Wizards Unite for Beginners: A quick guide for crafty witches and wizards who’ve just joined the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.
Are you new to Wizards Unite? Having trouble figuring out how the game works? Do you feel like a Muggle who accidentally leaned on the wrong brick wall and ended up lost in Diagon Alley? Worry not, we’re here to help.
Today we will be covering the basics around one of the most important aspects of the game: Foundables. Let’s delve right in!
What is a Foundable?
As we’ve come to expect from anything Harry Potter-related, this game introduces quite a bit of new terminology. It can be somewhat overwhelming at first, so let’s start with the basics.
New Terms you need to know:
- The Calamity: a mysterious event that takes things from the magical world (objects, people and even memories) and sends them to the Muggle world.
- Foundables: the objects, people or memories that the Calamity transported to the Muggle World.
- Confoundable Magic: it’s the force, creature or person keeping the Foundables in the Muggle world. We need to overpower this magic in order to return the Foundable to its rightful place.
- Trace: this is the icon that appears on the map. You need to tap on these icons to interact with Foundables.
- Registry Family: Foundables are split into different groups. These groups (sorted by theme) are called Families. You can see these Families in the Registry. Access it through the Suitcase at the bottom of your map screen.
So, in short, a Foundable is an object, person, beast or memory you need to return to the magical world. You do this by successfully casting a Spell on the magic keeping it in Muggle areas. Once you return a Foundable you will receive one fragment of it for your Registry page, some XP that will help you level up and some Family XP that will let you rank up and get special rewards (Runestones for Wizarding Challenges and Scrolls for Profession lessons).
What is a Foundable Fragment
If you look at your Registry you will notice a space for your Foundable along with a number. This numbers shows you how many times you successfully returned said Foundables and how many times you need to do so in total to complete the ‘Foundable Sticker’.
The image above is a good example of this. Since I have never encountered the Foundable in the middle, it shows up as a white shape only. The images will begin to appear as you return more and more fragments. Once you have all the fragments you need, you will be able to place the sticker in the Registry.
The number that is by the image shows just how many fragments you need. In this case we need to return eight fragments of each of the Founders’ portraits and fifteen of the mystery item.
Where can I find Foundables?
There are two ways to get a Foundable:
- Tap on a Trace on the map and successfully cast a spell.
- Receive them as a reward for completing a Wizarding Challenge.
Foundables on the map
When you open your game you will see a map of your area complete with some magical buildings (Inns, Greenhouses and Fortresses), potion ingredients, Portkeys and Traces of Magic. The traces are what we’re interested in today.
The traces look like medals in the shape of their family icon. You will see some of them have a shard of light shining like a column above it. This indicates their Threat Level (rarity and difficulty). During an event, the ‘Brilliant Foundables’ will show a purple light.
Foundables in Fortresses
When you enter a Fortress you need to select a Runestone for each challenge. We will delve deeper into Fortresses soon. For now you only need to remember that the Runes belong to a Family, just like the Foundables. The rewards you receive when you complete your Wizarding Challenge will include, with a little luck, a Foundable from the same Family as the Runestone you selected.
In the case of the image above the rewards include the Crest, which is part of the Challenges area in the Registry, and a Centaur Bow, which belongs to the Oddities Family. In this case, the Runestone I used was an Oddity Runestone.
How do I return a Foundable?
The game splits Foundables into different Families in the Registry, sorting them by theme. Each Family has an icon, as we mentioned before, which is what we see on the map.
When we tap on a Trace (the icon) the Foundable’s animation will begin. The first thing you will see is the Threat Clock showing how difficult returning this Foundable will be. Then you will see the Foundable itself.
If you are using AR your device’s camera will provide the background. You will need to align the stars (by moving your phone) for the Spell glyph to appear. You can see an example in the image below.
If AR is not active you do not need to align the stars, the glyph will appear right away.
You can switch AR on and off tapping on the switch on the top-right corner of your screen once the encounter has begun.
Once you can see the spell you need to trace it with your finger (or a compatible stylus).
Remember: the game values speed over accuracy.
While you don’t want to move too far away from the glyph (it will consider the spell incomplete and you will waste one spell energy) you’ll want to go as fast as you can.
Once you finish tracing the spell it will change colour depending on the quality of your cast (fair, good, great, masterful) and its colour on the top bar. The lower the threat, the greener the top bar will be.
After this, the spell light will come out of your wand. Its colour will show you if the spell was successful or not. As of version 2.4.0 you can skip the return animation (after you have returned a fragment of this Foundable once) by simply tapping on the screen after casting the spell. If the spell was unsuccessful, though, you will be unable to skip ahead.
Why are some Foundables missing?
Foundables spawn (appear on the map) depending on the area and weather conditions. Higher threat Foundables appear less often than low-threat ones. But even then, there are some Foundables that are nowhere to be seen. Odds are, these are (almost) exclusive to Fortresses.
Each page generally has one Foundable that appears only when you complete a Wizarding Challenge (Fortress) using that Family’s Runestone. This reward is not guaranteed, however. Your odds of getting a Fragment increase when you complete higher-level Fortresses.
Here is a graphic with the Foundables you can receive from Wizarding Challenges.
Graphic by @OrangeWizard2019
That’s it for today
We hope you found this little guide useful. Once you are more familiar with the game, check out our Gameplay section for more tips and game info.
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