Merlin Legacy Hogwarts Trials are small spell-based challenges scattered throughout the game’s magical open world. Once you start exploring, you’ll find it’s hard to go three steps without stumbling into another Merlin test. That said, these puzzles are important as they give you extra gear inventory slots so you can carry more stuff to sell or wear.
You unlock the first Merlin Trial during the “Trials of Merlin” quest shortly after meeting Natty near Lower Hogsfield, and Nora Treadwell will talk you through the basic idea of placing Mallowsweet on the altar and solving the challenge that follows. However, there are many different types of Merlin Trials around the world, and each of them requires a specific spell to solve. Here’s how to complete each type of Merlin Trial I’ve found and how to get enough Mallowsweet to start them.
How to solve all Merlin tests
As I traveled around the world of Hogwarts Legacy, I found eight different types of Merlin Trial that seem to repeat themselves in variations on the map. It’s worth noting that these trials require certain spells, which makes them impossible to complete if you haven’t learned them yet.
Here’s how to solve each type of Merlin test:
- Open torches: Light the torches around the test using Incendio or Confringo. They’ll start sinking into the ground when you do, and you need to light them all before that happens. With this in mind, find their positions first and light the tallest ones first. Confringo is better if possible as you can light from a distance.
- Break bullets: A simple one where you have to destroy the orbs on top of the pillars using Accio. There are usually several bullets to break in each of them.
- Standing stones: This is a good modern obstacle parkour wizard. Climb up to one end of the nearby standing stones and move along them by running and jumping without touching the ground to reach the other end.
- Symbol Cubes: A little more difficult to complete, this requires you to use Flipendo on the symbol cubes to line up each side with the plinth the cube rests on. These cubes usually have arrows on some of the faces to help guide you in the direction they should be aligned.
- Collect moths: This challenge involves hollow cubes with crystals inside. Use Lumos to attract the nearby floating moths and bring them back to each of the cube crystals in turn to light them up.
- Exploding rocks: One of the simplest; use Confringo to blast the cracked greenish rocks around the test area. Repulso can theoretically work as well, but Confringo is probably easier in range.
- Statue Repair: When you start this test, a bunch of statues collapse in the area. Use Reparo to fix them and complete the challenge.
- Spelling Ball: Essentially magical football: use yellow and purple movement spells to put the ball into the nearby bowl-shaped goal on the ground. Of course, you can just use Wingardium Leviosa to cheat and move it there manually.
If you do this for the gear slots, make sure you claim them in the challenges when you’ve completed enough of the Merlin trials.
How do I take Mallowsweet?
While you can buy Mallowsweet from Magic Neep in Hogsmeade, you’ll run out pretty quickly, so I suggest buying the seeds instead and growing them in the greenhouse planter first. Either that or just wait until Hall of Claims unlocks so you can start your own Mallowsweet farm with plant tables and basically never run out. You’ll get five every time you collect Mallowsweet from a plant table in the Room of Requirement — considering you can have seven plant tables at the start, that should be plenty to keep you going.