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HOLLOW KNIGHT GUIDE [Steel Soul Mode] - Top 5 Charm Builds

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Hollow Knight guides, trivia, and secrets all compacted into one nice video! I just beat steel soul mode a couple days ago, and I thought I'd share some of my advice on how to conquer it yourself, including some of the charm builds I had the most luck with.
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Defákinbos (1 day ago)
Hello, how would you complete a build with the Womb + Crest combo?
Dasbolt (4 days ago)
Baldur Shell would be good if Hiveblood recharged one crack instead of one health. So as long as you didn't spam shell you could consistently gain a stack of 'block' to regain one health. Makes Hiveblood more viable in a long fight. Anyone want to make this a mod?
Dawn Blackshalack (10 days ago)
This game is awesome best 8 bucks ever spent on a game
Oliver Anderson (10 days ago)
I found that Thorns of Agony Grubsong Shape of Unn Baldur Shell Defender's Crest Spore Shrooms Makes you near invincible if played right
Krzysztof Suswał (12 days ago)
There is only one way to beat Steel Soul mode GIT GUD
Ayush Chaudhary (13 days ago)
Also, if you use the Glowing Womb charm and the Defender's Crest together, the hatchling that spawned has a Night wing blast type blast on coming in contact with enemies.
Eemeli Korhonen (19 days ago)
This doenst relate to the vid but if you fight something like brooding mawlek late game you can stand next to it and tank. Dont do this in steel soul btw
BlueBirb 0 (28 days ago)
4:46 these are the charms I usually use, but instead of quick focus, I use the map charm, gathering swarm, and that poison cloud charm when you heal, with this you can easily heal, know where you are, and collect Geo.
судя по футажам и будто ты играешь- для тебя не то что гайды строчить, твоими руками лишь говно мешать можно ^_^
Major Kitty (1 month ago)
One of my favorite charm builds would probably be Long Nail and Mark of Pride for that much needed range as if you've noticed by now there are a decent amount of enemies who's nail have more reach than you ,they fly and try to stay out of your range or there hitbox is big which can be quite annoying but with this combo not only does it help counter those situations it's also which version since it only takes 5 charm notches meaning you can par this is with Quick Slash,Fragile/Unbreakable Strength,Thorns of Agony(Cause Thorns of Agony),Quick Focus or even just Steady Body. As a side note another fun Charm combo would be Defenders Crest and Spore Shroom, pared with Quick Focus,Thorns of Agonoy and Bolder Shell for a extremely effective healing/close quarters strategy if you have the time and soul to heal this charm combo focuses on outlasting and out regening your enemy while punishing them for getting to close to you though at the same time you might struggle with bosses that give you little time to heal or it might not be effective in large areas however this was the combo I used to take down Lost Kin and Warrior Dream Galliun.
TherrienGAMING (1 month ago)
I think that the summoner build is the funniest to play with
Berkay Acar (1 month ago)
My build is fragile strength and hearth, shaman stone, sprintmaster, gathering swarm (only at early stages), dream wielder. I usually swap gathering swarm with compass at later on to find the few places I haven’t cleared yet.
Ivana Gasic Grbic (1 month ago)
I think that you should have the quick focus,steady body,thorns off agony,quick slash an (after giving the fragile heart to divine and buying it back)indestructible heart our grubsong and the gathering swarm(maybe not the last two).
Trickster Nevermore (1 month ago)
You could round out the spell focused build with Sprintmaster to maximize your evasiveness and let you get in and out for quick hits with the Dream Nail/Soul Eater.
Nate (2 months ago)
5:35 I'm did The Grimm Troupe which when you beat Grimm, you get another charm notch so I have 11 :)
Jonathan alis (3 months ago)
What do you use on nightmare Grimm?
MrFredd38 (3 months ago)
your muscle memory.
Influence (3 months ago)
1:12 2:25 3:45 4:45 5:53
Copy Cat (3 months ago)
Where is wayward compass?
Hakkboi attakk (3 months ago)
The most powerful charm
AmbitiousJokester (3 months ago)
I usually run something similar to that balder build, but I also throw in the spore charm and defenders crest over thorns
Emanuele Piccione (3 months ago)
What if I completed the game on steel soul 100% with 4 notches in Total? Hmmmmmm
Droid15243Z (5 days ago)
You're really good!
itamar koren (3 months ago)
Underrated channel
ActuallyHollie (3 months ago)
sorry to sound stupid (i'm new to the game) what is steel soul?
