Adversaries Guide: How to Defeat The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback

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With the ongoing help of Plotter101 and his fellow researchers, we are continuing to put together Adversaries guides for players of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. This Wizards Unite guide is about the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback. Stay tuned for future detailed guides on all Wizards Unite Adversaries.

The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback in Wizards Unite


The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback is the 7th Adversary in the Challenges Registry of Feared Adversaries. This dragon is the same species as Hagrids beloved Norbert (later Norberta) from the Harry Potter series.

You will need to place 1 Adversary and 4 Artefacts to prestige the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback Registry page. These are:

  • The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback
  • The Norwegian Ridgeback Egg
  • Norberts Singed Teddy Bear
  • The Norwegian Ridgeback Spine
  • Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit

To earn the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback Fragments and Artefact Fragments you need to defeat the Guards and the dragon itself. These are:

  • Common Troll
  • Three-Headed Dog
  • Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback

For each Guard you defeat, you earn 1 Artefact Fragment. When you defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback, you earn 1 Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback Fragment and 1 Artefact Fragment.

FoeStaminaPossible Artefact Fragments
Common Troll807The Norwegian Ridgeback Egg OR The Norwegian Ridgeback Spine OR Dragon Breeding for Pleasure and Profit
Three-Headed Dog1576The Norwegian Ridgeback Egg OR The Norwegian Ridgeback Spine OR Norberts Singed Teddy Bear
Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback2587Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback (Guaranteed) AND one Artefact Fragment
How to Defeat The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback in Wizards Unite


To defeat any Adversary players need a combination of Spell Energy, Potions, and time. How many of these resources you use will depend on your Profession, your Professions Lesson Plan, and your Professions Advanced Adversarial Combat. The more you complete in your skill trees, the less resources you will need to defeat Adversaries.

If you have completed the Auror Lesson Plan you should consider playing as an Auror to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback. That said, you will not know the type of Adversary until you enter the Adversary Encounter. Once you start the Adversary Encounter there is not a secure way to change your Profession. Some players have successfully used a second device to change Professions, but this can cause a glitch that kicks you out of the Adversary Encounter, so do this at your own risk.

When the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback is a boosted Adversary, such as during an event, I recommend that you play as an Auror to save Spell Energy and Potions. To reiterate, this advice is only true if you are equally strong in more than one Profession. If, for example, you have completed a Professor Lesson Plan, but have not completed the Auror Lesson Plan, you will probably be better off playing as a Professor.

Damage Dealt by the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback and Guards


When going through the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback Adversary chain, you take damage whenever the Foe hits you. This chart shows how much damage you take, depending on your Profession. The chart assumes that you have completed the Profession Lesson Plan.

FoeProfessorMagizoologistAuror >50%Auror <50%
Common Troll15121615
Three-Headed Dog31224439
Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback62505555



Resources Needed to Defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback


These recommendations assume that players have completed 10/15 nodes in Advanced Adversarial Combat. If you have not done this, you will use more resources. The chart also assumes that Potion strength and maximum number of charges have been fully upgraded in the SOS skill tree. Plotter101 put together the following chart to help players prioritize their resources when completing the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback Adversary chain.

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Aurors will need to use 4 Spell Energy and 0 Potions against the Common Troll; 8 Spell Energy and 1 Healing Potion against the Three-Headed Dog if they have bad RNG; 4 Spell Energy plus either 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion combined with a Wit-Sharpening Potion OR 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion by itself against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

Magizoologists will need to use 5 Spell Energy and 0 Potions against the Common Troll; 7 Spell Energy and 0 Potions against the Three-Headed Dog; either use 9 Spell Energy against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback by combining 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion with a Wit-Sharpening Potion OR use 6 Spell Energy by using 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion.

Professors will need to use 3 Spell Energy and 0 Potions against the Common Troll; 13 Spell Energy and 0 Potions against the Three-Headed Dog; either use 12 Spell Energy against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback by combining 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion with a Wit-Sharpening Potion OR use 8 Spell Energy by using 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion.

Note: Plotter101 recommends that you always keep some Healing Potions on hand in case you take more hits than anticipated.

I battle Adversaries as a Magizoologist with 15/15 nodes completed in Advanced Adversarial Combat. I typically do not use any Potions against the first two Foes in a chain. I sometimes use one Wit-Sharpening Potion or Strong Exstimulo Potion against the second Foe if I am in a hurry. When I fight the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback, I plan to use 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion. I have plenty of Healing Potions if necessary.

How to Defeat the Three-Headed Dog by Profession


We will need to contend with the Three-Headed Dog before battling the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback. It appears as the second Foe in the chain.

Plotter101 put together this chart to show the different combinations of resources (Spell Energy, Potions, and time) necessary to defeat the Three-Headed Dog.

These recommendations assume that players have completed 10/15 nodes in Advanced Adversarial Combat. If you have not done this, you will use more resources. The chart also assumes that Potion strength and maximum number of charges have been fully upgraded in the SOS skill tree.

Ridgeback-Three-Headed-Dog-Analysis-1024x576.pngAccessibility note: If you are using a screen-reader, the following text explains this chart about the Three-Headed Dog, the second Guard in the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback chain.

How to Defeat the Three-Headed Dog as an Auror


If an Auror uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, they will use 8-12+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 81.1 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 88.35% of the time.

If an Auror uses either a Wit-Sharpening Potion or a regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 4-8+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 44.6 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.58% of the time.

If an Auror uses a Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 3-7+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 30.9 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.97% of the time.

How to Defeat the Three-Headed Dog as a Professor


If a Professor uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, they will use 11-15+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 121 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 98.53% of the time.

If a Professor uses either a Wit-Sharpening Potion or a regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 8-12+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 91.9 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.9% of the time.

