Board, Card, and Dice Genre RSS Feed | Board, Card, and Dice on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Hogwarts Legacy: Best Graphics and Performance Settings for PS5 Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:18:49 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Dialing in the best graphics and performance settings for Hogwarts Legacy on PS5 can dramatically change your experience in the Wizarding World. Whether you want to see everything in stunning 4K visuals or want combat to move at a crisp 60 frames, there are several settings you can tweak to get the results you're looking for. 

To truly take full advantage of the PS5's power and take advantage of the best graphics or perfomance settings, you'll need the proper television or gaming monitor setup, as well as the proper HDMI cable.

While Hogwarts Legacy supports 5 total graphics and performance options, two require a 120hz capable screen. Further, you'll need a screen that supports VRR if you want to take advantage of the game's variable refresh rate option. 

Ultimately, finding the "best settings" boils down to what your setup is capable of reproducing and what you're after: better graphics or better performance. 

Hogwarts Legacy Best PS5 Graphics Settings 

Once Hogwarts Legacy is installed, you'll be able to tweak the graphics settings before jumping into the character creation screen. Here, if you're looking for the best general graphics settings, all things being equal, here's what we recommend: 

  • Graphics Mode: Fidelity
  • Cap Frame Rate: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

Adjust the brightness until the image is barely visible, then one or two ticks back from that.

While the game's Fidelity with Raytracing option makes the halls of Hogwarts glisten and the waterways of the open-world striking, I found the framerate variability of the mode to be too distracting. Uncapping the framerate led to artifacting and tearing on my 60hz, non-VRR screen. 

Hogwarts Legacy Best PS5 Performance Settings

If you want the steadiest performance without dropping too many frames while exploring or in combat in Hogwarts Legacy, use these settings: 

  • Graphics Mode: Performance
  • Cap Frame Rate: (Locked in this graphics mode)
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

As with the best graphics settings, adjust the in-game brightness until the image is barely visible, then one or two ticks back from that. 

Best HDR Settings

Unfortunately, it's nigh impossible to provide suggestions for the best HDR settings since they are entirely reliant on your television or monitor and personal preference. What works for me with a TCL 50S455 likely won't work your HDR-supported screen. The rule of thumb here is to toy around with the settings and dial anything in the HDR menu how you like it.

Importantly, however, is that HDR can cut down on environmental surface glare and keep bright spots from getting too washed out. In Performance mode, I (begrudgingly) noticed a decided graphical improvement to the lighting in Hogwarts' Astronomy Wing with HDR turned on and properly adjusted to my television. 

The best settings for graphics and performance in Hogwarts Legacy aren't nearly as granular as the best settings for PC. If you have the capability to take advantage of the game's 120hz 40fps capabilities, go with the Balanced option for the best of both worlds. Otherwise, start with the default settings, try the suggestions above, and tinker around with HDR to find what works best with your display. Fore more, head over to our tips and tricks hub

Bungie Reveals How Strand Subclass Lets You Weave Enemies Out of Existence in Lightfall Tue, 07 Feb 2023 19:18:52 -0500 John Schutt

The Lightfall expansion for Destiny 2 grows closer each day, and we learned a metric ton of new details about the upcoming Strand subclass in a recent blog post from Bungie. There was a lot to unpack, from Aspects and Fragments to grappling information, a new trailer, and a few developer insights. We’ll be discussing a few smaller details today: buffs, debuffs, and the origin of Strand.

Building Strand, Destroying Enemies

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Initially called “Damage type 5,” Strand started as an ephemeral concept of “something astral,” and it also fit “the fantasy of [Lightfall]: the 80s action hero.” The design and narrative teams continued collaborating to land something satisfying to both parties until their concept became “dark telekinesis,” which evolved into Strand.

With the overall concept settled and many of the names and verbiage that would define it for players, the design continued to come together. Now there are, like the other 3.0 class updates, a trio of keywords that acts as some of the core interactions between player and enemy.

On the player side, we have “weaving,” which is the creation of objects with Strand. Defeating an enemy with Strand “unravels” them, which creates a “tangle.” Tangles left behind will explode when shot and can also be picked up and thrown.

Enemies can also be affected by three different keywords, which change how they interact with Strand when damaged or defeated by it.

