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The player has a lot of catching up to do with their studies; starting at Hogwarts in the fifth year of school, they will have limited knowledge of magical spells. Throughout the game, the player can acquire Talents to upgrade the potency of spells and introduce new effects and abilities for their Ancient Magic.
I’ve learned a lot about the magical world in my first year of Hogwarts and mastered many talents; I’ve slashed frozen trolls, shattering them into a million pieces by combining Diffindo and Glacius. There are all kinds of powerful combos in Hogwarts Legacy, and once you’ve learned enough talents, fighting becomes a dance as you dodge, deflect, and sling firebolts at your foes.
So without further ado, let’s ready our wands and swish and flick into this!
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I’ve stuck all the important details you need about the best Talents in Hogwarts Legacy here In case you left Professor Sharp’s homework until the last minute.
There are 50 talents in Hogwarts Legacy, but you can only learn 35. Meaning you’ll have to choose wisely when building your witch or wizard. Note that you won’t be able to unlock Talents until your witch or wizard has reached level 5 and has found Map Chamber during the “Jackdaw’s Rest” quest. Each time you level up, you’ll be granted a Talent point. Here is a quick-fire list of the best talents in Hogwarts Legacy:
- Glacius Mastery: Blasts ice spikes from struck frozen enemies that knock back surrounding foes.
- Confringo Mastery: Launches firebolt projectiles from the struck enemy that home in on other foes.
- Incendio Mastery: Casting Incendio produces a ring of flame that surrounds the player burning multiple enemies at a time.
- Avada Kedvra Mastery: Avada Kedvra chains all cursed targets and kills them.
- Crucio Mastery: Spells now bounce from the target cursed with Crucio onto other enemies.
- Imperio Mastery: Enemies controlled by Imperio now apply curses to enemies they attack.
- Stunning Curse: Enemies struck by Stupefy are now cursed; combine the Stunning Curse with the Blood Curse to deal extra damage.
- Fertiliser: Throwing a Chinese Chomping Cabbage into battle produces a second cabbage allowing you to have six Chinese Chomping Cabbages active at a time.
- Headache: Mandrakes stun enemies for longer and deal more damage over time.
- Focus Potion Mastery: The duration of Focus Potions is increased each time the player casts a spell from the Spell Set.
There are 50 different Talents in Hogwarts Legacy, and they’re so good that I could pick out half of them for this guide. Narrowing down the talents to 10 was very difficult as most talents synergize with spells and can complement a specific gameplay style. All talents are useful, and with the right combination, you can turn your witch or wizard into a powerhouse that would make even Lord Voldermort blush. Now thats an odd image!
All the Talents in Hogwarts Legacy are divided into five categories, Spell, Dark Arts, Room of Requirement, Stealth, and Core. Your abilities and combat style are determined by how many Talents you have in each category. However, you can mix and match as you see fit.
All Spells have a purpose in Hogwarts Legacy; however, in my experience with the game, I found that some powerful spells and curses stand out from others. If you’re roleplaying a goody-two-shoes prefect who wants nothing to do with the unforgivable curses, there’s no way to get around it. The Unforgivable Curses are easily the best attacks in the game.
Here are some factors that I considered when piecing together the list of best Talents in Hogwarts Legacy:
- Since Hogwarts Legacy’s combat focuses on combining spells to unleash more powerful attacks, I’ve considered how each talent on the list will synergize with other spells and its versatility in combat.
- Some of the Core Talents like Swift and Spell Knowledge 1,2 and 3 are essential talents that every witch and wizard should learn as Spell Knowledge increases the amount of Spell Sets you can equip; handy in combat as Spells Sets are limited to four spells each! While Swift enables you to dash great distances in combat, creating distance between yourself and your foe is very useful when fighting against Trolls! However, I won’t include these Talents on the list since everyone will likely unlock them.
