Hogwarts Legacy offers around 34 spells for players to learn through main story quests and supplementary assignments, but with a limitation of four spells available at once during combat, certain combos take advantage of these unique arcana more than others. The magic behind fights in this game comes from players discovering which spells work in tandem best, usually determined by their type and functionality against specific enemies.
Each piece of magic in Hogwarts Legacy is divided into a category, ranging from Essential spells, Utility, and Transfiguration, or ones that directly correlate with combating, such as Control, Force, and Damage. As their nomenclature suggests, battle spells give players a means to damage enemies and impact the environment they fight. For example, there are instances where players can win wizard duels by simply knocking their opponent out of an arena, a feat that becomes much easier when using a Force or Control spell rather than Damage.
Disillusionment Charm and Petrificus Totalus Combo
The Disillusionment Charm is a utility spell that causes players to blend into their surroundings, this magic assists with stealth against many enemies, as it prevents detection when sneaking around. Potions in Hogwarts Legacy, such as the aptly named Invisibility Potion, accomplish this as well, but for a much shorter amount of time when compared to this spell.
Players can learn the Disillusionment Charm via side-quest from Sebastian when investigating the Library’s Restricted Section.
When used on weaker enemies, the Essential type Petrificus Totalus spell binds them permanently, taking them out of potential battles early if players get the drop on them. While certainly having a place in active combat as well, stronger enemies only take a bit of damage with a slight chance of being stunned for a brief period. Players should use Disillusionment in combination with Petrificus Totalus to thin herds of enemies before a big battle takes place, essentially making their future encounter far less chaotic through stealth and preparation even in the later parts of the game if they upgrade either of these magics.
Protego, Stupefy, and Depulso Combo
When players embark on the “On the Path to Hogwarts” quest in Hogwarts Legacy , they are taught how to cast Protego and Stupefy, two spells that naturally work together throughout the standard flow of any fight. However, while the former magic prevents a variety of damage and sometimes reflects attacks through a Perfect Protego, the latter spell doesn’t deal much damage in many situations, only stunning enemies to give players a chance to deal more damage with other offensive strikes.
The primary combo of these two seemingly defensive spells breaks enemy barriers and Shield charms, with the correct timing of Protego leading to an immediate Stupefy follow-up turns the tables on tougher foes.
Players that keep a strong focus on both of these spells can break the defenses of their enemies while preventing themselves from taking damage nearly as often. Depulso remains a great Force spell in Hogwarts Legacy to support this strategy, as it provides a universal strike to all types of enemies by pushing them back and away from the player should they get too close for them to initiate Protego.
Diffindo, Confringo, and Glacius Combo
Moving on to a more offensive approach, the Glacius spell is categorized as Control due to the upgrades it eventually gets, allowing players to freeze enemies and increase the amount of damage they take when being hit by this magic. Acquired through a side assignment, “Madam Kogawa’s Assignment 2”, Glacius combines well with the basic Damage spell that slashes enemies from a distance- Diffindo. While players could certainly use Diffindo with Incendio, as the former spell also has potency at short ranges, Incendio revolves around inconsistencies with the battlefield rather than a reliable combo that deals more damage with Glacius’ secondary effect.
Players can unlock Confringo by completing Jackdaw’s Rest main quest, followed by a broom-flying lesson.
The main story of Hogwarts Legacy has a quest called “In the Shadow of the Undercroft,” which gives players access to the Confringo spell, a Damage-type piece of magic that deals its damage through a long-range bolt that has a chance to set enemies on fire upon impact. Between Diffindo and Confringo, players can keep bosses or larger enemies at bay, as Glacius causes the freeze that gives enough space to retreat if needed.
Accio, Levioso, and Descendo Combos
Despite the obvious benefits of spell combos that focus on offensive and defense respectfully, there is nuanced utility in spells that control enemies rather than directly confronting them. For example, Levioso, a Control spell taught to players after their first Defense Against the Dark Arts class, breaks yellow shields and raises enemies off the ground into a vulnerable state. Useful for solving various puzzles in Hogwarts Legacy, Levioso combos well in combat with Accio as well, as the latter Force spell pulls enemies toward the player for a quick follow-up attack or into hazardous sections of the field for easy damage.
Players can also use Accio to pull multiple enemies to themselves and use short-range spells such as Incendio.
Players fighting enemies near a ledge can use Levioso and Accio to drag lower-level foes off these cliffs for easy elimination. In situations where this exploitation may not work, the Descendo Force spell also works great, dealing huge amounts of damage after Levioso has been cast by slamming enemies into the ground from their airborne state. When players choose to upgrade their Ancient Magic in Hogwarts Legacy, spell combos like Levioso and Descendo become some of the best tools in the game for defeating singular targets incredibly quickly.
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Franchise: Harry Potter
Platform: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Microsoft Windows, Steam
Developer: Avalanche Software
Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
Genre: Adventure, Action RPG, Open-World
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Summary: Set in the 1800s in the Wizarding World universe, Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG where players get to live out a student’s life in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts and beyond. Aside from Hogwarts, players can also travel between iconic locales such as Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Forest. Starting as a fifth year, players will pick up more advanced spell casting and potion crafting and discover both friendly and antagonistic magical beasts across the entire Harry Potter universe, as they follow the path of light or darkness on their own wizarding journey.