  • Suspend: A suspended PvE enemy is lifted off the ground for a brief duration and is essentially disabled. In PvP, suspended players are lifted off the ground but can still move (albeit slowly) and fire their weapon to fight back.
  • Unravel: Attacking an unraveled enemy will cause threads to burst out of the target and attack other nearby targets. Once hit, that target will also become unraveled.
  • Sever: A severed enemy is less capable of affecting the material world, reducing their damage output as a result.

Finally, Guardians can be clad in Woven Mail, a special Strand armor that reduces incoming damage and flinch, though, in PvP, that reduction is only for the body. Both headshots and melee attacks are exempt when damaged by other Guardians.

For more about the Strand update, check out our guide to all the new subclass abilities and our analysis of the Strand trailer. For more on Destiny 2, see our guides hub.

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FFXIV: How to Uninstall GShade Tue, 07 Feb 2023 19:24:15 -0500 Ashley Shankle

The drama surrounding Final Fantasy XIV's GShade is palpable, the custom ReShade fork having been found to include code to restart users' computers if they dared to use its shaders with another ReShade fork. You'll want to uninstall GShade, and quick. Especially since it no longer works.

It's not as if there's much choice to uninstall GShade now, as the GitHub for the program has been shuttered either by developer Morat or GitHub themselves, and the program has to phone home to update.

How to Completely Remove GShade from FFXIV

You can uninstall GShade from the control panel like any other program, but you have to do some additional cleanup to completely remove it. The program was designed to be cumbersome and difficult to wipe from your system totally. Be sure to reboot after doing the primary uninstall.

From there, navigate to C:\Users\Public folder and delete both the GShade Backups and GShade Custom Shaders folders.

Last but not least, find the game's directory. If you installed FFXIV to the default suggested directory, it should be in either:

  • Standalone installation directory: C:\Program Files (x86)\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XIV – A Realm Reborn\game
  • Steam installation directory: C:\Steam\steamapps\common\FINAL FANTASY XIV Online\game

Delete dxgi.dll from the game folder in your Final Fantasy XIV directory. Delete d3d11.dll if it's present as well.

Third-party programs like GShade are against the Final Fantasy XIV TOS, and unfortunately, this situation is precisely an example of why. It's worth being aware that GShade certainly isn't the only third-party tool that calls to an outside server. But now that you know how to uninstall GShade, you're safe from the malware threat it posed. For more, read some of our other FFXIV guides on GameSkinny.

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Hogwarts Legacy Blue Characters Bug Fix Tue, 07 Feb 2023 15:31:05 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The Hogwarts Legacy blue characters bug seems to be a glitch with the game that's affecting both Xbox and PlayStation players. According to many Reddit users, it primarily shows up during the game's prologue, though it can theoretically appear at any time. I've not personally experienced the issue in my time traipsing through Hogwarts as a witch or wizard, but here's how to fix it.

Hogwarts Legacy Blue Characters Bug Explained

The bright blue characters, yellow object colors, and green NPCs are an accessibility feature for the visually impaired that's built into Hogwarts Legacy. The high contrast of these colors helps differentiate the character model from important pieces of the environment from a gameplay perspective. However, seeing the feature in action can be jarring for those who aren't visually impaired, especially if they didn't intend to turn it on in the first place. 

Blue characters and yellow objects appear in Hogwarts Legacy when the High Contrast Gameplay option is turned on in the game's accessibility options submenu. The colors are even more vibrant because the option covers the background in a gray overlay. 

When you begin Hogwarts Legacy, you have the option to turn on this functionality, and if you've perused the accessibility menu, it's possible to have accidentally turned it on since the controls can be quite sensitive. It's also possible that you randomly run into the bug that turns it on while playing on Xbox and PlayStation platforms. 

How to Fix the Blue Characters Bug in Hogwarts Legacy

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To fix the blue characters issue in Hogwarts Legacy, which seems to be primarily affecting Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 players, follow these steps:

  • Pause the game.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility Options in the menu on the right side (the symbol of the person with outstretched arms).
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom to High Contrast Gameplay.
  • Turn High Contrast Gameplay off (not "on" as in the screenshot above). 