You may notice that I have not included any Stealth Talents in my list, and thats because I didn’t enjoy stealth combat and gameplay in Hogwarts Legacy. Moreover, Stealth talents synergize poorly with other talents and categories, as you’ll likely alert enemies to your presence depending on the spells you use.
Now Pretrificus Totalus is a powerful spell, don’t get me wrong, and its mastery Talent makes it even more deadly. Still, it’s so much more fun and rewarding to combo spells and synergizes potions and Ancient Magic than sneaking about casting the same spell repeatedly; there may be a bit of bias in there. Still, it’s much quicker to destroy your enemies with my listed talents.
Glacius Mastery: Ice Storms with a High Chance of Death
- Striking an enemy frozen by Glacius blasts Ice shards at nearby enemies, knocking them back. Requires level 16 to unlock.
- To unlock the Glacius Spell, you must first complete Madam Kogawa’s assignment and the Flying Class lesson. You can find Madam Kogawa’s office in the Bell Tower Wing up the stairs near the Flying Class Lawn found in the big courtyard in the north area of Hogwarts.
It could be argued that Arresto Momentum is the best Control spell due to its duration of effect. However, Glacius is my favorite of the Control Spells (yellow) as it amplifies damage spells (red).
Using Diffindo, you can shatter your enemies into a rain of hail and ice. The Glacius Mastery Talent turns the spell up a notch by creating ice spikes that protrude around the target after being attacked by a Damage Spell, dealing damage and knocking back enemies that get too close.
This provides great crowd control when this is great for when you’re fighting in tight areas like caves and small bandit camps. Spiders will often attack the player in large numbers; using Glacius Mastery, you can interrupt spiders charging up an attack.
The Glacius upgrade can be used at great effect at close range with Bombarda for massive damage. Casting Diffindo at a frozen target is by far my favorite use of this spell as it’s effective at any range, and with the Maxima, Potion can easily deal over eight thousand damage in the early level thirties.
- The Diffindo Mastery Talent upgrades the spell to slice through multiple targets; it only requires level 5 to unlock. I highly recommend this spell alongside Glacius.
Confringo Mastery: Fire Bombs for Everyone
- The Confringo Mastery Spells Talent casts bolts of fire that lock onto multiple targets after the main explosive makes an impact. The Talent can be unlocked as low as level 5.
- The Confringo Spell is learned in the Undercroft during “The Shadow Of The Undercroft,” Sebastion Sallow’s side quest. You’ll unlock this quest once Sebastion sends you Owl Post asking to meet in the Dark Arts Tower towards the end of your first term at Hogwarts.
There are going to be a few Spell Mastery Talents on this list, and Confringo is one of them. This offensive spell fires an explosive projectile at an enemy and splits into smaller projectiles seeking other nearby targets. How can you not love magic missiles?
From the moment I learned Confringo, it hasn’t left my Spell Set, it’s too valuable of a spell, and I often use it in combination with Bombarda because who doesn’t want more explosions?
The effect of the Confringo Mastery Talent is very useful when dealing with the Inferius. As these undead creatures only start taking damage once they have been attacked by fire damage. Confringo and Incendio are the only two spells in the game that can apply fire damage, so it’s very useful considering Incendio’s short range.
If you want more firepower from the spell, consider using Glacius before casting Confringo, as frozen enemies will receive more damage.
- The Bombarda Mastery Spells Talent increases the blast radius of the Bombarda explosion. The Talent can be unlocked at level 16.
Incendio Mastery: The Ring of Fire
- Unlocked as early as level 5, the Incendio Mastery Talent upgrades Incendio to unleash a ring of fire around the player.
- Incendio is one of the first spells the player learns in Hogwarts Legacy, and it’s learned after completing Professor Hecat’s assignment.
Unlocked as early as level 5, the Incendio Mastery Talent upgrades Incendio to unleash a ring of fire around the player.
Incendio is one of the first spells the player learns in Hogwarts Legacy, and it’s learned after completing Professor Hecat’s assignment.
