Ni No Kuni 2 familiars are not what you may remember from the first game. Instead, we now have Ni No Kuni 2 Higgledy that take the place of familiars. Higgledies in Ni No Kuni 2 help your party by fighting alongside you and using offensive and defensive abilities automatically and when instructed.
This article covers Ni No Kuni 2 Higgledy so you know how to get more Higgledies and what they do in combat. We’ve also included all Higgledy Stone locations and Higgledy Stone items so you can find the locations of all Higgledy and add them to your party.
Ni No Kuni II Higgledy Guide and Stone Locations
What Are Higgledies
Higgledies are little creatures that will help you in combat and while traversing the world. You gain access to Higgledy early in the game, but you can’t level them up or create your own until you get to the kingdom building phase of the game. If you’re not into the finer details of combat, you can let the Higgledy do their thing automatically.
Without setting up anything, Higgledy will heal party members, throw out green and blue orbs that replenish HP and MP respectively, and even shield party members with protective spells. This is all automatic depending on which Higgledy you have in your party. You can have up to four Higgledy assigned to your party at once, and swap them out like you would normal party members.
Each Higgledy has a set cost. Most Higgledy you find in the early portions of the game will cost one point, but some of the Higgledy you make or find during the late game can cost four points or more. While you can have up to four Higgledy in your party, you can only have a total Higgledy cost of 10. That means if you’re using three Higgledy that cost three points each, you won’t be able to add another three point Higgledy to your party.
Where to Find Higgledy
You can find Higgledy by interacting with Higgledy Stones or in the Higglery once you’ve built a kingdom (see Creating and Enhancing Higgledies below). When you come across a Higgledy Stone you must offer the Higgledy inside something good in order for it to join your party.
You’ll be given a hint of what the Higgledy Stone wants and you’ll be able to select anything in your inventory that falls into that category. If you have the item the Higgledy wants, it will join your party. If you don’t, you’ll have to give it something else. Either way, you lose the item you offer to the Higgledy Stone, but it’s usually a common item, so not a big loss.
Higgledy Stone Locations
While we’ve listed the items needed for each Higgledy Stone, and most of the item locations, you can find a more thorough list in our Items List article. We’ll be adding the few missing items very soon, so check back if the specific location of the stone item you’re looking for is not listed.
|1000 Fathoms Deep
|Haddock the Fishy
|2000 Fathoms Deep
|Clambunctious the Calm
|Reight Bright Beacon, Fine Fish Market
|Dynafloor No. 2
|Topturvey the Testy
|Pinwheel Flats, East Wood
|Dynafloor No. 3
|Slingsby the Scorcher
|Rolling Hills, Grotty Grotto
|Bumblebizz the Blowy
|Abyss, Pinwheel Flats
|Shrine That Time Forgot
|Boss-Woss the Bruiser
|Bolt Eagle Feather
|Unkimmon the Uncommon
Calmlands / Capstan-upon-Hull Areas
|Gabardine the Gawker
|Drylands, Bleachbone Shrine
|Mimber the Meanderer
|Calmlands, Reight Bright Beacon
|Whiting the Lightning
Cloudcoil Canyon / Farflung Cape (Northern Islands) / Plainview Plateau Areas
|Filigree the Flighty
|Cloudcoil Canyon, Snaketooth Ridge
|Larrican the Leafy
|Slithy the Spelunker
|Glacier Crystal Cluster
|Abyss, Mining Camp No. 4
|Frumious the Flammable
|Calmlands, Swift Solutions
|Tove the Tenebrous
|Calmlands, Unsung Shrine
Crash Site Area (Frozen North)
|Benison the Bright
|Mining Camp No. 4, ???
