How To: Auror, Magizoologist & Professor — Which Profession Do You Pick in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Auror, Magizoologist & Professor — Which Profession Do You Pick in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite offers players an augmented reality look into the world of witchcraft and wizardry. The Wizarding World and Harry Potter novel series is full of unique and interesting characters, which is why it makes sense that Wizards Unite offers you to take the role of one of three "Professions" — Auror, Magizoologist, and Professor. The question is, which one do you pick?

Right off the bat, before worrying about making this decision, check out what level you currently are in-game, which you can find in the lower left of the main screen. At this time, only players that are Level 6 or higher are eligible to select a Profession for their Wizards Unite character. If you're currently rocking a Level 5 or lower, keep playing to unlock this choice.

What Is a Profession?

Professions determine your type advantage and disadvantage against a particular kind of "Foe," particularly in Wizarding Challenges. If you've ever played Pokémon or other types of RPGs, you'll be familiar with this mechanic.

There are three Foe, i.e., enemy, types in the game to watch out for, consisting of Dark Forces, like Death Eaters; Beasts, like Acromantuals; and Curiosities, like Pixies. Each Profession has a unique advantage and disadvantage against each of these Foe types, but more on that below.

With each Profession, you earn experience known as "Expertise," which enables you to grow your strengths and fight better in combat. You receive Expertise when fighting Foes, but also through Scrolls, Spell Books, Restricted Section Books, and Lessons.

Breaking Down the Professions

So, your Level 6 or higher character is looking to choose a Profession. Each one has its own set of advantages and disadvantages in the game. Let's take a look at all three and see which one is right for the way you play:

1. Auror

In the Harry Potter universe, Aurors are the magical police. They're detectives, fighters, and defenders against dark forces. That's why it makes perfect sense that the Auror Profession in Wizards Unite is most effective against Dark Forces and Dark Wizards. That means, when encountering Dark Forces in the wild, you'll have an advantage in your fight versus a Magizoologist or Professor. However, face a Beast, and you'll have a disadvantage versus the other two professions.

2. Magizoologist

Magizoologists in the fictional universe of Harry Potter, such as zoologists in the real world, love magical creatures. That's why they have a type advantage over Beasts. Encounter one on your adventures, and you'll find your battle to be less stressful than if you were an Auror or Professor. However, Magizoologists have a disadvantage when it comes to Curiosities. If you come across a Pixie on your journey, you'll need to brace for a tougher fight.

3. Professor

Finally, there are Professors, steeped in knowledge about magic and spells. While on the surface you can brag to your friends about your character's magical advantage, where you'll see it count is when facing Curiosities. That said, Professors are weaker when it comes to fighting Dark Forces. If in a team, you'll hope to have an Auror on your side or, at the very least, a Magizoologist, who has neither an advantage nor a disadvantage for Death Eaters and other Dark Enemies.

Am I Stuck with My Decision?

Not at all. Let's say you want to be an Auror because Harry Potter's an Auror and you think you'll spend more time slashing through Dark Forces versus Beasts? Great. Down the line, you may spend much more time fighting Beasts than Dark Forces, making you wish you would've chosen Magizoologist in the first place.

Switching your Profession is easy, and Niantic lets you do so at any time. Tap your Ministry ID icon or the Suitcase icon from the main screen, then tap "Profession" on either page to choose a new character.

Main screen (left); Ministry ID screen (middle); Suitcase screen (right).

Will I Lose Any Progress When I Switch?

Technically, no. If you do switch from an Auror to a Magizoologist, you won't be able to take along any of your Expertise. However, all isn't lost. Switch back to the Auror at a later time, and you'll find all of your previous Auror Expertise still intact. The same goes for any Expertise you accrue as a Magizoologist in that time — it won't carry over, but it'll be there whenever you come back.

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