Lockhart and Basilisk Adversaries Event Ultimate Guide!

Image with Gilderoy Lockhart and Slytherin's Basilisk

February 2021 will feature two Adversaries Events in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This Adversaries guide will cover the first event, which will be February 5-8, 2021.

Thank you Niantic and WB Games for providing Wizards Unite Hub with early information so we can create Wizards Unite guides.


Other articles on Adversaries:

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

February Adversaries Event 1 Overview

Event Name February Adversaries Event 1
Date + Time

  • Starts on February 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Ends on February 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific

  • A special assignment with rewards
  • Boosted Adversaries on the Map
    • -Gilderoy Lockhart
    • -Slytherin’s Basilisk
  • Master Notes will reduce brewing time by 50% for all Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potion
  • Free store pack

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

Adversaries Event Tasks and Rewards

Tasks are slightly different this time, but still fairly similar to the past Adversaries Events.

Unfortunately, you cannot complete all of the event tasks entirely from home if you don’t have any game activity at your house. I shared this feedback, but event tasks were not adjusted.

Quest Step Reward
Defeat 35 Foes in Wizarding Challenges 2 Strong Exstimulo Potions
Use Master Notes 8 Times 1 Edible Dark Mark
Use 1 Edible Dark Mark 2 Armadillo Bile
Earn 1500 Challenge XP through Wizarding Challenges and/or Adversary Chains 6 Snowdrop
Use 7 Exstimulo Potions (any) in Adversaries Combat 20 Spell Energy
Use 3 Wit-Sharpening Potions in Adversaries Combat 4 Healing Potions
Deal 25,000 Damage to Adversaries 1 DADA Book
Return 10 Artefact Fragments from Gilderoy Lockhart chain 1 DADA Book
Return 10 Artefact Fragments from Slytherin’s Basilisk Chain 1 DADA Book

Overall rewards:

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

How to Prepare for February’s Adversaries Event

As I’ve suggested before, prioritize building up a Profession Lesson Plan. Ideally, you will have a completed Lesson Plan already, but I realize new players need more time to collect resources. Grind Wizarding Challenges to collect more Spell Books.

After you finish a Profession Lesson Plan, start working on Advanced Adversarial Combat. The Precision nodes (on the right) increase your chances of getting a Critical Hit (inflicting more Damage). The Dodge nodes (on the left) increase your chances of dodging (taking no Damage).

Also work on your SOS Training, particularly with your Potions nodes. This chart indicates the different nodes and their locations to strengthen your Potions. Most of these nodes increase a Potion’s potency, but I’ve bolded the ones that add an additional use or charge to your Potion.

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
CD 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

Start brewing Healing Potions! Slytherin’s Basilisk deals 30-63 Damage each time, and you don’t want to lose because Slytherin’s Basilisk hits you 4 times in a row. Remember that the Healing Potion must be used while you are playing “offense.” The Potions button briefly disappears when you are casting Protego. (The NDA team has critiqued this game design, but it remains unchanged for now).

Start collecting Ingredients for Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions. You’ll want a good stockpile of these to take advantage of the reduced brewing time with Master Notes.

Brew a few Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions in advance. You’ll want some on hand immediately when the event begins.

Open up your maximum Gifts each day, prioritizing Gifts that give you the aforementioned Potions and/or Ingredients.

Fill up on Spell Energy! Even when using Potions, you go through Spell Energy quickly to defeat Adversaries.

Fill up your Trace Charm charges if possible. Get in your daily steps, and avoid using your Trace Charm unless you are maxed out. As far as I know, there’s still a glorious bug that reveals Adversaries when players put the Trace Charm on Traces with orange and red beams.

The Problem for Rural Players at Home

I explain all of this in more detail, with visual aids, in my video above.

If you live in a rural area, and you need to play from home, you can still get at least 6 Adversaries during the event through free Edible Dark Marks… Assuming you can collect the free gift.

First use Master Notes on 8 Potions. Brew regular Exstimulo Potions if you want to complete this task quickly without spending any Gold. Then you will earn an Edible Dark Mark.

Use the two Edible Dark Marks. These will reveal a total of 6 Adversaries. They should be event Adversaries, but that didn’t happen during last month’s event.

Be abundant with your Potions if these are the only Adversaries you will see. You don’t want to lose the Encounter. At the very least, use the required 7 Exstimulo Potions and the 3 Wit-Sharpening Potions to complete those tasks.

Unfortunately, as explained in my video, it’s mathematically impossible to complete all 3 of the following tasks by defeating only the 6 guaranteed Adversaries.

