How to choose the best wand in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Wand
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A special part of every magical student's life is getting their very own wand and this is something that you'll do near the start of Hogwarts Legacy. After some opening cutscenes and preliminary quests, you'll be tasked with going to Ollivanders to acquire this magical instrument. Here you'll be able to choose your Wand Style, Wood Type, and Wand Core. There are plenty of options to allow you to make a truly unique wand or to create a similar wand to your favorite Harry Potter characters' wands. 

The best wand in Hogwarts Legacy

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While choosing your wand is a special experience in Hogwarts Legacy, none of the choices available to you will make your wand stronger than any other. This is simply a fun part of the game that allows you to customize your instrument. So you can have fun choosing the elements you like until you make the one you like best.

There are several customization options to allow you to make something unique or that aligns with what we know about wands from the Harry Potter books. It's this attention to detail that makes Hogwarts Legacy one of the best PC games and one of the best Xbox games out there. Note that Wand Handles are obtained by exploring or completing quests and aren't available when you first choose your wand at Ollivanders.

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Wand options
StyleNotched, Classic, Soft Spiral, Spiral, Stalk, Ringed, Crooked Spiral, Natural
ColorsVaries depending on Style
Wand Length9 1/2 inches to 14 1/2 inches
Wood TypeAcacia, Alder, Apple, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Blackthorn, Black Walnut, Cedar, Cherry, Chestnut, Cypress, Dogwood, Ebony, Elder, Elm, English Oak, Fir, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Hornbeam, Larch, Laurel, Maple, Pear, Pine, Poplar, Red Oak, Redwood, Rowan, Silver Lime, Spruce, Sycamore, Vine, Walnut, Willow, Yew
FlexibilityQuite Bendy, Fairly Bendy, Very Flexible, Quite Flexible, Suprisingly Swishy, Swishy, Slightly Springy, Supple, Reasonably supple, Whippy, Pliant, Brittle, Hard, Sold, Stiff, Rigid, Unbending, Slightly Yielding, Unyielding
Wand CoreDragon Heartstring, Phoenix Feather, Unicorn Hair
Wand HandlesArrow - Black, Arrow - Brown, Avian - Beige, Avian - Brown, Avian - Grey, Basketweave - Red, Botanical - Bronze Leaf, Botanical - Silver Leaf, Celestial - Light Grey, Checkerboard - Teal, Column - Teal and Brown, Corkscrew - Light and Dark Brown, Corkscrew - Teal Blue, Orbicular - Brown, Orbicular - Gold, Orbicular - Velvet, Regal - Pink, Sabre - Ash Brown, Sabre - Brown, Sabre Grey, Shell - Grey, Shell - Honey Brown, Swirl - Brown, Swirl - Lilac

What is the best wand in Hogwarts Legacy?

No wand combination is better than any other in Hogwarts Legacy as all of the choices you can choose from are simply cosmetic and don't have any bearing on how strong the wand is. 

However, if for you the "best wand" means a wand that matches one that a witch or wizard from the Harry Potter books has then you will want to build your wand to the same specifications as that character.

Can I change my wand in Hogwart Legacy?

Sort of. The main look and design of your wand will remain the same and cannot be changed after you initially make it. However, you will be able to change the wand handle based on options you unlock during your playthrough. 

Harry Potter character wands

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The makeup of some characters' wands, like Albus Dumbledor and Severus Snape, were never actually revealed in the books. So this is a list of characters whose wands we do know about. 

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CharacterWand info
Harry Potter11 inch Holly Wood with a Phoenix Feather core.
Ron Weasley (2nd wand)14 inch Willow Wood with a Unicorn Hair core.
Hermione Granger10 3/4 inch Vine Wood with a Dragon Heartstring core.
Draco Malfoy10 inch Hawthorn Wood with a Unicorn Hair core.
Rubeus Hagrid16 inch Oak Wood with an unknown core. "Rather bendy".
Minerva McGonagall9 1/2 inch Fir Wood with a Dragon Heartstring core.
Lily Potter10 1/4 inch Willow wood with an unknown core. "Swishy".
James Potter11 inch Mahogany Wood with an unknown core. "Pliable".
Tom Riddle (Voldemort)13 1/2 inch Yew Wood with a Phoenix Feather core.
Bellatrix Lestrange (1st wand)12 3/4 inch Walnut Wood with a Dragon Heartstring core. "Unyielding".

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Whether you're looking to match the wand of your favorite witch or wizard or you're more interested in making something unique there are plenty of options for customizing your wand. Remember that the Wood Type, Core Type, Flexibility, and Wand Length cannot be adjusted once you leave Ollivanders. However, there are plenty of fun wand handles to unlock to help add some flourish to your magical instrument.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

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