Wizards Unite Adversaries FAQ

Wizards Unite Adversaries artwork featuring Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort, and Draco Malfoy

Adversaries are finally LIVE in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This Adversaries FAQ should help players discover this new feature.

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


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An Overview of Adversaries in Wizards Unite

Players have known about the existence of Adversaries in Wizards Unite since the very beginning. However, before the recent marketing hype and teaser trailer, players haven’t know when Adversaries would be added to the game or how they would work in the game.

Now that Adversaries are live in Wizards Unite (for players who have reached Level 15 in the game), we can finally learn more about how Adversaries will work.

This initial collection of FAQ about Adversaries will be followed up by more articles with additional information.

This video goes over the first half of this article.

What are Adversaries?

Adversaries are a type of Trace Encounter found on the Map. This Encounter will include a chain of 3-5 Foes to defeat, including the final Archfoe. Adversaries will be in two categories: Feared and Lethal.

Adversary Traces on the Map will be indicated by a green Adversary Trace marker. Feared and Lethal Adversaries each have their own distinct design.

What’s the difference between Feared and Lethal Adversaries?

Feared Adversaries are more common than Lethal Adversaries. They also have fewer, less-difficult Foes to defeat. A Feared Adversary will have 2 Foes plus the Archfoe to defeat while a Lethal Adversary will have 2-4 Foes plus the Archfoe to defeat. In a Feared Adversary chain, the 2 Foes will both have Profession affinities. None of the Foes in a Lethal Adversary chain will have a Profession affinity.

Feared Adversaries can appear during the following circumstances:

  • randomly on the Map, like any other Trace
  • on the Map after consuming an Edible Dark Mark
  • on the Map during an Adversaries Event

On the other hand, Lethal Adversaries appear less frequently, during the following circumstances:

  • on the Map during an Adversaries Event
  • on the Map after consuming an Edible Dark Mark, AFTER introduced during an Adversaries Event

Not all Lethal Adversaries will be available in the beginning. Each monthly Adversaries Event will introduce a new Lethal Adversary until all of them are available.

What is an Edible Dark Mark?

An Edible Dark Mark is a consumable item that functions similarly to Tonic for Trace Detection. When you use it, 3 Adversary Traces will appear on the Map.

You cannot use an Edible Dark Mark while Tonic for Trace Detection is active.

How do I obtain Edible Dark Marks?

Edible Dark Marks can be purchased in Diagon Alley (the in-game store). Players can also earn Edible Dark Marks by completing events. Certain events will include Edible Dark Marks in the free store pack.

Do I need to use an Edible Dark Mark to see Adversary Traces?

Adversaries can appear without Edible Dark Marks active. The overall chance of this will increase during Adversaries Events.

Can I use the Trace Charm on an Adversary?

No, you can only use the Trace Charm on regular Traces, not on Adversary Traces.

What does combat against an Adversary entail?

As already stated, each Adversary Encounter includes a chain of 3-5 Foes. When starting, you will see the first Foe in the chain, and there will be a gold diamond under the Foe’s HP meter indicating the Archfoe. After defeating each Foe, you will see a rewards summary of the rewards you earned. Under this will be a button that says “Fight On.” Once you press this, your HP will be completely restored, and the next Foe will appear.

How does combat against an Adversary work?

Combat against an Adversary is similar to fighting Oddities on the Map or Foes in Wizarding Challenges. To attack, use your finger to press and drag your wand’s target marker over the Foe’s target icon. The icon’s meter begins to fill when they are aligned. Once filled, cast the spell by tracing the glyph.

To defend, drag your finger across the arrow that appears on your screen before the Foe attacks. Successfully defending reduces the amount of damage you take.

Your stamina replenishes at the start of each Encounter in the Adversary chain. If you lose all of your stamina during any duel, you will be knocked out of the Adversaries Encounter and return back to the Map. You will not be able to reattempt the Encounter.

If at any point you choose to flee, you will not be able to rejoin.

Can I use Strategic Spells against Adversaries?

No, you cannot use Strategic Spells against Adversaries.

What Potions can I use against Adversaries?

When fighting against Adversaries, you can use the same Potions available during Wizarding Challenges. These are:

  • all Exstimulo Potions
  • Wit-Sharpening Potions
  • Healing Potions

Do Adversaries count as Elite Foes?

Defeating Adversaries will not count towards the in-game Achievement “Elite Foes Defeated.” The exact text of that reads:

  • Defeat 1000 Elite Foes in Wizarding Challenges

Adversaries are Encounters on the Map, not Foes in Wizarding Challenges.

Professions and Adversaries

Many players have asked questions about how Professions affect Adversaries. Each Profession will have some strengths and some weaknesses, similar to the way Professions work in Wizarding Challenges.

All Professions are equally strong against the Archfoes, as well as all the Foes leading up to Lethal Adversaries.

What’s the best Profession against Adversaries?

If you have only maxed out one Profession, that is the best one to use against Adversaries.

If you have maxed out more than one Profession, then your particular playstyle will determine the best Profession.

Aurors hit hard, but they have less HP. If you play as an Auror, you will use less Spell Energy and more Healing Potions.

Magizoologists have high HP, but they don’t deal a lot of damage. If you play as a Magizoologist, you will use fewer Healing Potions and more Spell Energy.

Professors are balanced with their skills.

There is also affinity attached to some Foes, specifically the Guards leading up to Feared Adversaries. Each Profession is strong against certain Foes, so there is an overall balance.

What are the Profession affinities?

This chart shows the Profession affinities. The Archfoes are all in black because all Professions are equally strong against them.

