Originally announced as, "A beautiful and mysterious 2D adventure through a surreal world of insects and heroes." Hollow Knight was successfully Kickstarted in June of 2015 by Australian developer, Team Cherry. It was released in February of 2017 for Windows, Macintosh, and Steam Machine. The originally planned Wii U port was changed and released for the Nintendo Switch.
As the Hollow Knight, the player must move through the Hollownest - an ancient, subterranean kingdom filled with danger. While it fell to ruin eons ago, it sees regular visitors hoping to earn a fortune or make important discoveries by braving its depths. The Hollow Knight will find and defeat powerful creatures, find new equipment and relics, unlock shortcuts to return to previous areas more easily, and eventually discover what lies at the bottom.
Created by the Pale King, the Hollownest is a fallen kingdom that is underneath Dirtmouth. As the player explores the remnants, they will begin to uncover the greater mystery left behind. Here are the areas contained within the Hollownest:
- Ancient Basin
- City of Tears
- Crystal Peak
- Fog Canyon
- Forgotten Crossroads
- Fungal Wastes
- Howling Cliffs
- Kingdom's Edge
- Queen's Gardens
- Resting Grounds
- Royal Waterway
- The Hive
The inhabitants of Hollownest vary from Merchants, Nailmasters, Wanderers and several Miscellaneous NPC's. They will aid the Hollow Knight in their adventure and offer a variety of services that works as the games various RPG systems.
Allows the player to trade rancid eggs for their current shade, as to not have to trek through the entirety of Hollownest to reclaim their lost Geo. Confessor Jiji is locked behind a door in the far east of Dirtmouth.
Cornifer & Iselda
This married couple is how the player is able to map and track their progress through the Hollownest. Iselda is found in Dirtmouth and will sell the player various items that makes this process easier. Cornifer is found as the player explores the various Areas in Hollownest, and will offer to sell them a map when he is found after following the hum of his voice. If Cornifer is missed, the player will be able to recover the aforementioned map from Iselda.
Hornet is an NPC that plays an important role in the story of Hollow Knight and who guides the player towards the necessary abilities to better traverse Hollownest.
The Last Stag
Serving as a means of quick travel, the Last Stag will appear whenever the player rings a bell in a Stag Station, although sometimes only available after paying a toll. As the Hollow Knight travels through Hollownest, each interaction will give the player more insight as to what happened to the kingdom.
A merchant found in Forgotten Crossroads that will sell the player, a few charms that have the possibility of breaking when dying. He will then offer to repair them after they are damaged.
An NPC who will unlock the various levels of difficulty within the Colosseum of Fools.
Offers the player the ability to store up to 4500 Geo at her stand in Fog Canyon. She will then move to the Pleasure House, where the player will have the option of reclaiming their stolen Geo by force from Millibelle.
Nailmasters: Mato, Oro, Sheo
These three brothers will teach the player three different Nail Arts, and are found in various areas in Hollownest.
He can be found to the far west in the City of Tears, and upgrades the player's nail. He asks only for Geo and Pale Ore, allowing him to upgrade the old nail.
Relic Seeker Lemm
As the only merchant in game who will buy relics from the player, Relic Seeker Lemm can be found in the City of Tears. He will give the player some background regarding Hollownest and its treasures, whenever he is sold a relic.
A merchant found in the Forgotten Crossroads and specializes in Charms and Notches. Once the player has found all Charms in the game, Salubra will appear above them whenever they access a bench.
A merchant that can be saved in the Forgotten Crossroads, who will then open up a shop in Dirtmouth. Sly specializes in a variety of items from Charms to player upgrades.
A merchant that can be found in the Forgotten Waterways and sells the player rancid eggs in exchange for Geo.
The Wanderers: Cloth, Quirrel, Zote the Mighty, Tiso
These characters can be found throughout the Hollownest and often give some insight into the Kingdom. Each with their own story line, the player can interact with them on few occasions and in specific instances, they will join in during boss fights.