Best Character Builds
Hello everyone. Here is a guide on some of the best character builds. There are many ways to customize your character. By choosing specific talents and enchants for your gear, you can specialize your character to be exceptionally good for certain things.
Here are some of my recommendations for powerful character builds that are pretty fun to play.
Build 1: The Dark Wizard/Witch
This build focuses mostly on the Dark Arts and Unforgivable Curses. You’ll be picking many of the talents from the Dark Arts tree, but you will also be taking some other talents. Here are the recommended talents for this build:
Spells Tree: Confringo Mastery, Diffindo Mastery, Bombarda Mastery, Transformation Mastery. Despite this being the Dark Arts build, some of the enemies in the game are immune to curses, so you’ll want an alternative way to deal with them.
Dark Arts Tree: Honestly, you can take everything from this tree, except the Slowing Curse. This way, you will have many ways to curse your enemies, and the potency of your curses will be much higher.
Core Tree: You can take most of the talents from this tree, except a few. If you don’t like timing the perfect Protego, you can skip Protego Expertise and Protego Mastery talents. Other than that, you cannot really go wrong with picking all of the other talents.
Stealth Tree: Given that you’ll mostly be delving into the Dark Arts, you can feel free to skip this tree entirely.
Room of Requirement Tree: Edurus Potion Potency, Maxima Potion Potency, and Focus Potion Potency are all amazing. These talents will help you defeat pretty much all of the difficult encounters with ease, so don’t miss out on them.
When this is all added up, you’ll end up spending 30-32 talents (depending on whether or not you took Protego Expertise and Protego Mastery). Since the max level is 40, you’ll be able to get a total of 36 talents, so you can still have 4-6 talent points to spend wherever you like.
Gear Traits: With this build, you should enchant the Unforgivable III trait on all of your gear pieces. This will significantly increase all of your damage against the cursed enemies, and since you have plenty of ways to apply the cursed effect, this trait synergizes well with the build.
Playstyle: Most of the time, you’ll be facing your opponents head-on. Whenever the fight starts, target the toughest opponent, such as a Troll, or an Animagus, and use Imperio on them. Follow this up with a Crucio on another tough opponent (preferably a shielded one), and start hitting that target with Basic Casts. This will spread the cursed effect to most of the other enemies.
While doing this, you might want to drink an Edurus Potion, since you’ll be completely immune to damage during its effect, as long as you have Edurus Potion Potency talent. This will give you enough time to curse all of the opponents, and you won’t need to worry about avoiding enemy attacks.
Next, you want to use the Transformation Spell and throw the explosive barrel at one of the enemies. Alternatively, if you know Avada Kedavra, you can use it to instantly eliminate all of the cursed opponents. If you execute this properly, you’ll have no trouble defeating any encounter the game throws at you.
- Fun to play
- Incredibly powerful, especially against tough enemies
- Unforgivable Curses break all enemy shields
- Not too reliant on consumables
- Some of the Unforgivable Curses are learned late in the game
- Certain bosses and enemies are unaffected by the Unforgivable Curses
- Requires some practice to properly set up the cursed effect on all enemies
Build 2: The Spellslinger
This build is focused on throwing high-damage spells at enemies in quick succession. It is an incredibly fun and satisfying build to play, and it is my personal favorite. With this build, you’ll be dishing out tons of damage, and your enemies will be dropping like flies. Here are the key talents for this build:
Spells Tree: Accio Mastery, Levioso Mastery, Confringo Mastery, Diffindo Mastery, Bombarda Mastery, Transformation Mastery. These will be some of your most used spells while playing, so improving them with talents is essential.
Dark Arts Tree: Talents in this tree are entirely optional. If you don’t want to delve into Dark Arts, you can entirely skip it. However, if you don’t mind some of your spells leaving the cursed effect on enemies, you should pick Stunning Curse, Blood Curse, Disarming Curse, Enduring Curse, and Curse Sapper Talents.
