Another Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event!

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The October calendar for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is finally updated! Next up will be another Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event. While some of the Foundables repeat, others are new.

Note: Thank you Niantic and WB Games for providing this information early so Wizards Unite Hub could create this event guide. 

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Boosted Foundables will appear on the Map AND when using a Tonic for Trace Detection.

For a video guide, check out my video. Otherwise, keep reading!

Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event Guide

This Spotlight Event is similar to past Spotlight Events. All Foundables will be boosted all days.

Event Name Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event
Date + Time

  • Starts on October 25th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT
  • Ends on October 28th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Features

  • Boosted Foundables on the Map and from Tonic for Trace Detection
    • -Firenze
    • -Grawp the Giant
    • -Tank of Brains
    • -The Veil
    • -Death Eater
    • -Percival Graves
    • -Tom Riddle
    • -Portrait of Voldemort
    • -Portrait of Salazar Slytherin
    • -Portrait of Bellatrix Lestrange
    • -Swooping Evil
    • -Vampire
    • -Hag
    • -Vanishing Cabinet
    • -Thestral
    • -Nymphadora Tonks
    • -Mad-Eye Moody
    • -Arthur Weasley
    • -Albus Dumbledore
    • -Severus Snape
    • -Sirius Black
  • Baruffio’s Brain Elixir brew time reduced to 6 hours and Master Notes will reduce it a further 50%
  • Baruffio’s Brain Elixir effects will be increased 3x as well!

How to Prepare for the Spotlight Event

First, look at your Registry pages that feature the boosted Foundables. These pages have at least 2 boosted Foundables during the Spotlight Event.

  • Courtroom Ten (all boosted)
  • Ministry Atrium II
  • Potions Classroom
  • Knockturn Alley (most boosted)
  • Fallen Ministry Atrium (all boosted)

Which pages are you close to prestiging? Do Wizarding Challenges with the relevant Runestone to track down the Fortress-exclusive Fragments. For example, if you want to prestige Fallen Ministry Atrium, do Wizarding Challenges with Dark Arts Runestones to find Magic is Might Statue and Tom Riddle Sr.’s Gravestone.

Brew Potions

Start brewing Potions, especially if you need any of these Foundables to prestige.

Save your Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Ingredients to brew during the Event itself, so you can make the most of the time reduction. The following potions will also be helpful during the event:

  • Exstimulo Potion
  • Strong Exstimulo Potion
  • Potent Exstimulo Potion
  • Tonic for Trace Detection
  • Dawdle Draught

While I don’t use my Potent Exstimulo Potions on Foundables, you might choose to use them on Tom Riddle or Albus Dumbledore.

Strengthen your Potions by investing in SOS Training. The following nodes will help your Potions be more effective, so you get additional benefits with fewer resources.

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 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 I,7 A Wing and a Flare Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE II,19 Temp Work Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE II,22 Bottoms Up Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Duration Increase
CE I,6 Start a Movement Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE I,10 Sous Vide Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE II,17 Clear Your Mind Baruffio’s Brain Elixir Efficacy Increase
CE I,7 Stir Crazy Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection
CE II,25 Concentrated Concoction Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection
CE III,38 Trained For This Increases Traces Revealed by Tonic for Trace Detection

How to Enjoy the Spotlight Event

This is a casual event, so many players might choose to skip it, or just play casually. In that case, save your Trace Charm for the Emergency Traces (or Severe Traces if you need them).

However, you also have possible goals to pursue. The key is to use your Trace Charm strategically!

If you haven’t placed all of the boosted Foundables yet, save your Trace Charm for those Severe-threat and/or Emergency-threat Traces! That way, you’ll get more of the Fragments you need. This will help you prestige pages.

In addition, do Wizarding Challenges to earn any missing Challenge Fragments. After you prestige a page, then use your Trace Charm on the appropriate Trace(s) for that page.

If you want to earn bonus rewards from Treasure Trunks, take a look at your Gold pages. Every time you place a Severe-threat Foundable on a Gold frame, you earn 350 Family XP and 35 Ministry Manuals. That’s also 3-4 Treasure Trunks — so at least 3 opportunities to earn Spell Books, Field Charm charges, Gold Gifts, and more, depending on what you’ve unlocked in SOS Training.

When you place an Emergency-threat Foundable on a Gold frame, you earn 600 Family XP and 55 Ministry Manuals, plus 6 Treasure Trunks!

Once again, use your Trace Charm strategically to earn more Fragments for your Gold pages. This will help you grind for Ministry Manuals as well as earn rewards from Treasure Trunks.

Finally, the Baruffio’s Brain Elixir bonuses will help you level up! Whenever you drink a Tonic for Trace Detection, drink a Brain Elixir too. For extra bonuses, you can visit an Inn and stack Dark Detectors. Wait until your Brain Elixir is running to open up your 20 daily Gifts as well.

Final Notes

According to Lola, update 2.19 is on track to come out next week! This should fix Adventure Sync as well as the bug with Spell Energy Gifts. The last-minute Spotlight Event is further evidence that the HPWU team has listened to player requests to prioritize bug fixes over events.

What do you think about this Spotlight Event?

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Fidonet
Fidonet(@fidonet)
1 month ago

I’m glad they are putting off events until after the update. I live spotlight and events without tasks. I like the times to go in my direction or to relax or to build up energy and potions. I’ve seen one person think these are boring.

Mike van der Velden
Mike van der Velden(@mikevandervelden)
1 month ago

Doesn’t it start at 11am PDT, not PST?

Kelly Wehner
Kelly Wehner(@kellywehner)
1 month ago

I’m not getting the spell energy rewards from Wizarding challenges.