Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery allows players to live out every 11-year-old millennial’s fantasy: to get their letter of acceptance to Hogwarts. While Hogwarts Mystery offers the chance to do exactly what fans of the series dream of being able to do — choose a wand, learn spells and potions, fly on broomsticks — the game has come under scrutiny for its pay-to-play model and scarcity of resources. However, savvy players have found ways to get around the game’s paywall and long wait times to replenish energy. Here are 10 handy cheats to help you stock up on energy, get through some of the game’s tougher challenges, and live out your wizarding world dreams.
10 Watch Ads
Like most other games with microtransactions, Hogwarts Mystery gives players the option to watch short 30-second advertisements in exchange for energy bits. As long as you’re okay with sitting through a quick ad, this is a much better option than having to wait a half hour or longer for your energy to replenish. Watching ads can also grant you a certain number of free gems per day. But beware: you can only watch a limited number of ads per day before having to wait for tomorrow.
9 Choose The Right House
Unlike Pottermore or other Harry Potter-themed media, Hogwarts Mystery actually lets you pick your own house. While it’s important to choose the one that feels right to you — most people know instinctively which house they belong to — your choice of house will also affect how you accrue house points in the hopes of winning the House Cup and nabbing some handy gems. It helps to choose dialogue options that match the values of your house: brave and daring for Gryffindor, dedicated and loyal for Hufflepuff, intelligent and witty for Ravenclaw, and ambitious and cunning for Slytherin.
8 Find All The Easter Eggs
Throughout the game world, there are several energy reserves hidden in the game’s locations that contain extra energy that will definitely come in handy during your wizarding adventure. Make sure to explore every area in the game and interact with every item and character to find these Easter eggs. A couple of examples are tapping a sleeping House-Elf in the Dungeons and finding the girl in the black painting near Charms class in the East Tower.
7 Take Care Of Your Pets
Just like Harry and Hermione, your first year at Hogwarts wouldn’t be complete without an animal companion. Hogwarts Mystery gives you the choice between owl, rat, cat, and toad. Owls cost the most gems, while rats and toads are the cheapest.
After letting them rest, waking your pets up will grant you free energy, which is invaluable to completing the game’s challenges and quests. While expensive, having all four pets will give you the most free energy per day.
6 Pick Your Favorite Wand
While your trip to Ollivander’s may seem like you’ll be given the choice between dozens of wands, in reality, you’ll be given one of three: a 12-inch acacia wand, an 11-and-three-quarter inch blackthorn wand, or an 11-inch hornbeam wand. While the difference is purely cosmetic, it just wouldn’t be the same adventure without the perfect wand, would it? Ollivander will ask you how you felt about your brother being expelled from Hogwarts before awarding you your first wand. Answer “I was angry” for the blackthorn wand, “I felt bad for him” for acacia, and “I was determined” for hornbeam.
5 Study Up
Just like the real Hogwarts, you’ll need to put your nose to the grindstone to succeed — think more Hermione and less Neville. Learning spells, taking flying lessons, and brewing potions will increase your skills and prepare your hero for the more challenging tasks ahead. Don’t rush it, either. If you don’t wait for your turn to demonstrate your skills to your professor, the game may read the attempt as a failure, setting you back even further.
4 Learn How To Duel
Much like classic RPGs like Pokemon and Fire Emblem, the dueling system in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery uses a rock-paper-scissors model to determine the winner. There are three styles: aggressive, defensive, and sneaky.
The first phase is mostly based on chance, although you might be able to guess which stance your opponent will take based on previous battles. Then comes the action round, giving you options such as casting an offensive spell, throwing a vial, or drinking a healing potion. Keep an eye on your health and exploit your opponent’s weaknesses to succeed.
3 Make Friends
Harry wouldn’t have gotten far without his trusty friends at his side, and in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, neither will you. Friendship is one of the most important aspects in the game, as developing friendships with other students can grant you extra gems and nab you companions for some of the game’s most difficult quests. You can level up your friends’ attributes to match with yours, though it’s a good idea to wait until your own skills are appropriately high. Keep an eye on dialogue with your friends, as choosing the right dialogue options to match their personalities will make befriending them that much easier.
2 Maintain Your Focus
One of Hogwarts Mystery’s most challenging mini-games involves a quick-time event that involves the touch screen of your mobile device. A glowing ring will pulsate between other rings on the screen; your job is to tap quickly while the glowing ring is inside the boundaries. It can be challenging to get this right, and it’s arguably the only part of the game that requires speed and dexterity. One tip is to hold your finger on the button and release it at the right moment — this will make it much easier to get the timing right.
1 Max Out Your Attributes
Your character in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery comes with three key attributes you can level up throughout the game: Courage, Empathy, and Knowledge. This is essentially the bread and butter of the game: going to class, buying items with gems, and even choosing new looks for your pets will level up your attributes, which will in turn level up your character. Because leveling up in late-game can be challenging, we recommend balancing all three attributes equally, as each will unlock different dialogue options with friends that will net you extra experience points.