Brilliant Event Guide: Back to Hogwarts Week 1

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The fourth Brilliant Event starts in a couple of days. This article will help you be prepared and jump start your event.

Like Potter’s Calamity, The Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Event spans two separate weeks. This guide focuses on the first week, August 13th to August 20th.

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If you’re avoiding spoilers, check out this Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Events article for more general information about the new event.

Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Event, Week 1
August 13th to 20th
Start Time: 2pm PT (Pacific Time)
Major Benefits
15 Restricted Section Books
Lots of Scrolls from a new Registry category

Our editor-in-chief has a video covering the first week of the Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Event, along with advice on how to complete all the tasks. Or skip below to read about the event!

Brilliant Event Tasks

The notable differences from the last Brilliant Event tasks are the lack of brewing Potions and 4 unique Brilliant Foundable Traces (one per task). Instead of brewing Potions, Event Task 3/4 requires a player to use 6 potions.

Event Task 4/4 adds the task of returning 5 High threat Foundables. Assuming the four Brilliant student Foundables have a Medium thread, it might take longer to find 5 High threats to finish out the tasks.

From the game data, the four Brilliant student Foundables have a win rate of 25% (catch rate), which is consistent with Medium threats. Plus Brilliant Hedwig was a Medium threat whereas its non-Brilliant form was a Low threat, so it’s likely the four Brilliant students will be Medium threats.

This might be the first Brilliant Event without a High threat Foundable, which will be a relief to many players who struggle with their low 10% win rate.

Event Task 1/4

Recover 2 Brilliant Slytherin Students 10 Brilliant Family XP
Pick Up 2 Ingredients or Portmanteaus 10 Brilliant Family XP
Return 3 Foundables of any Family 10 Brilliant Family XP

Rewards:

  • 500 XP
  • 10 Brilliant Family XP
  • 1 Restricted Section Book
  • 1 Hogwarts Express Sign Sticker (for your Portrait)

Event Task 2/4

Recover 2 Brilliant Hufflepuff Students 300 XP
Unlock 3 Portkey Portmanteaus 15 Brilliant Family XP
Dine at Inns 5 times 15 Brilliant Family XP

Rewards:

  • 15 Brilliant Family XP
  • 2 Potent Exstimulo Potions
  • 2 Restricted Section Books
  • 1 Hogwarts Express Frame (for your Portrait)
  • 1 Hogwarts Express Conductor Fragment (Foundable for the Registry page)

Event Task 3/4

Recover 2 Brilliant Ravenclaw Students 500 XP
Use 6 potions 500 XP
Perform 5 Great Spell Casts 15 Brilliant Family XP

Rewards:

  • 25 Brilliant Family XP
  • 3 Restricted Section Books
  • 1 Luggage Trolley Sticker (for your Portrait)

Event Task 4/4

Recover 2 Brilliant Gryffindor Students 15 Brilliant Family XP
Return 5 High Threat Foundables 750 XP
Complete 4 Wizarding Challenges 15 Brilliant Family XP

Rewards:

  • 9 Restricted Section Books
  • 1 Hogwarts Express Fragment (Foundable for the Registry page)
  • 50 Gold
  • 1 Hogwarts Conductor Uniform Lens (for your Portrait)

Event Foundables and Where to Find Them

Not every Foundable you will collect for the Back to Hogwarts event is available on the Map. Only 4 out of 8 are Foundable Traces while the rest are available from Portkeys, Fortress Challenges, and Event Tasks.

Event Foundable Collection
Brilliant Slytherin StudentBrilliant Slytherin Student Wild Encounter
Brilliant Hufflepuff StudentBrilliant Hufflepuff Student Wild Encounter
Brilliant Ravenclaw StudentBrilliant Ravenclaw Student Wild Encounter
Brilliant Ravenclaw StudentBrilliant Ravenclaw Student Wild Encounter
Hogwarts Express Conductor
Complete Event Task 2/4
Hogwarts Express Complete Event Task 4/4
Luggage Trolley Brilliant Event 3km Portkey
Luggage Trolley Witch Fortress-Only Reward using a Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Runestone

 

New 3km Portkeys

The Luggage Trolley fragment is a reward from new 3km Portkeys, which teleport the player to Hogwarts Express. This reduction in distance comes at a relief to players who do not walk daily or who do not want to use Silver Keys.

