Watch the Skies! Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries Event


Keep your wands at the ready! Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries will be filling the September skies in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!

Once again, the Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event is available for players levels 4-14.


Keep reading this Wizards Unite event guide to discover all event details, including tasks, rewards, and strategic tips.

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For a video guide to the Adversaries Event, check out Brita’s video!

September Adversaries Event Overview

Date + Time

  • Starts on September 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT
  • Ends on September 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT

  • A special assignment with tasks and rewards
  • A bonus assignment with more rewards
  • Boosted Adversary on the Map: Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly
  • Master Notes will reduce brewing time by 25% for all variants of Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potion
  • Boosted Wit-Sharpening Ingredients on the Map
  • Increased Wizarding XP and Challenge XP from doing Wizarding Challenges, plus Spell Energy rewards
  • Guaranteed Exploration Fragment after winning a Wizarding Challenge in Forest IV and higher
  • Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event just for players levels 4-14
  • Free store pack

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

Adversaries Event Tasks and Rewards

These tasks are fairly straightforward, not that different than anything we’ve seen in previous events. The main challenge will be for rural players to find enough Adversaries, and for all players to get a second Edible Dark Mark. Brita has read your comments here and on social media. We know that many of you have had bad RNG in earning EDMs by defeating Adversaries, and you don’t want to spend Gold to buy EDMs. Unfortunately, the HPWU team has disregarded Brita’s feedback on this particular task.

Quest Step Reward
Use 2 Edible Dark Marks 20 Spell Energy
Complete 5 Forest Chambers 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion
Complete 4 Dark Chambers 2 Strong Exstimulo Potions
Defeat 10 Formidable Foes in Wizarding Challenges 2 Healing Potions
Earn 7000 Challenge XP Through Wizarding Challenges and/or Adversary Chains 6 Snowdrop
Use 15 Exstimulo Potions (any) 1 Silver Key
Deal 30,000 Damage to Adversaries 1 DADA Book
Defeat 5 Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries 1 DADA Book

Completion rewards:

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

Adversaries Event BONUS Tasks and Rewards

This Adversaries Event includes a Bonus Assignment! Again, the tasks are fairly straightforward. In fact, they’re easier than past Bonus Assignments for Adversaries events.

Quest Step Reward
Win Highest Unlocked Chamber 2 Times 1 Spell Book
Return 6 Pile of Gringotts Gold Fragments from Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversary Chains 1 Spell Book
Defeat 7 Mummies from Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversary Chains 1 Spell Book
Defeat 4 Adversaries 1 Spell Book

Completion rewards:

  • 5 Defense Against the Dark Arts Books
  • 1000 Wizarding XP
  • 40 Gold
  • 30 Spell Energy

Don’t worry too much about completing the Bonus Assignment, unless you really need Defense Against the Dark Arts Books. If you’re not having fun playing Wizards Unite, what’s the point? Don’t stress about it!

How to Prepare for September’s Adversaries Event

The preparation for this particular Adversaries Event is basically identical to what we advised for the other Adversaries Events featuring a single Adversary due to the similarity. Keep in mind that while preparation is helpful, it’s also important to use your resources wisely while playing. This particular Adversaries Event only features 1 Adversary, so it will be much easier to prestige that page!

Prepare to Defeat Adversaries

Basic advice and simple explanations.

  1. Finish a Profession Lesson Plan. It’s extremely difficult to battle Adversaries if you haven’t done this.
  2. Work on Advanced Adversarial Combat. You need fewer Potions and Spell Energy to defeat Adversaries if you unlock these nodes.
  3. Improve your Potions through SOS Training so your Potions are more effective!
  4. Start brewing Healing Potions, Exstimulo Potions, and Wit-Sharpening Potions. You will need to use a combination of these Potions during the event.
  5. Start collecting extra Ingredients for Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions. These Potions will have reduced brewing time during the event.
  6. Fill up on Spell Energy! Combat with Adversaries burns a lot of Spell Energy.
  7. Open up your maximum Gifts each day, prioritizing Gifts that give you the aforementioned resources.
  8. Purchase Vault Extensions. This is a great use of Gold. You’re better able to stockpile resources before Adversaries Events if your Vault can hold more.

This SOS Training chart indicates the different nodes and their locations to improve your Potions.

