By far the most surprising aspect of a wand is its wood type. In Hogwarts Legacy, players can choose the type of wood, its flexibility, and its length. Like the other parts of the wand, this does not have an impact on your character or the gameplay, but it does have a lot of lore implications. If you’ve already made your wand at Ollivander’s, then check out your choices below and see what they mean. If you haven’t yet made your wand, then you can inform yourself on the specifics and make sure your future wand is tailored to your liking.
There are a plethora of different wood types from which wands are made. In Hogwarts Legacy, this is no exception, and every one of them has a ramification on wands and their users in the lore. In this section, we will list each wood type and note who they’re best suited for, or what they’re best at in terms of magical applications.
Acacia—Sensitive wood that likes to only work for its owner. It is temperamental but powerful.
Alder—Best wood type for non-verbal spell work. Unyielding wood that prefers owners opposite to its own character.
Apple—Rare and suited for ambitious people, but this wood doesn’t lie dark magic. Usually prefers charming owners.
Ash—Very connected to its original owner and loses power when transferred to another. Best owned by stubborn and courageous people.
Aspen—Excellent at charms and dueling, this wood is great for duelists.
Beech—Extremely powerful in the right hands, which are wise, experienced, and open-minded.
Blackthorn—Makes a loyal wand and is perfect for warriors. Used by dark and good wizards alike.
Black Walnut—Makes some of the most impressive wands if matched with a sincere and honest person.
Cedar—Should be paired with people of strong character and a perceptive nature, can be powerful when challenged.
Cherry—An extremely powerful wood type that should not be paired with those who lack control.
Chestnut—Great for those practicing flying, herbology, and magical beast taming. Can change dramatically depending on its core.
Cypress—A noble wood that seeks out those that are brave, willing to sacrfice.
Dogwood—Make playful and entertaining wands, prefer users that are exciting and fun.
Ebony—Good for martial magic and transfiguration, is well suited for courageous and independent people.
Elder—A fated wood that is one of the most powerful. Wielders are usually marked by destiny.
Elm—Prefers owners with a magical dexterity. Wands with this wood make very few errors, and elegant magic.
English Oak—Espouses strong owners who are loyal. An affinity for magic of the natural world.
Fir—Excellent for transfiguration magic, and pairs well with people who are decisive and unyielding.
Hawthorn—Most powerful when handled by people with inner conflict. Talent is important as spells can backfire.
Hazel—Reflects the emotions of its owner. “Wilts” when its owner dies, and can detect water underground.
Holly—Varies depending on core, and works best for people overcoming anger.
Hornbeam—A loyal wood that makes for wands that become very attached to their owners. Prefers owners who have a singular purpose.
Larch—A hard to please wood that instills courage and bravery in its owner. Very poplar wood for a wand.
Laurel—A powerful and lethal wood for a wand. Prefers owners that seek glory.
Maple—Prefers travelers and explorers, becomes more powerful with fresh experiences.
Pear—Suited to those who are kind and wise, can make powerful magic. Never pairs with dark magic.
Pine—Easily adapts to new spells and likes masters who are creative loners.
Poplar—Makes very dependable wands and likes principled owners.
Red Oak—Great dueling wand because it is very reactive. Prefers nimble and witty masters.
Redwood—Reputation for being lucky, but actually prefers owners who have a knack for coming out on top.
Rowan—Excellent for defensive magic, making it very popular. Never does evil work.
Silver Lime—Performs best for seers and those adept at Legilimency.
Spruce—An excellent wand for a bold character, can create dramatic effects.
Sycamore—A wood that makes a wand fond of questing and keeping busy. Prized for adaptability.
Vine—This wood seems attracted to people with hidden depths, and purposeful visions.
Walnut—Very versatile and adaptable and is best suited for intelligent inventors, but also corruptible.
Willow—Excellent for healing wands, and for those with potential.
Yew—Excellent wood for a duelist’s wand, it excels at curses. Can be used by both villains and heroes.
Length of the Wand
Wand length is an interesting factor when pairing wands with individuals. Apparently, it isn’t just about the size of the wizard or witch, but instead their characteristics, personalities, and preference for magic. For example, while longer wands might be better for bigger people, they are really well-suited for big personalities and people who have a dramatic style of magic. On the other hand, smaller wands are more preferable for sophisticated and refined spell casting. Even more curious, very large wands are really only suited for people with a “physical peculiarity.”
Flexibility of the Wand
Essentially, the more rigid a wand, the less favorable it and the user will be to change. A more flexible wand, however, means that the wand and user will be able to adapt more easily. One point that is repeated over and over in the lore of wands is that none of these features or parts are independent of one another. They will all mix and create wands just as varied as the witches and wizards using them.
Did you end up picking a wand that matches your play style and character? Tell us about it in the comments!
Information for this guide sourced from wizardingworld.com’s pieces on wand wood and flexibility.
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