Everything you wanted to know about Wizards Challenges (But were afraid to ask!)
You selected your wizarding Profession, read over your spell books and rolled up your sleeves to vanquish Foes in Wizarding Challenges. Now, with the Knight Bus making rounds to help players participate remotely, jumping into Wizarding Challenges with others is easier than ever. Whether you’re a veteran spellcaster or just getting your feet wet, this is the perfect time to brush up on some team-based strategies for making the most of your Wizarding Challenges.
Getting Back to Basics
Wizarding Challenges are a unique type of gameplay where you can team up with wizards from around the world to engage in combat with a variety of Foes. To enter a Wizarding Challenge, tap on a Fortress and use a Runestone to join. If you find yourself without any Fortresses nearby, the Knight Bus is always available for players level 7 and above to instantly whisk you away to a Fortress at Hogwarts Castle, allowing you to play from the comfort of home.
For those victorious in combat, you’ll be rewarded with a variety of items depending on the difficulty of the challenge. Rewards can include unique Foundables only found in Wizarding Challenges, Scrolls, Spell Books, Wizard XP and Challenge XP, which helps you get stronger in Wizarding Challenges.
The Pros of Professionalism
Before jumping into the fray, you’ll want to make sure you choose a wizarding Profession—Auror, Magizoologist or Professor. Each Profession specializes in different areas: Aurors are adept at dishing out serious damage with powerful offensive spells, Magizoologists are masters of defense and supporting their allies and Professors are experts in balance and versatility, with spells for any situation.
Each Profession has its own specific skills that you can learn over time by using the Scrolls, Spell Books and Restricted Section Books that you’ve been collecting. Spend some time learning some of your Profession’s skills before entering into combat and you’ll be well on your way to toppling even the most formidable Foes!
Stronger United, Weaker Divided
Now that you’re feeling proficient in your Profession, it’s time to get strategic! While it’s possible to participate in Wizarding Challenges individually, teaming up with others, either with wizards nearby or remotely using the Knight Bus, earns you even more Challenge XP and opens up additional strategies. Taking on Wizarding Challenges with a variety of wizards from different Professions is especially important if you’re looking to take on higher-level Foes.
Once you’re in a Fortress chamber, consider your own Profession, the Profession of your teammates and the types of Foes you’re facing before engaging in combat. Each Profession is strong against some types of Foes and weak against others:
- Aurors deal bonus damage against Dark Forces (e.g., Dark Wizards, Death Eaters) and take increased damage from Beasts (e.g., Erklings, Acromantulas)
- Magizoologists deal bonus damage against Beasts (e.g., Erklings, Acromantulas) and take increased damage from Curiosities (e.g., Pixies, Werewolves)
- Professors deal bonus damage against Curiosities (e.g., Pixies, Werewolves) and take increased damage from Dark Forces (e.g., Dark Wizards, Death Eaters)
Depending on your Profession, you’ll notice a green upwards arrow next to the Foes that you are strong against and a red downwards arrow next to the Foes that you’re weak against. When deciding on which Foe to enter into combat with, it helps to take these matchups into consideration as the extra damage can quickly add up!
Focusing on Teamwork
Now that you know which Foes you’re best suited to take on in combat it’s time to think about how to help your allies from the sidelines. After all, just because you’re not in combat doesn’t mean it’s time to sit around—your teammates still need you!
Upgrading your individual Profession skills will unlock Strategic Spells. These spells are unique to each Profession and separate from the standard spells used in combat. Strategic Spells are key to making the most of your time in a Fortress chamber when you’re not actively engaged in combat. Aurors specialize in weakening enemies with debilitating hexes. Magizoologists focus on bolstering allies by healing and reviving them with supportive charms. Professors use their encyclopedic knowledge of spells to adapt and switch between casting hexes on enemies and charms on allies. Keep an eye out for these spells along the bottom of your screen when in Fortress chambers.
To use Strategic Spells you’ll need Focus. In each Wizarding Challenge everyone starts with some initial Focus and your whole team can receive more by defeating certain Foes. You can receive additional Focus by consuming Invigoration Draughts or by receiving Focus from teammates via certain Strategic Spells.
Keep in mind some spells target Foes, some target an ally, some can be used on yourself, and some target your entire group. To make the best use of your Strategic Spells, think about the spell costs, timing and targets. Would it be more beneficial to help an ally overcome a particularly tenacious Foe or help a different ally quickly finish off an easier one? Is it better to heal an ally while they’re in the midst of combat or wait and revive them when the time is right? A solid understanding of not only your strengths and weaknesses, but also those of your teammates, combined with honing your sense of Strategic Spell use will truly result in elite-level teamwork!
Keeping track of Professions, Strategic Spells, Focus and the different types of Foes can be quite a handful. Brush up on your Profession’s strengths and weaknesses, learn what your spells do and the best times to use them and don’t forget to use a Potion or two if you find yourself in a pinch. Take things one step at a time and start with lower difficulty Fortress chambers and Runestones and work your way up as you get the hang of things. After you take on your fair share of Foes along with your teammates you’ll be a master of Wizarding Challenges in no time!