Harry Potter Wizards Unite Beginner's Guide - What is Wizards Unite?

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Beginner's Guide - What is Wizards Unite?

Here's our complete overview to Harry Potter Wizards Unite, explaining what the game is, how to download it, and more.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite is a brand new mobile game from developer Niantic, the minds behind Pokemon Go. The mobile game is available to download right now on iOS and Android devices, and it's entirely free on both platforms. In this guide looking at Niantic's game, we'll be explaining everything there possibly is to know about Harry Potter Wizards Unite.

What is Harry Potter Wizards Unite?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a mobile game, that brings the wizarding world to your phone. It's basically an exploration game, where you adventure around the real world using your phone's GPS signal, visiting magical sites and duelling with creatures and dark wizards alike.

The main draw of Wizards Unite is the augmented reality feature, as was the case with Pokemon Go. Niantic bring magical creatures from the Harry Potter series into the real world through your phone, for you to then do battle with, casting magical spells by swiping in certain patterns across your screen.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite AR Features

In the official announcement for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic revealed that one of the main goals of the game is for players to discover the magic of the Harry Potter series, this pertaining to both spells and creatures. Therefore, taking into account the fact that Wizards Unite will use augmented reality technology just like Pokemon GO did, the majority of your interaction with the world will be through casting spells with your finger on the touch screen, and moving your camera to explore different environments..

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Characters

Aside from this, we also know that some characters from the Harry Potter series will be appearing in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. So far we’ve seen Harry, Hagrid, Death Eaters, and Dementors, Professor McGonagall. There will be ‘Foundables’ out in the world, essentially famous witches and wizards for players to collect. You’ll have to rescue them first though.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Spells

As we previously mentioned, another big focus for the Wizards Unite game is the ability to cast magical spells. These appear as touch prompts on your phone while entering encounters. Players will have to trace over a line with their finger. The effectiveness of the spell in question is determined by how well you stuck to the template. There are defensive spells, and attacking spells. We’ve listed the spells that we’ve seen so far below.

  • Protego
  • Patronus
  • Expelliarmus
  • Riddikulus

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Portkeys

There are Portkeys hidden around the world in Harry Potter Wizards Unite. They essentially act as portals, allowing you to step into areas from the series. These portals are described as VR-like experiences, presumably referring to the fact that you can use 360 degrees of view to take in your surroundings.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Gameplay

We now have some more info on Harry Potter Wizards Unite, including some of the first glimpses of gameplay. We've placed a Harry Potter Wizards Unite gameplay trailer below:

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Professions

Harry Potter Wizards Unite players will be able to choose a profession when starting out in the game. The Professions include Auror, Professor, and Magizoologist. Each has a different set of stats, and lessons to improve them. There are skill trees to work through in each one, meaning players can put points into their desired skills. Some of the skills are listed below:

  • Stamina
  • Power
  • Protego Power
  • Precision
  • Critical Power
  • Proficiency Power
  • Deficiency Defense
  • Defense

You can switch between the professions with ease, building out each big skill tree if you wish, providing plenty of flexibility when your team needs it when tackling Fortresses. Auror (a combat-focused class) is led by wizard legend Harry Potter, Professor (which is nice and balanced) is led by Professor McGonagall, and the ever-friendly Hagrid is at the helm of the Magizoologist (which leans support in battle in terms of its stats, and also has perks for non-combat encounters with magical beasts). With weaknesses and strengths apparent in Fortresses, bringing a multifaceted team to battle will be essential to reap the rewards.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Pets

You can rest easy, fellow wizards, as Harry Potter Wizards Unite will indeed feature pets. We’re not sure what they do exactly, though it’s safe to assume that owls, cats, rats, and toads will all feature.

You Can Choose Your House in Harry Potter Wizards Unite

Perhaps one of the major decisions by Niantic during development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was to abandon the house system of Hogwarts. Speaking to Eurogamer about the decision, Warner Bros. executive producer Mary Casey said "We made the decision to not go with competitive houses, and allow people with different houses to play together cooperatively and to overcome the calamity."

So there'll be no choosing between the Hogwarts houses of old, because Niantic doesn't want to gate people off from playing with one another. So when you're undertaking Fortresses for example, you'll be able to group up with anyone.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Wand Crafting and ID Cards

The customization aspects of Harry Potter Wizards Unite are all handled under the Ministry ID Cards. These allow you to take selfies, with filters available to jazz things up. You then choose a house-specific overlay, and craft your own wand. You can share these pictures online if you wish, though they’ll be private by default.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Raids

Harry Potter Wizards Unite will have its own spin on Raids. They take place in Fortresses, structures scattered around the world map. You can team up with friends to complete Wizarding Challenges, and earn rewards. It’s unclear as to what these Challenges entail, but we’ll be sure to add more info as soon as we hear more.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Potions

Potions are a big part of Harry Potter Wizards Unite. Players will gather ingredients from Greenhouses found while out exploring, and use them to craft potions which provide various stat buffs. You can either wait on a timer (customary for mobile games) and let it brew normally, or stir it yourself with set-swipes, strengthening the potion's effects. The latter is a lot of trial and error though, with you having to guess the stir movements per recipe.

These are all the confirmed details we have right now on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is currently in development over at Niantic, under the range of Portkey Games. We'll post any additional information that we uncover here as soon as it breaks, so make sure to keep an eye on this guide in the future. For our impressions from playing the game so far, head to our Harry Potter Wizards Unite Preview.

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Jake Green

Senior Guides Writer

Jake is a former freelance writer who is still very much new to all of this. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and playing wonderfully silly VR games. He has an unhealthy obsession with Mega Man, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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