And that's how you fix the blue characters bug in Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox platforms and PlayStation 5. Important objects won't be yellow, NPCs won't be green, and the background won't be covered in a dull, gray film. For more tips, including the best performance settings for PC or how to choose your House in the Sorting Ceremony, click those links or apparate over to our guides page

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How Strand Subclasses Work in Destiny 2 Lightfall Tue, 07 Feb 2023 14:39:37 -0500 John Schutt

The new Strand subclass has the potential to be a watershed moment for Destiny 2’s movement and combat mechanics. While the construction of the class will follow the system set down with Stasis and added to other classes with their own 3.0 updates, Strand comes with a host of new abilities, conditions, and systems that could crack an already fragile game into a thousand pieces.

Here's a breakdown of what we know about the Warlock Broodweaver, Hunter Threadrunner, and Titan Berserker Strand subclasses. 

Strand Subclass Abilities in Destiny Lightfall

Announced in a new blog post, each Strand class has a different focus based on the fantasy Bungie wants to evoke while playing it.

  • Warlocks have typically played a supporting role, and their abilities have focused on area denial, add control, and widespread rather than focused damage, among others.
  • Titans are all about being in your face, with “punch” being their primary MO since the earliest days of Destiny.
  • Hunters are the ninjas of the franchise, focused on mobility, debuffs, and the power to be in places no one would expect them.

That latter ability is likely to spread to all classes now with the new grapple power Strand offers, which has you consume your charged Grenade ability to summon a grapple point anywhere you see fit, including open air.

Warlock Broodweaver Overview

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The Strand Warlock is all about little energy creatures called Threadlings, “explosive minions woven from Strand matter,” according to Bungie. While all classes can create Threadlings, Warlocks specialize in them, with the unique power to make them and have those that didn’t explode return and follow the Guardian until they’re needed.

The Warlock melee is slightly less interesting, creating up to three tracking projectiles that unravel any enemy they strike. Unraveling is a new debuff that spreads Strand energy to other enemies when the first unraveled one dies, causing them also to be unraveled.

Warlock Broodweaver Aspects

It wouldn’t be a new subclass without new Aspects, and the Warlock, per its focus on Threadlings, has two strong ones.

  • Weaver’s Call: On Rift cast, the Warlock weaves three Threadling eggs, which hatch into Threadlings when they hit a surface. Any perched Threadlings are converted to additional eggs.
  • Mindspun Invocation: This Aspect improves several of the Warlock’s abilities:
    • Grapple: When you execute a grapple melee, the Warlock weaves three Threadling eggs from the target.
    • Threadling Grenade: You can consume your Threadling Grenade to generate a full complement of perched Threadlings.
    • Shackle Grenade: You can consume your Shackle Grenade to gain a buff, creating a suspending detonation on every kill.

The Warlock’s Needlestorm Super sends out a wide-cast net of Strand threads that embed themselves into enemies and the ground before exploding into an army of Threadlings.

Hunter Threadrunner Overview

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Hunters have always been the most mobility-focused class, and Bungie wants to take that to a new level with the Strand Threadrunner class. Besides the class-agnostic grapple, they can also attack multiple foes while in the air, and while Bungie didn’t elaborate, their new rope-dart somehow benefits from maximum agility.

Their new melee attack, Threaded Spike, bounces between enemies before returning to the Hunter. If the Strand reveal is anything to go by, the Spike can move through at least five enemies on a single use.

Hunter Threadrunner Aspects

The two Threadrunner Aspects continue their focus on mobility.

  • Ensnaring Slam: While in the air, press the air-move input to slam downward, suspending all nearby enemies.
  • Widow’s Silk: This Aspect grants an additional grenade charge. The Hunter’s grapple ability creates a persistent grapple Tangle when it latches, which fully refunds grenade energy when grappled to. Hunters can use this ability to set up chains of grapple points that their entire team can use, greatly enhancing their ability to move around quickly in combat and/or traverse the environment.

Movement is paramount in the Threadrunner Super, Silkstrike, as well. Aside from a light and heavy attack with their whip, Strand Hunters in Super can create persistent grapple points for their team to use that fully refunds already boosted grenade energy when Hunters attach to them.

Titan Berserker Overview

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Per the usual Titan playstyle, the Strand Berserker focuses on being in enemies’ faces as much as possible, this time with sharply woven blades of energy that sever anything they touch. Severed enemies are “less capable of affecting the material world,” meaning they do less damage.

The new melee ability for Strand Titans, Frenzied Blade, has them lunge forward up to three times to attack anything in their way. One of their Aspects adds Woven Mail, a damage-reducing overshield, while the other knocks the enemy into the air and suspends them.

