Hollow Knight

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Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight cover
Developers
Team Cherry
Engines
Former Unity 5[Note 1]
Unity 2017[Note 2]
Release dates
Windows February 24, 2017[3]
macOS (OS X) April 11, 2017[4]
Linux April 11, 2017[4]
Reception
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 90
IGDB 91
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Scrolling, Side view
Controls Direct control
Genres Metroidvania, Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight on HowLongToBeat
Hollow Knight on IGDB
Hollow Knight on MobyGames
Hollow Knight on Wikipedia

Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight 2017
Hollow Knight: Silksong TBA

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Standard or Collector's Edition
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
DRM-free
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Game does not require Steam to run.[5]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The game must be installed through the Steam client, but can be played without the launcher running in the background, by launching it from the hollow_knight executable.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Official Soundtrack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gods & Nightmares Soundtrack for free expansions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Team Cherry\Hollow Knight\
Microsoft Store %PROGRAMDATA%\Packages\TeamCherry.HollowKnightPC_y4jvztpgccj42\
macOS (OS X)
Linux ~/.config/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Team Cherry\Hollow Knight\*.dat
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Team Cherry\Hollow Knight\*.bak
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/unity.Team Cherry.Hollow Knight/
Linux ~/.config/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight/
Achievement unlock data is stored in the configuration file(s) location.[6]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Not automatically transferred cross platform.[7]
Xbox Cloud

Video[edit]

In-game video settings
In-game video settings

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Enable borderless fullscreen[8]

Use the -screen-fullscreen 0 -popupwindow command line arguments.

Exclusive fullscreen[edit]

Enable exclusive fullscreen[8]

Use the -screen-fullscreen 1 -window-mode exclusive command line arguments.

High frame rate[edit]

Set custom FPS limit[9]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/hollow_knight_data/.
  2. Open Config.ini.
  3. Under [VideoSettings] set FrameRateCap= to desired amount and save the file.

Post-processing[edit]

Disable post-process effects[8]
  1. Download Hollow Knight 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. By default the game effects aren't modified. You can change the default state in the [Constants] section of d3dx.ini.

Input[edit]

In-game controller settings
In-game controller settings
In-game keyboard settings
In-game keyboard settings
In-game controller settings for DualShock 4.
In-game controller settings for DualShock 4.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings
In-game audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Characters talk through subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Korean
Polish
Fan translation, download
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Official in-game localization.
Russian
Fan translation by «The Miracle»
Spanish

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[8]
  1. Install Special K by following the Unofficial Special K Guide. Manual local installation may work better if using 3Dmigoto.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to open Special K's control panel.
  3. Expand the Direct3D 11 SettingsTexture Management section.
  4. Turn on Ignore Textures Without Mipmaps.
  5. Expand the Window ManagementInput/Output Behavior section.
  6. Turn on Mute Game under Background Behavior.
  7. Restart the game to apply changes.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Hollow Knight.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Xbox One Wireless Controller[edit]

A lot of users report ghost input when using the wireless Xbox Controller Adapter. Same as with other Unity titles the game registers that the left stick is always pushed to the left.

Gog Galaxy conflict[edit]

A lot of users report an empty achievements menu option. Uninstall Gog Galaxy client can fix the issue.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Uninstall the Citrix Workspace program[10]
Disable RivaTunerStatisticsServer or reset its settings[11]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL 3.0+
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7 Lion
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64bit)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E5200
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX
1 GB of VRAM

Notes

  1. Unity engine build: 5.4.3f1[1][2]
  2. Unity engine build: 2017.4.10f1

References