Hogwarts Legacy presents players with a magical open-world gameplay, full of wonders and life. If you’re a Harry Potter fan and have not played this game yet, then trust me, bro, you are missing out on life!
However, if you are a first-time starter, Hogwarts Legacy can quickly make you feel overwhelmed by its sheer scope. This is because Hogwarts Legacy features complex mechanics that can be intimidating, especially for new players or those who are not well-accustomed to the Harry Potter franchise. With so much going on in this non-Harry Potter game, it can be difficult to focus on gameplay features, as it’s very easy to get entranced by the magical world of the wizarding school. Moreover, the game isn’t always the best at offering an indication of when a lot of these features are going to unlock.
But fret not! This article is all you need to get yourself started with Hogwarts Legacy like a pro! Here are the 20 things to know before you start playing Hogwarts Legacy:
Use Revelio Spell All the Time
Of all the Hogwarts Legacy spells, Revelio is most probably the one you will use the most. It essentially highlights objects as well as enemies even if they are on the other side of the wall. Revelio spell also highlights any interactable object or loot, hence giving you a significant edge in quickly progressing through the game.
Link Your Harry Potter Fan Club account
If you are a member of the Harry Potter Fan Club, then linking your account can help further personalize your Hogwarts Legacy gameplay. Among the many benefits, you get access to some exclusive cosmetic items as well as House Fan-atic Schools Robes and the Beaked Skull Mask. However, your Harry Potter Fan Club Patronuses won’t be carried over to the game.
Use Hogwarts Legacy Talent Points Wisely
Where other RPG games allow for seemingly earning all the talent points available, this is not the case with Hogwarts Legacy. Talent points are both limited and non-refundable. Therefore, it is important to plan out beforehand the type of build you want. Doing so will help you invest your talent points accordingly and appropriately.
Prioritize Main Story Campaign Over Exploration
Just like any other successful RPG game out there, Hogwarts Legacy is brimming with tons of side-quests. As such, completing them earns you XP, and hence you can quickly level up. However, if you are looking forward to immersive Hogwarts Legacy gameplay, and want to play as it is meant to be, then not completing these side quests first will be of benefit to you.
Completing side quests and leveling up earlier makes you too powerful for the first few bosses. As such, these are easily defeated and you don’t get to experience the game as it was originally intended.
House Choice Is Not That Important
I know exactly how stressful it can be when it comes to selecting your house since each house has its own benefits and drawbacks. The majority of players want the house that can assist them the most in their main story campaign. However, none of the houses have any considerable impact on the majority of gameplay. Therefore, you can select any with ease. The only 2 main noticeable changes include the layout of your Room of Requirement and house-specific side quests.
Disable HUD For a More Immersive Experience
All those HUD elements: life bar, mini-map, amount of ammunition, stamina bar, and whatnot; can quickly become distracting for many players. If you truly wish for a top-notch Hogwarts Legacy immersive experience and want to plunge right into the game world, Hogwarts Legacy lets players disable all HUD (Heads Over Display) elements. This way, it is just you and the game!
Character Customization Is Not Permanent
Where the game restricts players in their choice of talent point investment, it gives freedom in customizing their character anytime later on. However, the only aspects which cannot be customized, for all understandable reasons, are facial structure and gender. After spending 20 Galleons in Madam Snelling’s Tress Emporium, you will be able to customize your character freely.
Gear Transmogs Are Always Available
Often the best outfits giving tons of perks are not as aesthetically good-looking as those with low stats. Thanks to the transmog feature, instead of making comprises between effective builds and appealing outfits, you can now simply put on the outfit style of your favorite gear on your most effective build’s gear items. Even if you destroy or sell low-stat gear items if you want, its outfit style will still be available in your gear transmogs.
Inventory Management is Crucial
Because you only start with 20 slots in the beginning. This advice is especially necessary for new players since they tend to pick up everything that comes along their way. Be rest assured, you can increase your inventory management space later on. But still, it is important to keep only the necessary items you need otherwise you will find yourself constantly muddling with items while in inventory.
Complete Merlin Trials for More Gear Slots
Completing the Merlin Trials is important because it rewards players with extended gear slots for easy inventory management. Merlin trials are part of open-world challenges and each will cost you Mellowsweet to start and requires you to complete a little preset puzzle.
Plunder Eye-ball Chests in Hogwarts Legacy
Scattered all across the game world, the eyeball chests are fan-favorite of Hogwarts Legacy players. When looted, these eye-ball chests reward players with 500 Galleons each, which is a lot helpful for players in the beginning. In order to successfully open these cyclopean chests, you would need the Disillusionment spell in order to sneak up on them and plunder the loot.
Frequently Check Challenges Tab
Completing challenges in Hogwarts Legacy rewards players with prizes. However, these are not automatically placed into their inventory. Prizes need to be claimed via the Challenges Tab. As such, it is easy to overlook this minor but important gameplay mechanic. If you periodically keep on checking your Challenges Tab for rewards, who knows you may find your next favorite item there!
Do Assignments for Extra Spells
And since we are talking about challenges, we come to our immediate next point: do your assignments given by professors. Completing them will unlock spells that are so needed for certain challenges. For instance, Merlin Trials cannot be completed without Flipendo. The good news is that the majority of assignments given by professors are relatively easy.
Grow Your Own Plants in Hogwarts Legacy
Some assignments given by professors require you to buy some seeds. And this, in turn, can cost you gold. The way around this is to start growing your own plants. This will not only save you money but also provide you with the resources needed to start certain assignment quests.
Collect Every Ingredient Possible
Lastly, while you are running, flying, or swooping through the game world, collect any ingredient you find. Even if you don’t know its purpose or use, there’s absolutely no harm in putting it in your inventory. Speaking of which, collecting ingredients does not take up your inventory space, thus enabling you to stack up as many ingredients as you want. And why collect ingredients? Because you’ll need them later on to make potions.
As seen above, this is our list of the top 15 things to know before you start playing Hogwarts Legacy. Is there something we missed? Share your thoughts with us and let us know in the comments below!