Brilliant Event Guide: Christmas Calamity Week 2

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has another Brilliant Event for us! It’s time to prepare for the second week of the Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event!

Below is a complete guide for the event, as well as a few tips and tricks you can use to get through the event faster than a Quidditch player on a Firebolt!

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Into videos? Here’s my overview of this guide with some bonus commentary!

Guide to Week 2 of Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event!

Brilliant Event Overview

Event Name Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event (Week 2)
Date + Time

  • Starts December 17th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Ends on December 24th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Features

  • The Yule ball rocks on! Encounter new Foundables through event-only Portkeys, new Brilliant encounters, Runestones, and tasks!
  • Free store pack featuring 2 Potent Exstimulo Potions and 25 Spell Energy.
Rewards

  • Earn up to 15 Restricted Section Books.
  • Earn a Yule Ball Christmas Trees Portrait Frame, Metallic Violins Animated Portrait Sticker, Ice Sculpture Portrait Sticker, Winter Ice Arches Portrait Frame, and Yule Ball Fancy Hat Style 2 Portrait Lens
  • Earn 50 Gold.
  • Bonus rewards from the bonus assignment!

Brilliant Event Tasks

As usual, these tasks all come straight from Fazes, so they should be accurate, unless the HPWU developers make last-minute changes!

Like the previous Brilliant Events, the quest line is split into four sections. You have to complete each section before progressing to the next one. Once you finish the regular quests, you can move onto the Bonus Assignment.

Brilliant Portkeys will go to the Three Broomsticks! While you’re stopping in for a few, make sure to have a butterbeer and warm up by the fire. Madam Rosmerta might also have a delicious mead for those of age! Aging Potions won’t work, Mr. and Mr. Weasley…

Christmas Calamity Quest 1/4

Much like the Yule Ball invitations from the first week of this Brilliant Event, Baubles will be dropping as rewards when visiting Inns. They may or may not be guaranteed, so there is a good chance you will need to visit more Inns than the minimum requirement.

Collect 5 Baubles from Inns 2 Restricted Section Books
Complete 10 Traces 10 Brilliant Family XP
Collect 5 Gifts 20 Brilliant Family XP

1st Quest Rewards

  • 500 Wizarding XP
  • 1 Restricted Section book
  • Chilled Pumpkin Juice Brilliant Registry Sticker
  • 1 Silver Key (!!!)
  • 20 Brilliant Family XP

Christmas Calamity Quest 2/4

Here’s a cool twist on collecting Baubles! Instead of using a Registry Exploration Family (like releasing Foundables from Gnome Confoundables like in the first week of this event) using Ebublio will reward you with the Baubles you need to keep dancing through the Christmas Calamity.

In regards to Portkeys, I plan on stocking up with extra Community Day Portkeys since they’ll be rewarding rare Foundables and only have a 1km requirement. Opening loads of Portkeys can be time consuming and really slow down progress in the quest, so strategic planning is the way to go!

Collect 5 Baubles by casting Ebublio 15 Brilliant Family XP
Open 4 Portkeys 300 Wizarding XP
Send 5 Gifts 20 Brilliant Family XP

2nd Quest Rewards

  • 25 Brilliant Family XP
  • 3 Restricted Section Books
  • Yule Ball Christmas Trees Portrait Frame
  • Christmas Cracker Brilliant Registry Sticker
  • 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion

Christmas Calamity Quest 3/4

The Brilliant Foundables themselves often range from Medium to Severe, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to release 5 High Threats fairly quickly. If you’re having trouble finding them, drop a few Dark Detectors in an Inn and watch the spawns come! Since you have to use 2 Dark Detectors anyway, it’s a win/win! (Dark Detectors are actually good now I promise!)

