When dragons were originally announced in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, I immediately experienced a gut-wrenching sensation that wasn’t unlike Harry’s own response to facing down the Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament. I inexplicably knew that dragons would be Niantic’s answer to region-locked Foundables in Wizards Unite and that it would likely be impossible to continue to collect Registry page stickers after the once-in-a-lifetime experience in Indianapolis was over.
Don’t get me wrong; I love traveling. The thought of going on a worldwide hunt to free dragons from evil magic truly sounds incredible and enticing. But what about for players who are unable to travel at will, who can’t just trek across the world to chase down a dragon?
Luckily Niantic has thought of you, too.
For all the details, you can watch my video below, or keep reading!
In an unprecedented move, Niantic has issued its first-ever Global Challenge to witches and wizards across the world to help them gain access to these fantastically rare and sought-after Foundables. Yesterday the official Wizards Unite website announced a challenge that will take place during Wizards Unite Fan Festival this coming weekend, August 31-September 1.
The challenge requires players attending Wizards Unite Fan Festival to recover a total of 150,000 Dragon Oddities in order to unlock a special “Day of the Dragons” for a duration of 3 hours on September 7th, which will take place during the same hours as a typical Community Day Event. Players in attendance will be aiding none other than Charlie Weasley himself, everyone’s favorite professional Dragon handler, by releasing the Dragons from Confoundable magic before they set White River State Park on fire.
If you’re unclear on when Day of the Dragons may be for your region, check out the times below:
- Asia-Pacific: September 7, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. AEST (UTC +10)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India: September 7, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC
- Americas and Greenland: September 7, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PDT (UTC -7)
However, that wasn’t the only challenge issued by the Wizards Unite team. Continuing with the theme of dragons, players are invited to participate in a very important portion of the Global Challenge if they’re unable to attend the event in Indianapolis. New 1km Portkey Portmanteaus will be appearing on the map stylized to match a particular dragon. Unlocking that Portkey Portmanteau will then transport you to the Forbidden Forest where you will be able to collect one of four dragon eggs.
(from left to right: Chinese Fireball, Antipodean Opaleye, Peruvian Vipertooth, Welsh Green)
Niantic will be tracking the collection of each individual Portkey Portmanteau which will, in turn, affect the rewards players can receive during the week following Wizards Unite Fan Festival from September 2 at 10:00 A.M. PDT to September 9 at 10 A.M. PDT. Pictured below are the rewards tied to their specific Dragon Portkey Portmanteau.In a perfect world, all these challenges will (hopefully) be achieved and the amazing bonuses will be unlocked so we can reap the benefits of our hard labor! I personally look forward to cutting Portmanteau walk distance in half, as well as a 25% boost to all XP gains for a whole week. When coupled with a Baruffio’s Brain Elixir, high-level Fortresses and Portkey openings will be almost returned to their former glory since the big XP nerf last month.
There’s only one catch to this event and the challenges herein: the Dragon Portkey your region collects the most will represent the Dragon Oddity your region receives as a bonus during the 3-hour Dragon Day Event on September 7th. If you’re in Asia, India or the Middle East and your region collectively pick up more Peruvian Vipertooth Portkeys than anything else, then you will undoubtedly be seeing the Peruvian Vipertooth during Dragon Day!
My advice here is two-fold: either chase the Portkey for the dragon you’ll likely never see OR chase the Portkey for the Dragon that shares a Registry page with your native Dragon so you can prestige your Oddities page multiple times. Confused or unsure what Dragon lives where? No sweat. I’ve got you.
- Antipodean Opaleye is native to Oceania
- Chinese Fireball is native to Asia, the Middle East and India
- Peruvian Vipertooth is native to the Americas and Greenland
- Welsh Green is native to Europe and Africa
Knowing what Dragons live in your region will definitely influence your decision when it comes to picking up certain Portkeys, so be sure to spread the word and let other players know what Dragon Portkeys to be looking for during this week-long event!
I am very thankful Niantic has chosen this path by creating a global event rather than an isolated one, considering the company’s decisions to maintaining region-locked goodies during events for Pokémon GO and Ingress. Extending the olive branch to the players unable to attend is a great step in player retention and interest while also maintaining the “special” feeling players attending Wizards Unite Fan Festival get to experience when staring down the snout of an Antipodean Opaleye.
Come find me at Wizards Unite Fan Fest! I’ll be the one by the food trucks with singed eyebrows.