Steel Soul achievement in Hollow Knight

Steel Soul

Finish the game in Steel Soul mode

Steel Soul-5.0
1 guideOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMultiple Playthroughs Required

How to unlock the Steel Soul achievement

  • vSullyvSully941,610
    05 Oct 2018 06 Oct 2018 07 Oct 2018
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    Steel Soul mode is unlocked after completing the game. This is a hardcore version of the game where you have one life and do not respawn upon death. This run will be done on a separate save file where you choose Steel Soul mode at the start and if you do die, the save file is essentially deleted.

    Assuming you know your way through the game, this isn't really any more difficult than a standard mode run because you can pause and quit before you die, then restart from the last bench you saved at. Almost all damage in the game causes you to lose a single mask of health and a few enemies and bosses deal two masks of damage at a time, so as long as you're careful when your health gets low death should be a non-issue.

    To increase survivability, prioritize finding Mask Shards, Charm Notches, and Pale Ore for Nail upgrades. The Fragile Strength and Fragile Heart charms (sold by Leg Eater in Fungal Wastes) are particularly strong since their drawback is basically nullified because of permanent death.

    All that is needed for this achievement is completion of the story, which requires destroying the three Dreamers, then defeating the Hollow Knight in the Temple of the Black Egg. You'll likely end up combining this with the Steel Heart achievement, though, so feel free to refer that solution for further information:
    Hollow Knight: Voidheart EditionSteel HeartThe Steel Heart achievement in Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition worth 439 pointsAchieve 100% game completion and finish the game in Steel Soul mode
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    NINja277just a heads up to anyone who attempts to speedrun under 5 hours in steel soul mode i did not get this to pop after getting both speedrun achievements for under 5 and 10 hours so im not sure if it is unlocking or if its some kind of glitch yet

    im going to finish the run to 100% completion and them beat it again

    EDIT: big ol sighhhhhh.... after reaching 100% on my playthrough with no deaths i did not get it to pop again. I then realized that i had made a steel soul save and a normal save(in order to test if the pause screen affected the ingame time) and only just now realized i deleted the wrong one when i started my game.

    1 more playthrough then for me since i had not realized steel soul changes the entire icon area by the health masks otherwise id have noticed sooner.
    Posted by NINja277 on 14 Oct 18 at 05:35
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