Core Tree: As with most builds, this tree is pretty essential. You can take all of the talents from this tree, except Protego Expertise and Protego Mastery (if you don’t like timing perfect Protego).
Stealth Tree: Since you’ll mostly be fighting your opponents head-on, you can entirely skip this tree.
Room of Requirement Tree: Edurus Potion Potency, Maxima Potion Potency, and Focus Potion Potency are all essential talents for this build, so be sure to pick them.
Altogether, this comes down to 30 talent points total (or 23 if you skip the Dark Arts tree and Protego Expertise/Mastery). This will leave you with 6-13 talent points to spend wherever you prefer.
Gear Traits: Since this build focuses on casting damage spells, you should be enchanting Concentration III on all your gear. This will significantly increase the damage of your offensive spells (the spells with red background).
Playstyle: This build is all about throwing as many damage spells as possible at your opponents. When you charge into battle, drink an Edurus Potion, a Maxima Potion, and a Focus Potion, and then start hitting your enemies with Expelliarmus, Diffindo, Confringo, and Bombarda. It is highly recommended to keep all of these spells on one set, to make it easier to quickly cast them.
Thanks to Edurus Potion, you won’t need to worry about incoming enemy attacks. Maxima Potion will significantly increase your damage and will allow all your damage spells to break enemy shields. Lastly, Focus Potion will significantly reduce the cooldowns of your spells, which will allow you to cast them at your enemies non-stop.
It is also worth noting that all four of the abovementioned spells have pretty long range, which should allow you to cast them from a distance.
- Very fun and satisfying build to play
- You’ll have no problem defeating anything the game throws at you
- Doesn’t require too many talents
- Breaks all enemy shields thanks to Maxima Potion Potency
- Heavily reliant on consumables
Build 3: The Herbologist
This build focuses on using plants to defeat your enemies. This is quite an unusual and very effective build. The main idea is to use talents and enchants to improve the effectiveness of your plants and then use them to defeat enemies. Here are the key talents for this build:
Spells Tree: Accio Mastery, Levioso Mastery, Confringo Mastery, Diffindo Mastery, Bombarda Mastery, Transformation Mastery. While this build isn’t heavily focused on spellcasting, it still needs some spells for certain encounters.
Dark Arts Tree: This tree is completely optional. If you feel like spicing things up with some Dark Arts, you can freely do so, but it isn’t really necessary to make the build shine.
Core Tree: Like with most other builds, most of these talents are mandatory. You can feel free to skip Protego Expertise and Protego Mastery if you don’t want to rely on executing Perfect Protegos. Other than that, it is recommended to learn the rest of the talents.
Stealth Tree: If you want to sneak around and use your plants on unsuspecting enemies, you can feel free to take all of the talents here, but just like with the Dark Arts, they are entirely optional.
Room of Requirement Tree: The talents that you should be picking are Fertilizer, Headache, and Noxious. These will improve the effectiveness of your plants. Also, it is highly recommended to take Edurus Potion Potency, Maxima Potion Potency, and Focus Potion Potency. These talents will significantly increase the effectiveness of your damage spells and will allow you to be highly effective if you run out of plants.
All in all, you’ll need about 26 talent points for this build. The other 10 talent points are up to you. Bear in mind that you’d want to have an alternative way of dealing with enemies if you run out of plants, so it is recommended to invest some points into the Dark Arts or the Stealth Tree. That should make things easier in cases where your plants cannot hit the enemy or if you simply run out of them.
Gear Traits: You should put Herbology III enchantment on all of your gear. This will significantly boost the damage of all combat plants, which pretty much enables this build. Because this trait is a random drop from Collection Chests inside the Bandit Camps, you’ll want to spend some time exploring those camps until you get it.
Playstyle: Playstyle for this build is relatively simple. You’d want to throw between 1-3 Chinese Chomping Cabages and 1-2 Venomous Tentaculas at your enemies (depending on the number of enemies you are facing) and follow it up with a Mandrake. If all of your plants are improved with talents and gear traits, you’ll watch them demolish the opponents before they get the chance to retaliate.