Titan Berserker Aspects

  • Into the Fray: Destroying a Tangle weaves Woven Mail unto the Titan and nearby allies. In addition to reducing damage taken, this Aspect also increases the Titan’s melee energy regeneration while wearing Woven Mail.
  • Drengr’s Lash: When the Titan casts their class ability, the Titan will blast forward a powerful ripple in reality, suspending enemies caught in the shockwave’s path.

Bladefury is the Titan Strand Super, and like the Stasis Behemoth Super, it sees the Titan going straight into melee. Their attack speed increases up to three times on a light attack hit while the heavy attack unleashes blades of energy in front of the Titan.

Strand Grenades and Fragments Explained

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Strand has three new grenade types: grapple, Threadling, and Shackle. Grapple is precisely what it sounds like. The Threadling grenade summons three of the little buggers, and Shackle throws a bola that explodes and sends out a secondary one that suspends targets in mid-air.

We’ll get to choose from four new Fragments as well:

  • Thread of Ascent: Activating your grenade ability reloads your equipped weapon and grants increased weapon handling and airborne effectiveness for a short time.
  • Thread of Fury: Damaging targets with a Tangle grants melee energy.
  • Thread of Finality: Finishers generate Threadlings.
  • Thread of Warding: Picking up an orb of power grants Woven Mail.

Those are the big takeaways about the new Strand subclasses. It’s a lot to take in, meaning Lightfall is bound to be a massive upheaval for Destiny 2. Hopefully, Strand delivers on many of the promises we’ve seen. For more on Destiny 2 seasons and expansions passed, check out our guides hub for Bungie's shooter.

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New Destiny 2 Lightfall Trailer Shows Off Strand, Explains Darkness Ability Tue, 07 Feb 2023 13:12:14 -0500 John Schutt

With Destiny 2's Lightfall expansion less than a month away, Bungie is going all out to get Guardians excited for the new content, today releasing their trailer for the Strand Darkness subclass. You'll unlock these unique abilities in the neon-soaked city of Neomuna on Neptune, using them there and across the system to grapple, weave, and unmake enemies. Here's what we learned from the trailer.

The Lightfall Trailer Shows Off Strand

Throughout the latest trailer from Bungie, we see all three subclasses using various abilities new with Strand. The Warlock, for instance, consumes some Strand energy, which seems to empower their weapon with the power, causing a kill to create a burst of it. Affected enemies are debuffed before disintegrating when defeated.

Strand kills also generate what Bungie calls "threadlings" that crawl along the ground and detonate when they hit an enemy. Titans can generate energy waves with their Barricades and swathe their arms in Strand blades. Hunters use a Strand kunai attached to a long whip-like energy rope to attack their enemies both up close and at a distance.

Perhaps the most versatile ability Strand grants is not unique to any one class, however. The ability to summon a grapple point in mid-air, attached to a building or specific points across Neomuna, will give players unprecedented maneuverability. There's some concern that the new traversal abilities will crack open old content, trivializing many of the roadblocks put in place long before Strand was conceived.

We know that you can attach your grapple to other Guardians and possibly to weapon-fired projectiles. With Supers like Thundercrash already providing Titans with the ability to fly for short distances and mechanics like Well of Radiance and Shatterdive skating already pushing the bounds of balance, adding in a grappling hook has the potential to unravel a lot of Bungie's good work.

That won't be an issue for the Neomuna destination or the story told in Lightfall, as both were built with Strand front and center. Guardians will be working with Osiris, recently revived by a powerful Darkness cocktail, to unlock the potential of the new energy type. It seems, too, that there are nexuses of Strand energy throughout Neptune that we'll be able to tap into, either to unlock new powers or empower what we already have.

Here's hoping everything else about Lightfall seems as deep and involved as Strand, from its story to the activities we'll be grinding for all the new loot. We'll learn whether that's true when Lightfall releases on February 28. For more Destiny 2 content on seasons and expansions passed, check out our guides hub.