This one is short and sweet, like Incendio’s range. The Incendio Mastery Talent is a crucial spell to learn in Hogwarts Legacy. It’s by far one of the fastest and best crowd-control spells in the game. It doesn’t have the best range, but it’s not designed for sniping pipsqueak Loyalist Rangers from afar.
Incendio is perfect for when you’re surrounded by enemies that use close-range melee attacks like Spiders and undead Inferius. There are numerous occasions where Hogwarts Legacy puts the player into close-quarter combat situations while exploring caves and tombs Incendio gives you a fiery escape for when these enemies close in on you. I find it especially effective when combined with Maxima Potions for extra damage.
Incendio is worth keeping on your Spell Set even when fighting in mid-long range areas, as some Dark Wizards can spawn Inferius to attack the player. This can be annoying in combat when you’re slinging Bombarda and Diffindo and killing curses at your enemies, as none of these attacks will affect the Inferius until they’ve been damaged by fire.
Avada Kedavra Mastery: The Over-Killing Curse
- The Avada Kedavra Mastery Talent upgrades Avada Kedavra to kill all targets that have been cursed in combat and can be acquired at level 22.
- The Avada Kedavra spell can be learned during “In The Shadow of Fate,” Sebastion Sallow’s side quest.
Avada Kedavra is hands down the best spell in the game and doesn’t need an introduction. It’s one of the most iconic curses in the Harry Potter franchise. Avada Kedavra kills the target on impact no matter their size or magical ability unless they’re Harry Potter or an Inferius, but they’re dead already, so I don’t count them.
The Avada Kedavra Mastery Talent only gets better the more Dark Arts Talents you unlock. The more ways you can inflict curses onto enemies, the better. You see, this version of Avada Kedavra would slap a smile on Voldermort’s face, and you know exactly the smile I’m on about… NEHEHEHE.
You can kill an entire Bandit Camp in one go by cursing each enemy with Imperio Mastery, Cursed Slow, Knockback Curse, Stunning Curse, and Crucio. The cursing opportunities are almost endless!
However, you won’t be able to fire out the killing curse or Imperio and Crucio-like flinging Chinese Chomping Cabbages, as they have a painfully long cooldown. However, Professor Sharp has got our backs. You can improve the cooldown time of Avada Kedavra and other curses using a Focus Potion. Cheers, Professor Sharp. Just don’t ask what I use the potions for…
Crucio Mastery: Torturing Projectiles
- Striking an enemy cursed by Crucio releases projectiles at nearby enemies. This Talent can be unlocked at level 16.
The Crucio Mastery upgrade deals insane damage to nearby enemies. I focus on big targets in battles like Trolls and Acromantulas that have a large amount of health so I can make the most out of the curse. Big targets will last longer in battle, meaning you can attack smaller targets simultaneously for longer. This method quickly cleans up weaker enemies, especially when combined with a Maxima Potion.
As I mentioned earlier, Blood Curse is a fantastic Dark Arts Talent to acquire as it will amplify the damage dealt with Crucio and all other chained Crucio projectiles. Crucio is the first unforgivable curse that the player learns in Hogwarts Legacy during “The Shadow of the Study,” Sebastian Sallow’s side quest.
Like the other unforgivable curses, Crucio will take longer to recharge after it has been cursed; however, the Crucio effects last a significant amount of time. Although you’re not going to need it as Crucio will curse all targets in the area as spells ricochet off your main target so you can kill them all at once with the Avada Kedavra Mastery Talent.
Imperio Mastery: Mind Controlling the Battlefield
- An enemy cursed by Imperio applies the curse effect to all other enemies they strike; you can unlock this spell at level 16.
Imperio is not the first curse that comes to my mind when the topic of Unforgivable Curses is brought up. However, it is insanely powerful when used to control a Troll or other gigantic beasts. But the witch or wizard masters this curse can kill an entire bandit camp if you cast Imperio on the right enemy.
