Hogwarts Legacy Beginner’s Guide [Tips And Tricks]

What good are you in witchcraft and wizardry without a Beginner's Guide for Hogwarts Legacy!

The Beginner’s Guide for Hogwarts Legacy will entail every little intricate detail and information about the game that you need for your beginning hours, from the combat to the exploration and RPG aspects. There is a wide variety of elements that will unlock as you gradually progress and ease yourself within the game, which will end up being your first steps toward becoming a sorcery master at the infamous School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Key Takeaways
  • Hogwarts Legacy is a massive single-player RPG that can be overwhelming for new players, but with our Beginner’s guide; nothing should prove too hard!
  • At the start of the game, players will be introduced to the core mechanics.
  • The basics of combat in Hogwarts Legacy will be important to understand as a beginner player.
  • Exploration is a key mechanic, one that the game will encourage the most.
  • Growing plants and other herbs are based on real-time progression.
  • Talents revolve around character traits and abilities.
  • Fast Travel through the map is done through the Floo Flame Network.
  • Knowing these key tricks can surely get you through Hogwarts Legacy in no time!

Here’s a quick recap of all the major Tips and Tricks in Hogwarts Legacy:

Tips and TricksDescription
Choosing Your HouseParticipate in the sorting ceremony to select your Hogwarts house.
CombatLearn the combat mechanics, including spell casting and dodging.
ExplorationExplore Hogwarts thoroughly to uncover hidden secrets, items, and activities.
HerbologyUnderstand the real-time growth of plants and herbs, which are essential for crafting and combat.
The Restricted AreasExplore restricted areas within Hogwarts at night, uncover high-level rewards, secrets, and enemies.
The Dark ArtsMaster offensive spells and curses in specific classes.
NPC Vendors & ShopsVisit various shops and vendors for items, crafting materials, and currency used in the game.
Upgrading The TalentsUnlock talents across five categories to enhance your character's abilities.
Fast TravelUtilize the Floo Flame Network to fast travel across the vast game world.

Choosing Your House

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The sorting ceremony (Image Captured by Us)

Upon entering Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, experience the Sorting Hat ceremony, which assesses your qualities and assigns you to one of four houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin.

Each house embodies distinct traits; Gryffindor represents bravery, and Ravenclaw signifies intelligence and wisdom. Navigate house-specific common rooms and your dormitories to uncover secrets and engage with fellow students. While not a central gameplay element, the narrative will allude to your house choice. Anticipate the opportunity to assert your place among the four houses in this immersive experience.

The Basics Of Combat

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The combat (Image Captured by Us)

You can equip up to 16 different spells on the front face buttons, each slot mapped across the four different trigger and bumper buttons on the controller. As you slowly progress throughout the game and unlock more spells to equip, it will raise the combat’s creativity to newer heights, allowing you to chain multiple spells at a given time in quick succession if done correctly.

Crowd controlling can become a hassle, especially considering the fact that your only defense options will be a handful of spells in that category or using the dedicated dodge roll functionality. Fortunately, the game has a warning indicator similar to the Batman Arkham games, where a golden halo will flash above your character’s head for a brief moment, giving you the signal of when to time your evasions properly.

Exploration & Secrets

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Exploring At Night (Image by eXputer)

At this point, any Harry Potter fan will be well-acquainted with the rich world-building aspect of the series as it amazed fans at every interval with its jaw-dropping additions to the narrative and lore. The common rooms of each house are filled to the brim with secrets lurking in every corner, some more strikingly intriguing than the others while some dark or melancholic.

We encourage you to explore every part of Hogwarts as there is just a sheer number of collectibles or secrets lying dead in front of your eyes. These secrets include hidden markings, items, interactable objects, and tons of other nifty activities. A lot of these may require you to use your ‘Revelio’ spell, which (as the name implies) can reveal certain things around the environment and world.

Managing Time-Based Herbology

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Growing plants (Image by eXputer)

Botany plays an integral role in Hogwarts Legacy, as by learning the ins and outs of plants and other herbs in your Herbology class, you will grow in knowledge. This will help you craft and manage your own set of plants in the Room of Requirements, which will undoubtedly become a vital aspect of the game moving forward.

However, it is worth pointing out that managing and growing these plants is based on real-time. This means that you will have to wait from upwards of 20 minutes or so to even a few hours for specific items to grow and complete properly. There is a wide range of plants and herbs that you can grow here, from ones that can help you craft various potions to even attack-type ones that can heavily aid you during combat instances.

The Restricted Areas In Hogwarts

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Exploring forsaken areas at night (Image by eXputer)

The Hogwarts school building itself is no stranger to its off-limit areas to students, as Prefects and other teachers will warn you from venturing into them. While you will obviously be attending your classes in the game’s daytime and partaking in other gameplay activities, these hidden or restricted areas will progressively be available to explore as long as you go after them, which will contain high-level rewards as well as enemies.

Furthermore, by eavesdropping on several NPCs and students, as well as talking to magical beings such as the paintings, you will be able to learn more about hidden or tucked-away areas of the game.

Learning The Dark Arts

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Teaching Dark Arts (mage Credit Copyright: eXputer)

The Dark Arts are an array of different spells that are mainly offensive-based. Still, while there are a sheer number of them in the universe of Hogwarts, these vary from sorcerer to sorcerer, as while some can mainly use them as defensive countermeasures, others may seek to inflict nothing more than harm using them.

A few examples of these spells that you may learn during your time at Hogwarts include Stupefy, magic that can conjure a red-colored ray that can stun a target, as well as others such as Rictusempra, sorcery which can be used as a diversion tactic in order to make the targeted user laugh at any given moment.

NPC Vendors & Shops

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In-game shops (mage Credit Copyright: eXputer)

There are a variety of shops scattered throughout the map inside and around the main Academy grounds, such as Pippin’s Potions and other shops in the nearby town of Hogsmeade.

These vendors can provide players with an assortment of items that can greatly help in crafting, botany, and even making yourself stronger. The stock can refresh from time to time, so be sure to check back regularly in case there is an item that you want to pick up.

Upgrading The Talents

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Talents (mage Credit Copyright: eXputer)

There are over 50 different types of Talents split across five categories, such as an entire talent tree dedicated to Stealth, which can potentially help you sneak around the local authorities patrolling the school grounds.

Talents essentially function as skill points for your character, and upon leveling up every time, you will gain a talent point to invest in any talents among the five categories we mentioned previously. Experience can be gained in quite a few ways, from randomly discovering interactable activities in the world to the obvious ones, such as simply completing quests or other odd jobs.

Fast Travel Mechanics

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The floo flame network (mage Credit Copyright: eXputer)

One of the last things in our Beginner’s Guide for the game will surely be obvious to a few players if they’re up-to-date with the news of the game, and that is the possibility of Fast travel. Thankfully, the developers had already confirmed the existence of that with the Floo Flame Network in the game.

These green-colored flame structures around the world will basically allow you to travel fast across the world at your leisure in any way you see fit.

Unlocking each of the Floo flames will allow you to access the respective area with ease, so we highly recommend interacting with them at any chance you can. Thankfully, they are present even in the common rooms of every house.

This wraps up our guide to the Beginner’s guide of the game. If you have any other questions or queries related to the guide, then feel free to let us know about it in the comments section below! We hope you enjoy taking your time with the game and learning your first steps to becoming a master magician in Hogwarts Legacy. As always, eXputer wishes you luck!

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