Hogwarts Legacy Best PC Performance Settings Tue, 07 Feb 2023 09:45:16 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Before delving into the numerous graphics settings in Hogwarts Legacy, PC players must first check minimum and recommended system requirements in Hogwarts Legacy. Once you made sure that your PC fits the bill, you can proceed with this guide to set the best PC performance settings for Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy Best Graphics Settings for Performance

As soon as you install and launch the game, it is advisable to go to "Settings" menu in the game and select "Display Options" tab. There you can set up the best configuration for your PC. Here's what we recommend:

  • Window Mode: Windowed Fullscreen.
  • Upscale Type: NVIDIA DLSS.
  • Upscale Mode: NVIDIA DLSS Quality.
  • Upscale Sharpness: 0
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On
  • VSync: On
  • Frame Rate: 60
  • Motion Blur: On
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

Also, we highly recommend turning off any Ray Tracing (RTX) options, unless you're using one of the following graphics cards or higher that actually support DirectX 12:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.
  • AMD RX 5600 XT.

If you're using a GPU that supports only DirectX 11, then be sure to disable all Ray Tracing options in the display settings.

Best nVidia-exclusive Performance Settings

Besides the in-game settings, players can also improve their gameplay experience by selecting the best options in the nVidia control panel in Global 3D Settings menu:

  • Set "Image Scaling" to "ON".
  • Set "Ambient Occlusion" to "Performance".
  • Set "Anisotropic Filtering" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing FXAA" to "Off".
  • Set "Antialiasing Mode" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing Transparency" to "Off".
  • Set "Low Latency Mode" to "Ultra".
  • Set "Max Frame Rate" to "Off".
  • Set "Optimize for Computer Performance" to "On".

Lastly, laptop users should definitely set "Power Management Mode" to "Maximum Performance".

Best AMD Radeon-exclusive Performance Settings

Similarly, AMD graphics cards owners could improve the performance of Hogwarts Legacy via an AMD Radeon software in the Graphics menu:

  • Toggle "Anti-Lag" to "On".
  • Toggle "Image Sharpening" to "On".
  • Toggle "Vertical Refresh" to "Off".
  • Set "AA Method" to "Multi Sampling".

Those are the best PC performance settings in Hogwarts Legacy, and stay tuned for more Hogwarts Legacy tips and tricks articles. If you're running into the blue characters bug, we've got a fix for that.

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Roblox Pixel Piece Best Races Tier List Tue, 07 Feb 2023 11:07:23 -0500 Serhii Patskan

There are five races in Roblox Pixel Piece with various chances of being rolled at the start of the game. Each race has its advantages and disadvantages, but players can always improve their stats with special fruits. Our tier list guide will provide you with the best races in Roblox Pixel Piece, including their roll chances, important stats and abilities.

S-Tier Race in Roblox Pixel Piece

Oni Race

  • Roll Chance: 2%

Getting an Oni is really hard, but it's worth trying over and over again. It has the ability to evolve into an Elder version of itself that makes it even stronger.

By default, the Oni has improved physical strength (1.3x) and damage resistance (1.2x), as well as +100 HP and improved XP gain (1.4x). You won't find stats this high in any other race in the game.

A-Tier Races in Roblox Pixel Piece

Pixel Fishman Race

  • Roll Chance: 10%

Fishman has one of the most important skills in the game, and that's quick swimming. You don't need any fruits to get this skill, Fishmen just have it.

The developer of the game also gave it an improved XP gain (1.3x), and promised to add a set of Karate moves to this race in future updates.

Mink Race

  • Roll Chance: 3%

If you specifically want to focus on high strength build, then the Mink would be a great choice. Though the Oni is better in most ways.

The Mink race has an increased stamina (+100) and physical strength (1.2x), as well as access to Electro damage, which should be available in one of the upcoming updates.

B-Tier Races in Roblox Pixel Piece

Pixel Human Race

  • Roll Chance: 70%

Most players will likely end up playing as Pixel Humans in Roblox Pixel Piece, and it's actually not that bad.

Humans have increased stamina (1.3x) and HP regeneration (1.2x), as well as an ability to evolve into the new Cyborg race, which should be available soon.

Note that this is the only other race that will get an evolution aside from Oni. Once this update gets released, Pixel Human will definitely jump a tier or two up, depending on the overall power of Cyborg.

Pixel Skypian Race

  • Roll Chance: 15%

Pixel Skypians have the lowest stamina and health boost numbers in the game (only +25 each), which makes it the weakest option. But it does have improved agility, which is necessary for it to be able to glide once players jump off tall structures.