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
CE 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

Baruffio’s Spotlight Event Prep

If you are at level 4 to level 14 in Wizards Unite, this is the chance to level up quickly! Here are the bonuses:

• Baruffio’s Brain Elixir brew time reduced to 6 hours
• Master Notes will reduce Baruffio’s Brain Elixir brew time by 50%
• Baruffio’s Brain Elixir effects increased to 3X

First, follow the advice above for collecting Ingredients for Exstimulo Potions. You can take advantage of the reduced brewing time. Exstimulo Potions will help you return higher threat Traces and therefore earn more Wizarding XP.

Start saving all the Ingredients for Baruffio’s Brain Elixir! These are all the Ingredients you need to brew one Baruffio’s Brain Elixir.

2Leaping Toadstool 1
Frog Brain
1Runespoor Eggs 1Powdered Dragon Claw

Frog Brains and Runespoor Eggs are fairly easy to find. Leaping Toadstools are rarely available on the Map–you mostly need to grow those in Greenhouses. Powdered Dragon Claws are exclusively available as Portkey rewards.

Leaping Toadstool has a 24-hour growing time. Plant seeds in a Greenhouse, and use Spell Energy to maximize the yield. Come back the next day at the same time to collect your Leaping Toadstools. To find even more Leaping Toadstools, use your Greenhouse Charm on the Greenhouse before you collect your Ingredients.

Walk a lot to unlock Portkeys for a chance at Powdered Dragon Claw.

You can also ask your friends to send you Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Gifts.

You should also brew at least a few Dawdle Draughts. These will help you return Severe and Emergency Traces more easily.

These are the Ingredients you need for Dawdle Draught.

Valerian Root Sopophorous Bean Butterscotch Hermit Crab Shell

You can find all Master Notes for all Potions here.

Tips to Enjoy the Adversaries Event

Article disclaimer: This advice assumes you have safe and easy access to Wizards Unite activity on the Map. We are STILL in a pandemic, and we realize players in some countries are in lockdown again, so prioritize your health and follow all local laws! I realize the tasks are not possible to do at home if you don’t get Map activity, AND if you don’t have a stockpile of EDMs available to use. As a rural player myself, I understand your frustration and hope you’re still able to enjoy the event.

End disclaimer. 🙂

Tip for players of all levels: Always keep a close eye on your Potions so you can collect new ones immediately and use Master Notes on the next one. Keep brewing Potions constantly. With the reduced brewing time for Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions, you can stock up!

Prestige Adversary Pages Quickly

To place all of the Images on the Adversary pages, you need fewer of the final Adversary than you do of the Artefacts. This is true of all Feared Adversaries, including the Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly.

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 an Adversary, and you have returned them enough times to place again, 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 fewer DADA Books. It’s up to you if you want to prioritize grinding DADA Books or prestiging pages.

Grind DADA Books

If you really want to grind DADA Books, your best strategy involves going to an area with multiple Points of Interest in the game. Plant Snowdrop or Wormwood at a Greenhouse if available, based on the Potions you need. Walk from Inn to Inn if possible, or sit by an Inn if you just have one. Replenish your Spell Energy between Adversary Encounters.

Use an EDM for 3 additional Adversaries every 30 minutes. Use more Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions that required to defeat Adversaries more quickly.

You earn 1 guaranteed DADA Book for each Adversary you defeat. Occasionally you can earn 1 DADA Book from defeating a Guard. You earn additional DADA Books by placing Adversary Images in the Challenges Registry.

Grind Wizarding XP (Spotlight Event)

If you are level 4-14, you can level up this weekend! Brita has a detailed video guide to the Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Spotlight Event.

Ideally, you will visit a place with Inns. Stack Dark Detectors on the Inns. Drink a Brain Elixir. Return all of the Foundables. If you’re overwhelmed by Traces, prioritize anything with an orangish-red beam (Severe-threat) or a red beam (Emergency-threat).

Anything with an orangish-red beam or red beam needs a Strong or Potent Exstimulo Potion, plus a Dawdle Draught. Anything with an orange beam needs a regular Exstimulo Potion, if possible.

While your Brain Elixir is still running, open up 20 Gifts, prioritizing anything labeled Extravagant. Open any Portkeys that are ready.

If you are unable to visit an area with Inns, use a Tonic for Trace Detection. While you might not get any red beams, you can still grind Wizarding XP by returning Foundables. You can also easily use a Tonic for Trace Detection while walking around, so you can open Portkeys at the same time.

Finish Bonus Assignment

If you want the 4 extra Spell Books and 5 extra DADA Books, be strategic on the regular tasks to finish them quickly.

Use your first EDM immediately, but wait until you have completed all other tasks to use your second EDM. (Unless you rely on EDMs for Adversaries, then use them as needed).

