Swoop Swoop! Dark Arts Spotlight Event

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Wizards Unite artwork depicting Tom Riddle, Portrait of Voldemort, and Percival Graves

March continues with another Spotlight Event in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This one centers around the Dark Arts Family, with boosted Foundables from 2 Registry pages.

This will be another casual event that you can grind, play casually, or skip entirely.

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Note: Thank you Niantic and WB Games for providing this information early so Wizards Unite Hub could create this event guide. 

Similar to the most recent March Spotlight Events, boosted Foundables will appear on the Map AND when using a Tonic for Trace Detection.

Dark Arts Spotlight Event Guide

Keep reading for all the March Spotlight Event details, or watch my video!

Event Name Dark Arts Spotlight Event
Date + Time

  • Starts on March 12th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Ends on March 15th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Features

  • Boosted Foundables on the Map and from Tonic for Trace Detection:
    • -Hag
    • -Executioner
    • -Thestral
    • -Swooping Evil
    • -Portrait of Bellatrix Lestrange
    • -Percival Graves
    • -Portrait of Voldemort
    • -Tom Riddle
  • Increased Challenge XP from defeating Adversaries (Note: Adversaries are NOT boosted)

How to Prepare for the Dark Arts Spotlight Event

First, look at your Registry pages (Knockturn Alley and Fallen Ministry Atrium) that feature the boosted Foundables.

Personally, Knockturn Alley already has a gold frame. I need a large number of Magic is Might Statues and Tom Riddle Sr.’s Gravestones to prestige Fallen Ministry Atrium, so I’m not going to bother.

However, if you are close to collecting all of your necessary Dark Arts Fragments to prestige, start doing Wizarding Challenges with Dark Arts Runestones! If you can prestige either page, Swooping Evil, Percival Graves, and Tom Riddle will all be more valuable to return.

Potions Potions Potions!

You’ll also want to stockpile a few Potions before the Dark Arts Spotlight Event begins. Focus on the following:

  • Exstimulo Potion
  • Strong Exstimulo Potion
  • Potent Exstimulo Potion
  • Dawdle Draught
  • Baruffio’s Brain Elixir
  • Tonic for Trace Detection

You’ll want several of each of these to maximize the event! Personally, I plan to save my Potent Exstimulo Potions for the next Adversaries Event. I like to use regular Exstimulo Potions on orange beams and Strong Exstimulo Potions on red beams.

However, if you are a newer player, or you haven’t increased the efficacy of your Strong Exstimulo Potion, you might want to use a few Potent Exstimulo Potions over the weekend. Save them for red beams to get the most use out of your Potent Potions!

You also might want a few Dawdle Draughts on hand for Swooping Evil, Percival Graves, and Tom Riddle. I greatly depleted my stock last weekend, so I need to brew more!

Improve your Potions by investing in SOS Training. The following nodes will help your Potions do more, so you get additional benefits with less resources.

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 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 I,7 A Wing and a Flare Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE II,19 Temp Work Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE II,22 Bottoms Up Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE I,6 Start a Movement Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE I,10 Sous Vide Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE II,17 Clear Your Mind Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE I,7 Stir Crazy Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection
CE II,25 Concentrated Concoction Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection
CE III,38 Trained For This Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection

How to Enjoy the Dark Arts Spotlight Event

First, do you want to be strategic this weekend, or do you want to enjoy a casual event? There’s not a right or wrong answer!

If you’re playing casually, just check in whenever you’re able. Use your Trace Charm on any red beams (Severe-threat and Emergency-threat Foundables).

However, if you want a strategy for the weekend, you have multiple options.

As already mentioned, you can focus on prestiging pages. As necessary, do Wizarding Challenges with Dark Arts Runestones to earn the required Challenge Fragments. After you prestige a page, then use your Trace Charm on the Severe and/or Emergency Trace for that page.

If you haven’t placed all of the boosted Foundables yet, save your Trace Charm for those Severe and Emergency Traces! That way, you’ll get more of the Fragments you need. Of course, if you have plenty of Trace Charm charges, you might choose to use one on the Thestral or Portrait of Voldemort if you still need more Fragments to place their Images.

If you already have silver or gold frames for Knockturn Alley and Fallen Ministry Atrium, you can grind for bonus rewards from Treasure Trunks. Again, save your Trace Charm for the red beams to maximize the rewards.

When you place Swooping Evil or Percival Graves on a Gold frame, you earn 35 Ministry Manuals and 350 Dark Arts Family XP. On a Silver frame, you earn 20 Ministry Manuals and 200 Dark Arts Family XP.

When you place Tom Riddle on a Gold frame, you earn 55 Ministry Manuals and 600 Dark Arts Family XP. On a Silver frame, you earn 35 Ministry Manuals and 350 Dark Arts Family XP.

Orange Wizard created these graphics to showcase everything you need to know about Knockturn Alley and Fallen Ministry Atrium. Keep in mind that current beam/flare colors are bugged in the game, so they don’t align with the graphics below. Right now, everything has been pushed up a threat level. All advice above on red beams takes into account this current bug.

Finally, you can also grind for Challenge XP this weekend! If you live in an area with plenty of Adversaries, you can earn extra Challenge XP by defeating these Foes. Challenge XP will be boosted for each Foe, so you don’t need to defeat the final Adversary to reap the rewards.

You can earn more Challenge XP by defeating Adversaries.

For defeating the first Guard, you earn 3x Challenge XP, so 15 total Challenge XP.

For defeating the second Guard, you earn 7x Challenge XP, so 49 total Challenge XP.

For defeating the final Adversary, you earn 10x Challenge XP, so 100 total Challenge XP.

I only recommend this if you need more Adversaries. It’s not an efficient way of grinding for Challenge XP. It’s more of a nice bonus if you’re doing Adversaries anyway!

Final Thoughts

What do you think about having another Spotlight Event? Are you enjoying these casual events, or are you ready for normal events to return?

Do you have any other strategic tips to add?

I’m always interested to hear your thoughts! Connect with me and the rest of the WizHub team here in the comments or on our social media platforms.

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Melissa Oswald
Melissa Oswald
3 months ago

I’m with you on the potent potions… since unicorn hairs have become so rare, I save those for adversaries, and even then, just the dragons. Thanks for this info!

angrydave
angrydave
3 months ago

These spotlight events would benefit from making fortress foundables more readily available via a combination of guaranteed drops from certain fortress battles and special event portkeys. For this particular spotlight event, my participation will also be limited by my current progress on both the Magic is Might Statue (5/21) and Riddle Grave (9/21). If I could do specific battles and pickup/walk specific portkeys, I’d be much more interested in this event so I could take my Fallen Ministry page from silver to gold.

Fidonet
Fidonet
3 months ago

Nice having the swooping evil. Still very rare. Not in every trace. A few traces didn’t have Swooping Evil. At least my page is silver. I missed the event last summer due to beta testing.