Hollow Knight Nail Upgrades And Nail Arts Guide

The Nail is one of the most important parts of your kit when you are playing the Hollow Knight. You will have ample chances to upgrade your nail when you are playing the game and this Hollow Knight Nail Upgrades and Nail Arts Guide will tell you about how to go through with that process. Our Hollow Knight Nail Upgrades and Nail Arts Guide will tell you about how to upgrade your Nail and all of the Nail Arts that exist in the game.

Hollow Knight Nail Upgrades

Your initial Nail which goes by the name of Old Nail does 5 damage per hit. However, you can upgrade it by 4 damage per hit for each of the upgrade tiers. All of these upgrade tiers also add 1% completion to your progression.

Sharpened Nail costs 250 Geo and does 9 damage. After that, Channeled Nail does 13 damage and costs 800 Geo and a Pale Ore, Coiled Nail does 17 damage and costs 2000 Geo along with 2 Pale Ores and Pure Nail does 21 damage while having a cost of 4000 Geo and 3 Pale Ores.

Let us go ahead and look at where you can find the Pale Ores along with the Nail Arts that exist in Hollow Knight.


This Pale Ore can be received by defeating the Nosk boss. You will need to find a Crystal Heart first which you can find using our Abilities Locations Guide.

Hallownest’s Crown

This Pale Ore is given to you for clearing the right side of the Crystal Peak using double jump. You will need Monarch Wings to get this Pale Ore.

Ancient Basin

This is found in the left Tramway room after you have cleared out the two smaller Mawlet mini-boss room.


This is given to you as a reward whenever you get 300 essence.


This is another Pale Ore that you get a reward. Find 31 Grubs to get this Ore.

Colosseum of Fools

This Pale Ore is given to you as a reward for defeating the Trial of the Conqueror, which is the second trial of the game.

Nail Arts Locations

You can find three different Nail Arts. Nail Arts are used to charge your nail attacks and every single one of them increases your completion rate by 1%. You will also get the Nailmaster’s Glory charm once you have all three of them by visiting Sly’s Shop.

Dash Slash

You can find it at Nailmaster Oro in Kingdom’s Edge. It costs 800 Geo and increases your Nail Damage by 2.5x.

Cyclone Slash

Find it at the Nailmaster Mato in Howling Cliffs. You will need Mantis Claw to get to it and the Nail Damage per spin will increase up to seven.

Great Slash

Find it at Nailmaster Sheo in Greenpath and you will need Crystal Heart. This also increases your Nail damage by 2.5x.

That is all we have for our Hollow Knight Nail Upgrades and Nail Arts Guide. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!

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