If you’re nervous about getting to the Bonus Assignment in time, back out of any Adversaries who are not Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly. During the Bonus, you’ll be able to back out of Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Chains after defeating the Mummy if you want to take on less challenging Adversaries to earn the final Spell Book.

If you want to prestige those pages, you can split the difference by just defeating the Guards to collect Artefact Fragments. And if you really want to save on resources, just defeat the first Guard then flee. While this is a slow process for collecting Artefact Fragments, it’s a valid choice to balance out your goals with your resources.

After you defeat 5 Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries, you still need to deal up to 4,465 Damage to Adversaries. (Less if you defeated other Adversaries).

Defeating Draco Malfoy deals 2,586 Damage while defeating Narcissa Malfoy deals 5,378 Damage. Reaching the required 30,000 Damage means you need to defeat 1-2 additional Adversaries after the 5 Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries.

There are several ways to earn Challenge XP. Defeating Adversaries, obviously, or doing Wizarding Challenges. If you are able to, refrain from placing a Registry image – a textbook on a Gold frame will get you 1200 Challenge XP. So if you have some saved up from doing Ruins Chambers, waiting to place them during the event will get you to the needed 7000 Challenge XP quickly.

You may or may not feel like doing Forest and/or Dark Chambers on your own. The fact that we also need to defeat 10 Formidable Foes, who aren’t typically found in Chambers that high, means you’ll also need to do some lower Chambers too. Be mindful of your resources (Potions, Spell Energy) to decide how best to spread them out across the event. Adversaries Events are marathons, not sprints, due to the need to restock Spell Energy.

After completing all other tasks, use the second EDM. Collect your task rewards. Return to the Map. Confirm the Bonus Assignment is live. Start tracking down more Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly Adversaries so you can defeat the Mummy.

Pile of Gringotts Gold Fragments drop from both Guards, plus the Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly itself. Even with good RNG, you will most likely need to defeat the Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly at least 2 more times to collect these Artefacts. With bad RNG, you will need to defeat many more. To save on resources, consider backing out after defeating the Guards.

Adversaries Event Bundles

Like all Wizards Unite events, this Adversaries Event will feature store bundles. The free store pack includes an Edible Dark Mark! Both paid bundles are repeats from past events, so I will use the same logic to break down their value.

Free store pack includes:

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

The Arresto Adversary Bundle (800 Gold) 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. Unless, you need discounted Spell Energy, this bundle is not good value for EDMs.

The Adversary Vanquisher Trunk (2020 Gold) includes:

  • 3 Edible Dark Marks
  • 125 Spell Energy
  • 8 Potent Exstimulo Potions
  • 8 Strong Exstimulo Potions
  • 8 Wit-Sharpening Potions

3 Edible Dark Marks are worth 720 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.

Thus 8 Potent Potions are worth 568 Gold.

Normally we don’t recommend spending Gold on Strong Exstimulo Potions because their Ingredients are common. However, with frequent Wizards Unite events, players are going through their Potions quickly.

Looking at just Ingredients, it’s 3 Gold each per Snowdrop, Bitterroot, and Re’em Blood, plus 12 Gold for Abraxan Hair, so 36 Gold per Strong Exstimulo Potion.

Thus 8 Strong Potions are worth 288 Gold.

I really don’t recommend spending Gold on Wit-Sharpening Potions because Ingredients will be boosted during the event, AND you can get these Potions through Gifts.

Before Spell Energy, the bundle is really not worth the price asked. I only recommend this bundle for rural players who don’t have access to Ingredients or Spell Energy.

Final Adversaries Event Notes

If it’s safe for you to do so, walking around will help you find more Adversaries to engage with. As each takes some time to defeat, you may get stuck for a while in one place. Parks should have spawns and Inns/Greenhouses to replenish your Spell Energy making them an ideal place to do an Adversaries Event.

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

What do you think of this event? Do you like events featuring a single Adversary or do you wish more Adversaries were featured? How close are you to prestiging the Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly? Which Adversary would you like to see highlighted next? Join the conversation on Discord or social media!

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4 months ago

I love all you guys and the work you do for us, thank you. I just am no longer loving the game. It’s become way too stressful what with all the bugs and I can’t afford the high data cost anymore for a game that no longer brings me joy. Best of luck to everyone and once again, thank you to everyone at the Wizards Unite Hub for making the experience even more enjoyable at the start of this adventure and almost bearable at the end. I’d have quit a long time ago if it hadn’t been for all of… Read more »