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The Pure Nail is a melee weapon which can be swung above and below, as well as horizontally, depending on player input. Vertical attacks deal critical damage.

Details[]

  • Special Effects:
    • Can attack while moving at the same time.
    • Can attack upwards, or downwards while airborne. Attacking vertically deals critical damage.
      • Attack direction depends on the directional movement input from the player.
      • The downwards attack also allows the player to bounce off enemies and spikes.
  • Breach Bonus: -0.5 / -0.5 / -0.5 / -0.5
    • Base Breach Damage: 22.5 / 27.5 / 30 / 40
    • Base Breach DPS: 77.5 (109)
  • Combo Duration: 1.7 seconds
    • First Hit: 0.4 (0.1 + 0.3 + 0)
    • Second Hit: 0.4 (0.1 + 0.3 + 0)
    • Third Hit: 0.5 (0.15 + 0 + 0.35)
    • Fourth Hit: 0.4 (0.15 + 0 + 0.25)
  • Legendary Version:

Location[]

PQ Loreroom HKbench

In the Prisoners' Quarters, there is a chance for a lore room to spawn with a bench in it. When examining the bench, the nail drops. Picking it up will unlock it permanently.

  • "This place feels so... peaceful."
  • "I feel like sitting on it would be a great relief."
  • "It's good to be right."

Notes[]

  • Due to this weapon's fast animation speed but high attack cooldown, it works well for alternating between attacks with another weapon to increase damage output.
    • However, quickly inputting a different directional attack after an upward or downward attack cancels the cooldown of the first one, allowing for slightly better burst damage.
  • The Nail is unique in that the player can slash up and down as well as horizontally. Slashing enemies from above has a slight recoil, or "bounce." Attacking enemies from above or below is relatively safe.
  • This weapon's guaranteed critical hits when attacking vertically give it a big advantage in biomes with lots of platforms. The upward slash is also very useful against flying enemies.
  • The ability to attack while airborne above enemies offers a significant advantage against some bosses like the Hand of the King and the Concierge because few of their moves can counter it.

Trivia[]

  • This weapon is a reference to the Pure Nail - the fully upgraded form of the main weapon in Hollow Knight.
    • The weapon's flavor text refers to one of the lines of the Nailsmith, the creator of the Pure Nail.
  • The location of the weapon is also a reference to the save point benches in Hollow Knight.

History[]

  • 2.6: Introduced.
  • 3.0: Added the Legendary Affix "Death Worm".
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