Throughout Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll have numerous opportunities to travel the world and socialize with the townsfolk in Hogsmeade and hamlets in other regions. While you’ll spend much of your time at Hogwarts, you’ll often find yourself in the Highlands, completing side quests and even fighting challenging bosses wreaking havoc on the surrounding area. In the case of Absconder Encounter, you’ll have to eliminate a massive spider! If you’re interested in learning more, continue reading to discover how to complete the Absconder Encounter quest in Hogwarts Legacy.
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How to Complete Absconder Encounter Quest in Hogwarts Legacy
You’ll initially start the quest by speaking to Edgar Adley in Aranshire. He’ll tell you about his late friend Milo who ventured into the Acromantula’s lair to collect venom. Your character will volunteer to enter the lair and investigate the situation, prompting you to explore the Absconder’s cave. This cave is in the Forbidden Forest, just south of the North Ford Bog Entrance Floo Flame.
Once you reach the cave, you’ll encounter numerous smaller spiders, which you can swiftly defeat using fire spells and ancient magic. After entering the cave and approaching the central quest marker, you’ll find The Asconder, a massive spider that is no pushover.
How to Defeat the Absconder
The most challenging aspect of this fight is the spider’s rapid, unblockable attacks and high HP. You’ll have to inflict damage while avoiding these attacks simultaneously. Smaller spiders will also periodically enter the mix, serving as a distraction while the Absconder continues attacking.
The main way to defeat this boss is to use as many high-damage spells as possible. While smaller enemies are susceptible to combos using Accio, Levioso and other control spells, these have little effect on this huge monster. Toss out your Incendio, Confringo and other damage spells as often as possible!
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Despite this initial warning to mainly use damage spells, there is one use for non-damage ones. More specifically, you can use Descendo while the Absconder is preparing its slam attack to bury its head into the ground, temporarily stunning it and preventing it from summoning more spiders. You can then use this time to cast more damage attacks without the stress of dodging constantly.
Finding the Heirloom Milo Left Behind
After defeating the Absconder, you’ll have to search for Milo’s heirloom. To find it, head north from the Absconder boss area and clear out the webs blocking the way to enter a room full of spider eggs. After clearing out the eggs and eliminating any hatchlings that spawn, you’ll find a chest and the heirloom pocket watch nearby. Pick this up before heading back to Aranshire and speaking to Edgar again.
Once you have one last conversation with Edgar Adley, you’ll finish the Absconder Encounter quest in Hogwarts Legacy.
Hogwarts Legacy is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch through the official website. If you’d like to learn more about the game, check out All Broom Locations in Hogwarts Legacy and How to Level Up Fast in Hogwarts Legacy.