Hollow Knight

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Darc Vader Oct 27, 2017 @ 2:56pm
Path of Pain Pointers
Having just completed the new 'Path of Pain' portion of the White Palace, I figured I would leave a few general tips for the platforming nightmare we've been graced with.
  • You don't really need Hiveblood, they give you practically infinite soul via statues.
  • I still recommend Deep Focus + Grubsong for the few parts without the statues, but you can probably just farm soul off of Wingmoulds.
  • DO NOT USE GRUBBERFLY'S ELEGY. The extra soul from the Grubsong synergy is unnecessary, and the beams make pogoing off enemies (which is necessary) next to impossible.
  • Longnail and Mark of Pride are massive benefits since they significantly increase your margin of error when pogoing. Just be careful not to go too early or you'll hit the roof (which, naturally, is covered in spikes).
  • Remember you can pogo off spikes and saws, as well as enemies. Do so at every opportunity (unless it will kill you obviously)
  • Rapidly mashing the Crystal Heart button can let you slow your wall sliding down to a crawl without needing to launch yourself off the wall afterwards. This can be very helpful when you need to wait for a saw to go past you and you don't have space to jump.
  • There is at least one section where you can skip the initial step via Crystal Dashing. There may be more that I didn't notice, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • If your spawn point is next to one of the statues, heal up after each attempt. You don't want to end up somewhere you can't refill your soul and you need it.
  • A lot of the gaps are a bit wide, so Sharp Shadow may be useful to make them easier to cross, just keep track of when a dash will be a Shade Cloak dash vs a regular one.
  • There are no benches in the Path of Pain, so make sure your charm setup is able to handle whatever is thrown at you.
  • There is combat, so don't pick charms for solely platforming. If you die here you'll have to start over (I assume).

The Path is located one room up from the elevator, the left wall immediately after the room transition is breakable at the top.

Hope someone finds this useful, and Good Luck!
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Exray Oct 27, 2017 @ 9:55pm 
Tecnically it has combat...
Silverlan Oct 30, 2017 @ 2:01am 
I don't think there are any parts without a statue to regenerate soul. One of them is hidden, but all you have to do is walk through a wall to find it.
Anyway, another important thing is to opt into the public beta, the main version has a bug that can soft-lock the game at the end of the section. (Happened to me, had to go through the whole thing twice because of it...)
Darc Vader Oct 30, 2017 @ 8:16am 
I distinctly remember at least one section without a statue, but it’s possible I just missed it. You start on a little ledge and have to Crystal Heart dash to the left before canceling it and jumping up to the wall before pogoing over some Wingsmould between saws moving up and down. (I realize that probably describes more than one part of it, but I can’t think of anything else about it that was super distinguishing).

Is the hidden one you mean the one at the very beginning?
Midouri ミリ Oct 30, 2017 @ 8:24am 
The wall to the right of that spot you crystal heart on is a fake wall. Walk through to see a statue !
Darc Vader Oct 30, 2017 @ 8:26am 
Huh, that would’ve made that part less stressful. Good to know. Though it is easy enough to farm soul back from the Wingmoulds by bouncing back and forth between 2 of them, but still.
Midouri ミリ Oct 30, 2017 @ 8:36am 
Yeah I found it when I had gone down to 3 health and couldn't believe that I'd have to restart if I died. So I randomly thought "they HAVE to have a secret here!" And discovered it haha
megafinz Dec 30, 2017 @ 3:38pm 
Sharp Shadow makes some sections (in 3rd area at least) next to impossible to pass because they are tuned for regular dash length, so you will need to spend the dark dash first and then use regular dash. Also Dashmaster complicates stuff because you can accidentally dash downwards when pogoing.
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Date Posted: Oct 27, 2017 @ 2:56pm
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