Combat in Hogwarts Legacy is a vital mechanic, that allow players to deal with enemies and threats throughout the Wizarding World. Fights and magic duels are aplenty in this fantastical adventure, be ready to learn all Combat mechanics and tips to ace them!

Helpful & Related Pages

  • Controls: Get acquainted with the default keys or layouts of the controls in Hogwarts Legacy
  • New Player Help: Guide for inexperienced Wizards and Witches, learn the basics of the game!
  • Spells: Magic is around us! Get to know your magical tools, their type, and effects.
  • Talents: Improve your magic and become a powerful wizard

Beginners Guide to Spells and Magic

  • Combat is an important part of the game, and here are some tips that will greatly help out your playthrough, especially if you're playing on Hard difficulty. 
  • Play Defensively
  • How to use Protego
  • Breaking Enemy Shields
  • Enemy Weaknesses
  • Ancient Magic
  • Traits
  • And much more.

Hogwarts Legacy Combat

Basic Attacks in Hogwarts Legacy

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By tapping R2/RT, your character will perform a basic attack, by pointing the wand towards the target. This attack is the bread and butter of Hogwarts Legacy Combat, and all Wizards and Witches can perform it without much trouble. This basic attack damages the target and can be easily mixed with other Spells to create powerful combos.


Spells are a vital part of what makes a Wizard. In combat, they are specially useful. By slotting them in the Spell Diamond located in the bottom-right corner of the screen, players can access up to 4 spells in an instant by holding R2/RT and pressing one of the corresponding 4 face buttons. 

Further on, players may be able to unlock even more Spell Diamonds, granting quick access to up to 16 Spells!

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Ancient magic takes a central part in the story of Hogwarts Legacy. As one of the few characters that can harness its power, you are able to use it to devastating effects. When you manage to reach a x10 Combo, you will see that the meter, located in the bottom right corner of the screen, just upside the health bar, starts to fill. Once it is filled enough, players will see a prompt over enemies heads. This prompts you to press L1+R1/LB+RB at the same time, to perform a devastating attack. This immediately drains the bar.

Defeated enemies may also drop blue orbs that also help fill the Ancient Magic Meter. During the game, players may learn to concoct potions that allow the meter to fill faster for a certain amount of time, or level up and earn a talent or trait that makes it easier to fill it.


The Tool Wheel

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The Tool Wheel can be accessed by holding down L1/LB on the controller. Here you can access all the Potions, Plants, or other consumables you are currently carrying and slot one into the quick slot.

Tap L1/LB in order to use the item located on the quick slot.

These items provide many bonuses to the players, such as the Rock Skin Potion that reduces incoming damage, the Wiggengeld Potion which increases your health or the Focus potion, which reduces the cooldown on some Spells.

If a slot is unusable yet, players will find the locked symbol on that slot lock hogwarts legacy icon fextralife wiki guide.


Deflecting Attacks in Hogwarts Legacy

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When you are about to receive an attack, a Halo will appear surrounding your character's head. You can press Δ/Y when prompted, in order to deflect such attack. This will send it away, and prevent damage. Deflecting is a very important defensive tool at the disposal of all aspiring Wizards and Witches.

Unblockable Attacks

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Not all attacks can be blocked or counterattacked. Certain attacks may turn the player's halo red, this means that the incoming attack CANNOT be blocked. The only way to prevent being affected by that attack is to dodge it.

Players can dodge out of harm's way by pressing PS5:⭘/XBOX:B/PC:CTRL 



Counterattacking is strictly related to Deflecting in Hogwarts Legacy. When the halo manifests itself, you can decide to hold down PS5:Δ/XBOX:Y/PC:Q instead of press them, and if timed correctly, you will counterattack with Stupefy. By performing a counterattack, you will not only save health, but also you will be able to mount an offense immediately, possibly turning the tides of combat.

Breaking Shields

Enemies will use their own magical shields to protect against your attacks and Spells. It is critical to note that these shields can come in different colors. In order to break them, players must cast a spell at the target that matches the shield's color.

Break through Yellow Shields with Control Spells, like the Levitation spells, Levioso. Target lock lets you track enemies without aiming. Use R Stick to change targets while locked.

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Break through Violet Shield Force spells like the Summoning Charm or Accio. Target lock lets you track enemies without aiming. Use R Stick to change targets while locked.

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Battle Arenas

There are at least Battle arenas confirmed in the world of Hogwarts Legacy. Two available in the main game for any player, and the third one, the Dark Arts Battle Arena, only available to those who purchase the digital deluxe edition.

In battle arenas, players are thrown into specific situations and have to complete combat challenges to complete them.


Dark Arts Battle Arena

Fight waves of enemies in this Battle Arena with the Unforgivable Curses. Avada Kedavra, Imperio, and Crucio, as well as the Blasting Curse, Confringo. In addition to their unique and devastating effects, Unforgivable Curses break through all Shield Charms.


There are certain sections during Hogwarts Legacy, that players are presented with a choice on how to approach an upcoming battle. Either by going all wands blazing or using a silent and calm stealth approach. 

Specially useful for this type of approach is the Disillusionment Charm, which renders the user invisible to the naked only, disguising it as its surroundings by making it take the exact same color and texture of its environment. This allows the wearer to be fully disguised, just a chameleon would be. 

Petrificus Totalus is the perfect combination while using the Dissilusionment Charm. Position yourself behind your target and press PS5:☐/XBOX:X/PC:F to knock it out without making a noise.

Lock on & Switching targets

Wizards and Witches can press PS5:R3/PC:CAPSLOCK to lock on targets, doing this lets you track targets without aiming. Players can use the right stick to change targets while locked

How to use Alohomora?

If you find a door or chest that has a lock on it, interact with the lock and an unlocking puzzle will appear. Move the sparks and rotate the dials until both corresponding gears are activated to release the lock. The huge Cylinder on the left side will rise, indicating that you've unlocked the door lock.

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    • As a complete newbie to a PS4/Controller, I have a question please in relation to an item of text under the heading, Basic Attacks In Hogwarts Legacy please.

      Whilst I am familiar with the R2 Key functionality, quite simply what does RT denote in the text entry, ‘ By tapping R2/RT……..’

      • As a complete newbie to a PS4/Controller, I have a question please in relation to an item of text under the heading, Basic Attacks In Hogwarts Legacy please.

        Whilst I am familiar with the R2 Key functionality, quite simply what does RT denote in the text entry, ‘ By tapping R2/RT……..’

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