Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG where it doesn’t hurt to have some advice before you jump into the Wizarding World. We’ve included tips and tricks on how to save time via fast traveling, gaining experience to level up, what to do with old gear, and more.
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Tip 1 – Search Out Fast Travel Points
Open-world games love to make you run all over the place so you can truly experience their universe. This is the same for Hogwarts Legacy even though you can spend so much time running back and forth. After a while, it can get tedious once you’ve found all the collectibles along the way. So you’re simply trudging the same path.
This is why you should frequently use the fast travel system via Floo Flames. Once you’ve found one, you can fast travel from anywhere. This is nice compared to games that force you to be near a fast travel point to use it. It’s certainly worth running near those Floo Flame fast travel points if you find yourself in the area. Once you unlock a broom, this can help with getting around as well.
Tip 2 – How to Level Up in Hogwarts Legacy
Leveling up your character is important so you can equip better gear and get extra health for staying alive. There’s nothing worse than ending up in an area where the enemies are too high level for you. At this point, you won’t survive against them easily and you’ll struggle with any potential content in that area.
There are a number of ways to gain experience that revolve around filling out your Field Guide. Such as collecting Field Guide pages that may be floating in the air or using your Revelio spell to discover lore. Outside of playing a scavenger hunt for experience, you can also fight enemies in the wild and complete quests to level up too.
Tip 3 – Use the Revelio Spell Often
The Revelio spell is probably going to be one of your most used spells in Hogwarts Legacy. This is because it’ll help you find a ton of different interactable objects. By using Revelio, nearby ingredients will glow yellow, puzzles can glow blue, and Field Guide pages can become visible.
It’s worth mentioning that using Revelio will also make a bell ding sound if it detects something near you. This is often a good indicator of a Field Guide page nearby worth searching for. Such as a statue in Hogwarts with some lore. You may notice a faded scroll nearby once you hear that ding. This is a page you need to get closer to before using the spell again.
Tip 4 – Explore For Secrets and Chests
Hogwarts Legacy is filled with secrets and chests that you can uncover for gold and gear. As you get further, you’ll want to have higher-stat equipment to take full advantage of. By having higher gear score items, you’ll get more defense and offense stats too. This will help with blocking spells while also dealing damage.
You may come across a statue you can interact with that reveals a hidden wall. Or perhaps even more simply, you may find a stack of boxes hiding a chest behind it. This is why it’s sometimes worth slinging a few basic spell attacks at objects. On top of that, keep an eye out for lootable bags and small sacks of gold on the floor.
Tip 5 – Sell Your Old Gear For Money
Not knowing what to sell in any game filled with loot can always be confusing. Especially when there aren’t items marked as valuables or junk that don’t have a purpose. However, knowing what to sell in Hogwarts Legacy isn’t too bad, fortunately. All you need to know is to keep equipping higher stat gear and getting rid of the rest.
Once you’ve progressed enough in the story, you can start selling your old gear in Hogsmeade to any shop. While this will probably be the first place you sell gear, you can also sell to mini villages around Hogwarts Legacy called Hamlets. As you start making more money, you can put it toward new gear and useful furniture.
Tip 6 – Complete Merlin Trials For More Inventory Space
If you find yourself hoarding items or not wanting to run to a shop to sell your gear, this tip is for you. When you first start playing Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll only have 20 gear slots available in your inventory. This is across every gear type, so you don’t have 20 gear slots each for handwear, headwear, etc.
You’ll need to progress several hours into the story before unlocking a way to get more inventory space. This is via completing Merlin Trials which are small puzzles spread throughout the world. After completing two trials, you can open your Challenges menu and unlock four extra gear slots. Continuing onward you can get up to 40 slots total.
Tip 7 – Should You Dodge or Use Protego?
Hogwarts Legacy teaches you how to dodge and use Protego early on to defend yourself in combat. However, it doesn’t seem to mention an important mechanic which tells you when to use each. If an enemy attack is about to hit you, a white or red sphere will appear around your head. This indicates whether or not an attack can be blocked by Protego. At least, that’s how I’ve understood it.
If the sphere is white, you can use Protego to block the attack and even use Stupefy to stun your enemy. But, if the sphere is red, you can’t block it with Protego and should dodge instead. Even though you can dodge white attacks, the benefit of Stupefy from a successful block is still worthwhile.
Tip 8 – Juggle Your Enemies in Combat
Having a variety of combat spells for juggling enemies is always useful. Regardless of whether you’re dueling someone one on one or fighting a swarm of enemies. If you can keep your foe from fighting back, you’re going to have a good time. While certain quests will teach you how to keep one enemy in the air, it’s useful to spread your spells across multiple enemies too.
The Crossing Wands questline in Hogwarts Legacy is a good opportunity to learn when fights are unfair. If you use Leviosa to lift one wizard up and then Accio on another, that’s two disabled enemies. This can give you a useful window to slam them with attacks or focus on other nearby enemies instead.
Tip 9 – Fall Damage Exists in Hogwarts Legacy
If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried to jump over Hogwarts railings a number of times and hit invisible walls. However, once you start exploring outside Hogwarts and find yourself in the mountains, you may think fall damage doesn’t exist. If you drop from too high a height, you’ll lose and have to reload a checkpoint or manual save.
With that said, the game frequently does try to prevent you from falling off ledges. Once you’re near a ledge, your character will catch themself and not move forward. At times this can be annoying when you’re trying to jump. But other times, it can save you from a long fall.
Tip 10 – Not Sure How to Change Your Appearance?
This tip is for those of you that love to customize how your character looks. So if you’re not sure how to change clothes or change your appearance, don’t worry, it’s relatively simple. First, make your way to the Gear tab where you can see what clothes you’re wearing. Such as your handwear, facewear, cloaks and robes, etc.
This next part depends on what platform you’re playing Hogwarts Legacy on. For PC, hover over an item without clicking on it, and then press F to Change Appearance. Afterward, you’ll see a screen where you can pick any clothing you’ve found in the past or unlocked via Collections. If you’re on a different platform, try to hover over an item and search for the button prompt at the bottom of the item description.
That’s all there is to this guide on some of the best Hogwarts Legacy tips and tricks. This guide is especially for new players just starting out in this open-world RPG. As you get further, you’ll come across even more mechanics and unique spells.
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