Knight is a 2017 Metroidvania video game developed and published by independent developer Team Cherry. In the game, the player controls the Knight, a nameless insectoid warrior, who explores Hallownest, a fallen kingdom plagued by a supernatural disease, known as the infection.

Is A Hornet A Spider? ›

Is Hornet A Spider? As previously mentioned, Hornet's mother was the leader of the Spider Tribe, therefore confirming that Hornet is at least part spider.

Who is the traitor Hollow Knight? ›

The Traitor Lord was one of the leaders of the Mantis Tribe along with his sisters, and particularly resented the kingdom of Hallownest. Similarly, he disapproved of the relationship of his daughter with the Grey Mourner due to the Grey Mourner being an outsider.

Who is the sleeping enemy in Hollow Knight? ›

One Gruz Mother can be found blocking the direct path to an abandoned village at the bottom of the Forgotten Crossroads. She is sleeping, exhausted from carrying her children, and wakes up when struck. Upon defeat, her stomach bursts open to reveal a swarm of Gruzzers.

What is the order of exploring Hollow Knight? ›

Walkthrough Sections
  • The Journey to Dirtmouth.
  • The Forgotten Crossroads.
  • False Knight.
  • A Brush With Magic.
  • Gruz Mother.
  • Finding Sly.
  • Into Greenpath.
  • Hornet.

What is the first area in Hollow Knight called? ›

The original area and the first that players will experience, the Forgotten Crossroads are an early-game zone with exits to many of the other areas in Hallownest.

What is the first area in Hollow Knight? ›

Dirtmouth, the Fading Town, is the first town on the way to Hallownest, located in the valley between the Howling Cliffs and Crystal Peak. In Hollow Knight, it initially has only one resident, but more bugs can return or move into town depending on certain events.

What is the first region in Hollow Knight? ›

Near the very start of your adventure, you come to a mostly abandoned set of a few buildings. This location is known as the village of Dirtmouth. Its main attraction is a well you can drop down to begin your adventure properly in the Forgotten Crossroads area.

What is the easiest Hollow Knight ending? ›

Defeat the Hollow Knight without the Void Heart. One of the easiest endings to achieve and the one that new players will most likely get on a first playthrough, The Hollow Knight ending requires that you defeat the Hollow Knight while not possessing the Void Heart.

What is the hardest Hollow Knight quest? ›

Embrace the Void is quite possibly the hardest achievement to unlock in the game, full stop. It requires you to complete the Pantheon of Hallownest, which involves defeating all of the game's bosses without dying even a single time. The last five bosses you will face are the hardest ones.

Is the Hollow Knight a girl? ›

Like the rest of their Vessel siblings, the Knight is genderless.

What is the scariest area in Hollow Knight? ›

In Hollow Knight, the level known as Deepnest creates an aura of creepiness not through the use of enemies necessarily, but through its level design.

How long to beat Hollow Knight? ›

Main Story: 25 Hours. Average Player Completion Time: 39 Hours.

What is the third area in Hollow Knight? ›

This page of the IGN Hollow Knight Wiki Guide includes instructions on how to navigate the Fungal Wastes, the third major area in Hollow Knight.

Where is Mother Hollow Knight? ›

The Gruz Mother is located in the southeastern corner of the Forgotten Crossroads, and it bars entry to Sly the Shopkeep and Charm Lover Salubra, as well as a passageway between Forgotten Crossroads and the Resting Grounds.

Where do I go after False Knight? ›

After dispatching the False Knight and collecting the City Crest, head left and claim the Geo-filled chest just above the main walkway. Drop down to the main floor and continue left until you reach a lever next to a wall.

What happens if I drop all my geo in the fountain? ›

As you head down the first room on the right has a Fountain. If you drop 3,000 Geo in the Fountain you'll receive a Vessel Fragment as a reward. Don't worry about losing all of your Geo, the Fountain will only take 3,000 Geo no matter how much you have.

What country is Hollow Knight from? ›

Hollow Knight is being developed by Team Cherry in Adelaide, South Australia.

What to do after killing the False Knight? ›

if i remember correctly you go back to that vertical area with all the platforms and flies, climb up all the way and take a right and into the garden, that should be your next area.


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