The open-world RPG Hogwarts Legacy is filled with locked doors that likely have you wondering how to unlock locks. Whether you’ve come across a small house in Hogsmeade or a locked office in Hogwarts, there’s always loot to be found. Especially if you’re working on a side quest or even just trying to find field pages.
If you’re following our 10 best tips and tricks guide and are frequently casting Revelio, you’ll probably find a lot of locked areas. This makes it frustrating if you don’t have the right spell to open those locks. Even if it’s not a door blocking your path, it could be a locked chest that you can’t open as well.
How to Unlock Locks in Hogwarts Legacy
How to Get the Alohomora Essential Spell
Dealing with locked doors and chests requires the Alohomora spell which unfortunately requires progressing the main story. This is often the case in getting new spells regardless of whether they’re for combat or puzzles. But, you won’t need to take a class or complete some challenges like many spell unlocks in Hogwarts Legacy.
Instead, you’ll need to reach the main quest, The Caretaker’s Lunar Lament, where you’ll help out Gladwin Moon. They’ll ask for your help finding Demiguise Statues that you can only gather at night. As you progress through the quest, Moon will teach you the Alohomora spell for unlocking locks.
If you’re not sure where to slot Alohomora in your limited four-slot spell bar, don’t worry. This is considered an essential spell that doesn’t require a slot to be used. Fortunately, your character can cast it whenever you find a locked door to interact with. Similar to other essential spells like Revelio or Protego.
After Gladwin Moon teaches you the Alohomora spell, you’ll need to learn how the lock puzzle itself works. This is a small minigame you’ll have to play every time you try to unlock a door in Hogwarts Legacy. Check out the next section for screenshots and how it works.
How to Solve the Lock Puzzle
When I first tried to open a locked door using Alohomora, the game didn’t give me much of a hint to open it. So I was completely clueless like you might be as well. Fortunately, this little puzzle/minigame isn’t that tough once you know how it works.
As shown in the screenshot above, there are two different parts you can rotate in the center. First, there’s the green ring, and second, there’s the red ring. I don’t recommend trying to rotate both simultaneously because it can be too much to focus on.
Therefore, let’s try rotating the green ring first. As you rotate it, eventually you’ll hear a ding or click sound that indicates you’ve found the right spot. Once the green ring is rotated to the correct position, the two wheels near the bottom right corner will begin spinning. As long as they keep spinning, you can move on to the red ring.
Similar to how you found the right spot for the green ring, you can do the same for the red one. All you need to do is rotate it until you hear that ding sound and then stop. If you go past it, don’t worry, you can rotate the ring backward. This isn’t like opening a lock where you can’t go past the number.
Once you have the red ring in the correct position, the two wheels in the center will begin spinning. After you have all four wheels spinning, the lock will open right up and complete the minigame. I’ve noticed sometimes that the wheels will randomly stop spinning and this can require rotating a tiny bit again.
Oddly enough, people don’t seem to care about you casting Alohomora and breaking into houses or shops. So you don’t have to use the Disillusionment spell to hide your mischief. Even if you’re sneaking into a house filled with people as you rummage through their gold. Even though Disillusionment will help you get money another way.
How to Unlock High-Level Locks in Hogwarts Legacy
If you’ve already learned the Alohomora spell, you may vaguely remember hearing something about how to unlock tougher locks. This is because once you finish the main quest helping Gladwin Moon, you’ll get a new side quest, The Man Behind the Moons. If you continue helping Moon by gathering Demiguise Moons, they’ll teach you how to cast stronger versions of Alohomora.
While you can gather 10 Demiguise Moons from Hogwarts, you’ll also need to search the entire world of Hogwarts Legacy for more. Once you find a total of nine, you can return to Gladwin Moon and exchange them for Alohomora II. Next, you’ll need to gather another 13 before returning and exchanging them for Alohomora III.
So if you want to pick some locks open to explore new areas and gather loot, you’ll need to search for those statues. Fortunately, you can hover over certain areas on the world map to see how many statues they have. This can make it easier to find them if you’re not sure where to look. Even though a large area like Hogwarts can be tough to search.
This is why I like to check the hamlets since they often only have one statue and you can easily find it using Revelio. Just make sure you gather them at night since you won’t be able to interact with them otherwise. When I first found a Demiguise Statue before starting the Alohomora quest, I knew it had to be special!
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That’s all there is to this in-depth guide on how to unlock locks in Hogwarts Legacy. Now start opening up those locks so you can gather new gear to either wear or sell for money. And try to keep an eye out for those hidden Demiguise Statues bothering Gladwin Moon.
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