Face the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback During June’s Second Adversaries Event!

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The second June Adversaries Event in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has a surprise twist: the theme is Norbert(a), Hagrid’s beloved dragon! Obviously the Wizards Unite event will feature the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback, but the Baby Norwegian Ridgeback will also be boosted, and Wizarding Challenges will have some fun related bonus rewards.

In addition, the Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event is back for players levels 4-14.


This Wizards Unite event guide will cover all event details, including tasks, rewards, and strategic tips.

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Other articles on Adversaries:

To learn more about the upcoming Adversaries Event, you can watch Brita’s video or keep reading.

June Adversaries Event 2 Overview

Date + Time

  • Starts on June 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT
  • Ends on June 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT

  • A special assignment with rewards
  • A bonus assignment with more rewards
  • Boosted Adversary on the Map: Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback
  • Baby Norwegian Ridgeback Foundable boosted on the Map and with Tonic for Trace Detection
  • Master Notes will reduce brewing time by 25% for all Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potion
  • Boosted Wit-Sharpening Ingredients on the Map
  • Guaranteed Exploration Fragments from Forest IV and higher
  • You are guaranteed to receive Hagrid’s Hut as a reward for completing a Wizarding Challenge in any Forest Chamber, no matter what Runestone you use. This is a bonus drop in addition to the Fragment you would have normally received. 
  • You are guaranteed to receive a Monster Book of Monsters Fragment as a reward for completing a Wizarding Challenge in any Dark Chamber, no matter what Runestone you use. This is a bonus drop in addition to the Fragment you would have normally received. 
  • Increased Wizarding XP and Challenge XP from doing Wizarding Challenges, plus Spell Energy rewards
  • Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event just for players levels 4-14
  • Free store pack

  • Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • Spell Energy
  • Gold
  • And more!!!

Adversaries Event Tasks and Rewards

Tasks and rewards continue to be fairly similar to the most recent Adversaries Events, so prestiging your Adversary Pages is arguably more enticing than the rewards themselves.

As with previous Adversaries Events, some tasks will be difficult to do from home if you don’t get much Map activity at your house. For this Adversaries Event, Edible Dark Marks are more likely to reveal the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback, but this is not guaranteed.

Quest Step Reward
Use 2 Edible Dark Marks 20 Spell Energy
Return 12 Baby Norwegian Ridgebacks 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion
Return 4 Hagrid’s Hut Fragments from Forest Chambers 1 Silver Key
Earn 1750 Challenge XP through Wizarding Challenges and/or Adversary Chains 6 Ginger Root
Use 7 Potions in Adversary Encounters 2 Potent Exstimulo Potions
Deal 27,500 Damage to Adversaries 1 DADA Book
Calm Baby Ridgebacks by recovering 4 Teddy Bear Fragments from Ridgeback Adversaries 1 DADA Book
Defeat 5 Ancient Norwegian Ridgebacks 1 DADA Book

Completion rewards:

  • 5 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • 500 Wizarding XP
  • 60 Gold
  • 30 Spell Energy

Adversaries Event BONUS Tasks and Rewards

This Adversaries Event includes a Bonus Assignment!

Quest Step Reward
Cast 10 Great Meteolojinx Recanto 1 Spell Book
Defeat 7 Ancient Norwegian Ridgebacks 1 Spell Book
Return 3 Monster Book of Monsters from Dark Chambers 1 Spell Book

Completion rewards:

  • 5 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • 1000 Wizarding XP
  • 40 Gold
  • 30 Spell Energy

Not everyone will be able to complete the Bonus Assignment. That’s okay! Games should be fun, not stressful.

How to Prepare for June’s Second Adversaries Event

The preparation for this particular Adversaries Event remains unchanged from most recent Adversaries Events, because they’re all quite similar, just with different boosted Adversaries. While preparing before the event is helpful, using your resources wisely as you play is crucial as well. This particular Adversaries Event only features 1 Adversary, so it will be much easier to prestige.

Prepare to Defeat Adversaries

Once again, the repetitive advice, simply stated.

  1. Finish a Profession Lesson Plan.
  2. Work on Advanced Adversarial Combat.
  3. Improve your Potions through SOS Training.
  4. Start brewing Healing Potions, Exstimulo Potions, and Wit-Sharpening Potions.
  5. Start collecting extra Ingredients for Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions.
  6. Fill up on Spell Energy!
  7. Open up your maximum Gifts each day, prioritizing Gifts that give you the aforementioned resources.
  8. Purchase Vault Extensions.

This SOS Training chart indicates the different nodes and their locations to improve your Potions.