The Imperio Mastery Talent is incredibly powerful when combined with the Avada Kedavra Mastery talent since it upgrades Avada Kedavra to chain the spell to all targets that curse and kill them!
Imperio is the second unforgivable curse the player learns during “In the Shadow of Time,” Sebastion Sallow’s side quest. Knowing what enemy to cast Imperio on is crucial to get the best value from the curse in battle.
Bigger is always better; however, I found that targeting long-ranged enemies such as Goblin Loyalist Rangers can be a good strategy as they tend to be perched on a ledge or tower and have a line of sight on all enemies in the vicinity.
Moreover, casting Imperio on an Ashwinder Executioner can help you control the battle as they have access to a powerful lightning bolt spell or the Poacher Executioner, who can cast big tornados of flame in a powerful area of effect attack. So you can see how Imperio’s effectiveness can be increased by targeting the right enemies.
Stunning Curse: The Counter Curse
- Unlocked at level 5, the Stunning Curse applies the Curse effect to enemies struck by the Stupefy Spell. It’s about time I add some defensive Talents to the list. After all, you want your witch or wizard to be balanced offensively and defensively too, and what’s that old saying? The key to a good defense is a good offense. To cast Stupefy, you must hold the Protego button down and counter an enemy’s spell with the Protego shield. Stupefy can then be cast on the enemy that you’re locked onto.By applying the curse to the target, you can kill it instantly alongside all other enemies cursed with the Avada Kedavra Mastery Talent. At this point, you can see why the Avada Kedavra is the best Spell/Curse in the game and why it’s banned in the wizarding world. No student should have this power!Stupefy will only be cast if you successfully defend against a control spell. Remember that Protego will not protect you from combat spells. So only use Protego if you see a yellow icon appear above your witch or wizard.I’d consider acquiring the Protego Absorption and Stupefy Expertise talents if you like to play defensively and want a powerful Stupefy to counter enemy attacks by knocking them back.
Fertiliser: Chinese Chomping Cabbage Massacre
For each Chinese Chomping Cabbage that is released, another will spawn, meaning you can have up to six cabbages fighting for you in combat! You can unlock Fertiliser at level 5. Cabbages may not be the obvious weapon in a battle, but the leafy green vegetable packs some powerful gnashers that will tear your foes apart. Without the Fetlisier Talent, the player can throw three Chinese Chomping Cabbages into battle at a time.
The cabbages will roll, jump and bite from Goblin to Dark Wizard. Throw a bunch of Chinese Chomping Cabbages into the field with the Fertiliser Talent active, and they will split into two, allowing you to have six cabbages roaming the battle. I throw six out every time I use them to get the best use out of them and optimize their damage.
You can carry up to twelve cabbages in your inventory. Still, the Fertiliser Talent doubles this to twenty-four, so you can spend more time exploring the Highlands than growing cabbages in the Room of Requirement.
Headache: Mandrake Madness
- Increases the damage and stun time of the Mandrake scream. You can unlock the Headache Talent at level 16.
Harry Potter pulling a Mandrake Root out of a pot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is one of the most memorable Herbology scenes for me, so being able to yank these shrieking plants out of a pot myself in Hogwarts Legacy was very fun.
It’s never fun for Dark Wizards and Goblins, especially when I upgraded the Mandrake’s stun time and damage. On paper, the Headache Talent doesn’t sound that exciting; however, in practice, it’s easily the best crowd-control stun in the game and is brilliant when you’re surrounded by enemies like Inferius or Spiders and need a moment to recharge Incendio or heal.
To get a supply of Mandrake, you will need to purchase Mandrake Seeds from Dogweed and Deathcap, located on the northern outskirts of Hogsmeade. Dogweed and Deathcap are where you can purchase all the combat plants in the game.
Next, you’ll have acquired a Small Pot conjuration recipe from Tomes and Scrolls in Hogsmeade to grow Mandrake in the Room of Requirement. It will take 10 minutes for a single Mandrake to grow. However, you can apply fertilizer to the pot to double its yield.