Players should pick up a few of these 3km Portkeys before the end of Part 1, because Part 2 also has its own Portkey-only Foundable, the Hogsmeade Sign.

If a player fails to complete the Luggage Trolley sticker, the only benefit lost is 50 Family XP.

Understanding Two Part Brilliant Events

To better understand how these two part events work, here is a summary of a post from HPWU Fazes about Potter’s Calamity Part 2, applied to this new Brilliant Event.

During a Brilliant Event with two parts, Foundables, Portkeys, and Runestones work a little differently than a Brilliant Event with only one part.

During the first week, you will only find Brilliant Foundable Traces from the first part. During the second week, you will find both new Brilliant Foundable Traces as well as Brilliant Foundable Traces from the first part.

Any Brilliant Portkeys picked up during Week One will still give the Week One reward. New Brilliant Portkeys picked up during Wee Two will give the Week Two reward.

When using Back to Hogwarts Brilliant Runestones during Week One, you will sometimes receive Week One rewards. When using these Runestones during Week Two, you will sometimes receive Week Two rewards. After the Brilliant Event is completely over, possible rewards will come from either week.

To summarize:

Portkeys picked up during Part 1 will give Part 1 Foundables. Portkeys picked up during Part 2 will give Part 2 Foundables.

Runestones and Wizarding Challenges: Part 1 fragments will be available from August 13 to 27, as well as after Part 2 ends. Part 2 fragments will be available starting August 27 and will always be available after that.

Summary

To prepare for the next Brilliant Bvent, get Portkeys ready for the Event Task 2/4, “Unlock 3 Portkeys Portmanteaus.” Start walking your Portkeys, especially if you have several 10k Portkeys with your Silver Keys or a queue of 2k Portkeys for your Golden Key.

If you time it right, you can finish walking these Portkeys to get credit for the Event Task. Even if you don’t, you want to free up space to pick up Brilliant Portkeys and start walking with them. Since they’re only 3km Portkeys, it will be easy to unlock them to complete the Event Task.

Players can also brew some Exstimulo Potions (2-hour brew time) to use quickly for Event Task 3/4.

Rewards from completing all of the Part 1 Event Tasks:

  • 15 Restricted Section Books
  • 155 Brilliant family XP
  • 50 gold
  • 2,550 Wizard XP
  • 2 Potent Exstimulo Potions
  • Portrait: 2 stickers, 1 frame, and 1 lens

Pro tip: Save the Restricted Section Books until you have all 15. Then decide the best way to spend them. Here’s a quick guide on Restricted Section books to get you started with your profession’s strategy.

Are you excited for this Brilliant Event? Why or why not? Share a comment below!

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Mastermind Menoblack
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Mastermind Menoblack

A real pro would decide what to spend the restricted books on beforehand, and spend them as soon as they get the books!

vettel92
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vettel92

Do you still get the brilliant event rewards from portkeys, which you collected before the event started?

Robert Stoddard
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Robert Stoddard

No; the event foundables that come from portkeys *only* come from the new 3km portmanteaus.

Núria Condom
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Núria Condom

Does anyone else not see any lights to click when unlocking 3km portkeys? The ones on the train

Donna
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Donna

You have to look out the window. They race by outside it.

Núria Condom
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Núria Condom

Ohhh!! Thank you!

Cara Galgano-Ney
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Cara Galgano-Ney

I’m stuck, what is High foundables and how do I get them?

Donna
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Donna

There are several that are rated HIGH. I made a list and just kept an eye out for them. When you click on a trace it shows you a rating. I found the Vampire and Erlking High Oddities to be the easiest to encounter. There are a lot of others but they don’t show up often. The ones I found most often were probably Occamy Eggs, Moaning Myrtle, and Madeye Moody’s Eye.