Wizards Unite Runestones Ultimate Guide // Fortresses 101

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All aboard the Knight Bus to Hogwarts! I will be your conductor on this fine fine day, and also your SOS Task Force instructor. During our brief journey together, I will instruct you on the proper use of Runestones in Wizarding Challenges in order to best work together against the Calamity.

All fun aside, this is the ultimate guide to Runestones in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

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I do have a video which includes a lot of screen recordings if that helps!

Runestones in Wizards Unite

Runestones are one of many resources you collect and spend in Wizards Unite. Luckily your Vault has unlimited capacity for Runestones, so you don’t need to be careful about storing up Runestones.

You spend Runestones doing Wizarding Challenges. This is essentially the fee required to enter a Chamber in a Fortress to do a Wizarding Challenge.

How do I earn Runestones in Wizards Unite?

There are multiple ways to earn Runestones in Wizards Unite.

  1. Level up a Foundable Family in your Registry. Every time you level up, you receive a Runestone of that same Family. For example, if I level up Oddities, then I receive an Oddity Runestone. The higher your level, the better chance of earning a high-level Runestone.
  2. Buy a bag of Runestones in Diagon Alley. For 40 Gold, you can buy a bag of Runestones. This will contain 1 Level 1 Runestone of each Family.
  3. Open a Runestone Gift. Friends can send you different types of Runestone gifts: regular, Sponsored, Essential, and Extravagant. Each of these will contain 1 Runestone. The Family is random, and the Runestone level depends on the type of Gift.
  4. Get Runestones during a Wizards Unite event. This doesn’t happen often, but occasionally there will be a free store pack or a paid store pack that contains Runestones.

Which Runestone should I use in a Wizarding Challenge?

You need to consider two factors when choosing a Runestone for a Wizarding Challenge. What is the Runestone level, and what is the Runestone Family?

The quick and easy guide to choosing which level of Runestone to use is this:

  1. Ruins I-V
  2. Tower I-V
  3. Forest I-V
  4. Dark I-IV
  5. Dark V

You don’t have to follow that recommendation, but it’s a balanced approach to maximizing the multiplier effect of your Runestone level and your Chamber level.

Note: The chart in the article below needs to be updated, but the overall strategy is still the same, and applies to my advice for choosing Runestones.

Related: How to Maximize Challenge XP and Spell Books

Personally, I use old Brilliant Runestones (always Level 1) in Ruins I-IV. Then I use any other Level 1 Runestones in Ruins V-Tower I. For now, because of the bugs with the Knight Bus, I’m also using Level 3 Runestones in the Dark Chambers so that I don’t lose my precious Level 4-5 Runestones.

To choose the best Family Runestone, look at your Exploration Registry. Which Fortress-exclusive Fragments do you still need? Don’t look at just a single page. Look at everything within a Family. Ideally, you will work on a Family when you’re missing some Challenge Foundables from all the pages. This eliminates the possibility of getting Foundable Fragments you don’t need.

Of course, this strategy isn’t possible with all Families. For example, to prestige Triwizard Maze under Magical Games and Sports, you need both the Triwizard Cup and the Quidditch Through the Ages Book, both found by doing Wizarding Challenges with a Magical Games and Sports Runestone.

Update: With the big Registry update, you can now rollover Foundable Fragments. This means you will no longer waste a Foundable Fragment.

Final thoughts on Runestones

Ultimately, it’s your decision how to use your Runestones. It just breaks my heart to see all these Level 4-5 Runestones in Tower Chambers!

Do you have any questions about Runestones in Wizards Unite? Drop a comment below.

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