How to use Petrificus Totalus in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy sneaking up on enemy

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One of the easiest ways to defeat enemies in Hogwarts Legacy is by using the spell Petrificus Totalus, the same charm that Hermione cast on Neville in the Sorcerer’s Stone. This magical skill isn’t like the others as it isn’t listed among your list of spells. It can only be used when you’re stealthily sneaking up on enemies.

You can make Petrificus Totalus more effective by upgrading it and your stealth abilities. Doing this can make it hard for enemies to detect you, allows you to run while invisible, and can even unlock the ability to petrify multiple enemies at once. It’s all of these choices that help give depth to Hogwarts Legacy‘s combat and makes this one of the best PC games and best Xbox games out there.

How to unlock Petrificus Totalus in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Sebastian in the Library
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Players cannot perform this body-binding curse until they have completed the “Secrets of the Restricted Section” main quest. This unlocks fairly early on so make sure to take on this mission (that has you running through the library with Sebastian) as soon as possible.

How to cast Petrificus Totalus in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Disillusionnment charm
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Step 1: When you’re near an enemy, make sure they aren’t alerted to your presence and turn invisible with the Disillusionment Charm.

Hogwarts Legacy sneaking up to do Petrificus Totalus
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Step 2: Sneak up behind an enemy without getting spotted by them or their allies.

If an enemy looks in your direction they will begin to get suspicious and will eventually sound an alarm. To avoid getting discovered, hide behind a tree, rock, some ruins, or other objects when someone starts taking an interest in you until they lose interest. Then continue stalking your prey.

Note: If you cast any other spell or your basic attack, all enemies in the area will be alerted to your presence and will attack you. When this happens you can no longer use Petrificus Totalus until enemies are no longer aware of you.

Hogwarts Legacy petrified enemies
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Step 3: When you are directly behind an enemy, the option to cast Petrificus Totalus will appear. Press the proper button to initiate this spell (F on Windows, X on Xbox and Steam Deck).

Of course, if you’ve upgraded the affects of Petrificus Totalus, you can paralyze multiple enemies at once. It also helps if you’ve upgraded your sneaking ability so that you can move faster while invisible and can’t be detected as easily.

How to upgrade Petrificus Totalus in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Stealth abilities
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You can increase your effectiveness with Petrificus Totalus by upgrading your Stealth abilities.

  1. Open the menu.
  2. Go to the Talents tab.
  3. Select Stealth.
  4. Unlock Stealth abilities by spending Talent Points.

Swipe to scroll horizontally


Petrifcus Totalus upgrades
Stealth Abilities Details
Sense of Secrecy I Enemies’ ability to detect you is reduced. Unlocks at Level 5.
Human Demiguise Allows you to sprint while invisible. Unlocks at Level 5.
Sense of Secrecy II Enemies’ ability to detect you is reduced. Unlocks at Level 16.
Petrificus Totalus Mastery Petrificus Totalus eminates an area of effect that can impact nearby enemies. Unlocks at Level 22.

Stealthy witches and wizards

Mastering Petrificus Totalus will make it a whole lot easier to get through Bandit Camps and dungeons since you’ll be able to sneakily run around and take enemies out without them fighting back. You just have to make sure not to get caught sneaking around or attacking anyone or else the gig will be up and everyone will turn on you.

The best thing you can do is work on upgrading your Stealth abilities using your available Talent Points. This will make you far more effective when sneaking up on enemies and using Petrificus Totalus. If nothing else, it’s gratifying to see more than one enemy taken out by this petrifying spell at a time.