In Hogwarts Legacy players have the opportunity to learn the three unforgivable curses including Crucio, the torture curse, through side quests.
Hogwarts Legacy allows players to make choices for being good or evil, including using the powerful curse Crucio. The Cruciatus curse, Crucio, also known as the Torture curse, is one of the three unforgivable curses along with Avada Kedavra and the Imperious curse. All three unforgivable curses are forbidden in Hogwarts Legacy, and using one, such as Crucio, impacts players’ reputation in the game among other characters. It can also impact cutscenes, including the dialogue throughout a playthrough.
Throughout the player’s time in Hogwarts Legacy, there are many opportunities to complete side quests in addition to the main story. These offer players the opportunities to level up, learn new spells and discover everything on offer across the fantastic replication of the Wizarding World. All three unforgivable curses, including Crucio, can be unlocked through side missions for Slytherin student Sebastian Swallow. Unfortunately, all three can be missed if players make the wrong choices in Hogwarts Legacy. Each curse has a specific side mission that needs to be completed. In each one, the player gets asked by Sebastian if they want to learn the curse; if students select no, there are no further opportunities to learn the spell again in the game.
How To Learn Crucio in Hogwarts Legacy
The quest to learn Crucio, “In the Shadow of the Study,” will appear for players after completing the main mission ‘Welcome to Hogsmeade.’ To access the quest and learn Crucio, players must be at least level 16. Players can earn experience to level up by completing quests and challenges involving defeating enemies. Sebastian is one of a host of new characters in Hogwarts Legacy. If the side mission still isn’t appearing, students should regularly check for possible owl posts from Sebastian to ensure the quest pops up. Players can learn Crucio at a relatively early stage of Hogwarts Legacy, and it is the first unforgivable curse available in the game.
Once learned, Crucio can cause damage over time to enemies. In particular, it is useful against some of the stronger enemies a player will encounter during a playthrough. While some will avoid using the three forbidden curses, those that do will find some of the strongest spells available in Hogwarts Legacy. Players will spend a lot of time exploring the vast map in Hogwarts Legacy, discovering all it has to offer.
Editor’s Note: Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has been accused of transphobia by those in the LGBTQ+ community. Although not directly involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, Rowling does stand to earn royalties from the game. We would like to reiterate our support for trans rights and that trans identities are valid. Support services are listed below for trans people impacted by discussions of transphobia.
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- Warner Bros. Games
- Adventure, Action RPG, Open-World
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- Set in the 1800s in the Wizarding World universe, Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG where players get to live out a student’s life in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts and beyond. Aside from Hogwarts, players can also travel between iconic locales such as Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Forest. Starting as a fifth year, players will pick up more advanced spell casting and potion crafting and discover both friendly and antagonistic magical beasts across the entire Harry Potter universe, as they follow the path of light or darkness on their own wizarding journey.