Foe Foe Archfoe
Common Serpent Imposing Dark Wizard Draco Malfoy
Imposing Snatcher Dangerous Werewolf Fenrir Greyback
Common Pixie Dangerous Pixie Gilderoy Lockhart
Formidable Serpent Fierce Acromantula Slytherin’s Basilisk
Common Acromantula Fierce Acromantula Aragog
Formidable Dark Wizard Vicious Death Eater Peter Pettigrew
Common Troll 3-Headed Dog Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback
Formidable Poacher Vicious Mummy Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly
Formidable Acromantula Sphinx Ancient Hungarian Horntail
Formidable Snatcher Dark Witch Narcissa Malfoy


Do my current Profession skills apply to Adversaries?

Yes, all the unlocked nodes in your Profession’s Lesson Plan apply when battling Adversaries. This is why it’s recommended that you use the Profession you have already completed, or most completed, when starting an Adversary Encounter.

Can I change Profession during battle?

You cannot change Professions mid-fight. If you leave the battle, you cannot return to it.

What is the new Lesson Plan?

Advanced Adversarial Combat is the new Lesson Plan (skill tree) to gain skills related to Adversaries. This Lesson Plan includes 15 nodes in 3 categories to unlock. These 3 types of lessons are:

  • Dodge vs. Feared: Increases your ability to dodge enemy attacks and to take less damage each hit.
  • Precision vs. Feared: Increases your probability of doing critical damage to common (Feared) Adversaries, including both Foes and Archfoes.
  • Accuracy vs. Lethal: Reduces chance of enemy to dodge the player attack.

When does the new Lesson Plan unlock?

Once you have completed an entire Profession’s Lesson Plan, a new Lesson Plan will unlock. These particular skills will aid you in combatting Adversaries.

Is the Adversarial Lesson Plan different for each Profession?

Each Profession has the same Lesson Plan for Adversaries: Advanced Adversarial Combat. All of the nodes in this skill tree are the same for each Profession.

If I’ve completed more than one Profession, do I need to complete Advanced Adversarial Combat more than once?

Yes. If you have completed more than one Profession, and you want to use the additional skills from Advanced Adversarial Combat, you will need to complete it for each Profession. The skills do not carry over from one Profession to another.

What resources are needed for Advanced Adversarial Combat?

You will need Scrolls, Spell Books, Restricted Section Books, and Defense Against the Dark Arts Books to unlock the nodes in the new skill tree.

Do any of the nodes have multiple parts to unlock?

Each node in Advanced Adversarial Combat only has a single lesson attached to it. This is different than some of the skills in the Profession Lesson Plans and SOS Training.

The other WUtubers, Orange Wizard, and I are all asking Lola and the HPWU team as many questions as we can about Adversaries. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments. We will update this article and write more articles once we have more information to share.

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10 months ago

Any idea how adversaries fit into the storyline of the game? That info seems absent from the publicity info (eg. some of the listed adversaries are deceased in the timeline of the game – so what are they here? Same as the deceased foundables, fragments of memories?)

Phil Newmark
Phil Newmark
10 months ago

Found one, Peter Pettigrew was the 3rd fight, dark wizard and deatheater leading up to him, got 3 Scabbers the Rat fragments and 1Peter Pettigrew fragment, only used one health pot in the last fight, looked like you auto heal between fights, and one Strong Exstimulo. Here is a link to the screen shot I took before the end of the fight… https://ibb.co/3Nfzdpm

Björn Lönn
Björn Lönn
10 months ago

How does the profession nodes activated by impairments, stored focus or buffs account towards adversaries?
Poor magizoologist will murder the spell power pool. Professor and auror seem to benefit more from dodge and precision.

Carolyn Richardson
Carolyn Richardson
10 months ago

Is anyone else having trouble buying edible dark marks? I’ve been trying to since the option appeared in my game but every time I get “purchase failed.” This has been going on now for about 2-3 days since I first noticed the option.

galaneia g
galaneia g
9 months ago

I’m actually having better luck against Adversaries with a partially complete Professor (111/134 lessons) than with a maxed-foundational Magizoologist (142/142 lessons).

Margaret Priver
Margaret Priver
9 months ago

I used an edible dark mark but in the entire 30 minutes only two (not three) adversaries showed up. Glad this was the free one the event provided and not one I had spent money to get! Since I don’t live where adversaries show up in the wild (why not? – traces show up in my neighborhood), these adversaries are way too expensive

9 months ago

Adversaries do count for your daily foundable and xp points. Plus using a potion counts for your daily.

Uripidees Grick
Uripidees Grick
9 months ago

Perhaps you could add difficulty values to the adversaries table. Here is an incomplete list (and there could be errors as I was furiously scribbling during the encounters):

  • Pettigrew 51297
  • Deatheater 2058
  • Snatcher 1593
  • Werewolf 8107
  • Fenrir 23460
  • Wizard 4629
  • Poacher 6810
  • Mummy 26001
  • Ironbelly 51297
  • Pixie 297
  • Dangerous pixie
  • Lockhart 26001
  • Acromantula 3000
  • Fierce acromantula 16667
  • Aragog

to be continued 😉

Uripidees Grick
Uripidees Grick
9 months ago
  • Serpent 1400
  • Dark wizard 4629
  • Draco 21058
Katy Crocker
Katy Crocker
8 months ago

I think adversaries (and related events) should have a warning: “beginners and low level returning players beware” or something similar.
I watched a friend, who had not played for around a year, going up against an adversary. He is a level 17 Auror and it was not nice to watch. On top of that it was very demotivating for him to read that the next event was going to be all about adversaries. Really not a way to get former players back in the game.