|Malignity the Indignity
|Wiggly Way, Forest of Niall
Forest of Niall Area
|Mutton-Bane the Mushy
|Forest of Niall, Budding Lumberyard
|Phantasmagoria the Foul
|Popple the Pure
|Makronos, Capaneus’s Crypt
|Twinkle the Twee
|Heartlands, Wiggly Way
|Dirge the Dismal
|Leucippes’ Labyrinth, Pinwheel Flats
|Tundle the Tropical
|Rolling Hills, Cloudcoil Canyon
|Dishcloth the Dragony
|Any Water, Makronos
Rolling Hills Area
|Motley the Menace
|Rolling Hills, Cloudcoil Canyon
|Bawbee the Bandit
|Pinwheel Flats, East Wood
|Dimity the Dastardly
|Forked Tail Bone
|Drylands, Jack Frost’s Playground
|Tilly-Loo the Twinkly
|Swift Solutions, Mining Camp No. 1
Splitstone Canyon (Eastern Desert) Area
|Teakettle the Toasty
|Drylands, Swift Solutions
|Vorpal the Volcanic
How to Use Higgledies
The Higgledies will automatically use their normal attacks and abilities during a fight. All Higgledy have an attack and defense rating similar to your normal weapons. Once you’ve inflicted enough damage on enemies, a circle will appear around a Higgledy. If you interact with the Higgledy in the middle of the circle (walk up to it and press X), they will use their main advanced skill.
After you’ve been fighting long enough, Lofty may toss a golden orb toward the character you’re controlling. If you touch this orb your character will enter an awakened state. While you’re in the awakened state you can absorb certain Higgledy to enhance certain skills and abilities. In addition, any spells or abilities that normally cost MP will be free to use while you’re in the awakened state.
The first two skills listed for Higgledy are their normal abilities. The third skill is their advanced ability, and the final skill is what benefits that Higgledy gives you during an awakened state. You can cycle through all of these Higgledy skills by pressing Triangle in the party menu.
Look in the skills menu for each of your main party members to determine which Higgledy type they can absorb to enhance those skills. This is important so you add Higgledies to your party that will boost the skills you normally use in combat. It can make a big difference during boss battles and other challenging fights.
Higgledies have two normal abilities and two advanced skills. While there are a variety of abilities, you’ll run into many Higgledy that share the same abilities. For example, the Scrap, Scrap! normal ability allows a Higgledy to offer your party a slight boost to the power of ranged attacks.
You might run into a number of Higgledy that all have that ability, but will offer different abilities for their second normal ability and advanced skills. If you find Higgledy that share a normal ability, it’s okay to have both of them in your party because they probably don’t have anything else in common.
It’s important to balance Higgledy personalities within your party. You can see what a Higgledy’s personality is to the left of their attack and defense stats. If you have a shy Higgledy in your party, you want to have at least one outgoing or aggressive Higgledy to balance them out. This will allow your Higgledies to do more during combat. If you have four shy Higgledies in your party, they won’t be as active because none of them will take the initiative.
Creating and Enhancing Higgledies
Once you can build your own kingdom, one of the facilities you can make is the Higglery. At the Higglery you can create and enhance Higgledies. The more research you put into the Higglery, the better the Higgledies you can create. To create Higgledy you’ll need a variety of materials, many of which you can gather from the store in your kingdom.
You can also level up the Higgledy currently in your party. This is the only way you’ll be able to level them up, which increases their attack and defense as well as how effective their normal abilities and advanced skills can be. Higgledies like certain materials, and feeding them these materials via the Higglery is how you level them up.
Ideally you should only level up the Higgledies you plan to include in your party. Don’t waste materials on Higgledies that won’t actually see any combat. If you have an abundance of materials you can increase your Higgledies to level two or three, but wait until you have a lot of Higgledy to choose from before you spend materials leveling them up any higher than that. Make sure you match your Higgledies to the skills of your party members so you can take full advantage of their awakening potential.
We’ll have more on Higgledies, including where to find all of the Higgledy Stones in the very near future, so stay tuned to our Ni No Kuni 2 game hub for more details!