  • Deal 25,000 Damage to Adversaries
  • Return 10 Artefact Fragments from Gilderoy Lockhart Chain
  • Return 10 Artefact Fragments from Slytherin’s Basilisk Chain

To deal 25,000 Damage to Adversaries, you need to defeat 9 total Lockhart chains OR 6 total Basilisk chains. If you get 6 Basilisks from the Edible Dark Marks, you will complete this task.

To return 10 Artefact Fragments, you need to defeat 2 total Lockhart chains plus the Guards in a 3rd chain AND 2 total Basilisk chains plus the Guards in a 3rd chain. If you get 3 of each Adversary from the Edible Dark Marks, you will complete these tasks.

If you completely defeat 3 Lockhart chains and 3 Basilisk chains, you only deal 21,624 Damage.

This means you cannot complete all 3 of these tasks by playing at home, if Adversaries do not appear on the Map for you.

That said, if the Trace Charm bug still works, you can try that. Use a Tonic for Trace Detection. Wait for an orange or red beam. Use the Trace Charm, and cross you fingers for an Adversary.

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. Please stay safe, no matter what you do.

To place all of the Images on the Adversary pages, you need fewer of the final Adversary than you do of the Artefacts. As noted in the screenshot below, you need 9 Lockhart Images to place, but up to 15 Images of certain Artefacts.

Wizards Unite screenshot of Lockhart Registry page

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 Lockhart or the Basilisk, 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 less DADA Books. If you want to grind DADA Books AND conserve resources, follow this strategy only for the Basilisk, who is much more difficult to defeat than Lockhart. Earn your extra DADA Books by completing Lockhart chains.

If you really want to grind DADA Books, your best strategy involves going to an area with multiple POIs 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.

Also keep a close eye on your Potions so you can collect new ones immediately and use Master Notes on the next one.

Adversaries Event Bundles

Like all Wizards Unite events, this Adversaries Event will feature store bundles. The free store pack includes an Edible Dark Mark! These bundles are exactly the same as last month, but I will break down their values again.

Infographic depicting Adversaries Event bundles, all shared in post.

The free store pack includes:

  • 1 Edible Dark Mark
  • 2 Healing Potions
  • 1 Exstimulo Potion
  • 30 Spell Energy

The Arresto Adversary Bundle 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 includes:

  • 5 Edible Dark Marks
  • 125 Spell Energy
  • 10 Potent Exstimulo Potions
  • 5 Wit-Sharpening Potions
  • 5 Healing Potions

5 Edible Dark Marks cost 1200 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.

10 Potent Potions is worth 710 Gold.

Wit-Sharpening Potions and Healing Potions all have common Ingredients, so players shouldn’t spend money on them.

The value of this bundle before Spell Energy is 1910 Gold. If you don’t need Spell Energy, then this bundle is not a good deal.

Final Adversaries Event Notes

Keep in mind this is the first of 2 Adversaries Events in February. This event will be over the weekend, while the other event will be a weekday event.

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

I hope this Wizards Unite Adversaries Event guide has been helpful! Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see in future guides.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Adversaries Event? What additional advice would you share? Share them in the comments or through our social media platforms!

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Jacqueline Miller
Jacqueline Miller(@jacquelinemiller)
10 months ago

Hurrah, no task for wit sharpening gifts this time!

-30 degrees forecast here for the weekend. I think I’ll be playing from home. Adversaries is definitely a fair weather activity.

Last edited 10 months ago by Jacqueline Miller
Camille Schiraldi
Camille Schiraldi(@camilleschiraldi)
10 months ago

Great job on the notes! I particularly liked which CE to build on! On a side note, adversaries suck the energy & potions out of a player. Not much fun, especially if you are an auror, like me

Katy Crocker
Katy Crocker(@katycrocker)
9 months ago

Just want to give my 2 cents about my experiences with this event: So, I finished the Assignments playing only from home (although I am lucky that I have an Inn and a Greenhouse in reach and a good amount of encounters) a few moments ago. This event has me so confused. On the one hand Adversaries are showing up at a good pace. I needed only one single edible Dark Mark to finish, which is great. On the other hand, out of 17 adversaries only 7 were the promoted ones and only one out of the 3 from the… Read more »

9 months ago

I liked the event. I finished the event and earned enough DADA books to finish the 11th Advanced Combat lesson from home. After finishing those, I resorting to fleeing after the first foe, to save energy and potions. Not a complaint. I like these events because we can gain DADA books faster and newer payers are not forced to play them to get one time registery items like the Brilliant events are. In the beginning I was thinking and complained about the about of books needed. Now I think getting DADA books is coming at a good speed, even without… Read more »