Niantic’s follow-up to Pokemon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is now available. Like its predecessor, the new Harry Potter game tasks you with walking around, interacting with real-life locations that have been translated into the game world, and collecting things–among other Wizarding World-related activities. And like Pokemon Go, it has an augmented reality component designed to bring a bit of fantasy into your everyday life.
There’s a lot to learn in Wizards Unite, from how to take on enemies in combat to what you’re even trying to accomplish (it’s complicated!). We’ll keep updating this article with the latest news, guides, and more on Wizards Unite, so stay tuned. For now, here’s what you need to know.
It’s Live Now
Set to launch on June 21, Wizards Unite appeared on the App Store and Google Play a day early, on June 20. Those in the US and UK–as well as Australia and New Zealand, which got access even earlier–can now download the game, which is free to play.
Like Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite contains microtransactions. You can spend real money to purchase Gold, which you can then use to buy items in the game. These include potions and Runestones, which are used for Wizarding Challenges in the game.
We were able to play the game a bit early during an event. From what we’ve played so far, it seems like Wizards Unite is dodging some of Pokemon Go’s problems at launch.
If you’ve been on social media since the game’s launch, odds are you’ve seen people sharing their friend codes all over the place. This is done by sharing a long string of numbers, and adding others to your friends list provides various benefits. At this point, the one upside to doing so that we know about is you’ll get bonus Wizarding XP and Wizarding Challenge XP when you complete Wizarding Challenges together.