It does allow you to travel a certain distance, but it's still not a proper flying. In this case a Spin-Spin fruit would be a better choice on any other race with better stats.

Those are the best races in Roblox Pixel Piece. For more guides and other Roblox-related guides, check out our dedicated hub page.

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Hogwarts Legacy: How to Choose Houses Tue, 07 Feb 2023 14:00:08 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Every Harry Potter fan has an allegiance to one of the sorcery school's four main houses, and it makes sense that you'd want to pick the right one in Hogwarts Legacy. Of course, that's technically a job for the Sorting Hat, but the pointy deliberator's decision isn't as final as it is elsewhere in the Potter-verse. Here's how to choose houses in Hogwarts Legacy.

Can You Choose Your House in Hogwarts Legacy?

The short answer is yes, you can choose your own House in Hogwarts Legacy. The Sorting Ceremony occurs near the end of the Hogwarts Legacy prologue. Here, in the Great Hall, the Sorting Hat asks you several questions, and the choices you make determine which house you'll join. Kind of.

I'll get to that "kind of" bit shortly, because you can actually pick your house, but here are the Sorting Hat Quiz questions and answers.

Hogwarts Sorting Hat Quiz: Questions and Answers

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  • Question: You come here with preferences and preconceptions -- certain expectations: 
    • Answer: It doesn't matter which answer you choose for the first response:
      • I can't wait to start classes
      • I can't wait to explore
  • Question: Hmm. I wonder. Hmm. I detect something in you. A certain sense of -- hmm -- what is it?
    • Answers
      • Daring = Gryffindor
      • Curiosity = Ravenclaw
      • Loyalty = Hufflepuff
      • Ambition = Slytherin

The good news is this: you aren't locked into the house the Sorting Hat thinks you're right for. There is no wrong answer in the Sorting Hat Quiz. While the answers you give mean the Sorting Hat will suggest a house for you, you do not have to choose that specific house when it appears on the screen. 

How to Choose a Different House During the Sorting Hat Ceremony

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On the screen with the Sorting Hat and your suggested house crest, simply select "Choose a Different House" (Square on PlayStation and X on Xbox) to be presented with all of the house options. Select one, then choose "Confirm." You'll get The Sort Who Makes an Entrance trophy or achievement for completing the Sorting Ceremony Quiz.

As a related sidebar, there are four other trophies and achievements tangentially associated with your house choice that appear later in the game. For them, you have to reach the Map Chamber in a later quest as a member of each house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin), which does require a bit of mindless grinding if you're a trophy or achievement hunter. 

Can You Change Houses After You've Chosen?

Unfortunately, the answer to whether you can change your house after you've chosen it in the Sorting Ceremony is no, you can't. Once you've picked a House by following the above (going through the Ceremony and choosing to Confirm your House), you won't be able to change Houses for the rest of the game.

You'll have to start a new character and go through the prologue again if you want to switch between Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.

What are the House Differences in Hogwarts Legacy?

Ultimately, the House you choose depends on your personality. There is no "right or wrong" answer. Each House has a specific common room you'll be able to visit and, true to the Wizarding World, a specific clothing color set that you'll be able to wear. You won't be able to visit the other common rooms or wear the other general house robes.

Certain NPCs will appear more often in common rooms (though they can be found elsewhere in Hogwarts if you choose a different House than them), and there is a subquest for Hufflepuff that takes you to Azkaban. But the main story remains relatively the same, save some very minor differences. For example, a cutscene shows your character solving a riddle to enter Ravenclaw for the first time, something you won't see with the other Houses. 

Here's a quick breakdown of each House, including the NPCs you'll meet, each House's robe colors, and screenshots of their common rooms.

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  • Gryffindor: Known for daring, bravery, and chivalry.
    • House Robe Colors: Red and Gold. 
    • House NPCs: Garreth Weasley, Nellie Oggspire, Cressida Blume.

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  • Hufflepuff: Known for patience, loyalty, and hard work.
    • House Robe Colors: Yellow and Black. 
    • House NPCs: Adelaide Oakes, Arthur Plummly, Lenora Everleigh.
    • House Quest: Azkaban.

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  • Ravenclaw: Known for intelligence, creativity, and wit. 
    • House Robe Colors: Blue and Bronze.
    • House NPCs: Everett Clopton, Amit Thakkar, Samantha Dale.

