Hollow Knight

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Hollow Knight
Hollow Knight cover
Team Cherry
Former Unity 5[Note 1]
Former Unity 2017[Note 2]
Unity 2020[Note 3]
Release dates
Windows February 24, 2017[4]
macOS (OS X) April 11, 2017[5]
Linux April 11, 2017[5]
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 90
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
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Hollow Knight: Silksong TBA

General information

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


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) ~/Library/Preferences/unity.Team Cherry.Hollow Knight.plist
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight/prefs
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 %USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\Team Cherry\Hollow Knight\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/unity.Team Cherry.Hollow Knight/
Linux $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight/*.dat
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] Linux Steam cloud saves are stored at $HOME/.config/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight, but the game actually uses $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/unity3d/Team Cherry/Hollow Knight.
Xbox Cloud


Video settings
Video settings


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.


Keyboard settings
Keyboard settings
Controller settings (Xbox controller)
Controller settings (Xbox controller)
Controller settings (DualShock 4)
Controller settings (DualShock 4)


Audio settings
Audio settings

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


Game settings
Game settings
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download
Brazilian Portuguese
Official in-game localization.
Fan translation by «The Miracle»

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. Uninstalling the GOG Galaxy client can fix the issue.[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash on startup[edit]

Uninstall the Citrix Workspace program[9]
Disable RivaTunerStatisticsServer or reset its settings[10]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL 3.0
Linux default.[11]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
See 32-bit compatibility.
macOS (OS X)

32-bit compatibility[edit]

Switch to version on Steam[11]
  1. Right-click on the game in the Steam Library.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click on the BETAS tab.
  4. Choose - 32-bit compatibility.


Middleware Notes
Input InControl

System requirements[edit]

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


  1. Unity engine build: 5.4.3f1[1][2]
  2. Unity engine build: 2017.4.10f1
  3. Unity engine build: 2020.2.2f1[3]