Hogwarts Legacy has a potential for some creative builds… but how about something extra-creative? If you already spend some time with your Potting Table and don’t mind exercising that green thumb, you can actually turn your little hobby into quite a destructive build! Ever wondered why Professor Garlick mentioned that “Plants will take care of you as well”? Well, wonder no more: in this guide we will teach you how to play an AoE Herbology Build!
Make sure that each of your Gear Slots has a Legendary Gear piece in it! This will allow you to get the most powerful Stats and Traits. It does not particularly matter which Legendary Gear pieces you obtain, however, the Traits you will want to acquire will be quite essential towards maximizing your damage!
You will want the following 4 Traits on your Legendary Gear:
- Herbology III (Greatly increases the damage done by all of your Plants)
- Deafening III (Greatly increases the damage done by Mandrakes)
- Fangs III (Greatly increases the damage done by Chinese Chomping Cabbages)
- Venom III (Greatly increases the damage done by Venomous Tentacula)
These last two are flexible, depending on the specifics of your build or playstyle:
- Protego Shielding III (Greatly decreases damage received from Dark Wizards)
- Concentration III (Greatly increases the Spell Damage of all of your Spells)
The Herbology build doesn’t depend as much on the Spells as it does on Potions and Plants, but you will still want to supplement that damage, targeting as many enemies as possible, as quickly as possible.
Our Talent picks will let us use quite a few Spells, so we will want to combine our “green friends” with some powerful Area-of-Attack spells. Keep in mind that this build will also make use of some Dark Arts Talents to boost your damage by afflicting your enemies with the Cursed effect (this will increase the damage they will receive).
Main Spells & Tools
Using the Combat Plants
(If you want to learn the basics of buying, growing, and using your green friends, check out our Combat Plants guide. We even have a location for some free Venomous Tentacula prepared for you there!)
If we dedicate to playing this build, we will need to adopt the mentality of a Summoner — let your beloved Plants tackle your enemies for you, and then aid your small plant army in conquering your enemies… with your spells!
Your approach should be using as many Plants as possible, while countering your enemies with Protego & Stupefy. Since we chose the Protego Expertise, Stunning Mastery, Stunning Expertise, and Stunning Curse talents, we will want to counter as many Spells as possible and use Stupefy to spread our Curse effect.
However, what brings this build together is not our Plants or Spells, but rather the Edurus Potion! Thanks to our Edurus Potion Potency talent, we will gain immunity to all forms of damage while also deflecting all projectiles back towards our enemies. This is extremely powerful — it practically allows you to become a walking fortress, deflecting anything thrown your way!
- Always use Edurus Potions and couple it with Protego.
- We will want to spread the Curse status as much as possible, since it will empower the damage done by our Plants.
- It’s worth emphasizing that Venomous Tentacula will break all of your enemy’s Shields because of the Noxious talent — make use of it!
- You can have up to 3x Chinese Chomping Cabbages or 3x Venomous Tentaculas around at the same time.
Our main goal will be to unleash our plant army as soon as possible while being in the range of our enemies. This can also be done while you are using the Disillusionment Charm. While you really can just throw plants to set up a trap before you engage your enemies, beware of using plants while in stealth near your enemies, as this will instantly reveal you!
While this is all fine and dandy, and your plants can take care of your enemies, you should still assist them with Accio, to bring enemies closer towards your plants and their attack range. Then, use Levioso & Descendo to deal massive AoE damage to your enemies, since we picked the Levioso Mastery talent, which picks up all enemies nearby to your main target, and the Descendo Mastery talent, which will create an AoE shockwave.
Bombarda can also be used as a form of instant AoE damage!
If this is not enough, you can also use Transformation to turn one of your enemies into a living bomb — this will add to the AoE damage, especially if the “bomb” is among the targets picked up by Levioso.
We sincerely hope you have fun playing our Herbology Build in Hogwarts Legacy! Let us know in the comment section below what crazy encounters you managed to defeat with this build. Share your own variations of the build and any tips we might have missed!