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Hogwarts Legacy beasts

In this guide, we list every Hogwarts Legacy beast, so you know not only which ones you have to fight, but which offer you their friendship.

Two students riding Hogwarts Legacy beasts as they fly through the air

Hogwarts opened its doors to a barrage of fifth-year students in 2023, and if you happen to be one of those with an acceptance letter to the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry, then you likely want to know about all of the Hogwarts Legacy beasts. You can find these creatures out in the world, and who knows, some might even let you ride them.

Should you want to know even more about the magic that awaits you, make sure you take a peek at our Hogwarts Legacy release date, Hogwarts Legacy companions, Hogwarts Legacy classes, Hogwarts Legacy Houses, Hogwarts Legacy Dark Arts, Hogwarts Legacy spells, Hogwarts Legacy upgrade, and Hogwarts Legacy characters guides.

Anyway, onto all of the Hogwarts Legacy beasts.

Hogwarts legacy beasts inside the Vivarium

How do you tame Hogwarts Legacy beasts?

All sorts of magical critters are available for you to catch and keep in Hogwarts Legacy. Most fit in the Room of Requirement’s Vivarium, too!

To access this feature, you need to complete Deek the house elf’s side quest called The Elf, The Nab-Sack, and The Loom in order to get yourself the nab-sack item and the ability to catch animals. He is found in the Room of Requirement (you’ll notice that the nab-sack looks a lot like Newt Scamander’s bag in the Fantastic Beasts films!).

Once you have this item on your person, you can venture out and grab some new furry and feathery friends. You can interact with tamed animals, and you need to pay close attention to their needs and keep them happy. As their friendship bond with you grows, they drop items for gear upgrades like Niffler fur and Graphorn horns.

A hogwarts legacy beasts eating some food in front of students

Hogwarts Legacy beasts

There’s quite the menagerie available in Hogwarts Legacy, both in and out of the Vivarium in the Room of Requirement. Here is a rundown of all the available creatures:

Vivarium beasts

  • Diricawl
  • Giant Purple Toad
  • Graphorn
  • Fwooper
  • Jobberknoll
  • Kneazle
  • Mooncalf
  • Niffler
  • Puffskein
  • Unicorn

Each of these critters will drop an item needed for gear upgrades – usually fur or feathers, or warts from the toad, and horns from the Graphorn. Upgrading your gear in the later stages of the game can be a pain, so the earlier you start collecting item drops from these friendly beasts, the better.

A student fighting against a Hogwarts Legacy beast in a dungeon

Mountable beasts

  • Thestral*
  • Onyx Hippogriff*
  • Hippogriff

*Note that these two magical mounts are only available as pre-order DLC bonuses.

Naturally, the iconic hippogriff is available regardless of whether or not you pre-ordered the game. They really are as majestic as Buckbeak makes them appear to be in The Prisoner of Azkaban, but beware, they’re proud creatures, as Draco Malfoy found out.

Enemy beasts

  • Dragon
  • Troll
  • Centaur
  • Acromantula
  • Inferi

Beware when you see any of these in the overworld – you may just end up in a fight! For us, the most terrifying of these creatures is the Acromantula. They see us as dinner, and frankly, we’re not okay with that. In the famous words of Ron Weasley, “can we go now?”

And that’s all the Hogwarts Legacy beasts we know about for now, but make sure you bookmark this page, as we’ll update it each time a new one comes to light. If you need something to keep you busy in the meantime, you can’t go Ron with our picks for the best Harry Potter games on Switch and mobile.

Or, if Harry Potter isn’t the franchise for you, check out our FFVII Tifa, FVII Aerith, FFVII Cloud, FFX Lulu, and FFX Auron guides to learn more about Final Fantasy. Or, if you’d rather catch ’em all and be pals with beasts of a different kind, check out our fairy Pokémon, flying Pokémon, ice Pokémon, dragon Pokémon, psychic Pokémon, dark Pokémon, and ghost Pokémon articles.

Hogwarts Legacy has drawn considerable criticism during its development, largely due to the fact that the creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years.

While Avalanche has confirmed that J.K. Rowling is not “directly involved” in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, it is working with “her team” and Portkey Games, a Warner Bros. label dedicated to launching new experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. It is currently unclear whether she will earn any royalties from the game’s sale, but it is likely given it is based on her original body of work.

If you would like to learn more about transgender rights or lend your support, we’d encourage you to check out the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US and Mermaids in the UK.