Defending yourself is a necessity in Hogwarts Legacy when you travel beyond the castle grounds. Creatures of the magical wild and Dark Wizards lurk within the various areas of the game’s gigantic map. As one would assume, these foes are not the negotiating type, with violence being the immediate answer upon an encounter. Fight fire with fire, evidently; wizards trading deadly spells onto one another, with mainly you going up against hordes of enemies. Therefore, it’s imperative to have at least one Unforgivable Curse under your belt when it comes to dealing with any sort of trouble. Today, we’re talking about the Cruciatus Curse, also known simply as Crucio.
How to Get Crucio in Hogwarts Legacy
To unlock Crucio in Hogwarts Legacy, you need to progress through In the Shadow of the Study quest with Sebastian Sallow. It’s among the In the “Shadow of the…” line of quests with Sebastian. The player, along with Sebastian and Ominis (two students from Slytherin), comes across a locked Slytherin door, which can only be opened with the Crucio spell. As it so happens, Sebastian knows the Unforgivable Curse, and he offers three dialogue options to choose from. Two of them adhere to learning Crucio while one relies completely on avoidance when it comes to obtaining it.
Here are the three options that you must choose from when speaking to Sebastian about Crucio:
- “Very well, I don’t want to learn the Cruciatus Curse.”
- “I want to learn the Cruciatus Curse, but you must cast it on me.”
- “Teach me the Cruciatus Curse and I’ll cast it on you.”
Select either options 2 or 3 to learn Crucio while option 1 will merely advance through the story without the Unforgivable Curse in your magical arsenal. Once you do, the spell in question will be cast, displaying its torturous qualities. Whether you choose to find out what Crucio truly is or not, Sebastian will remain the same either way. All of this decision-making is based solely on if you want to engage in the path of the Dark Arts of Hogwarts Legacy.
Alternatively, you can participate in the Dark Arts Battle Arenas to test out Crucio and the other Unforgivable Curses: Avada Kedavra and Imperio. It’s a piercing hostile spell that essentially imposes “excruciating” pain upon the victim. Upgrades for the Unforgivable Curses are located in the Talents menu, which will offer significant touch-ups for the agonizing curses.
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C. Anthony Rivera is a freelance writer from Chicago, IL. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Writing and has been published on several gaming websites with reviews, news articles, and guides. He is currently working on a novel.