In addition to the rather familiar and trivial challenges, Hogwarts Legacy contains hidden chess puzzles that require the player to be a little smart and also aware of the rules of chess games. In this guide, we will tell you how to find, start and successfully complete all known puzzles with chess pieces.
How to find chess puzzles
At the moment, four locations are known where you can practice moving pieces around the board. Each of them is hidden in the corresponding treasure vault, we will indicate their location below.
Note: the solution of chess riddles can be attributed to fairly late game activities, since the passage requires a high level of unlocking spells, as well as the presence of the Wingardium Leviosa and Transformation spells. Make sure Alohomora is upgraded to level 3 and the above magic is already available. If not, don't be discouraged, but just move on through the story until the desired perks are unlocked. Detailed information on all the magic in the game in our material: all spells in Hogwarts Legacy.
Solving riddles with chess
Puzzle 1 – Cragcroftshire
There are a lot of two vaults with treasures, and, accordingly, two chess puzzles. Let's start with the first one – the location and entrance are shown in the screenshots below.
Initially, the entrance is sealed. You can open it if you bring the magic cube to the platform near the wall. Find the block to the right of the passage and use the spells “Accio” and “Levioso” to bring it to the target. Then you need to set fire to the cube with any of the fire spells, after which the entrance will be opened.
After running down the corridor, you will find yourself in a room with a chess floor, on which the pieces are placed. Use “Revelio” to detect objects available for interaction, find a suspicious one among them and use the “Transformation” enchantment on it – it will turn into a chess piece.
The solution to the puzzle is to correctly place the piece on the board, checkmate the enemy king with this move.
Just a reminder of the principle that a move endangers an opponent's piece:
- Queen/Queen: on straight and diagonal lines;
- Rook: on a straight line away from the king;
- Bishop: along any of the diagonals;
- Knight: “letter L”, that is, two cells in a straight line and one perpendicular, or one cell in a straight line and two perpendicular to it;
- Pawn: on a diagonally adjacent square.
You can get any of the listed pieces, just place it in the indicated way relative to the king.
Once the game is won, you will gain access to a chest containing a random piece of equipment.
Puzzle 2 – Cragcroftshire
Go to the next chess puzzle in this region. The entrance is marked on the map, and it opens with the action of “Accio” on two large rings. The right one will succumb immediately, the left one needs to be cleared of old branches using, for example, the Confringo magic.
Go inside along the corridor, inside you will find a room similar to the one in the first puzzle.
Recall the principle by which a move endangers an opponent's piece:
- Queen/Queen : along straight and diagonal lines;
- Rook: on a straight line from the king;
- Bishop: along any of the diagonals;
- Knight: “letter G”, that is, two squares in a straight line and one perpendicular, or one square in a straight line and two perpendicular to it;
- Pawn: on a square adjacent diagonally.
You can get any of the listed shapes, just place it in the indicated way relative to the king.
Search the room with the Revelio enchantment and change the item found with Transform. It remains to checkmate the black king, guided by the principles described above.
Puzzle 3 – Lake Marunvim
Another chess riddle is located near Lake Marunvim. Do not rush to run immediately to the entrance, first look into the hut nearby, where the cube is in the cage, which is necessary to activate the passage to the test. Bring it to the platform at the entrance, then affect the cube with any ice spell.
In the puzzle room, follow the old pattern: find a suspicious object, transform it into a shape using Transform, then place it on the square corresponding to the shape's type.
Of course, do not forget to take the reward from the chest.
Puzzle 4 – Poidseer Coast
The last chess puzzle known to us is located in the Coast location Poidseer. The passage at the specified point is opened by rotating the blades near the gate. The Depulso spell will help with this: just shoot and spin the flywheels until the valves are fully open.
It remains to find an object available for transformation, get a piece from it and checkmate the king, as in other riddles. The rewards for this and the rest of the chess challenges include a random item of equipment, including legendary quality (with a small chance).
We have covered all known the current moment of chess puzzles in Hogwarts: Legacy. We hope the information turned out to be useful for you, and if you have something to add, we look forward to your comments.