Hogwarts Legacy is here, and you’ll find people plastering their videos on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms. If you’ve been wanting to play this highly anticipated Harry Potter game, you need to know that there are 48 talents (more can be added in the future).
What talents are best?
You can’t get them all. This Harry Potter RPG has a strict limit on the number of talent points that you can get while levelling. In this guide, we’re going to cover the absolute best talent points in the game at the time of writing this.
These are the talent points that we recommend getting.
But you can choose any talents that you like to test out and see how they work. Just be warned that you can’t change your talents once you choose them. Some of these talents may change over time, making them less useful, too.
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Top Talents to Learn in Hogwarts Legacy
Enrolling in Hogwarts Legacy is a lot of fun, and there are a few things that new players need to know, which you can read about here.
However, one of the most important decisions that you’ll make when playing is choosing your talents.
We recommend that you consider choosing some of the following talents because we believe that they’re among the best in the game. You don’t need to have all of them if they don’t fit your playstyle, but you definitely want to make your choices wisely.
Spell Knowledge I
If you’re looking at this talent and grinning, we understand that it’s not the most exciting talent in the game. But it’s one of the most useful ones because it:
- Grants you an extra spell slot.
- Helps make puzzle-solving easier.
- Enhances your ability to explore the game.
You will have to unlock this talent by going through the Main Quest line. You’ll need to complete “Jackdaw’s Rest” and unlock your talent trees before choosing this talent.
As a core talent, this skill is available at level 22.
However, there is also Spell Knowledge II and III, which will both unlock a new spell slot that you can use. We recommend this talent simply because it’s so useful and will allow you to add some variety to your gameplay.
Swift is one of the first talents we recommend that you get, and it’s available at level 5. The talent is a defensive spell that we find extremely useful for newcomers who are having difficulty when they just start playing.
The skill offers you the ability to:
- Disappear and reappear.
- Evade danger for those times when you’re in a pickle.
When scouring Reddit and gaming forums, a lot of people chose this talent and said that it was really helpful when they fought multiple enemies at once. However, others decided to wait to get this talent until later in the game.
If you choose Incendio, it pairs very well with his talent.
Hogwarts Legacy is filled with spiders and Inferi, and this pairing with Swift will make your life much easier when playing.
Basic Cast Mastery
Another talent that you can learn at level 5 is basic cast mastery. This talent is crucial because it does a few things:
- Reduces your spell cooldowns.
- Improves your uptime in combat.
- Allows you to use your spells more frequently.
We know that basic cast mastery isn’t the world’s most interesting talent, but it’s one of the skills that will have the most impact on your gameplay.
With the Disarming curse, the Expelliarmus spell has the same effect as a curse, so enemies are more vulnerable to your damage.
It may not be an exciting talent, but it will technically buff the damage of all of your spells. That makes it worth the investment.
And if you pair this talent with Magic Throw Expertise, you can disarm your opponent’s weapon – a pretty powerful move. The best part is that you can punish your enemy with their own disarmed weapon.
Accio Mastery is a great talent to have when you’re fighting groups of enemies. Accio is a spell that summons or pulls, objects and enemies closer to you. You’ll unlock this spell when you take your first Charms class with Professor Ronen.
The skill requires level 5 to use it.
The Mastery talent amplifies its effect by pulling all enemies near your target to you. It’s a simple way to close the gap during a fight and for setting up obliterating AoE combos when fighting groups.
However, we do have a warning about this talent. Avoid choosing Accio too early. Accio cannot pull enemies that are too strong
Combining Accio and Incendio early on for AoE fights does allow you to pump out a massive amount of damage.
Avada Kedavra Mastery
The Avada Kedavra Mastery is a late-game talent that will make quick work of enemies. Kill one enemy with this talent, and it kills all cursed enemies instantly.
In Hogwarts, you can unlock three Unforgivable Curses, and one of them is Avada Kedavra. To unlock this one, you’ll need to progress through the main story and complete side missions. For this curse, you’ll need to complete “In the Shadow,” which is available after you meet Sebastian Salo and complete a few missions together.
You’ll learn Avada Kedavra during the final mission in the questline. Once you’ve learned this curse, you can upgrade it with the Avada Kedavra Mastery talent.
It’s important to note that you can’t get this skill until level 28.
A few things to consider with this talent are:
- Cooldown is very long, and it seems far too long if you spam attacks.
- Focus potion can be used to reduce the cooldown of this talent.
However, the talent is extremely powerful and likely why the cooldown is longer to add some sort of balance to it.
The Human Demiguise talent is super useful because it allows you to spring during Disillusionment.
Disillusionment makes you nearly invisible to others, so it’s great for sneaking around and casting Petrificus Totalus. But like most other sneaking or invisibility-type spells, you’re forced to move pretty slowly if you want to stay hidden.
