Hogwarts Legacy - All Puzzle Types And Solutions
There are a number of puzzles that show up repeatedly in Hogwarts Legacy, here's how to solve all of them.
Hogwarts Legacy fully embraces the mysterious element of Hogwarts Castle and its surrounding areas by filling the world with a variety of puzzles. While not every single repeating puzzle is complicated to complete, a few can be a bit confusing if you aren't sure which spell to use. Some of them are even locked until you progress further in the story, so you might have found one of these puzzles, but can't complete it yet. Here is every type of recurring puzzle in Hogwarts Legacy and how to complete them.
Moth Mirrors are blank metallic mirrors with a series of moth ornaments around the edges. To complete these puzzles you must cast Lumos on the mirror. This will reveal a different location in the mirror, usually somewhere nearby. You must navigate to the area shown in the image, where you will find a moth. If Lumos is still active, the moth will follow you. Lead it back to the mirror and cancel Lumos to have the moth return to the mirror, completing the puzzle.
Symbol Doors have a series of images around the door frame and two math puzzles on the door itself, that are revealed when you interact with the door. To unlock the door, you must find two spinning question marks nearby, and turn them to the correct animals in order to solve the math questions, unlocking the door. For a more in-depth explanation, check out our Hogwarts Legacy Door Puzzle Guide.
Statue holding a ball
The statue holding a ball is one of the simpler puzzles found around Hogwarts Castle. You are simply required to cast Leviosa on it to obtain a Field Guide page, after which the statue will disappear.
Trails of Merlin
The Trails of Merlin are a special puzzle, marked by a set of swirling stones on the ground. You must use Mallowsweet Leaves to start each puzzle. Once activated, you are looking around for a set of stone pillars or structures in the nearby area. What you need to do to the pillars and how many there are varies from puzzle to puzzle. The first one you encounter (via a story quest) requires you to cast Incendio on three pillars. The second one I found required me to destroy bowls on top of about ten pillars using a basic attack. The third I found required me to Accio a set of balls from a hidden spot to a stone circle in the ground, so each one will vary. Completing multiple Trails of Merlin will increase the amount of gear you can carry, which is fairly limited at the start of the game.
Also around the castle you can find standing pyres that are unlit, they look similar to other standing basins found around the castle. If you cast Incendio on them, they will light up, and reward a field guide page. These also occasionally appear on walls, out of the range of Incendio. For these, you will need Confringo, which will lit the pyre and spawn the field guide page, which you will need to Accio to collect.
Another quick puzzle found around Hogwarts, the Eyeball Chests require you to use stealth, specifically the Disillusionment in order to approach and open the chest. For the locations of all Eyeball Chests, check out our Hogwarts Castle guide and our Hogsmeade Eyeball Chest guide.
There are a ton of regular locks found in Hogwarts and the surrounding grounds. In order to open the most basic locks, you will need to have unlocked the spell Alohomora. With that spell, you will enter a lock picking mini-game, where you need to align a red spark with a red arrow, before repeating with a green spark and a green arrow. For more information on when you unlock Alohomora and how to upgrade the spell check out our How To Unlock Doors And Chests guide.
These small statues of a bird-like creature holding a moon aren't exactly a puzzle, but you likely have noticed a few and been confused by what they are, since they are obviously interactable. These can be collected, but only at night and only after starting the quest "The Caretaker's Lunar Lament," at which point you can begin to collect them. If you encounter one during the day, open the map and choose to advance time to night, so you can collect it without leaving or waiting for it to naturally become night. Collect enough and you can upgrade Alohomora to pick higher level locks. For help finding these statues, check out our Demiguise Statue locations guide.
Ancient Magic Traces
Ancient Magic Traces are found in the wilderness surrounding Hogwarts and similar to the Trials of Merlin, these puzzles can vary in solution. The main solution is that after interacting with the Ancient Magic Traces, three silver balls of Ancient Magic will spawn in the nearby area, with vague smoky lines pointing to each one's location. All you need to do is collect all three balls, which will complete the quest. Most of these are centered around small buildings, where you will need to platform through the building. Collecting enough of these increases your Ancient Magic meter, which should give you an edge in combat.
Hogwarts Legacy is developed by Avalanche Software, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game has been embroiled in controversy due to transphobic remarks from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Although she is not personally involved with its development, she stands to profit from its success. For more, read our in-depth article on how Rowling's comments have impacted the trans community. In this article, you will also find links to trans creators you can support, as well as charities you can donate to.
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