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Here's What We Know About Hollow Knight: Silksong's Silk Soul Mode

Hollow Knight: Silksong is set to release in 2021, and fans are trying to soak up every new piece of information they can find. One of the most exciting mysteries surrounding Team Cherry's new Metroidvania is the nature of Silk Soul Mode. 


Team Cherry first revealed the existence of the new mode when the team announced Silksong. The announcement read, "Challenge Silk Soul mode! Once you conquer the game, test your skills in an all-new mode that spins the game into a unique, challenging experience."

Since then, players have gotten to learn a bit more about the new protagonist, Hornet, who boasts a wide range of combat skills that will feel fresh to fans of the first game. However, fans have yet to get a clear look at Silk Soul mode. Players are still wondering: what exactly is Silk Soul, and how might it change up the Silksong experience?

While there isn't a ton of information regarding the specific kinds of challenges that players will face in Silk Soul mode, fans can make some pretty decent guesses based on what the previous game offered.


Steel Soul mode may be the key to understanding Silk Soul

The original Hollow Knight featured Steel Soul mode, which was similarly unlocked after completing the game. This was essentially a permadeath mode, in which the Knight would not resurrect after falling in battle. In Steel Soul mode, one death means game over. There were also a few other differences, including characters being swapped out or not appearing in the second run.


Silk Soul sounds like it will be very similar, but the most intriguing aspect is the implication that this mode will remix the game in certain ways, making it markedly different from the first playthrough. Fans of the game on Reddit have speculated that this could mean everything from enemy placement to the way Hornet's health bar works could be changed in Silk Soul mode. Perhaps the series' new Quest system will be altered, as well. At the very least, fans can probably expect a hike in difficulty when they unlock Silk Soul.

With Silksong's release being a bit closer than you may think, it should't be too long before the mysteries of Silk Soul mode are revealed.