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MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
I think my default build, once I have enough notches, is Quick Focus + Longnail + Shaman Stone + Unbreakable Strength. It's just a good all-around build that increases damage across the board and helps you heal without getting hit. For really tough boss fights, where the goal is to avoid taking damage (NKG, Pure Vessel, etc), sometimes I'll go with the "Slash Good" build: Longnail + Mark of Pride + Unbreakable Strength + Quick Slash. Having the extra huge nail lets you keep a good distance away from bosses, which can be very helpful in reducing the number of hits you take. That's especially important against bosses that deal double-damage, since healing becomes a lot more costly and dangerous to do in those fights. As with Dark Souls, the best path to victory is to swing a huge sword and never get hit. Obviously, if you're more motivated by speed, then powering up spells is the fastest way to do heaps of damage. I'm getting better about using my spells in combat, but the real pros find ways to toss in Desolate Dives and Howling Wraiths much more frequently than I ever do.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
I'm basically at the end of the game. I spent some time slamming my head against the wall that was TMG (not even NK) and just not having any luck before giving up. I might try again before I write it off completely and just go to the final boss. There are a few other things still to do scattered around: a couple of charms; 2 mask shards (the flower quest and another I'm not sure about) which I'd really like but not entirely sure I can be arsed, particularly the flower; two dream versions of defeated bosses (I think the Collector and the big floaty Soul guy); the Lifeblood door in the Abyss (another charm, which would be my last one, which I suppose I should get for completion's sake)... But I think I'm ready to be done for now. (Dread awaits...!)
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
Aaand done, ish. I got all the charms and the blessing, and I also managed to beat Troupe Master Grimm. I took a stab at Nightmare King Grimm for curiosity, noped right the fuck out and banished them, then went to finish the game. I beat the Hollow Knight on the second try, except I did it wrong: I had the void heart so I got Hornet's help, but I didn't dream nail him then. I DID try to dream nail him later when he fell down, but apparently my timing was wrong; so I got the worst ending, where I do the Bad End but also trap Hornet inside with me. I know I can go back and do it again from the bench right before the boss, but honestly I'm not sure I can be arsed; I already watched videos of all the endings. I MIGHT do the normal "good ending" since it's one more boss fight, but I'm pretty sure I'll never be touching the Godmaster content (much like the Path of Pain) so those secret/extra endings can eat me. I could even get the last two mask fragments (the flower quest and one other which is lying around somewhere) before I do...but I'm pretty sure I'm ready for a break.

Final time was ~36 hours, 105% completion.
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Nightmare King Grimm is up there with Ornstein and Smough for the longest I've ever spent on a boss fight*. I think it took me about 4 hours of practicing to beat him the first time? I've yet to go up against Absolute Radiance, but none of the other bosses I've faced in Hollow Knight came close to NKG for me, including The Pure Vessel.

You don't have to play any more if you don't want to, but going for the good ending is probably worth it from where you are. With a bit of practice, the Hollow Knight fight will become nothing more than a speed bump on your way to The Radiance.

*Of course, my actual longest boss fight ever is Kamek from Invictus, who took me about 7 hours to beat. But that's more of a level than a boss and almost no-one has played it, so let's stick to the more recognizable comparisons, shall we?
 
You don't have to play any more if you don't want to, but going for the good ending is probably worth it from where you are. With a bit of practice, the Hollow Knight fight will become nothing more than a speed bump on your way to The Radiance.

I agree with this. I don't think you'll regret going for the normal good ending.

I also made no serious effect to engage with the Godmaster DLC, Path of Pain, or the hardest circus fight. I think the normal good ending's extra boss is a fun fight to learn and more or less in line with what came before in terms of difficulty, while everything else seems like a new level mastery that I wasn't really interested in.
 

Beta Metroid

At peace
(he/him)
I'm a platforming junkie, so Path of Pain was my exact kind of jam. I also really enjoyed the new DLC bosses quite a bit. One of them,
Paintmaster Sheo
is one of my favorite boss fights in anything. It's really satisfying to play, it's a visual delight in which the visuals also factor into the gameplay, and it fits the character of the boss well.

I am long past the point in my gaming life where the one-hit/one-life challenges hold any appeal to me.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
Yeah, I didn't want to leave it like that after all, so last night I went back in and beat The Radiance and got the Good/Real(?) Ending, think it was my 4th attempt, and now I'm done. I think I'll watch videos of the godmaster DLC content though, just to see.
 

Sarcasmorator

Same as I ever was
(He/him)
I had fun trying out some of the early Godmaster runs (the music is great), but didn't make any attempt to complete them.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
The Godmaster stuff is on another level, stuff only for the best of the best. Didn't even attempt the upper stuff
 

madhair60

Video games
Hollow Knight is a pretty sterling example of Too Much Content, with a superb base game that I felt got diluted by all the added chaff. It certainly dilutes the sense of achievement when you beat the final boss.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
I think especially with a game like this, it's important to have stuff for hardcore people, who want more. I certainly disagree, that the added stuff dilutes the accomplishment of beating the game. The added stuff also feels like it's not part of the regular game, to me this was distinction enough.
I mean, feeling like you do is valid, but it's not as definite as you are arguing here.

Reading this thread really makes me want to replay this game. Just wished that I didn't have to walk around without a map in a new area, at the start.
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
When I played the game for the first time after all the DLC came out I had no idea what was new and what wasn't.
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Godhome is so self-contained that I feel like it stands apart from the main game. It's basically Boss Rush Zone, with a gallery of statues and a leaderboard of all the bosses you've killed. I can't speak for everyone, but I've never felt like finishing Godhome was part of the "standard" HK run. As for the rest, like the various dream bosses and the Grimm Troupe, I feel that they all fit in pretty well with the main game and its narrative. For the most part, they're a series of optional superbosses that don't give much by way of rewards. So there's not a lot of penalty in skipping them, but their presence fills out the lore of the world in a way that I really appreciate.

But I'm basically a giant Hollow Knight stan who sees almost no flaws with the game, so maybe don't take my opinion too seriously.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
Honestly, my biggest gripe was that I wish there were 50% more charm notches (or 100%!). I don't want to be able to equip them all or anything like that, but the setup always felt like it shot past "specialize your playstyle but make some hard choices on how to do so" to just being really restrictive.
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
I guess I reached a point where doing it "Definitively" held no allure for me. I'm glad it has super hard stuff for people who love that kind of thing, and I'm also glad they can upload videos so I don't have to do it myself.
 
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