Location Node Effect
CE I,5 Engarde! Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE I,9 Brunch or Linner? Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE II,22 Was Mundungus Here? Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE I,12 Awesome Blossom Exstimulo Potion Duration Increase
CE I,8 Twisting Spleens Healing Potion Potency Increase
CE I,9 Name in the Paper! Healing Potion Potency Increase
CE II,15 Muggle Medicines Healing Potion Potency Increase
CE I,8 Hand in Hand Strong Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE II,17 St. Mungos Strong Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE II,28 Ebb and Neap Strong Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE I,20 Ice Cream Social Strong Exstimulo Potion Duration Increase
CE I,12 Volunteer Work Potent Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE II,32 Light My Fire Potent Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE III,38 Tempermental Cauldrons Potent Exstimulo Potion Potency Increase
CE III,42 Wasted on the Old Potent Exstimulo Potion Duration Increase
CE II,22 Whetstone for the Mind Wit-Sharpening Potion Potency Increase
CE II,32 Recipe Recitation Wit-Sharpening Potion Potency Increase
CE II,40 I’ll Be the Knight Wit-Sharpening Potion Potency Increase
CE II,32 Wit Beyond Leisure Wit-Sharpening Potion Duration Increase

Baruffio’s Spotlight Event Prep

If you are at level 4 to level 14 in Wizards Unite, this is the chance to level up quickly! Here are the bonuses:

• Baruffio’s Brain Elixir brew time reduced to 6 hours
• Master Notes will reduce Baruffio’s Brain Elixir brew time by 50%
• Baruffio’s Brain Elixir effects increased to 3X

First, follow the advice above for collecting Ingredients for Exstimulo Potions. You can take advantage of the reduced brewing time. Exstimulo Potions will help you return higher threat Traces and therefore earn more Wizarding XP.

Start saving all the Ingredients for Baruffio’s Brain Elixir! These are all the Ingredients you need to brew one Baruffio’s Brain Elixir.

2Leaping Toadstool 1
Frog Brain
1Runespoor Eggs 1Powdered Dragon Claw

Frog Brains and Runespoor Eggs are fairly easy to find. Leaping Toadstools are rarely available on the Map–you mostly need to grow those in Greenhouses. Powdered Dragon Claws are exclusively available as Portkey rewards.

Leaping Toadstool has a 24-hour growing time. Plant seeds in a Greenhouse, and use Spell Energy to maximize the yield. Come back the next day at the same time to collect your Leaping Toadstools. To get even more Leaping Toadstools, use your Greenhouse Charm on the Greenhouse before you collect your Ingredients.

Walk a lot to unlock Portkeys for a chance at Powdered Dragon Claw.

You can also ask your friends to send you Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Gifts.

You should also brew at least a few Dawdle Draughts. These will help you return Severe and Emergency Traces more easily.

These are the Ingredients you need for Dawdle Draught.

Valerian Root Sopophorous Bean Butterscotch Hermit Crab Shell

You can find all Master Notes for all Potions here.

Tips to Enjoy the Adversaries Event

This advice assumes you get Traces at your home, or you’re able to visit an area with Wizards Unite activity on the Map. We’re still in a pandemic, so prioritize your health and follow all local laws!

First, always keep a close eye on your Potions so you can collect new ones immediately and use Master Notes on the next one. Keep brewing Potions constantly. This is helpful for everyone!

Prestige Pages Quickly

To place all of the Images on the Adversary pages, you need fewer of the final Adversary than you do of the Artefacts. This is true of all Feared Adversaries.

If you are low on Spell Energy and/or Potions, you can work to prestige your Registry pages while still conserving resources. Once you have placed an Adversary, and you have returned them enough times to place again, back out from future Adversary chains after you defeat the Guards. You will still receive Artefact Fragments by defeating the Guards.

However, this strategy does mean you earn fewer DADA Books. It’s up to you if you want to prioritize grinding DADA Books or prestiging pages. This strategy also doesn’t work if you want to complete the Bonus Assignment.

The chart below from Plotter101 shows which Artefact Fragments drop from which Foes in the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback chain. This should help you strategize and save Spell Energy.

Grind DADA Books

If you really want to grind DADA Books, your best strategy involves going to an area with multiple Points of Interest in the game. Plant Snowdrop or Wormwood at a Greenhouse. Walk from Inn to Inn if available, or sit by an Inn if you just have one. Replenish your Spell Energy between Adversary Encounters. Use an EDM for 3 additional Adversaries every 30 minutes.

You earn 1 guaranteed DADA Book for each Adversary you defeat. Occasionally you can earn 1 DADA Book from defeating a Guard. You earn additional DADA Books by placing Adversary Images in the Challenges Registry.

Grind Wizarding XP (Spotlight Event)

If you are level 4-14, you can level up this weekend! Brita has a video guide to the Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event.

Ideally, you will visit a place with Inns. Stack Dark Detectors on the Inns. Drink a Brain Elixir. Return all of the Foundables.

Anything with a red beam needs a Strong or Potent Exstimulo Potion, plus a Dawdle Draught. Anything with an orange beam needs a regular Exstimulo Potion, if possible.

While your Brain Elixir is still running, open up 20 Gifts. Open any Portkeys that are ready.

If you are unable to visit an area with Inns, use a Tonic for Trace Detection. While you might not get any red beams, you can still grind Wizarding XP by returning Foundables. You can also easily use a Tonic for Trace Detection while walking around, so you can open Portkeys at the same time.

Finish Bonus Assignment

If you want the 3 extra Spell Books and 5 extra DADA Books, be strategic on the regular tasks to finish them quickly.

