|“||Unleash a powerful close range strike.||”|
|“||Upgrade: Resist interruptions and increase attack range.||”|
When activated, Specter Knight makes a powerful close range strike after a short delay. While he prepares the attack, Specter Knight is stuck in place, ignoring gravity. The Dread Talon's attack moves Specter Knight forward a short distance.
If Specter Knight takes damage while he prepares the attack, it is cancelled and the Darkness spent on it is lost.
When upgraded, the Dread Talon can no longer be interrupted by damage and also produces a wave of energy that slightly increases the attack's range.
As the description implies, this curio can destroy most of the minor enemies, including, but not limited to Metal Hermittacks, in one swing.
- The Dread Talon is one of the only two Curios who can also act as a Relic, the other being the Caltrops. Even then, this particular use of the Dread Talon is limited to the rematch Challenge against Shield Knight.
- In each campaign the protagonists can find statues depicting Goldarmors that, once striked, lose their helmets. These helmets can be attacked a second time revealing a 10 gold worth green gem. But while the others can do so with their standard attacks (a Shovel Drop, any type of bomb, a Shoulder Bash's twirl), Specter Knight can destroy the helmet only with the use of the Dread Talon.
- It can defeat Plague Knight's clones in one hit during his boss fight.
- Is formerly called Death Claw.