As you progress during your adventure in Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll soon gain the ability to see Ancient Magic Hotspots out in The Highlands. These are one of the Exploration Challenges and will also increase the Ancient Magic meter.
When do Ancient Magic Hotspots Unlock?
Before you can begin your hunt for the Ancient Magic Hotspots, you’ll first need to progress the story far enough for them to become available. Once you learn how to cast Ancient Magic during the Secrets of the Restricted Section Main Quest, you’ll be able to start seeing Ancient Magic Hotspots in The Highlands. These will increase your Ancient Magic meter by one segment for every challenge you complete.
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Below, you will find out how to find every one of them and to solve the puzzles they contain, starting from the north of the map.
Forbidden Forest Ancient Magic Hotspots
After activating the Hotspot, grab the first essence to your right, then climb over the broken wall to your right and duck under the rubble for the second. The final essence can be found in the room to the left by climbing to the platform with the chest.
Enter the first frog statue on the left to transport to the first essence. Return, burn the spiderwebs away with Incendio and go to where the large chest is and use the statue there to reach the second essence.
Go back to where the first set of statues are and use the left statue from the two on the right. Leap over to your left to collect the third essence.
Hogsmeade Valley Ancient Magic Hotspot
Climb up the ladder and go around the back to find some leaves to burn away with Incendio. The first essence sits at the back of this room.
Climb the platforms in this room to reach the second essence. Use Depulso on the lock to drop down to the room below and find the third essence.
North Hogwarts Valley Ancient Magic Hotspot
Burn away the leaves with Incendio to reach the first essence.
Use Depulso on the planks behind it to reveal a hole you can drop into. Then pull a switch to lower a wall for the second essence.
Defeat the Inferni, then go behind another wall to find the final essence.
Hogwarts Valley Ancient Magic Hotspots
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Burn away the spiderwebs with Incendio to grab the first essence.
Continue to the back, defeating spiders, to burn another spiderweb and grab the second essence.
Look to your left to find a crate you can climb on, then follow the path to a hole in the building where the final essence rests.
Drop down and defeat the wolves, then use Depulso on the mechanism to open the gate and snag the first essence.
Go to the opposite side, burn some leaves and use the box (or fly) to reach the room with the second essence.
Fly to the top of the area where the first essence was found and burn away the leaves there to locate the final essence.
Fly above the room in front and drop down into the hole to collect the first essence.
Head over to the left side, scale the platforms and burn away the leaves with Incendio to gain access to the room where the second essence is.
The final essence can be found by flying over the wall to the left of the entrance.
Burn away the leaves with Incendio to get into the building, then break the crates to your right to find the first essence.
Use Accio to pull the crate to this wall and climb up. When you find the next stack of crates, pull one out with Accio to duck under and find the second essence.
Climb up this platform now and jump to the other side to find the final essence.
Fly up to the chimney to find the first essence.
Use Revelio and fly southwest to find the second essence.
Return to the first house and fly east to find the final essence in the field.
Burn away the leaves on the nearby door, then duck unto the right once inside to find the first essence.
Climb the ladder, pull the switch below with Accio to find the second essence.
Climb up the next ladder and break the crates to find a hole where the final essence is.
Feldcroft Region Ancient Magic Hotspots
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You can grab all of the essences without dealing with the Bandit Camp. Go down the stairs you’re at for the first essence.
Fly over to the nearby building and snag the essence on top.
The final one can be found by dropping to the room below.
Climb the nearby ladder for the first essence.
Continue up the ladders, burn away the leaves and climb the next platform to find the second essence.
Go to the left, shoot down the crates in front of you and then leap across to the final essence.
These essences are easier to get by flying. The first essence is nearby, leave the starting room and you’ll see it in front of you.
Fly beyond the Trolls to the back to find the second essence.
The final essence can be found by flying back toward where you started and landing on the broken building to your right.
Go through the entrance and look to your right to find the first essence.
Go back to the entrance and climb the platforms to the left to reach the second essence.
The final essence sits outside the nearby Treasure Vault.
Poidsear Coast Ancient Magic Hotspots
Despite the door requiring a Level I Lockpick, you can access all of the essences by flying.
Fly to the top of the house to find an entrance and the first essence at the top.
Fly halfway down the building to find another entrance that leads to the second essence.
Land on the bottom, use Depulso to blow away the wooden boards and then again on the rocks to find the final essence.
Run across the bridge and use Depulso on the wooden boards of the first house to reach the first essence.
Go to the large house behind this, duck under the floor and burn away the vines to reach the second essence.
Go back to the main room, pull the switch with Accio to lower a wall and gain access to a crate you can pull and use to reach the floor above where the final essence is.
Marunweem Lake Ancient Magic Hotspots
This is another Ancient Magic Hotspot that is easier to solve by flying. Start by flying directly up to the first essence nearby.
Go into the center of the room and break two crates against the wall to reveal a mechanism. Hit this with Depulso to gain access to the second essence.
Fly up and around to the final essence, you must come from below.
This Ancient Magic Hotspot requires you to pick a Level III Lock. Start by using Reparo to the right of where you begin, then follow the platforms up to the first essence.
Continue to follow the platforms up by using Accio on the switch to pull a platform down, you will need need to pick a Level III Lock to reach the second essence.
Jump on your broom and fly down to the water to find the final essence.
Manor Cape Ancient Magic Hotspots
Despite having a Level III Lock door, you can solve this by flying.
Start by striking the floor near the first essence to drop a block, then use Levioso on it to raise it and climb to reach the first essence.
The second essence is above on the rafters, fly over to collect it.
The final essence is at the very top of the castle, again, flying up to this is the quickest way to collect it.
Cragcroftshire Ancient Magic Hotspots
Head up the tower to find the first essence.
Continue to the top and jump to the corner for the second essence.
Then jump on your broom and fly down the north side of the tower to find the final essence.