Use your first EDM immediately, but wait until you have completed all other tasks to use your second EDM. (Unless you rely on EDMs for Adversaries, then use them as needed).

Walk around while your EDM runs in order to find Baby Norwegian Ridgebacks.

Battle in Forest I to earn Hagrid’s Hut Fragments. This will also help you earn the 1750 Challenge XP required.

The Damage dealt for the whole Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback chain is 4,970. So, if you defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback 6 times, you will complete the “Deal 27,500 Damage to Adversaries” task. This, of course, will take care of the “Defeat 5 Ancient Norwegian Ridgebacks” task.

Use Potions during the battles and earn the required Teddy Bear Fragments. As noted in the chart above, the Teddy Bear Fragment only drops from the second Guard and the actual Adversary. If you have bad RNG, you might need to defeat more Ancient Norwegian Ridgebacks to collect 4 Teddy Bear Fragments.

Once you finish most of the tasks, do the last task by using your second EDM. Quickly collect your rewards. Confirm the Bonus Assignment is live. Start tracking more Ancient Norwegian Ridgebacks.

Use EDMs as necessary, but your best bet is to visit a park, a city center, or a university–anywhere with multiple Points of Interest and Map activity.

Back out of any Adversaries that are not the featured Adversary. If you want to prestige those pages, you can split the difference by just defeating the Guards to collect Artefact Fragments. And if you really want to save on resources, just defeat the first Guard then flee; it will take a while to place an item by only getting one Artefact Fragment at a time, but chipping away at them does work eventually.

If you have plenty of time to complete the Bonus Assignment, then feel free to defeat all Adversaries on the Map. The advice above is helpful if you’re short on time and/or resources, but you really want to finish the Bonus Assignment.

Use a Tonic for Trace Detection if necessary to find more Baby Norwegian Ridgeback Foundables. This is guarded by Metolojinx Recanto.

Collect Monster Book of Monster Fragments by doing Wizarding Challenges in Dark I.

Adversaries Event Bundles

Like all Wizards Unite events, this Adversaries Event will feature store bundles. The free store pack includes an Edible Dark Mark! The paid bundles are both repeats from the previous June Adversary Event. I’m repeating the math for any new readers!

Free store pack includes:

  • 1 Edible Dark Mark
  • 2 Healing Potions
  • 1 Exstimulo Potion

The Arresto Adversary Bundle (800 Gold) includes:

  • 3 Edible Dark Marks
  • 125 Spell Energy

Is this bundle a good deal?

You can buy 5 Edible Dark Marks for 1200 Gold, making the individual value 240 Gold. Thus the value of 3 Edible Dark Marks is 720 Gold. If you only want discounted Edible Dark Marks, this bundle is not a good value. If you want discounted Spell Energy, then the bundle is a decent deal.

The Adversary Vanquisher Trunk (2020 Gold) includes:

  • 3 Edible Dark Marks
  • 125 Spell Energy
  • 8 Potent Exstimulo Potions
  • 8 Strong Exstimulo Potions
  • 8 Wit-Sharpening Potions

3 Edible Dark Marks are worth 720 Gold.

A single Potent Exstimulo Potion in Diagon Alley costs 75 Gold. However, if you have all of the common Ingredients, it’s a better deal to buy 1 Unicorn Hair for 30 Gold, use Master Notes in the Cauldron, and then collect the Potion immediately for 41 Gold. So let’s put the value of Potent Exstimulo Potions at 71 Gold.

Thus 8 Potent Potions are worth 568 Gold.

Normally we don’t recommend spending Gold on Strong Exstimulo Potions because their Ingredients are common. However, with frequent Wizards Unite events, players are going through their Potions quickly.

Looking at just Ingredients, it’s 3 Gold each per Snowdrop, Bitterroot, and Re’em Blood, plus 12 Gold for Abraxan Hair, so 36 Gold per Strong Exstimulo Potion.

Thus 8 Strong Potions are worth 288 Gold.

I really don’t recommend spending Gold on Wit-Sharpening Potions because Ingredients will be boosted during the event, AND you can get these Potions through Gifts.

Before Spell Energy, the bundle is really not worth the price asked. I only recommend this bundle for rural players who don’t have access to Ingredients or Spell Energy.

Final Adversaries Event Notes

Playing outside? Be sure to carry an extra battery pack or two, plus charging cables. Need a new battery pack? Check out Brita’s list of the top-rated options on Amazon!

I know these Wizards Unite event guides can be repetitive, but the events themselves are repetitive. As long as our advice remains unchanged, these articles will be familiar. If you have an additional advice to share, leave a comment!

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Camille Schiraldi
Camille Schiraldi
1 month ago

How do I obtain EDMs without buying? Lost one in the last event since none of the lockharts counted until they fixed that glitch. Asked for one back. But nope that didn’t happen

1 month ago

As usual, thanks for the tasks lineup and Happy Birthday! 🎈

Megan Fukumoto
Megan Fukumoto
1 month ago

For the Return 12 Baby Norwegian Ridgebacks task, i have recover 12 Baby Norwegian Ridgeback Foundable Fragments. Is this the right one?