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  • Slytherin: Known for cunning, ambition, and a hunger for power. 
    • House Colors: Green and Silver.
    • House NPCs: Sebastian Sallow, Imelda Reyes, Ominis Gaunt.

That's essentially what you need to know about the Sorting Hat Ceremony and how to choose houses in Hogwarts Legacy. Of course, you can always take one of the many (many) Sorting Quizzes found across the internet or over at the official Harry Potter fan club before playing WB's open-world RPG to get an idea of the best fit; some of those ask more in-depth questions. For more guides and tips, head over to our Hogwarts Legacy help page

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Tower of Fantasy How to Solve the Colorful Mushrooms Puzzle Tue, 07 Feb 2023 10:53:33 -0500 John Schutt

A new update to Tower of Fantasy means a new area with new Black and Gold Nucleus puzzles, new enemies, and other challenges to uncover. One of them is a set of several large, colorful mushrooms, all usually a different shade. Solving the colorful mushroom puzzle awards a Black Nucleus and a few exploration points. There are dozens of mushroom patches scattered about the Miasmic Swamp in all corners of the fetid, rotten area. Here’s how to solve these neon mushroom puzzles.

The Solution to the Colorful Mushroom Puzzle in Tower of Fantasy

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Neon mushrooms only come in three colors: yellow, green, and purple. Whenever you encounter a set, you have two goals.

  1. Find all of the mushrooms. Many patches only contain three of four mushrooms, but others have five. Some patches also hide one or more mushrooms in a sneaky spot a bit farther from the main group, and while the puzzle isn’t timed, not knowing where the last mushroom is can be annoying.
  2. Turn every mushroom the same color. To solve the colorful mushroom puzzle, every mushroom must be the same color. Jumping on top of them changes their hue, and once they all share the same shade, the Nucleus will appear in the center of the largest grouping.

Larger groups of mushrooms will always have at least two of the same color, as there are only three colors to choose from. Leave those alone and change the ones that aren’t matching.

There isn’t much more to say about the colorful mushroom puzzle. The biggest challenge is always finding the one or two hidden ones, but once you have all their locations, it’s a matter of a few jumps and a few extra seconds of effort.

As a Black Nucleus puzzle, the colorful mushroom puzzle is also not meant to be particularly difficult, as those are far more numerous and have a comparatively lower value than the Gold or Red variants. If you’re looking for coverage of Tower of Fantasy, check out our guides hub.

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Tower of Fantasy: Full Alyss Abilities List Mon, 06 Feb 2023 18:35:08 -0500 John Schutt

Alyss is one of the most powerful Frost weapons in Tower of Fantasy and can take even a sub-par team to another level. Most of that is thanks to her versatile kit and abilities list.

From invincibility frames on a basic attack to a larger buff area than Frigg's that stacks with it, to even her one-star advancement vastly improving her performance, you won't need to spend a ton of currency or real-world money to get a ton of value. We'll be covering all of Alyss's abilities in this guide.

Full Ability List for Alyss in Tower of Fantasy

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Alyss' abilities are more than just showy: they're downright deadly. Her standard combos, coupled with her Skill and Discharge, make her a must for any Frost-specific team. 

Her first two passive abilities, Ice Shell and Frost Resonance, are pretty standard for limited banner Weapons.

  • Ice Shell freezes enemies on the attack immediately following the Weapon reaching full charge.
  • Frost Resonance increases Frost Attack by 15% and resistance by 25%, provided you have at least two Frost Weapons equipped.

Combine these passives with the below moves, and Alyss is an absolute beast. 

Alyss Unyielding Wing Normal Attacks

You have access to five normal attacks with Alyss, and using them optimally is critical for the best possible DPS. Try to string these combos together or cancel them into her Skill or another Discharge for even more damage. You can end the combo by holding Attack and triggering Dancing Flash.

Swan Arc: Five Grounded Regular Attacks

Alyss' default combo, press attack five times without jumping. Each attack does more than 100% of her ATK value, plus a healthy bonus. The percentage and flat bonus increase significantly with successive attacks, so this move set alone can do wonders.

Sweeping Combo: Jump, then Five Regular Attacks

If you're able to sneak a jump into your combo string, you can start the Sweeping Combo. It begins at significantly less than 100% damage before dipping further with the second swing, then starting to increase until the final strike, which is over 300% of your total ATK. Each kick also has a flat bonus, and the last one causes a knockdown. Note that you can't go into Dancing Flash; only the spinning Waltz move.