Brew 5 Potions 500 Wizarding XP
Return 5 High-Threat Foundables 500 Wizarding XP
Use 2 Dark Detectors 15 Brilliant Family XP

3rd Quest Rewards

  • 25 Brilliant Family XP
  • 3 Restricted Section Books
  • Metallic Violins Animated Portrait Sticker
  • Ice Sculpture Portrait Sticker
  • 3 Unicorn Hair Ingredients 

Christmas Calamity Quest 4/4

Seven Potions?! SEVEN. I don’t particularly like time-gating mechanics but fortunately there is a #prostrat you can use to get through this before the event starts! Details about that are below in the tips and tricks section.

Collect 15 Baubles by casting Ebublio 25 Brilliant Family XP
Brew 7 Potions 750 Wizarding XP
Collect 20 Fragments 25 Brilliant Family XP

4th Quest Rewards

  • Winter Ice Arches Portrait Frame
  • 50 Gold
  • 6 Restricted Section Books
  • Snowy Christmas Tree Brilliant Registry Sticker
  • 2 Spell Books

Christmas Calamity BONUS Assignment!

If you complete the Brilliant Event quests early, then you unlock the Bonus Assignment.

To find High-Threat Foundables, stack 3 Dark Detectors on a single Inn, preferably a sponsored Inn. Also use a Tonic for Trace Detection Potion. You can also look for Oddities at Dusk or Dawn. Vampires, Werewolves, and Erklings are all High-Threat Foundables.

Brilliant Foundables will also count as High Foundables for this task.

Collect 30 Baubles from Brilliant Traces 3 Red Spell Books
Defeat 30 Fortress Foes Bonus Assignment badge
Send 10 Gifts Yule Ball Fancy Hat Style 2 Portrait Lens

Bonus Rewards

  • 2000 Wizarding XP
  • 100 Brilliant Family XP

Brilliant Foundables and Where to Find Them

Just like previous Brilliant Events, you will only be able to encounter some of these Brilliant Foundables in the wild. The others can be found through Fortress Challenges, special 3k Portkeys, and event tasks.

Brilliant Where to find it Fragments to collect
Brilliant Harry and Parvati Wild Encounter 10
Brilliant Fred and Angelina Wild Encounter 10
Brilliant Chilled Pumpkin Juice Event Tasks 1
Brilliant Christmas Cracker Event Tasks 1
Brilliant Snowy Christmas Tree Event Tasks 1
Brilliant Haughty Draco Malfoy Wizarding Challenges (need a Brilliant Runestone) 3

Brilliant Hufflepuff Silver Gargoyle
Brilliant Portkey Portmanteau 5

Tips to Complete the Brilliant Event

  • If you choose to use the Community Day Portkeys that drop Care of Magical Creatures Foundables (like I plan to do) then you won’t be rushed to walk 15km in total to get all 5 of the Silver Gargoyle Foundable. Brilliant Portkeys will glow purple on the Map. Do not pick up any more than you need!
  • To brew Potions quickly, you can brew them in advance. Since you have to brew 12 total Potions this time around, I recommend using a rental cauldron if you have the extra Gold! For example, a day before the event I’ll brew 4 Exstimulo Potions in the regular cauldron THEN I’ll rent a cauldron and brew 4 more!
  • If you’ve having trouble finding Brilliant Traces, avoid flagged areas. They are less likely to spawn in those areas.
  • If you need to complete the event quickly, or you only have a short time to work on it, visit a sponsored Simon Mall if at all possible. Inns, Fortresses, and spawns are all plentiful.
  • Save your Scrolls and your Restricted Section Books until the end of the event. Then use our guide to spend them wisely!
  • When working on the Bonus Assignment, running through Ruins Chamber I will likely get monotonous. Try going through Tower Chambers I, II, or III to get those rare Fortress Foundables! They aren’t guaranteed, but have a much higher chance of dropping from those particular Fortress Chambers!

