Hogwarts Legacy has been out less than a month, and yet die-hard fans of the RPG have already squeezed dozens of hours out of it and found their ways to the pinnacle of the wizarding world. And how could we blame them, what with Portkey Games' creation boasting an enormous variation of quests, battles, and collectibles for budding wizards and witches to soak up? It's all there, and its leveling system is partly the reason why so many are choosing to stick around long after the campaign has been swept under the rug, too.
As it stands, the maximum level you can reach in Hogwarts Legacy is 40. To beat the final quest in the game—an optional cutscene that essentially rounds off the year in a certain ceremony-like scenario—you must be at least level 34 or higher. However, if you spend your time in and around Hogwarts simply mopping up main quests and nothing more, then you'll probably be a fair few levels short by the time your O.W.L.s roll out. Follow this guide, though, and you're sure to max out your wizard or witch before Quidditch makes a comeback. Probably.
To scramble up the levels in Hogwarts Legacy, you're going to need XP—and a lot of it. One of the best ways to obtain XP is through the Battle Arenas, stadiums that host five individual waves crammed full of enemies for you to mop the floor with. As luck would have it, you can compete in these arenas as many times as you like, which means a good old-fashioned grinding session certainly isn't out of the question after you've escaped the grounds of Hogwarts.
There are two Battle Arenas to cast your eye on in Hogwarts Legacy: Southwest of the Feldcroft Region, and northwest of the North Ford Bog. To engage in either of the two, simply travel to the Battle Arena icons on the overhead map, and complete the preliminary objective as shown in the top right corner of the screen. Completing a single Battle Arena will net you with a lofty amount of XP, and will also help flesh out your Challenges and Field Guide.
As you come to explore the vast regions of Hogwarts Legacy, you'll come to find a huge variation of icons spread across the map. An icon you'll definitely want to consider checking out is the Infamous Foe node, a location that houses a mini boss or relatively large group of enemies with abilities twice as powerful as any regular foe.
The good news is, beating just one of these Infamous Foe challenges will net you with a significant amount of XP. Granted, it won't be anywhere near as much as what a standard Battle Arena would hand you—but a lofty amount, no less.
Bandit Camps in Hogwarts Legacy work like any other fortress in RPGs; they house a relatively small army, and the overall objective as you wheedle your way into them, basically, is to eliminate each and every one of them and bag the loot. Ticking off even one of these Bandit Camps will not only reward you with XP, but will also advance your Field Guide and Challenges tabs, too.
Bandit Camps vary in size, with the larger camps being located in the southern regions of the map. Once you find your feet and acquire your broom, you may want to embark on a quest of your own and help bring the Dark Wizards and Loyalists to justice. It's worth doing, and it'll certainly help bulk out your overall completion in your Field Guide, too.
Beast Dens, Spider Lairs, and Troll Dens also play a small part in the open world, and can be visited at nearly any point in the game. Of course, you'll need to head out either on foot or by broom in order to scout them out, but one huge sweep of the land will surely unlock a treasure trove of new locations for you to return to when you're ready.
Each of the Dens around the map come loaded with their own treasure chests and enemy mobs. Granted, they're a lot smaller and easier to conquer than, say, a Battle Arena—but they also have a lot of perks for those willing to clear them out, too. If, however, you're looking to level up quickly in Hogwarts Legacy, then you're going to want to dig out all of the Troll Dens, as these enemies tend to net you much higher XP.
After beating a slew of Deek's primary quests—”The Elf, The Nab-Sack, and The Loom,” to be specific—you'll find yourself equipped with the Nab-Sack, an incredibly useful item that lets you catch, store, and even sell beasts at your leisure. A surprisingly fast way to earn XP is to go on something of a poaching spree, using the Nab-Sack in locations that foster animals, and then selling them at Brood and Peck in Hogsmeade.
Funnily enough, this method actually serves as a two-for-one package, as you obtain XP for capturing the beasts, and money for selling them at Brood and Peck. The idea here is to clear the fog on the map, scout out the nodes that advertise some form of haven for creatures, and then swoop in to Nab-Sack as many as you can hold. If you can rinse and repeat this method, then you'll definitely ascend a few levels and earn enough XP to purchase some new Talents.
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