Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event!


Swooping Evil, Firenze, and the Sorcerer’s Stone are just some of the Severe-threat Foundables that will be boosted for this weekend’s Spotlight Event!

The first October 2021 event in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will excite players of all levels. This casual Spotlight Event will feature reduced brewing times for Baruffio’s Brain Elixir, oodles of boosted Foundables, and NO tasks or rewards.


You can grind grind grind, play casually, or skip the weekend completely. It’s up to you!

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

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

For a video guide, check out Brita’s video. Otherwise, keep reading!

Severe and Dark Arts Spotlight Event Guide

This Spotlight Event is more like two consecutive Spotlights Events. Unlike previous Spotlight Events, there are two sets of Foundables that will be boosted on Days 1 & 2 – OR – Days 3 & 4. Please read all the Spotlight Event details carefully so you know which Foundables you can expect to see more of on which days!

Event Name BBE Spotlight Event
Date + Time

  • Starts on September 30th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PST
  • Ends on October 4th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PST

  • Boosted Foundables on the Map and from Tonic for Trace Detection on Days 1 & 2
      • -Firenze
      • -Grawp the Giant
      • -Pensieve
      • -Proprietor Fred Weasley
      • -Proprietor George Weasley
      • -Sorcerer’s Stone
      • -Tank of Brains
      • -The Veil
      • -Weasley’s Flying Car
  • Boosted Foundables on the Map and from Tonic for Trace Detection on Days 3 & 4
      • -Death Eater
      • -Percival Graves
      • -Portrait of Voldemort
      • -Portrait of Salazar Slytherin
      • -Portrait of Bellatrix Lestrange
      • -Swooping Evil
      • -Vampire
      • -Vanishing Cabinet
  • 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. Which pages are you close to prestiging?

Personally, I do not need any of the boosted Foundables, but I need all the Care of Magical Creatures Runestones I can get so there can be more Baby Phoenix Fragments in my future. This will make the boosted Firenze Foundables more valuable to me.

Potions Galore!

Since we did not get a lot of notice of this event, the standard advice of stockpiling a few Potions before the Spotlight Event begins doesn’t really apply. Regardless, I’d advise you to 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

Personally, I plan to save my Potent Exstimulo Potions for the next Adversaries Event (or for Lethal Adversaries!). However, if you are a newer player, or you haven’t increased the efficacy of your Strong Exstimulo Potion, you might want to use a few Potent Exstimulo Potions over the weekend.

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

Ask yourself if you want to be strategic this weekend or would you rather enjoy a casual event? There’s not a right or wrong approach!

If you’re playing casually, just check in whenever you’re able. Use your Trace Charm on any Severe Traces that meet your needs.

However, if you want a strategy for the weekend, you have multiple options.

As already mentioned, you can focus on prestiging pages. As necessary, do Wizarding Challenges to earn the required Challenge Fragments. After you prestige a page, then use your Trace Charm on the Severe Trace(s) for that page.

If you haven’t placed all of the boosted Foundables yet, save your Trace Charm for those Severe Traces! That way, you’ll get more of the Fragments you need.

If you want to earn bonus rewards from Treasure Trunks, then you’ll want to look at your Gold pages. Every time you place one of the boosted Foundables 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.

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

What do you think about this Spotlight Event? Are you excited for a casual event, or do you want more tasks and rewards? Do you have any other strategic tips to add?

Do you like the longer Spotlight Event, with two sets of boosted Foundables?

We’re always interested to hear your thoughts! Connect with me and the rest of the WizHub team here in the comments or on our social media platforms.

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24 days ago

I like these events with no tasks. No pressure to grind to get tasks done. Yet players can get harder to get items. Thanks again for the guides. I’ll be taking it easy.

Todd Cady
Todd Cady
22 days ago

Weird note … let me know if it happened to you too please?
BBE’s are only taking 2 hours and 6 Minutes to brew, 1 hour and 3 minutes with Master notes. Also, I’ve upgraded my BBE’s to give 50% additional xp, and last 15 minutes longer… they are only lasting 30 minutes.
Someone fat-fingered the code it seems?

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22 days ago
Reply to  Todd Cady

I’m not sure what’s up with the brewing time. The Master Notes reduction is correct. Do you have any nodes unlocked that reduce brewing time? That could mix with the weekend bonuses.

For duration, the Potion details will always say 30 minutes because that’s the default. Mine says that too, but it lasts 40 minutes when I use it. When you actually use the Potion, are you only getting 30 minutes instead of 45 minutes?

Todd Cady
Todd Cady
21 days ago
Reply to  Brita

Turns out I am getting the full 45 minutes. I thought the info graphics said that the time to brew would be reduced to 6 hours, 50% less with Master notes. I brewed all of the BBE’s I could because with Master notes it was only taking 1 hour and 3 minutes. I guess there was distinct advantage to upgrading those task force elements. Just shocked me, I guess. Thanks for the reply Brita! And thank you for all you do!