Treasure Vaults in Hogwarts Legacy are a great place to gather extra gear and money for your travels. If you’re ever low on funds, you can run one of these quick dungeons for a small bonus before moving on to your next adventure. However, a “quick” vault can easily become complicated and messy if you run into a challenging puzzle with no clear solution. If you’d like to learn more, continue reading to discover how to solve the treasure vault chess puzzle in Hogwarts Legacy.
How to Solve the Treasure Vault Chess Puzzle in Hogwarts Legacy
Before tackling any treasure vault chess puzzle, make sure you have the Transformation spell unlocked. You cannot complete the puzzle without it, even if you have every other spell in the game! You’ll get the transformation spell as one of Professor Weasley’s late-game assignment missions. Since it is one of the last spells you unlock, be prepared to wait a while!
Once you have Transformation, you can try the treasure vault chess puzzle. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll be walking you through the Marunweem Lake vault just east of the Marunweem Hamlet, but you can apply similar strategies to other locations, such as the Poidsear Coast vault near Phoenix Mountain Cave.
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Solving the Marunweem Lake Treasure Vault Chess Puzzle
Upon arriving at your destination, use the necessary spell to open the initial entrance into the vault and arrive at the chess set. In the case of the Marunweem vault, you’ll need to locate an ice symbol block in the nearby Bandit Camp, use Wingardium Leviosa to bring it to the entrance and use Glacius to activate it.
After you enter the area with the chess set, use Revelio and look for a blue highlighted object. In this case, I found a cauldron pot on the right side of the room. Use Transformation to turn it into a chess piece!
Once you have your newly acquired chess piece, use Wingardium Leviosa to place it in a spot to defeat the opposing King. Depending on what piece type you get, you’ll have to put it in different spaces near the King. Here, I got a Rook that I placed three spots in front of the King. Doing this defeats your opponent instantly, causing a chest to appear on the other side of the room.
There’s also a chance you’ll get a Bishop instead. If this is the case, place the piece one space diagonal to the opposing King to complete the puzzle and get your reward.
Hogwarts Legacy is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch through the official website. To learn more about the game, check out How to Get Imperio in Hogwarts Legacy and Can You Breed Phoenixes in Hogwarts Legacy?