ActuallyHollie (3 months ago)
Thank you! I still had no idea haha
themasterquester (3 months ago)
+ActuallyHollie Same here, and as far as I know, it's just permadeath. If you already found that out by now then you're welcome anyway
American Asian (4 months ago)
Now getting these charms, well that's another story
Máté Sajben (2 months ago)
You are right this did not help me at all in my steel soul run. I think he should rename it to godseeker mode charm builds and that would make sense.
Ethan Hawksley (4 months ago)
Grubberfly’s Elegy could be a reference to The Legend Of Zelda series... it’s a stretch, but maybe
Irfan Spirtovic (4 months ago)
Dreamshield is underrated AF
Everett Daly (4 months ago)
Fragile strength doesn't affect thorns. Quick attack is probably better for that setup. It's going to let you land attacks (roughly) 50% faster, so its about on par with strength in terms of dps, but more hits means more soul buildup, and there are a lot of enemies which take two hits to kill with or without strength equipped, so the only way to kill them faster is through attack speed.
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Hakkboi attakk (3 months ago)
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Liam Pascua (5 months ago)
dash master + sharp shadow is the best charm combo don"t @ me. if you're good at dodging like me, this build really shines. It's really useful for quick melee based bosses like grimm and hornet.
Mr. Bubbles (5 months ago)
This is a fairly irrelevant comment but, what is the lore of lifeblood? Why is Joni labeled a heretic? Where does lifeblood come from? Why is the lifeblood core in the abyss? What is that lifeblood abyss creature in the background of where you get the lifeblood core? Is it supposed to fulfill the same purpose as the Hollow Knight but with the lifeblood instead of the infection?
ThatPokémonGuy 1996 (5 months ago)
I have an idea. It's called glass soul mode. It's like steel soul mode exept if you are hit once you die for good. You can only play this mode once you've beaten steel soul mode.
Some Hive Mind Thing (4 months ago)
its possible
Trainman567 (5 months ago)
Z-meow-Z-tic Mega-owstic uh that's not possible at all because well have you seen the arena of fools or any explosive enemy
cloudynas (5 months ago)
This is permadeath isn't it?
ThemaskedLucas (4 months ago)
Nicholas TV it is
Ultrite SansTube (5 months ago)
1:32 joni's blessing doesn't effect hiveblood masks 3:54 using dash master boosts sharp shadow damage by 0.5 (meaning sharp shadow deals 1.5x nail damage
Spellweaver (5 months ago)
Is dream shield charm not included in any of those? I found it really useful in certain situations and it looks like something that would fit well with sustain builds.
TheSilixLp (5 months ago)
x0.5 is half. x1.5 would be correct
Daniel (5 months ago)
Pro tip: You can cheese the steel soul mode by just restarting the game before dying, you will respawn at the last bench you sitted
Dimitri NerdRocks BR (5 months ago)
it isn't steel ball run. It's steel soul run (understanders will understand)
Christopher Roth (5 months ago)
What good are these builds when you're that far in the game when you're pretty much done with it 😅
kirbymancer 52 (5 months ago)
This would totally be helpful if I could get past the mantis lords in steel soul mode
General Jaydonius (6 months ago)
Dashmaster + Sharp Shadow = 1.5 nail damage. Charm combos my dude
Scias BR (6 months ago)
Defender, Unn, spore, Quick focus,
cool cool (6 months ago)
Why the fuck am I so bad at this game
Linguine (6 months ago)
A favorite charm build of mine is weaversong, grubsong, sprintmaster, spell twister, and soul catcher. It seems to almost constantly fill up my soul container, even when I'm spamming spells!
PKblaze (6 months ago)
By the end of my Steel Soul run (+under20hours 100% achievement) I had used these charms: Dash Master Fragile Strength Quick Focus Grubsong Shape of Unn
Liam Stone (6 months ago)
beat radiance with spell build, FINALLY!!!!! I BEAT THE DANG THING!!!
Gameanater 11 (8 months ago)
When I first started the game I thought this video showed you how to enable hit for max soul mode but I know what it means now
The.Flaming.Tornado (8 months ago)
am i the only one that uses deep focus + quick focus?