Bear in mind that in some cases, Chinese Chomping Cabages cannot reach enemies that are standing on high ground and shooting you from above. Because of that, you’ll need to hit those opponents with some of the damage spells or pull them close with Accio.
Also, plants cannot reach certain bosses in the game, and while exploring some dungeons, you likely won’t have enough plants to deal with all of the enemies. Because of that, you should always keep some Edurus, Maxima, and Focus potions ready for the situations like those.
- Ridiculously high damage
- Doesn’t require too many talents
- Plants can sometimes distract your opponents
- Great crowd control with Mandrakes
- Extremely limited by the number of plants you can carry
- You’ll need to invest a lot of gold in Room of Requirement and constantly grow plants
- Not very effective against enemies the plants cannot reach
Build 4: Stealth Build
This build is perfect for those who like sneaking around, rather than charging at their opponents. It will allow you to easily sneak past most enemies and eliminate them with Petrificus Totalus. Here are the recommended talents for this build:
Spells Tree: Accio Mastery, Levioso Mastery, Confringo Mastery, Diffindo Mastery, Bombarda Mastery, Transformation Mastery. Having talents that improve some of your damage spells is fairly important for this build. Also, Accio and Levioso are both incredibly useful throughout the whole game, which is why you should improve them both.
Dark Arts Tree: This tree is optional. If you are okay with using the Dark Arts, you can feel free to invest some talent points here.
Core Tree: For most builds, this tree is pretty much mandatory, so you can feel free to pick up all of its talents. The only two exceptions are Protego Expertise and Protego Mastery (in case you don’t like executing perfect Protego).
Stealth Tree: Make sure to pick up all of the talents from this tree. With these talents, you will be much harder to detect, you will be able to sprint while under the effect of the Disillusionment Spell, and your Petrificus Totalus will affect the enemies close to your target.
Room of Requirement Tree: Talents that are recommended here are Edurus Potion Potency, Invisibility Potion Potency, Maxima Potion Potency, and Focus Potion Potency. The Invisibility Potion can sometimes get you out of sticky situations. Edurus, Maxima, and Focus potions are extremely powerful when talented and used together. They will allow you to completely annihilate your opponents during their effects.
Altogether, this build requires around 28 talent points. You can put the remaining 8 points wherever you like.
Gear Traits: By far, the best trait you can use for this build is Ambush III. It will significantly increase the damage of your spells while you are under the effect of Disillusionment Spell. This will allow you to target the enemies that are grouped up with a powerful area of effect damage spell like Bombarda, and completely demolish them before they even realize what hit them.
Keep in mind that this trait only works while you are under the effect of Disillusionment. It will not increase your spell damage if you use the Invisibility Potion.
Playstyle: This build plays differently than most other builds. It requires you to sneak up on isolated enemies and take them down using Petrificus Totalus. This way, you can eliminate several opponents before the fight even starts.
Once you take care of the enemies that are isolated, you can cast a high-damage area of effect spell like Bombarda (or Confringo) into enemies that are grouped up. Thanks to Ambush III trait, those opponents will take massive damage, and you’ll have a much easier time dealing with the rest of the enemies.
When you are out of stealth, you can simply use the Transformation Spell to turn one enemy into the explosive barrel, which you can throw into another opponent.
The biggest weakness of this build is facing bosses. In order to have an easier time dealing with them, it is recommended to use your Edurus, Maxima, and Focus Potions. These will allow you to continuously cast your damage spells, which should make things easier.
- Unique and fun playstyle
- You can eliminate most of the enemies before the fight even starts
- Doesn’t require much to get going
- Requires careful planning
- Not optimal against bosses
Those were some of the best character builds. Hopefully, you found this guide helpful. Thank you for reading and see you soon with more guides for Hogwarts Legacy.