Christmas Calamity Bundles

All Wizards Unite players will receive a free gift with two Potent Exstimulo Potions and 25 Spell Energy. You also have the option of purchasing gift packs in Diagon Alley! Here is the info for those store packs:

Tonic for Trace Detection (2)
Keys (2)
Potent Exstimulo Potions (2)                                              Total Cost: 450 Gold
Energy (50)
Dark Detector (1)
Tonic for Trace Detection (5)
Keys (5)
Potent Exstimulo Potions (5)                                              Total Cost: 1000 Gold
Energy (100)
Dark Detector (1)

Bonus Assignment Bundle:

Tonic for Trace Detection (10)
Strong Exstimulo Potions (10)
Potent Exstimulo Potions (25)                                              Total Cost: 1750 Gold
Energy (150)
Healing Potion (15)

Thanks to Orange Wizard for creating these infographics. You can find all the paid bundles here!

Are you excited for the upcoming Brilliant Event? What do you think of the Bonus Assignment? Leave a comment below!

P.S. Need a new external battery pack to get you through another week of playing Wizards Unite? Brita has written a guide of top-rated power banks over on my own blog!

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deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago

Has anyone found out how early is “too late” for the bonus task? This 7-potion bottleneck sounds so desperate that it borders on distasteful. :-/

Jo
Jo
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

I guess five minutes before the event ends is still good, 1 second after it ends is too late? You can keep working on the bonus task after the event ends. I will probably have brewed those 12 potions on the second day. Even if you brew 12 in a row, it will never take more than 24 hours, so you should have ample time. No sweat. One day before you simply start brewing 4, and you don’t collect them. You can’t speed them up, which is annoying, but so be it. I will have 6 queued up, even before… Read more »

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo

Seriously? You know that or you guess that? “If you complete the Brilliant Event quests early, then you unlock the Bonus Assignment.” “5 minutes before the end” does not meet the conditions for “early” in my book, that’s why I’m wondering. Maybe Animagus simply shouldn’t use the word in his text? Can’t recall if there exist in-game hints about that, gonna pay attention now. I’d usually do all the tasks, including the bonus, in two to three days. I don’t think I’m gonna rent the cauldron – this time I’ll just try to have 4 potions ready at the moment… Read more »

discgolfer
discgolfer
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

Thanks to my lack of friends that send/receive gifts, I actually didn’t complete the bonus task last week. I am pretty confident that there’s no completing tasks after the event ends.

Technically, completing the tasks one second before the event ends is still “early.” I think your actual question is: How early is early enough? That answer just depends on your friends and whether you want to rent a cauldron. If I rented a cauldron and had enough friends that give/receive gifts, there’s no reason not to have this entire event completed in 7 hours, right?

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  discgolfer

Hi there! And thanks.
And no, I was really concerned with “how early is ‘too late'”, because I apparently got fixated too much on one interpretation of that quoted sentence by Animagus. I truly thought there was some point in the event, after which it was too late to qualify for the bonus task. So in the most recent events, I would make sure to glide very quickly through the regular quests. But now I’m getting the message, finally. Thanks, discgolfer and Jo!

Todd Allis
Todd Allis
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

I’d probably invest in a cauldron or waste a key or two if the bonus task awarded a red book.

The bonus task awards three red books for completing the first part, 30 baubles from brilliant traces.

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  Todd Allis

Good point! But in the meantime, it’s turned out that no investments are going to be necessary, because there is no need to hurry with the quests at all. Better than I thought 🙂

padmehlc
padmehlc
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

With the last round (due to wedding being less than a week away taking up 90% of my time) I opened the bonus assignment with 3 hours to go. I picked the task in it that I wanted the reward from and just completed that because there was no time to do all of them, but it did still open and I did manage to get that task done.

Jon Aussenberg
Jon Aussenberg
9 months ago

Animagus! Matt! As usual, awesome information!!! I always enjoy the HUB information and guides for these events, very detailed and descriptive!! Potions not even a problem!! If one doesn’t even want to rent a cauldron, you can still brew common exstimullo potion in less than two hours…. so anyone complains about that, please it’s just complaining to complain….. LOVE these events, and all the tasks, easy or challenging, for this of us having fun, that’s what it’s all about!! Thanks ANIMAGUS!!!
Jon (aka PsychoCPA in-game)

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago

Tip to consider: if you like to speed through the quests, make sure you keep a few gifts from Monday unopened, especially those coming from people in your time zone, or, better, the zones to the west of you. This is because of a negative loop across the quests: you are first expected to collect, then to send. So for those of us who prefer to keep their friend lists small, this might mean that our friends will delay sending their gifts, waiting for Quest 2. And you are going to get stuck at Quest 1, waiting to receive the… Read more »

Todd Allis
Todd Allis
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

I read “collecting” as picking up gifts from Inns, Greenhouses, or Towers. I suppose we’ll figure it out for sure when we get there.

