Harry Potter and Hagrid – even Severus Snape – need your help in Niantic's new game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is similar to the popular Pokemon Go. Originally due today, but released a day earlier in the US for Android and iPhone,opposes dark wizards and magical beasts to beloved characters from the Harry Potter books and movies from the disaster save ̵
The new mobile AR game for Android and iPhone is a combined venture of WB Games in San Francisco and Niantic under the label Portkey Games and its pedigree shows. Wizards Unite is building on Pokemon Go and Ingress, also run by Niantic, to provide better combat situations and more diverse locations such as inns, greenhouses and forts. There's also a better story driving the game – as a member of the "Statute of Secrecy" task force, your job is to stem chaotic magic that turns the magical and no-maj world on their heads – and some of the more frustrating ones Parts of losing the Pokemon Go, like Gym Battles.
But it's alright if you've never played one of these games, because Harry Potter: Wizards Unite really feels like a new game and not like a Pokemon Go or Ingress with a new skin.
Ready? So you start playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Set Wizards Unite on your phone.
The game is now available in the US and UK and will be available in other regions shortly.
First, enter your birthdate and sign in with your Facebook or Google credentials. Give the game permission to use your GPS and access the location of your device.
Then fill out the volunteer registration form and
Note: The game comes with assets. Depending on the connection, the download may take some time. If you have a restrictive data plan, download everything over Wi-Fi.
Tap the wizard icon at the bottom left of the screen to view your ministerial ID, change your name, and select your Hogwarts house and wand (by registering it). Do not worry too much about your house and wand selection – you can change it later and your choice will not affect the gameplay. (And if you do not want to vote, you can sort into a house instead of choosing one.) You can also create your portrait and customize your look.
What's on the map?
The map of the game feels familiar when you've played Pokemon Go or Ingress: it displays your real geographic location using your phone's GPS and is littered with elements and textures that interact with you through the phone screen.
Items include ingredients that you can use to make potions. Some are common and others are rare. So if you are a collector, you need to manage your inventory so it does not get crowded. Items you find may vary depending on the weather and time of day. You can check the current conditions by tapping the weather icon in the top right corner.
The buildings include Inns where you collect food to restore your magic energy. Greenhouses where you can collect potion ingredients and gain energy to cast spells. and Fortresses which require a runestone to enter and work with up to four other players to eliminate magical creatures and Death Eaters.
You can set up in Inn's Dark Detectors, which act like baits in Pokemon Go to attract Foundables.
The map also shows magical traces of the accident. These tracks, which look a bit like a floating medallion, point to repressed items from other parts of the wizarding world and come in pairs: a foundable – like Harry Potter – and a confoundable – a Dementor attacking Harry. (Part of your task is to discard the confoundable to bring it back to its correct location and timing.)
To discard a confoundable, align the two star sets on the screen to focus on your target to concentrate, and then speak a spell.
What about spells?
Walking around on the map, you come across potion-making ingredients. Some ingredients are found only in certain biomes, others occur only in different weather conditions. Potion materials can also be found in greenhouses.
Potions offer various benefits, such as healing during a fight. Once you've collected enough ingredients, you can start brewing potions. Tap on potions in your suitcase – at the bottom of the screen, the game stores items you've collected – to get to your potions bench and start brewing.
What you need to know about portkeys
You can travel to another location using a portkey. To get a portkey, look for a triangular box called the Portkey Portmanteau on the map and collect it. These behave like eggs in Pokemon Go, which in this game to monster creatures hatch. Go a certain distance (2, 5 or 10 kilometers) to unlock the portkey. In this way, you can travel to another AR environment within the game to complete a task and earn magical items. Once you're done, return to your starting point.
How to get ahead and learn a profession?
You ascend by dismissing confoundables, completing challenges, and completing tasks. Once you reach Level 6, you can choose a profession and become a trained Auror Magician or Professor presented in the Harry Potter books.
Each profession has its own role in the play and skill tree. You progress in your chosen profession and can unlock your skills by earning tokens and mastering challenges through encounters.
Aurors focus on the fight and can defend themselves well against the dark arts. Magicianologists handle magic beasts and support teammates. Professors strike a balance between Auror and Magizoololgist professions and are solid in supporting fights and teammates.
What about currency?
Similar to Niantic's Ingress and Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was designed to play without paying or hitting microtransaction walls. However, you can buy supplies by spending the gold you earn by gambling or by paying real money.
Originally published on June 20th.
Update, June 21: Edited for a better overview.