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Hollow Knight: Can You Keep Grim Child? Answered

Hollow Knight Grim Child

Grim Child is undeniably one of the most unique yet friendly characters in Hollow Knight. Players get the Grim Child charm as a reward while completing the Grimmsong questline. However, what sets this character apart is that it becomes your ally and takes down enemies for you by shooting projectiles. Yes, you heard that right, you’re not the only one combating enemies now. This is also where many players raise the question that in Hollow Knight can you keep Grim Child? Read along to know more about this very question, along with how to acquire and upgrade this great companion of yours.

How to Get Grim Child in Hollow Knight

As discussed earlier, players get the Grim Child charm in Hollow Knight as a reward while completing the Grimmsong questline. For that, make your way to the Howling Cliffs where you will encounter two breakable walls. You can simply platform up from the first one and then break the second one. Now proceed to your right.

Soon after you will come across corps of a bug. Dream Nail the corpse and get back to the previous room. You will find a huge torch in this room which you can ignite by hitting it multiple times. Your quest has now been activated.

Now make your way back to the Dirrtmouth and head to the left. Head inside the largest tent that you find there and interact with Troupe Master Grimm. He will give the Grim Child, a shadow-like creature that will fight for you.

You can now upgrade the Grim Child to its next phase by collecting flames. Do bear in mind that during its first phase, it will only float behind the Knight. Grim Child will not deal any damage until it’s upgraded to its next phase.

Hollow Knight – Grim Child Phases

Phase – 1

Hollow Knight Grimm Child Phase 1
Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 1 of 4

Damage: Grim Child will not deal any damage during its first phase.

Phase – 2

Hollow Knight Grimm Child Phase 2
Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 2 of 4

Requirement: Return to Grimm after collecting 3 flames in total
Damage: 5 per shot

Phase – 3

Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 3
Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 3 of 4

Requirement: Collect 6 flames in total and defeat Troupe Master Grimm
Damage: 8 per shot

Phase – 4

Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 4
Hollow Knight Grim Child Phase 4 of 4

Requirement: Collect 9 flames in total and defeat Nightmare King Grimm
Damage: 11 per shot

Can You Keep Grim Child in Hollow Knight?

Once you have successfully obtained the Grim Child charm it is now your own possession for most of the game. As it becomes a permanent part of your inventory, you can equip or unequip the charm according to your needs.

However, if players decide to banish the Nightmare King Grimm then they will relinquish this great charm. To banish the Nightmare King Grimm, players will have to defeat Nightmare King Grimm in the Grimm Troupe’s final encounter.

Here, players end up getting 2 options, either to “Embrace the Nightmare” or “Sever the Ties.” If players decide to go for the latter they end up losing the Grimm Child charm.

Lastly, it is totally up to you if you want to keep the Grimm Child or not. Banishing the Nightmare King Grimm is not part of the main storyline.


And that is all you need to know about keeping Grim Child in Hollow Knight. Check out other interesting Hollow Knight guides and articles:

Based in Islamabad, Pakistan, Rehan Muzammil is a Freelance Writer for Raider King.
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