SOS Training Casts a Spell on “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite”

It’s been an exciting week for players of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite who have been exploring the game-changing update that developers Niantic, Inc. and Portkey Games hope will further personalize the experience for players based on their playstyle.

On Monday, the previously announced SOS Training was rolled out to all players, and further information was released about the new lessons.



“Masters of the Magical Universe” is the first SOS Training lesson for players at Level 4, and it’s all about increasing the power of spells. Increased Mastery overall will make it easier to overpower Confoundables and return Foundables. Mastery can also be focused on specific types of Foundables, allowing players to adapt their skills to the challenges they often face in the game.


An image of gameplay from Wizards Unites SOS Training.

“Masters of the Magical Universe” allows players to increase their spell power.


“Charmed, I’m Sure” is unlocked at Level 5 and introduces players to the world of Field Charms. There are three Field Charms: the Trace Charm, the Inn Charm, and the Greenhouse Charm, all of which are cast directly on to the map.

Using the Trace Charm (with the incantation “Pario Vestigius“) on traces reveals others that are nearby. As players upgrade their Trace Charm skills, the number and rarity of the traces will increase.

Shouting “Tribuomnus” at Inns will generate Spell Energy on the map and probably some strange looks from anyone nearby. For rare potion ingredients, aim your wand at the nearest Greenhouse and speak the incantation “Celescere.” In addition to conjuring rare ingredients, this spell will increase the yield of ingredients in the Greenhouses over time.


An image of gameplay from Wizards Unites SOS Training.

“Charmed, I’m Sure” has introduced Field Charms that players cast directly onto the map.


Need to boost your potions? Then “Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog” is the lesson for you. The Potion Effect skill will increase the effectiveness of specific potions, whereas the Brew Time Reduction skill will, well, reduce the time required to brew potions.


An image of gameplay from Wizards Unites SOS Training.

“Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog” helps players develop two potions skills.


Teased in the run-up to the launch of SOS Training was the Departure Denial skill, which reduces the chance of Confoundables fleeing. We now know that this skill can be developed in the “Stay for a Spell” lesson.


An image of gameplay from Wizards Unites SOS Training.

“Stay for a Spell” reduces the chances that Foundables and Confoundables will flee.


The fifth SOS Training lesson is “Fortune Favors the Bold,” which allows players to invest in three Reward Upgrade skills. The Reward Upgrades can range from increasing the likelihood of receiving rare gifts to upgrading Treasure Trunks and receiving high-Spell Energy foods at Inns.


An image of gameplay from Wizards Unites SOS Training.

“Fortune Favors the Bold” is all about reward upgrades.


According to the Wizards Unite website, each lesson also has upgrades that can be unlocked using the newly introduced Field Guides, Ministry Manuals, and Defense Against the Dark Arts Books. Field Guides can be earned by returning Foundables, Ministry Manuals by placing images in the Registry, and Defense Against the Dark Arts Books by participating in in-game events.

Speaking of in-game events, the Fantastic Flora and Fauna Brilliant Event is returning this month!



From 2 p.m. ET on July 28 to 2 p.m. ET on August 4, players can return new Brilliant Foundables and collect fragments of Foundables from last year’s event. Players will also be able to complete event tasks and purchase bundles.

With the SOS Training update and Fantastic Flora and Fauna Brilliant Event, Wizards Unite players have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. We would expect nothing less from the game that was recognized for its Technical Achievement and Best Game Design at this year’s Webby Awards!

Will you be taking part in the upcoming Brilliant Event? And have you started on your SOS Training journey yet?

Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!