The open-world Hogwarts Legacy Harry Potter game doesn’t just let you customize your character, but also your very own Wand, indulging any series fans’ fantasies. This option will be unlocked once you get to the Ollivanders’ shop during the “Welcome to Hogsmeade” Chapter. You will find that Hogwarts Legacy provides you with tons of customization options, including Wand Style, Wood, Length, Flexibility, and Core. However, after this section, your Wand choices will be locked for the remainder of the game. You can only change the Wand Handles later. With that in mind, you might be wondering which Wand Core you should choose in Hogwarts Legacy, so let’s break it down.
Hogwarts Legacy Wand Core Explained & Which to Choose
First things first, do note that your Wand Core does not affect the gameplay whatsoever and is purely a cosmetic choice, just like the other parts of your Wand. Whether you pick the Dragon Heartstring, Unicorn Hair Wand, or Phoenix Feather Core, your Wand will deal the same amount of damage, lets you learn the same amount of spells, and is able to cast Dark Arts, despite their lore implications.
Each Wand Core has its own personality, so to speak. In that case, if you want to do some roleplaying or looking for the best Cores to replicate the Wands of popular Harry Potter characters such as Voldemort or the titular hero, let’s learn what the Wizarding World lore has to say about them below.
Unicorn Hair Wand Core Lore Explanation
- Closest to Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy’s Wands.
According to the lore, a wand with a Unicorn Hair core is known for “producing consistent magic.” Considered to be the most “faithful” of all wand types, it usually has a very strong connection to its first owner, regardless of whether they were a skilled witch or wizard or not. As such, if seriously mishandled it is prone to be stressed out and depressed meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.
Learners of dangerous Dark Arts will want to stay away from a Unicorn Hair Wand since it is the most difficult to turn to Dark Arts and does not make the most powerful wands.
Dragon Heartstring Wand Core Lore Explanation
- Closest to Hermione Granger’s Wands.
Meanwhile, Dragon Heartstring Wand is the most powerful and can learn to spell much faster out of all three types. However, it is also very “temperamental” and prone to accidents. Its strong bond with its current owner can also be changed if persuaded hard enough. Nevertheless, those who seek the power of Dark Arts will want to use this one since it can be swayed into the dark path — although it will not incline that way of its own accord.
Phoenix Feather Wand Core Lore Explanation
- Closest to Harry Potter and Voldemort’s Wands.
Lastly, the rarest of the Wand types. Phoenix Feathers can learn the greatest range of magic, the best fit for the most studious of wizards and witches. But, it often acts of its own accord and is “very picky” when it comes to a potential owner, making it hard to tame and won over compared to the other two.
Before we end this guide, there’s something you might want to know. When arriving at the Ollivanders’ shop, if you have linked your Harry Potter Fan Club and WB Games accounts (and completed the “Get Sorted Now” and “Find Your Wand” quizzes), the game will give you a Wand that’s associated with your Harry Potter Fan Club account instead of a random one!
Hogwarts Legacy is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC.