Hogwarts Legacy Best Talents Tier List

Best Talents in Hogwarts Legacy: Talents Tier List

In case magic spells and potions weren't overpowered enough

Talents are an incredibly helpful way to change how you play in Hogwarts Legacy. Want to play as an assassin wizard? Put some points into the stealth tree! Want to cause absolute mayhem with dark magic? Strengthen your Unforgivable Curses with the dark arts perks. There are many ways to go about this, but some talents are generally better than others. If you’d like to learn more, continue reading to find a comprehensive guide on the best talents in Hogwarts Legacy.

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Best Talents in Hogwarts Legacy: Talents Tier List

The talents you choose throughout your Hogwarts Legacy adventures will greatly depend on your playstyle. After all, if you have no interest in the stealth tree, you probably won’t invest four points into it. Additionally, since you can only get up to 36 points, you’ll have to skip out on about a dozen talents.

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With that said, rather than going for a traditional tier list system, I’ll divide them into a few categories:

  • The best traits in the game
  • Strong traits
  • Situational traits

Without further ado, let’s get into the list, shall we?

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The Best Talents in Hogwarts Legacy

There are a bunch of powerful talents to pick up that’ll help determine what spells you pick. Some even make the game extremely difficult to progress unless you spend points on getting them! Below are the best talents in Hogwarts Legacy and ones to consider picking up during your playthrough:

  • Spell Knowledge I-III
  • Swift
  • Protego Absorption
  • Basic Cast Mastery
  • Transformation Mastery
  • Bombarda Mastery
  • Confringo Mastery
  • Blood Curse
  • Curse Sapper
  • Avada Kedavra Mastery
  • Stupefy Expertise
  • Protego Expertise
  • Stunning Curse

All these talents are some of the most powerful in the game and will turn you into a spell-spamming, mass-murdering fiend. The three Spell Knowledge talents are an instant go-to to get more spell slots, while the others increase your damage and Ancient Magic meter recovery. You’ll also want to get a talent like Swift as early as possible to make dodge-rolling easier.

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If you decide not to use any Unforgivable curses, you can skip ones that influence your cursing abilities. Otherwise, if you dive into the dark arts and use the curses, Avada Kedavra Mastery is one you’ll want to pick up quickly to capitalize on curse chain reactions. Stunning Curse is also incredibly powerful for cursing enemies with Stupefy.

Three other important ones are the Transformation, Bombarda and Confringo Mastery talents. Even in their base forms, these are among the most powerful spells in the game and benefit significantly from these upgrades.

Other Strong Talents to Pick Up

Admittedly, since the game has so many powerful talents, it’s hard not to praise their usefulness. With that said, the ones below are other helpful talents that are powerful, but you don’t have to rush to unlock them.

  • Descendo Mastery
  • Diffindo Mastery
  • Glacius Mastery
  • Levioso Mastery
  • Accio Mastery
  • Knockback Curse
  • Disarming Curse
  • Enduring Curse
  • Stupefy Mastery
  • Evasion Absorption
  • Basic Cast Airborne Absorption
  • Protego Mastery
  • Edurus Potion Potency
  • Focus Potion Potency
  • Noxious

Like before, many of these talents focus on improving your overall damage, Protego/Stupefy effects and dark arts capabilities. However, you can skip a few if you’re uninterested in using the Unforgivable Curses. There are also a few talents here for combat plants and potions, but if you don’t use either often, you can easily swap these out for spell mastery talents.

Most of the spell mastery talents you get will depend on which ones you use most. For example, while Accio and Levioso are mainly used in the early game, you can get through the entire game using these and their mastery talents. If you decide to go for some of their counterparts like Flipendo and Glacius, though, you’ll want to pick these up at some point. You could even sacrifice getting Levioso and Accio Mastery in favor of them. Regardless, their respective talents are all powerful in their own ways and will benefit you in nearly any situation.

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It’s also worth improving Protego and Stupefy since you’ll use them throughout the game. While you can skip out on ones like the Stunning Curse if you’re avoiding the dark arts, Protego Mastery and Expertise, in particular, are great to pick up to hinder groups of enemies with successful casts.

Situational and Niche Talents

The talents below are ones that, while helpful in some situations, are only great if you plan on going all-out with a particular build. Some are useful but get overshadowed by others mentioned in the above two categories. Honestly, some of these you can skip altogether unless you find they suit your playstyle well.

  • Wiggenweld Potency I
  • Wiggenweld Potency II
  • Ancient Magic Throw Expertise
  • Crucio Mastery
  • Incendio Mastery
  • Depulso Mastery
  • Slowing Curse
  • Imperio Mastery
  • Revelio Mastery
  • Sense of Secrecy I
  • Sense of Secrecy II
  • Human Demiguise
  • Petrificus Totalus Mastery
  • Fertiliser
  • Invisibility Potion Potency
  • Headache
  • Thunderbrew Potency
  • Focus Potion Potency

Your playstyle is a strong determiner of how good these talents are. For example, if you actively use Protego and dodge while getting some health regeneration from Curse Sapper, you don’t really need Wiggenweld Potency unless you find yourself running out of these often.

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Similarly, if you don’t use potions or combat items like Mandrakes and cabbages frequently, you’re better off improving your spells and Protego/Stupefy powers over these. Despite this, several potion and item talents are helpful, particularly Noxious and Maxima Potion Potency. However, if you enjoy gardening occasionally and want to use your combat plants, you can have a lot of fun with their respective talents.

Another noteworthy point is the entire stealth tree and its benefits. While nearly all the talents are powerful, they’re mainly effective if you want a more stealthy playthrough instead of running in and spamming spells at your enemies. If you enjoy stealth, these are worth picking up even more so than some of the ones mentioned above, but otherwise, they’re helpful but optional.

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