What Are Ancient Magic Traces in Hogwarts Legacy? – Answered

Yo magic's so old, it makes Dumbledore look like a teenager

While Hogwarts Legacy relies on a great deal of past Harry Potter lore, one of the more original elements featured in the game that was not explored in previous Wizarding World media is Ancient Magic. Whether being wielded in combat or finding Ancient Magic hotspots in the game’s open world, this unique kind of wizardry plays an important role in the story and plot of Hogwarts Legacy. Let’s take a closer look at Ancient Magic and examine the importance of its traces in Hogwarts Legacy.

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What is Ancient Magic in Hogwarts Legacy?

According to the Harry Potter Wiki Fandom page, “Ancient Magic was a very old, mysterious and powerful form of magic, the ways of which had been all but forgotten in the wizarding world by the late 19th century.” Based on the game’s lore, the ability to manipulate, let alone see Ancient Magic was exceedingly rare, with only a handful of witches and wizards having the gift. Luckily for Hogwarts Legacy players, one such Ancient Magic-wielding witch or wizard is your created protagonist in the game. In Hogwarts Legacy, you can call upon your Ancient Magic powers to eviscerate enemies, telekinetically throw objects in the environment, navigate through dungeons and trials, and even upgrade your primordial magic abilities with the help of its traces.

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Ancient Magic Traces – What Are They?

Ancient Magic traces can be found in Ancient Magic hotspots, which are “small areas surging with ancient magic.”

By investigating, then finding all of the Ancient Magic traces in an a hotspot, you can complete “Collect Ancient Magic” quests.

When you have completed the numerous Ancient Magic hotspots throughout Hogwarts Legacy, your Ancient Magic Meter (which allows you to cast the powerful magic in battle) will increase to a higher capacity. By finding Ancient Magic traces in hotspots, you will gain the ability to use Ancient Magic more frequently in combat, which will help you survive fights against the games most formidable threats from evil goblins, to dark wizards and powerful monsters.


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