ZephyrSaix (3 months ago)
Yes cuz its fucking shit
James Eads (6 months ago)
Nah dude, I used that to beat the Radiance
Matt Schilling (8 months ago)
Of course they had to buff the traitor Lord right before I got to it and they ended my 7 hour 100% steel soul run
Micah Mortenson (6 months ago)
I same thing happened to me. I had no idea they buffed him, and I go into the fight thinking it was going to be a cake walk.
David Gibson (8 months ago)
Whats the background music. O.o it's beautiful....
SugarİsTheNewWhite (1 month ago)
Hollow knight city of tears soundtrack
Shadow Aphrodite (8 months ago)
Dying in a dream world in steel sould wont make you lose right?
Shadow Aphrodite (7 months ago)
Castoxic Cat well thats fine by me
Arthur Wawrzyniak (7 months ago)
D’art Meow Skeeter Yup. Unless it’s the Radiance or the White Palace.
sax3463 (9 months ago)
oh god, i love these hollow knight videos! I clicked the like button 101 times consecutively.
Sparko (9 months ago)
Favorite charm build: speed is key. - Quick Focus - Dashmaster - Sprintmaster - Quick Slash In case you didn't know, adding Dashmaster to Sprintmaster ups your run speed even more. This leaves an extra charm notch or two open, so do what you want with that.
ZephyrSaix (3 months ago)
Sparko why would you want to run having crystal heart
Sprazzic (9 months ago)
I don't get what you're on about. This is just builds. Nothing to do with Steel Soul here. In my experience with Steel Soul it's basically a matter of customising charm loadout to fit the boss you're fighting, so Spell Twister for Broken Vessel, Flukenest for Watcher Knights, etc.
Dav (2 months ago)
They are based around steel soul mode and most of them include fragile charms.
ManChin Man (9 months ago)
try using those charms on steel soul mode not normal
KoopaKrump (9 months ago)
Ah yes. I played as greedily as possible when I played my Steel Soul run. My core charms were Shaman Stone and Fragile Strength, with Mark of Pride occassionally overcharmed in until I had the charm space. It did pretty well all things considering: making everything deal lots of damage means every offensive option will have merit to ending a fight quickly. The other charm notch ended up Nailmaster's Glory to finish rounding off the "jack of all trades" style to it.
Kristop Zorpingis (11 months ago)
Incredible video.
Selaphiel V. (11 months ago)
Is there another literal fart cloud (not spore cloud) combo for defenders crest? I feel maybe i found it. But forgot or can someone confirm this
U topod (11 months ago)
Hello?ls it OK to repost some of your awesome videos to Chinese video website? I'll put your name and YouTube link in the description. I really love this game and I wanna share the fun with my friends.
Jimmy H (1 year ago)
My favourite end game build is Fragile/Unbreakable Strength (3) + Quick Slash (3) + Sharp Shadow (2) + Mark of Pride (3). You can replacing Mark of Pride with these: - Dash Master (2) or Longnail (2) + Thorns of Agony (1) - Nailmaster's Glory (1) + Grubsong (1) + Thorns of Agony (1) - Steady body (1) + iFrame charm (1) + Defender's Crest (1) . The Spell build is amazing tho, and I like to switch for Spells from time to time. My favourite spell build: Shaman Stone (2) + Spell Twister (3) obviously, + Grubsong (1) + Quick Slash (3) + Soul Catcher (2) You can replace here Quick Slash and/or Soul Catcher with something like: - Sharp Shadow (2) + Dream Wielder (1) [+ Dash Master (2)] - Soul Eater (4) + Dream Wielder [6:05 with just Grubsong as your 11th notch] but I don't like Soul Eater - Flukenest (1) + Defender's Crest (1) + Spore Shroom (1) [+ Thorns of Agony (1) + Dream Wielder (1)]
Caramel Bun (1 year ago)
I think your math is a bit off, replace all your x0.5s with x1.5s
qwormuli (4 months ago)
The result is accurate, but the presentation isn't correct.
Bacsoss 12 (1 year ago)
I finished steel soul mode with the classic fragile strenght + quickslash combo but these ideas are a lot more creative but expensive in terms of charm notches
Taren (1 year ago)
I just wish that the quitout thing wasn't a thing.
roytacos95 (23 days ago)
I'd much rather get through it without the quitout. Just because I wanna be one of the rare few that did it that way.
Maknirak (10 months ago)
I actually forget that's a thing and had to start the game over a few times because of it. If anything, it teaches me to be more careful and just get good at the game.