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  Todd Allis

It makes more sense, too. I hope you’re right! 🙂

Christy Jackson Nicholas
Christy Jackson Nicholas
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

I hope it’s gifts from inns… because after 2pm started, I went and opened the gifts I’d saved from friends… and none registered. I even did some traces first to make sure the game was ‘registering’ my actions first.

Aglaia
Aglaia
9 months ago

For “open portkeys” – does that work if you have put the key in before this phase of the challenge? Or do you have to put the key in and walk it off till unlocked after the challenge is active?

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  Aglaia

The former. It opens after you’ve walked the relevant distance. So if you have a 5km one, it should be safe to put the key in right now, or to have put it in a while ago. With a 2km, it depends on how you plan to play the first quest.

Toby Yurko
Toby Yurko
9 months ago

how do you pick up 5 gifts? I have opened 5 that were given to me.

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago
Reply to  Toby Yurko

Try inns, greenhouses, fortresses. It’s what Todd suggested above — not about receiving gifts from friends but rather getting gift drops from inns, etc.

Toby Yurko
Toby Yurko
9 months ago

How do you pick up 5 gifts in part 1? I opened gifts, and nothing happened.

Sofritto
Sofritto
9 months ago

Help – need to send some gifts. 3173 2265 1204 happy holidays!

Sofritto
Sofritto
9 months ago
Reply to  Sofritto

Mission accomplished. This is great. Thank u all! On the other hand – Bonus task will require to send even more gifts. Further Invitations appreciated, though 🙂

Jillian Ratliff
Jillian Ratliff
9 months ago

I noticed this event is only 6 days rather than the usual 7. Any idea why?

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago

Apparently, it’s an error (shocking, eh? :-)) that they are going to correct “in the next release”. The event is going to be 7 days long, as announced.

Mary S
Mary S
9 months ago

How do I get 5 gifts

padmehlc
padmehlc
9 months ago
Reply to  Mary S

You need to pick them up from inns, greenhouses, or with challenges, just hit up every one you pass when you are out, then use those for the next part.

Agneta Westerberg
Agneta Westerberg
9 months ago

I need friends to send gifts to. 8300 2685 4688

Todd Allis
Todd Allis
9 months ago

You should have an invite from toddashi now.

ForeverRashayne
ForeverRashayne
9 months ago

Has anyone had any issues where there are no gift drops? I filled up my energy from inns and greenhouses and no gifts. When energy was full I still tried the inns and greenhouses and nothing. I was even at a Simon Mall today as well.

Wendy Turner
Wendy Turner
9 months ago

It seems that if you already have too many gifts (max), you need to send some to make room for more. Then the Inns, Greenhouses, and Challenges will drop one for you.

ForeverRashayne
ForeverRashayne
9 months ago
Reply to  Wendy Turner

I tried that and still nothing.

deGlorf
deGlorf
9 months ago

Gifts are not guaranteed, they don’t always drop. Plus, see if you are at 30/30 and if so, then delete the cr.p from among them (ingredients and spell energy), and get some more.

ForeverRashayne
ForeverRashayne
9 months ago
Reply to  deGlorf

I was maxed on the gifts that I picked up and needed to send some to have room to pick up more. Thank you for your help.

ForeverRashayne
ForeverRashayne
9 months ago
Reply to  Wendy Turner

It finally worked. Thank you for your help.

Darlene Blaney
Darlene Blaney
9 months ago

Need some friends… 7184 1056 7389

Thank you…