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The Wizarding World is full of magnificent and wonderous creatures, each with their own magic and lore so dense that someone could (and, in fact, did) write a book just about that. Characters like Rubeus Hagrid and Newt Scamander have cared for these creatures, leaving many looking on with envy, wishing that they, too, could own and care for beasts. And with Hogwarts Legacy, that is finally a possibility, as players will have access to a Vivarium within the Room of Requirement, where they can store rescued beasts, care for and interact with them in a variety of ways, and harvest resources from them for use in potions and other crafting.
But there is a lot to beast care, and not all of it is immediately intuitive, and so we are here to answer any questions you might have about the Vivarium and the beasts you can house within it.
How to Access the Vivarium
Accessing the Vivarium is thankfully simple. In order to get to your Vivarium, all you need to do is head to the Room of Requirement and then step through the illuminated door on the far side of the entrance, which will be surrounded by glass similar to that of a greenhouse.
How to Add Beasts to the Vivarium
There are two ways to add beasts to the Vivarium in Hogwarts Legacy:
- Rescue them at Beast Dens
- Unlock them from quests
You can find Beast Dens on your map, indicated by the symbol. Otherwise, you’ll need to complete specific quests to unlock beasts — once we know what those quests are, we’ll list them here.
We also still don’t know exactly how we’ll be getting those beasts back to the Vivarium. Seeing as you seem to be able to store a Hippogriff if your pocket (as demonstrated by your ability to summon one to serve as a mount), it seems reasonable that a similar charm is used to transport beasts directly from the dangerous overworld and into the Vivarium, where they will be safe from poachers and other dangers.
What Kinds of Beasts Can You Collect?
Hogwarts Legacy has a gigantic variety of beasts, quite a lot of which can be put into the Vivarium. Some beasts, like Graphorns, Mooncalves, and Kneazles, have been seen in a gameplay showcase wandering the Vivarium, so we know you can capture them. Others, like Thestrals and Hippogriffs, serve the player as mounts, and so it is unclear whether or not they will also be available in the Vivarium. And then there are some beasts which seem to operate entirely as enemies, like Dragons, Trolls, and Acromantulas, which we don’t expect will be possible to put into your Vivarium.
How to Care for Your Beasts
Caring for your beasts in Hogwarts Legacy is more straightforward than it might at first seem. Every beast in your Vivarium has two status indicators, Affection and Hunger, displayed at the top of the screen below their name and sex. When a beast’s need isn’t satisfied, the background of this symbol will be dark, but when you interact with the pet in the correct way, the background will change to green, indicating that a beast is content.
/: The first indicator, a paw within a heart, represents a beast’s need for affection. You can satiate a beast’s need for affection by interacting with them using the prompt.
/: The second indicator, a fork and knife, represents a beast’s hunger. This can be satiated by bringing out your food basket using the appropriate spell, and then using it to toss food at the beasts, who will happily devour it and satiate their hunger.
Because of all the content in Hogwarts Legacy, you cannot always be present to care for your beasts. So, how can you make sure your beasts needs are met while you aren’t there? By building structures! You can do so from the Conjuration menu while you are in the Vivarium.
While there are many structures and objects which are purely cosmetic (more on that later), some structures, called “Beast Items,” provide utility for your Vivarium to allow it to function in different ways.
- Beast Feeder: This structure, as the name implies, can feed your beasts while you’re gone.
- Required 8 Moonstones.
- Only one can be built.
- Food must be added to the feeder occassionally for it to function.
- Breeding Pen: This structure allows you to breed two beasts of the opposite sex together in order to produce offspring.
- Required 15 Moonstones.
- Multiple can be built.
- Toybox: A box for various toys, which you can use to play with your beasts.
- Requires 4 Moonstones.
- Only one can be built.
- Some toys are more suited to specific beasts, such as the Moonball, which is intriguing to Mooncalves.
How to Rename Your Beasts
Beasts in Hogwarts Legacy are like pets, and players will want to bond with them as such in order to enjoy caring for them even more. But it can be awfully impersonal to call a beast by its species name, and can get confusing if you have several beasts of the same kind. In order to prevent this, you are able to rename your beasts to whatever you’d like. So, here’s how to rename your beasts in Hogwarts Legacy:
- Open the Beast Care menu from within the Vivarium. The button to do so will be displaying in the bottom right of the screen, above your spells.
- Navigate to the beast you want to rename in the menu.
- Select the beast, then a pop-up box will appear. You can enter the beast’s new name into the field below their picture and status symbols.
Getting Materials From Your Beasts
Beasts in Hogwarts Legacy are the source of dozens of valuable materials which can be used for a variety of crafting, from gear upgrades to potions. In order to get access to these materials, all one needs to do is take good care of their beasts by keeping their affection () and hunger () icons green. If one does so, then the beasts will occasionally drop their rare materials, ready to be picked up and used by the player. Each beast produces different materials, so you will need to pay attention to which beasts drop what in order to make the best use of this mechanic.
Personalizing Your Vivarium
Like the Room of Requirement it is attached to (and in fact part of), the Vivarium is hugely customizable. But accessing the Conjuration menu from within the Vivarium, dozens of objects will be available for you to place, rotate, resize, and otherwise personalize. While some of these objects cost Moonstone, such as Beast Care structures, cosmetic objects — ranging from plants to benches to non-utility buildings — are free, and can be placed at a player’s leisure.
A player can also customize their Vivarium’s overall atmosphere, completely altering its appearance in a drastic way. The default “theme” appears to be that of a meadow, with rolling green hills, grassy surfaces, and a lake. Another “theme” that has been confirmed is that of a swamp, which presumably has a darker and more cluttered feel, but which is sure to be just as whimsical.
Now that you know everything you need to about the Vivarium, you are ready to rescue, care for, and raise the many beasts of Hogwarts Legacy! Let us know what your favorites are, and good luck at Hogwarts!