Adversaries: A Beginner’s Guide to Combat


Now that players have experienced two Adversaries Events in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, we have a lot more knowledge about how to prepare for and how to combat Feared Adversaries. As my name indicates, I’m a Professor, but this Wizards Unite strategy guide is intended to help all players be they Auror, Magizoologist, or Professor.

Tips for Adversary Encounters

First, a quick overview of how Feared Adversaries work.


As we all know from the FAQ posted in December, before taking on an Archfoe (the Adversary), you must first defeat two Guards of increasing difficulty. Orange Wizard put together this chart to show which Foes you will battle before the final Adversary. Also, the Archfoe’s image will be in the upper right corner of the screen when you battle each Guard.

Adversaries Lineups

The strengths of the Professions are noted as well – as a Professor, the Pixies in the Lockhart Chain are easier for me to defeat, just as they are in a Fortress.

For anyone using a screen reader, the information shown in the infographic above is also available in the chart below. Profession affinities are noted by color. Blue for Magizoologists, purple for Professors, and red for Aurors. 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


Feared Adversary Difficulty

The Adversaries are also shown in the Registry in ascending order of difficulty, with Narcissa Malfoy being the most formidable (regardless of profession). She dodges a lot and casts multiple spells in a row, leaving little chance to use a Healing Potion since that can only be done while playing offense. I had eight nodes completed in Advanced Adversarial Combat prior to the second event, but Narcissa was still a tough opponent that required lots of Potions and Spell Energy to defeat.

Artefact Fragments

For each Guard or Archfoe you defeat, you will earn Artefact Fragments that can be found on the corresponding Registry page. A quick look at each page shows you that you need many more of these Fragments to place those images than you need for the Archfoe. This implies a recognition that players will not complete the entire Adversary chain for every attempted Adversary encounter. Some players use this knowledge strategically, choosing to flee (I would prefer the game say retreat) after defeating a Guard or two. This is a good strategy if you are low on Spell Energy and/or Potions, or if you have not yet completed a profession’s lesson plan.

Advanced Adversarial Combat

The Advanced Adversarial Combat nodes either help you to dodge your Foes or gain precision in casting spells (resulting in a Critical Hit!). Note that players are not currently told when we’ve dodged a spell in the same way it appears on the screen if our Foe dodges. The only way we can tell we have dodged is by keeping a close eye on our HP meter to know if we’ve lost stamina or not.

Update: This is a bug. The text “Dodged” should appear on the screen if you dodge, but this is not true for all players.

When to Use Potions

Once your stamina is below 50%, it’s time to think about using a Healing Potion unless you are only a couple spells away from defeating your Adversary. If you have completed your profession’s lesson plan, you usually do not need Healing Potions with Guards, unless your RNG has been particularly bad and the Foe has hit you multiple times in a row. Remember that your stamina replenishes at the start of each battle in the Adversary Chain, therefore the benefit given by a Healing Potion will not carry over.

Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions remain active from Guard to Guard or from Guard to Archfoe, however, so you’re better off using more power to defeat the Guards, thus saving the Healing Potions for the final Adversary.

A base Wit-Sharpening Potion (meaning you haven’t improved its potency through SOS Training) increases your power by 50%. In practice, you won’t notice this improvement much on its own. However, you can stack a Wit-Sharpening Potion with an Exstimulo Potion of any strength. This additive effect can really strengthen your spell casts.

It takes time to activate each Potion individually, so don’t be surprised if you don’t have time to cast a spell before your Foe attacks. The combined effect from the two Potions is worth opening yourself up to an extra attack.

How to Prepare for Adversaries Events

All Wizards Unite players can benefit from a few basic strategies to prepare for Adversaries event. In summary, brew Potions, spend Gold wisely, unlock nodes in SOS Training, and bolster your in-game friends.

As mentioned above, players can use 3 types of Potions in Adversary encounters:

  • Exstimulo Potions (all 3 strengths)
  • Healing Potions
  • Wit-Sharpening Potions

Stockpile as many of these prior to an event. Yes, brewing times for some of these Potions will be reduced during an Adversary event, but you want Potions ready to use with your first Adversary encounter. Avoid the temptation to wait until the event begins to brew Potions! This is particularly important for players who have not completed many nodes in Advanced Adversarial Training because you will need more Potions to be successful.

Another temptation is to purchase Edible Dark Marks between events. In my opinion, if you want to spend Gold on Adversary events, rent the extra Cauldron to brew more Potions. You can also expand your Vault to increase your Potion, Ingredient, and Spell Energy capacity.

Not surprisingly, there are nodes to prioritize in your SOS Training that will help you with Adversaries. Start by increasing the potency of your Healing Potions or the effectiveness of your Exstimulo Potions and Wit-Sharpening Potions. In addition, increase the number of uses you get of each Potion. After that, work on reducing the brewing times.

Finally, review your list of Friends. Do you have 20 Friends who are playing regularly? If not, check out the Friend Code Megathread and add some new people with whom you can exchange Essential Runestone Gifts or Wit-Sharpening Gifts.


This is our first Adversaries strategic guide, but the Wizards Unite Hub team plans to write more. What other questions do you have? What advice can you share? Connect with me and the rest of the WizHub team here in the comments or on social media.

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8 months ago

I like having the adversities as it is a faster way to pick up DADA books, however we need a lot more DADA books now. I have ten of the second level lessons done and working on the last five. I’m worried how strong the Lethal adversaries are when the regular ones are hard. I don’t mind using potions as I don’t need much and I keep running out of room for potions even with expanding my vaults so much. I’m not sure how to get stronger against the adversities though. The new lessons only increase the chances of critical… Read more »

Bernhard Kau
Bernhard Kau
3 months ago

Struggling with some adversaries as an auror I came back to this article to check, if I’m doing something wrong. It seems I don’t. The auror just hast too low stamina.

It’s also amazing that you have a table for those of us who use a screen reader. Unfortunately a screen reader does not read out the color of text. If you can, add some text only visible to screen readers with the profession into each cell like this: