In Hogwarts Legacy, Ancient Magic is an enigmatic force, unbound by normal magical law — though, due to its ties to the Dark Arts and chaos, you might learn something if you investigate it when it crops up, by visiting Ancient Magic Hotspots and investigating the ruins near them. In the guide, we will go over what Ancient Magic Hotspots are, where they can be found, and how to complete them to increase your Ancient Magic capacity.
What Are Ancient Magic Hotspots?
Dotted throughout the map, there are places where Ancient Magic (the magic that you are uniquely attuned to) flourishes. These places are called Ancient Magic Hotspots, and investigating them is key to unlocking more of your own potential with Ancient Magic. These locations are ruins, which will require you to activate their Ancient Magic and then hunt down three Ancient Magic Traces within the grounds of the ruins.
Completing these Ancient Magic Hotspots adds to the progress of the Ancient Magic Hotspots Challenge, under the Exploration category. By completing enough Hotspots to accomplish milestones (requiring 2, 8, and 20 Hotspots, respectively), you will be able to increase your stores of Ancient Magic, with each milestone granting you an additional bar of Ancient Magic.
Ancient Magic Hotspots Map Locations
The Ancient Magic Hotspots are scattered all across the game world — 20 in total. The best way to locate them is to use our Interactive Map Tool for each, or to simply check the section below for the locations of Ancient Magic Hotspots in each region.
Ancient Magic Hotspots per Region
North Ford Bog: 0 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Forbidden Forest: 2 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Hogsmeade Valley: 1 Ancient Magic Hotspot
North Hogwarts Region: 1 Ancient Magic Hotspot
South Hogwarts Region: 0 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Hogwarts Valley: 6 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Feldcroft Region: 4 Ancient Magic Hotspots
South Sea Bog: 0 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Coastal Cavern: 0 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Poidsear Coast: 2 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Marunweem Lake: 2 Ancient Magic Hotspots
Manor Cape: 1 Ancient Magic Hotspot
Cragcroftshire: 1 Ancient Magic Hotspot
Clagmar Coast: 0 Ancient Magic Hotspots
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How to Complete an Ancient Magic Hotspot
The Ancient Magic Hotspots can be completed as soon as you come across them, regardless of where you are in the story.
In order to complete an Ancient Magic Hotspot, you will first need to locate it on your map or via Revelio, to track its initial location. Ancient Magic Hotspots always begin just outside of ancient ruins, where there will be a swell of Ancient Magic that you can activate with /. Once you do, three Ancient Magic Traces will appear through the ruins, requiring you to explore the ruins and solve puzzles in order to activate each of the Traces (which you can do simply by touching them).
Most of these puzzles just require simple platforming, which you can often skip by using your broom. Some, however, require the use of spells (most commonly Depulso, Accio, or Incendio) to access parts of the ruins, such as those locked behind gates or trapped behind overgrown plants. Other puzzles might even require you to navigate through teleporting toad statues in a specific order, or to head into catacombs below the ruins. If you ever need to know where to find the next Ancient Magic Trace, they can be located by simply casting Revelio.
Now that you know everything you need about the Ancient Magic Hotspots, it’s time for you to explore those ruins and grow your power! Let us know in the comment section below if you have any trouble finding or completing any of these hotspots.
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