Niantic in May 2019 released a game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, another product that uses augmented reality as the basis of gameplay. We know the developer as the creator of Pokemon Go, the incredible hysteria for which people fell off roofs, threw themselves into bodies of water, and crashed into cars. And since it so happened that there was no one cooler on the market in AR, it was decided to turn to them. So far the product is in open beta testing, which, however, does not prevent players around the world to fight with virtual enemies.
The only thing we should warn you about at once - the game is not in the Russian or Ukrainian App Store, You can download it in the U.S.The game does not always start on the first try, you have to reload the app several times, and sometimes even the device itself, which we found on the Internet. And by the way, it is not always possible to start the game the first time, you have to reload the application several times, and sometimes even the device itself - this information we found on the Internet.
How to play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
At the very beginning of the game, we will be asked to register as a volunteer who wants to start working for the Ministry of Magic. We enter our data (first and last name, can be fake) and nickname, and then go to explore the area. Like Pokemon Go, the game creates a map of the magical world based on real maps, identifying your current location. You can move around the area (you'll have to walk for real), explore the world with your smartphone, which will build up the reality of the story. So it's not much fun to play at home - your movements will be limited and you won't be able to locate many of the key points. That's why it's much more interesting to play it outside.
It should be noted that you can not play via Wi-Fi (unless you carry a pocket modem), and AR in conjunction with LTE kills the battery in a matter of minutes. Dozens of minutes to be exact, so bring some kind of power bank, otherwise you can be left without a phone. In general, we do not recommend playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite too much - from the outside you look strange, you drain the battery in your smartphone, putting yourself and the people around you at risk.
So, our task is to explore the area, and sometimes we have to fight with different monsters, creatures, and characters from the world of Harry Potter. To do this, we have to draw all kinds of symbols on the screen - that's how we would "wave" our wand if we were casting a spell. Both (the protagonist and his enemy) have the same amount of damage, that is, there is no variation in the attack. Sometimes you might get a critical hit, or one of you might dodge a spell, less often one of you might miss a turn, but there's no way to calculate the randomness of that event. So there is no dependence on the speed of cast or spell execution in combat - you can consider this combat system a turn-based one.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Guide
The game world has several dependencies - the traditional geolocation, in which a lot depends on your own location (such as bodies of water), as well as the change of day and night. So, depending on the time of day you can meet different enemies, here's a good picture:
Potions in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Potions in the game are needed to strengthen yourself, boost your character, heal you, and so on, but to brew them you need to find ingredients that appear in the process of exploring the area. If you ignore the brewing of potions, sooner or later your inventory will fill up, and you won't be able to take anything really useful with you. So it is highly recommended that you do it, even if you disliked Professor Snape and disapproved of his behavior.
- Exstimulo - potions that strengthen spells. Exstimulo - the weakest, Strong Exstimulo - the strongest, Potent Exstimulo - the strongest. Color - blue or blue, sticker with wand.
- Healing - healing potion. The color is red, with a heart sticker
- Baruffio's Brain Elixir - a potion to double experience from Finds, Portkeys and Fortresses. The color is green, labeled with a brain.
- Dawdle Draught - Increases the probability that the Finder will not dissolve after the spell. The color is blue, the sticker has arrows.
- Wit-Sharpening Potion - Increases the effectiveness of your spells. The color is green, with a star sticker.
Here's a great tip on brewing potions in the gold cauldron: you can rent it for 3 hours for 15 coins and supply 2 two-hour potions. Given the cauldron's 10% acceleration and 15% acceleration per formula, they will brew for 1 hour and 31 minutes, which adds up to 3 hours and 2 minutes. Five minutes before the end of the lease, pay another 1 coin and you get 3 extra minutes, which can be used to brew a 12-hour experience potion. Take advantage of this before this hole is closed.
Professions in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
There are only three of them: Professor, Morcborgian (Auror) and Magozoologist. Depending on the chosen profession you will need to pump your character and do certain things. As you understand, the most popular profession in the game is a Horcrux, largely due to the fact that Harry Potter is the head of the Horcrux department in the official canon.
Also, depending on your profession, you will have your strengths and weaknesses when you start fighting other players in the Fortress. If the enemy is highlighted in red it means that he will deal bonus damage to you, if it is green - you will kill him faster. Here's another helpful picture:
Wands in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
It is one of the fetishes of the world of Harry Potter, and even the most neutral readers of the novel were very eager to get themselves a real wand, thanks to Rowling who came up with a very unusual way to choose a wand, as well as its compositions. Recall that it is the wand that chooses its master, and in general it has several parameters - length, core and material. Different combinations give different effects - some wands are ideal for transformations, spells, or duels. In the world of Wizards Unite, you can create your own wand, and here's how:
Open your ID, click on the wand button, and then choose the basic stats: what wood to make, length and flexibility, as well as the magic core. It has no effect on damage or speed, just that you will possess some canonical wand. Harry Potter, for example, had a holly and a phoenix feather, 11 inches, flexible enough - try building an iconic artifact.
In general, the world of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is huge, it's impossible to explore it in a few hours. We will actively play and share our own findings with you.
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