Focus Potion Potency: The Spell Slingers Drink of Choice
- The duration of Focus Potions is increased each time a spell is cast from the Spell Set. You can unlock this Talent at level 22.
For good measure, I’d unlock the Maxima Potion Potency Talent, as this causes enemies to take additional damage from spells and break their shields.
You can get more value out of a Focus Potion by obtaining all the Spell Knowledge Core Talents, as this will allow you to quickly swap between multiple Spell Sets in the battle to sling more spells. Therefore, I recommend you vary your Spell Sets as much as possible to keep the Focus Potion active.
The Focus Potion will also decrease the cooldown time for the three unforgivable curses. However, they still take a long time to recover. You must purchase the potion recipe from J. Pippin’s Potions in Hogsmeade to learn how to brew Focus Potions.
You will need Lacewing Flies, Dugbog Tongues, and Fluxweed Stem to brew a Focus Potion. Lacewing Flies can be found in glowing green bushes; Dugbog Tongues are looted from Dugbog corpses. These oversized toads are found in shallow water like bogs, beaches, and lakefronts. I recommend growing Fluxweed in the Room of Requirement rather than purchasing it from the Magic Neep.
Question: How Can I Upgrade Spell Damage in Hogwarts Legacy?
Answer: Along with spell mastery talents, you can upgrade your witch or wizard’s offensive power by upgrading your Gear in the Room of Requirement. Each piece of wizard wear can be upgraded using the Enchanted Loom to increase its defensive or offensive stats as well as apply powerful traits that can boost specific types of spells’ damage or buff defenses while fighting specific enemies by using materials harvested from fantastic beasts that you’ve stored in the four vivariums.
The player must complete “The Helm of Urtkot” main quest before you can acquire “The Elf, The Nab-Sack, and The Loom” Room of Requirement quest where the Enchanted Loom is unlocked.
Question: What’s the Difference Between Wand Cores in Hogwarts Legacy?
Answer: In Hogwarts Legacy, the player gets to build their wand in Ollivander’s Wand shop in Hogsmeade. There are three different types of Wand Cores in Hogwarts Legacy Unicorn Hair, Dragon Heartstrings, and Phoenix Feathers. Wand Cores in the Harry Potter lore affect the power and abilities of a wand. They do not affect your wand’s performance in Hogwarts Legacy, and the three Wand Cores are purely for role-playing purposes.
Question: What do you Win for Beating the Crossed Wands Duels in Hogwarts Legacy?
Answer: You’ll be given the Crossed Wands Champions Garb as a reward for completing the Crossed Wands Duels. The Crossed Wands are a series of duels that progressively get harder as more spells and opponents are added to the fight. You won’t be going into these duels alone, as you can choose a partner to fight with.
So there we have ten Talents that will turn your witch or wizard into a killing machine. Now I know that some players will roleplay good-aligned characters and will refrain from learning the unforgivable curses; however, they are by far the greatest spells you can learn in the game.
I played as a chaotically good wizard leaning to a grey character that surprisingly suited the Hufflepuff house nature. By the end of Sebastian Sallow’s storyline and the main story, the use of these curses seems justified, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Hogwarts Legacy has been very fun to play, and despite its faults, like sometimes poor AI or spewing useless loot at the player, I’ve had a blast. The combat is super fun, you feel powerful unleashing spell combos at your enemies, and you can be creative in combat. The talents in this list can be played in various gameplay styles.
Maybe you’re a defensive witch or wizard heavily relying on Protego and Stupefy to dispatch your foes without taking a single hit. Or maybe you’re fascinated with potion brewing and an avid apothecary and buff your powers for a short time to kill your foes alongside deadly plants quickly.
Before I go, I’d like to mention that there are powerful talents outside of this list, and I’ve added them where they best complement the best talents on my list. So make sure to unlock these, too, as you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck.
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