AfterBurner44 (1 year ago)
I did 100% Steel soul + 100% on less 20 hours :D 15 hours 28 minutes 38 seconds
The Kadju (1 month ago)
one time i did 5g of cocaine , I think I felt the same way.
Mr. R (1 year ago)
I really like the stuff you do ! They're really good ! I hope to see more of this in the future
Sean Xiong (1 year ago)
This is so autistic. If you are good enough to attempt the challenge of steelsoul, chances are you are already done with having actually just crap charms such as thorn, baulder, or a lot things you just recommended. Also, it's not necessary to go one direction with your build. You don't need a full spell build, all you need is shaman, and that should get you far with the run. And as hornet says, "git gud".
Discorded Spectrum (6 months ago)
Lethere ayce Just because you're so amazing at everything doesn't mean that everyone watching this video is.
Tom Clark (6 months ago)
Lethere ayce you are so autistic. At least read people’s replies before getting defensive and trashy talking. You seem to have completely missed his point
Sean Xiong (1 year ago)
I have already attempted and completed Steel Soul thank you. This video is no where close for the best charm combination in the game.
SpazAlicious (1 year ago)
or you may be like me, and want to _attempt_ steel soul mode, but don’t know what might be best.
Hir Ngolwe (1 year ago)
You forgot the most op spell charm. Flukenest+Shamen stone means you can kill most bosses extremely quickly as long as you land the flukes properly.
Mr. R (1 year ago)
Saleh G Particularly Watcher knights
Hir Ngolwe (1 year ago)
Now make one for glass soul mod :)
radriargaming23 (1 year ago)
amazing, great video, you deserve so many more subs :)
Jiggity Spensoul (1 year ago)
Ahh dude this channel is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo underrated. I'm sad and you must too
The Superforge (1 year ago)
Hey, we'll get there. Lol
StormTrooperEX (1 year ago)
Another great video brilliant editing
Federico (1 year ago)
Tips: If you're about to die exit the game and you'll respawn in the last bench you sat on. I personally think that the 'must have' charms are fragile heart and fragile strength. It's up to you what other charms are appropriate for the situation. The path that was most efficient for me was this one: false knight, vengeful spirit, hornet and mothwing cloak, mantis claw, upgrade nail, desolate dive, crystal heart (don't kill the boss if you're not that good, you can kill it latter), dream nail, isma's tear, upgrade nail (go down to ancient basin, near the train station there is a pale ore) and monarch wings. After this do whatever you want (I recommend go to all mask shard upgrade) Remember that you need 100%, not 106%. You don't need to do the third round at the colosseum for example (use this fact to your advantage) You don't need neither the true ending nor kill the grimm PS: I liked the video but you show classes that are only able to do if you are near the 100%. You don't have the charm slots or the charms that you showed at the beginning of your new file so I don't think this video it's useful to people who want a guide for when they start a new file
Jean-philippe Alba (3 months ago)
Federico i
Peli Eskola (3 months ago)
I always use the exit trick in any death situation because its annoying to go for shade every time. This trick can be used to cheat with delicate flower also. Simply find bench that is closest to your target and then get the flower and go to main screen and back to your save.bam. you have passed painful walk in few seconds.
『 Diego 』 (6 months ago)
Girji use whatevever you can to your advantage, morality can go fuck itself
dialog_box (1 year ago)
don't make top 5 videos.
Tnecniw (1 year ago)
Your videos are so good! :)
Suvi The Rus (1 year ago)
Cool! Love your intro!
pawel lesniak (1 year ago)
yey another beautiful video from you!!!! Soooo cool And I am just about to start steel soul
TheBananaFace (1 year ago)
Wheres my favorite charm "the quitout"?
Dementedzoomzoom (2 months ago)
R/wooooooosh
Liam Stone (7 months ago)
I've never heard of the charm "the quitout".
AfterBurner44 (1 year ago)
*A charm created for those who quit the game before they lose life* "Allows it's bearer to quit the game if he's going to die"
The Superforge (1 year ago)
Tried and true strategy lol
Skeletonfkr69 ! (1 year ago)
Another high-quality vid from you guys. Keep up the good work!
Lakanus (1 year ago)
Keep up the Quality content :)
Ale Arevalos (11 months ago)
Lakanus oh shit its you ; )

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