If a Professor uses a Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 5-9+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 53.6 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.99% of the time.

How to Defeat the Three-Headed Dog as a Magizoologist


If a Magizoologist uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, they will use 6-10+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 63.6 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 100% of the time.

If a Magizoologist uses either a Wit-Sharpening Potion or a regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 3-7+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 34.2 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 100% of the time.

If a Magizoologist uses a Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, they will use 3-5 Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Three-Headed Dog will be 28.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 100% of the time.

How to Defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback by Profession


These charts will again assume that players have completed 10/15 nodes in Advanced Adversarial Combat. If you have not done this, you can calculate whether or not you need Potions by using this spreadsheet with data compiled by Plotter101 and his Discord. You will need to make a copy in your own Google Drive in order to update the player stats on the Summary page.

Note: These charts also assume that Potion strength and maximum number of charges have been fully upgraded in the SOS skill tree.

How to Defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback as a Magizoologist


Plotter101 put together this chart to show Magizoologists the different combination of resources (Spell Energy, Potions, and time) necessary to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

Ridgeback-Magi-Analysis-1024x576.pngAccessibility note: If you are using a screen reader, the following text explains this chart about the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

If a Magizoologist uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 18-22+ Spell Energy and may need to use up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 208.5 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 15.1% of the time, so it is risky.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 14-18+ Spell Energy and may need to use up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 172.6 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 42.8% of the time. Still bad odds.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 14-18+ Spell Energy and may need to use up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 174.2 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 41.37% of the time. Still bad odds.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 10-14+ Spell Energy and may need to use 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 128.2 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 83.7% of the time.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 5-8+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 62.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.78% of the time.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 11-15+ Spell Energy and may need to use 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 140.8 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 74% of the time.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 6-10+ Spell Energy and may need to use 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 94.3 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 96.7% of the time. This is the recommended strategy to conserve resources.

If a Magizoologist uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 4-7+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 50.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.97% of the time.

How to Defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback as a Professor


Plotter101 put together this chart to show Professors the different combination of resources (Spell Energy, Potions, and time) necessary to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

Ridgeback-Prof-Analysis-1024x576.pngAccessibility note: If you are using a screen reader, the following text explains this chart about the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

If a Professor uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 21-25+ Spell Energy and will need to use 2-5 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 240.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 0.06% of the time, so beware!

If a Professor uses 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 17-21+ Spell Energy and will need to use 2-4 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 206.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 0.6% of the time, so beware!

If a Professor uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 18-22+ Spell Energy and will need to use 2-4 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 210.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 0.4% of the time, so beware!

If a Professor uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 13-17+ Spell Energy and will need to use 2-3 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 162.1 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 6.8% of the time, so it is very risky.

If a Professor uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 6-10+ Spell Energy and may need up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 85.9 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 72.25% of the time.

If a Professor uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 14-18+ Spell Energy and will need to use 1-4 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 175.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 3.5% of the time, so it is very risky.

If a Professor uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 9-13+ Spell Energy and will need to use 1-3 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 128.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 27.6% of the time. Still bad odds.

If a Professor uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 5-9+ Spell Energy and may need to use 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 63.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 91.77% of the time. This is the recommended strategy to conserve resources.

How to Defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback as an Auror


Plotter101 put together this chart to show Aurors the different combination of resources (Spell Energy, Potions, and time) necessary to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

Ridgeback-Auror-Analysis-1024x576.pngAccessibility note: If you are using a screen reader, the following text explains this chart about the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback.

If an Auror uses no Potions to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 14-18+ Spell Energy and will need to use 2-4 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 156.1 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 2.7% of the time, so do not do this!

If an Auror uses 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 11-15+ Spell Energy and will need to use 1-3 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 121.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 15.98% of the time. Still bad odds.

If an Auror uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 11-15+ Spell Energy and will need to use 1-3 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 122.2 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will only win 15.72% of the time. Still bad odds.

If an Auror uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 6-10+ Spell Energy and may need up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 74.8 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 71.55% of the time.

If an Auror uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 4-6+ Spell Energy and may need 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 43.9 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 98.17% of the time.

If an Auror uses 1 regular Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 7-11+ Spell Energy and may need up to 2 Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 86.7 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 56% of the time.

If an Auror uses 1 Strong Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 4-8+ Spell Energy and may need 1 Healing Potion. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 46.4 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 95.7% of the time. This is a good strategy if you do not have many Potent Exstimulo Potions.

If an Auror uses 1 Potent Exstimulo Potion combined with 1 Wit-Sharpening Potion to boost their offensive power, against the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback they will use 4-6+ Spell Energy and should not need Healing Potions. The average time to defeat the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback will be 29.3 seconds. Using this strategy, the player will win 99.3% of the time. This is the recommended strategy to conserve resources.

Tip on Aiming at the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback


The Ridgeback is arguably the hardest adversary to hit because its target (circle) moves around so much. Once you know the trick, however, it is much easier to hit every time. The circle moves in a triangle pattern. First it moves to the right, then down and to the left, and then upward and to the left. See the tweeted image below from Plotter101 for an illustration of this.

Ridgeback-How-to-Hit.jpg

Final Thoughts on the Adversary


The Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback can be tough to beat. If youre a newer or casual player you might need to work your way up to defeating it. You can start collecting Artefact Fragments by defeating the Guards. Then you can back out from the Adversary Encounter to save on Potions and Spell Energy.

It is important to prioritize finishing one Professions Lesson Plan. All Professions have strengths and weaknesses, so consider your overall game strategy as a player, beyond Adversaries alone.

What do you think about the Ancient Norwegian Ridgeback? What other advice would you offer players of different levels?

Many thanks again to Plotter101 and his Discord for compiling this data.

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