How to Defeat Pensieve Guardian Boss Fight on Hard Difficulty During Percival Rackham’s Trial


Hello everyone. Here is a guide on how to defeat the Pensieve Guardian boss fight in Hogwarts Legacy on hard difficulty. You will encounter this boss during “Percival Rackham’s Trial” quest. To defeat this boss, players will need to think fast and react to different mechanics accordingly.

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First, there are some talents that are quite useful for this fight. Here is the list of them:

  • Basic Cast Mastery – This will allow you to significantly reduce your spell cooldowns while you are attacking with Basic Cast.
  • Wiggenweld Potency I (and II if you are level 16) – Nearly every instance of damage you take on hard difficulty will significantly reduce your health. Having this talent will allow you to heal more from each Wiggenweld potion you use, which is quite helpful.
  • Evasion Absorption (if you are level 16) – This talent will help you fill up your Ancient Magic Meter each time you dodge an unavoidable attack. Since you’ll be dodging quite a lot during this boss fight, this talent is quite handy.
  • Disarming Curse – As long as you don’t mind delving into the Dark Arts, this talent will let you curse the boss each time you use Expelliarmus. This will let you keep the boss permanently cursed, and you’ll be able to deal extra damage with each attack and spell.
  • Enduring Curse (if you are level 16) – This will prolong the effect of the curse you apply with Expelliarmus, so you won’t need to reapply it often. It’s not completely mandatory but can make things easier for you.
  • Maxima Potion Potency (if you are level 16) – This talent will significantly (more than double) increase the damage you deal with Basic Attacks and Spells whenever you drink a Maxima Potion. Needless to say, perfect for Boss Fights.

In order to defeat this boss on hard difficulty, you’ll need to understand its moveset. Here are all of the moves this boss has and the best way to deal with each one.

Pensieve Guardian will quite often use its stomp attack. This will send a force shockwave toward you, and the best way to deal with it is to dodge to the side. This attack is telegraphed by the Boss raising one of its legs. During this time, a red circle will appear around your character’s head.

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This attack will sometimes be followed by a projectile of magic that can be blocked with Protego. You can also dodge this attack, so both dodge and block are viable ways of dealing with it.

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Another attack Pensieve Guardian will use is its orb attack. The boss will summon an orb of magic and start charging it up. After a few seconds, the orb will be launched toward you and explode, dealing massive damage.

To counter this ability, you will need to use a spell that has the same color as the orb. If the orb is yellow, use any spell that has a yellow background (such as Levioso). If the orb is purple, use a spell that has a purple background (for example Accio). This will cause the orb to explode and will stagger the Boss for a few seconds.

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Lastly, it is worth noting that each time you use Ancient Magic, the Guardian will be stunned for a short period of time, during which your attacks and spells will deal increased damage. Combine this with Maxima Potion (if you have Maxima Potion Potency talent) to deal even more damage while the Boss is vulnerable.

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To sum things up, every time you see Pensieve Guardian rising one of its legs, be prepared to dodge, and expect a potential follow-up magic attack you can either block or dodge.

Whenever the Boss starts charging up one of the orbs, take a look at its color, and cast the appropriate spell to counter it.

Lastly, be sure to use Ancient Magic whenever your Ancient Magic bar is full. That way, you won’t waste any of it. Also, small orbs of Ancient Magic will appear around the boss whenever you get a high combo streak. You can collect these orbs to fill up your Ancient Magic Meter.

Hopefully, this guide will help you defeat Pensieve Guardian Boss. Thank you for reading and see you soon with more guides for Hogwarts Legacy.