Hollow Knight Full Walkthrough – Royal Waterways

Now that you have seen off the Soul Master and everything that the City of Tears had to throw at you, it’s time to head somewhere new. The fun thing about Hollow Knight at this point is that there are quite a few options for the player.

You could head to Deepnest, Crystal Peak, or Royal Waterways. However, of the three, we would say that the latter is probably the easiest option.

The Royal Waterways plays host to some rather unsettling and reanimating enemies, and you’ll have two bosses to take down if you really want to. So, enough talk, let’s get going. This is Indie Game Culture’s Hollow Knight Full Walkthrough – Royal Waterways.

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Hollow Knight Royal Waterways Walkthrough

Finding the Royal Waterways

To enter the Royal Waterways, you have two points of entry. If you found the Simple Key in the City of Tears, then you can use this item to open a pathway down to the Royal Waterways. Alternatively, you can head to the bottom of the Fungal Wastes, where you will find Bretta.

Of these two options, we would suggest heading through the Fungal Wastes, as this puts you in very close proximity to Cornifer to get your first map, and coming from the other side is a bit of a nightmare.

Also, this is important. You will need to go to Sly’s shop in Dirtmouth and purchase the Lumafly Lantern for 1,800 Geo.

This is a little companion that lights the way in dark places with the Royal Waterways. It is technically possible to get through the area without it, but don’t be a glutton for punishment; just buy the Lantern!

Exploring The Royal Waterways

When you enter, follow the trail of paper to where Cornifer is humming his usual tune, and you can then pay 75 Geo for the map of the Royal Waterways.

After this, keep heading right and let yourself fall into the water below. Here, you will encounter your first new enemies, Hwurmps and Flukefeys. Hwurmps are basically annoying environmental hazards, but Flukefeys will hunt you down, so be wary of them.

Also note that while you can swim, you can’t attack unless you jump out of the water, so time your jumps well and keep those Flukefeys at bay.

Keep heading right until you reach a wall to pull you out of the water, and watch out for the Belfly when you reach the top. These are explosive kamikaze enemies, so dash to get away.

You’ll then see a marking on the wall indicating a Bench nearby. You’ll need to use your Desolate Dive skill to smash through the ground, but when you land down below, you’ll find your first Royal Waterways resting point.

Locating Dung Defender

From here, you have two choices. Head down and eventually come face to face with the Flukemarm, or head east and take on the Dung Defender.

Both are manageable at this stage, but until you have the second Nail Upgrade that allows you to take out Flukefeys in one hit, Flukemarm is a really frustrating boss at this point, so for the sake of the guide, we will be focusing on the Dung Defender.

Head east, and you’ll come into contact with your first Flukemon. These are enemies that have three stages. The first stage is a standard charging enemy. Then they split in two, and each part reanimates into a form similar to the Flukefey. So when you kill this enemy, make sure all of it is dead before moving on.

You’ll want to take the path right that leads you across a pool of water with a Flukefey, and on the other side, you’ll encounter another new enemy, a Philflip. These are pretty basic enemies, but watch out for their jumping attacks.

Keep heading east, and watch out for the Belfly along the way. Shortly after this Belfly, you’ll come to an area that is caked in Dung, and you’ll hear the bellowing shout of the Dung Defender ahead. So follow their voice, and this will take you to an arena full of neatly rolled balls of poop.

Give it a moment, and from the ground, Dung Defender will appear, meaning your next boss battle has begun.

Eugh, What’s That Smell?

So there you have it, a quick and easy pathway through the Royal Waterways leading you to your next challenge, The Dung Defender.

We hope that this guide helps you navigate this area with ease. Be sure to join us as we guide you through the upcoming fight. As always, thanks for reading Indie Game Culture.

Discover the Enigmatic World of Hollow Knight | GOG

Immerse yourself in the hauntingly beautiful world of "Hollow Knight," where every step unveils secrets and challenges waiting to be conquered. With its captivating art style and intricate gameplay, embark on an epic journey filled with mystery, danger, and discovery unlike any other.

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