With the Disillusionment talent, you can have your cake and eat it, too. It’s a must-have talent for going stealth, and you can use it to avoid fights entirely if you want to.
You won’t be able to unlock this talent until you complete “Jackdaw’s Rest” during the main quest.
Descendo is a great spell for dealing damage and punishing enemies. It slams your target to the ground and then launches them into the air.
The Descendo Mastery talent, which you can unlock at 16, makes this move even more powerful by creating shockwaves when your target is slammed.
To get Descendo, you’ll need to first complete Professor Onai’s assignment, which is to kill a troll. You can find trolls in the southwestern area of Hogwarts.
Once you’ve defeated the troll, grab the item from one of their bodies. Next, you’ll need to cast Depulso on a levitated character. Completing the assignment will reward you with this spell.
Wiggenweld Potency I & II
Technically, these are two talents, but they’re worth getting because they’ll increase the healing effects of the Wiggenweld potion.
You’ll be using Wiggenweld quite a bit in this game, so it’s important to start crafting them as soon as you can. You can also buy Wiggenweld if you’re not really into crafting.
Talenting in Potency I & II will give you the most bang for your buck by increasing this potion’s healing effects.
Protego is a pretty important and useful spell in Hogwarts Legacy. If timed correctly, you can use this spell to defend against powerful enemy attacks.
With the Protego Mastery talent, Perfect Protego will release a damaging blast that obliterates enemy shields.
Tips Before Enrolling in Hogwarts Legacy
A few tips can go a long way in ensuring that you’re the best wizard you can be. We didn’t want to get too in-depth with advanced tips, but these beginner ones will help you get through the game with greater ease and just have more fun along the way.
Master Using Protego
Protego is a talent that we just talked about, and it’s more or less a shield that will help you stay alive in the earlier parts of the game. If you plan on staying alive by using this as a defensive spell, you need to master your timing.
You need to keep a close eye on your enemies and how they attack. Once you understand how an enemy attacks, you’ll judge their combos and will want to pop this spell right before they hit you.
If you’re fighting against multiple enemies at once:
- Crank up your volume.
- Listen for incantations.
- Use this spell to absorb damage.
When AoE attacks are being cast, you’ll see them on the floor, and you can use Protego to stay alive. With that said, there are some attacks that you cannot absorb, which are indicated by placing a red icon around you.
In this case, save your spell and dodge to avoid damage.
Additionally, if you time everything right, you can hit the enemy with Stupefy to stun them and go on the offensive.
Choose Your Talents Wisely – You Can’t Go Back
A lot of games allow you to choose your talents without much thought. After all, you can go back and respec in most games. The Harry Potter RPG is different. Being a wizard is all about commitment and mastering your craft.
What does this mean?
There’s no going back. The developer has confirmed that once you select a talent, there is no way of respeccing. And there are no plans to offer this option in the near future, as far as the developer has stated.
When you choose your talents, you need to do so with the utmost caution.
That’s why we provided as much information as we could about the talents in the game that we think are the best.
Learn to Break Through Enemy Shields
Throughout your journey in Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll come across enemy wizards, and you’ll notice that they cast Protego in combat.
Protego will block most of your spells (unless you’re using ancient magic or stupefy), but you’ll notice that these shields have a colour. Their colour is the secret to dispelling the shield.
Purple: Use Accio
Yellow: Use Levioso
Red: Use Incendio
Alternatively, you can just stick to spells that bypass the shield.
Equip Control or Force Spells
As a general rule of thumb, you want to keep some spells from the Force and Control categories on your bar.
These spells give you more control over the fight and can often mean the difference between winning and losing. We recommend having at least two spells from these categories on hand. These spells have cooldowns, so having more than one option is useful. If you find yourself in a bind, being able to use a Control or Force spell can save the day.
Use Combos to Boost Your Damage
If you want to increase your damage in Hogwarts Legacy, you need to learn how to master combos.
The simplest way to deal serious damage to your enemies is to keep them levitated in the air with your Control and Force spells. While they’re stuck up in the air, you’re free to use your basic attacks. Your fourth consecutive attack on the same target will be considered a combo hit, and it will deal a lot more damage than your usual hits.
The beauty of this strategy is that you can rinse and repeat. Once you complete a combo, you can use Force or Control to keep them stunned and do another combo.
It takes some practice to master chaining your spells and basic attacks, but it will increase your damage output significantly.
If you enrolled in Hogwarts Legacy, we know that you’re going to have a blast with this game. As always, we recommend watching streamers on Twitch or YouTube if you’re looking for playthroughs or just want to see what this game is all about before playing.
Not a fan of Harry Potter games? Don’t worry. We have a lot of new game recommendations that you can read through to find a game that you want to play.