Dancing Flash: Attack, then Hold Attack

Alyss' bread and butter combo ender, Dancing Flash, not only deals more than 300% damage over five strikes but also makes you invulnerable if used within four seconds of using a Skill or entering Latent State. You can also continue attacking once Dancing Flash ends, meaning you can go from Swan Arc to Dancing Flash and back again as many times as necessary. The last hit suspends its target for a 95% attack.

Sweeping Dive: Jump, then Hold Attack

A simple dive-kick that deals 95 ATK plus a flat bonus, you can use Sweeping Dive to attack from the air and from a great height without taking fall damage.

Waltz: Hold Attack

Alyss spins on one leg with her other leg extended horizontally, slashing everything nearby, dealing more than 100% ATK plus a flat bonus for as long as you continue spinning. Spinning slowly drains your Stamina, and the attack ends with a final kick before your Stamina begins to refill.

Alyss Dodge Abilities in Tower of Fantasy

Every Weapon has a couple of Dodge abilities, and Alyss is no exception.

Dance Form: Dodge, then Attack Three Times

This combo suspends the target, if able, then deals almost 600% total damage across a flurry of fast kicks, ending in a Street Fighter Spiral Arrow-style lunging kick. Depending on what the situation calls for, you can go straight into another combo string once this one ends.

Latent Skate Hold Dodge or Dodge and Hold Attack

Alyss transforms into a dragonfly and moves at 150% of her normal speed while flying. You'll use up your Stamina quickly in dragonfly form, but you fly in a straight line for as long as you have gauge to do so, and when you come out of the transformation, you deal more than 300% ATK and freeze nearby enemies for two seconds.

Alyss Skill: Chilling Field

When you press the Skill button, Chilling Field pulls all enemies closer together and deals more than 850% damage across multiple hits while also strongly suspending them. The Field itself also appears in a large radius for 30 seconds.

Whenever you use a Discharge ability within the Field, you'll deal an additional 125% Hoarfrost damage while slowing the targets. Every 12 times you activate the Unyielding Wing hit effects, Spacial Slice activates, filling the Field with blades that deal around 165% ATK damage to any target inside for 25 seconds.

Alyss Discharge: Starry Night

Alyss' Discharge has her jump into the air and float for a few seconds before slamming down, launching everything in a close radius, dealing more than 550% ATK damage, removing all debuffs, and making her invincible for 1.5 seconds.

Alyss Advancement Abiliites

Like every character in any gacha game, Alyss gets better the higher her star rating is. She's certainly good at A0 (zero stars) but is almost unfairly better at both A1 and then A3. If you have the Red Nuceli and Dark Crystals to pull for her, getting to either of those breakpoints should be goals to shoot for.

1-Star Alyss

  • A second version of Alyss appears and uses a random Discharge on the Field whenever you use another Frost-element skill on top of the damage you're already doing. This also counts as a player using it, but the damage is reduced to 70%.

2-Star Alyss

  • Alyss' Unyielding Wing Weapon's ATK growth increases by 16%. 

3-Star Alyss

  • In addition to her 1-star ability, you now get Alyss's Support every time you use her Starry Night Discharge, and both Starry Night and Hoarfrost damage increases by 10% (up to 30% at three stacks) for 12 seconds

4-Star Alyss

  • The Unyielding Wing Weapon's ATK growth increases by 32%. 

5-Star Alyss

  • Both normal attacks and Spatial Slice attack damage increases by 35%, while allowing you to take lethal damage once and making you immune for a short time to allow you to recover. The cooldown on the death save is 60 seconds.

6-Star Alyss

  • Increase all Frost damage when receiving Alyss's Support by 12% when Support reaches three stacks.

With that full abilities list, that's what you can expect from Alyss if you pull for her in Tower of Fantasy. She immediately strengthens any Frost team and is an easy replacement for either Meryl or Tsubasa, depending on your preference. If you have Saki, Frigg, or Lin, Alyss is an excellent pairing there, too. For more guides and all things Tower of Fantasy, check out our guides hub.

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Is Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass? Mon, 06 Feb 2023 17:33:33 -0500 Jonathan Moore

It's no secret that Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in gaming, providing subscribers access to an extensive catalog of fantastic games, including a handful from the Warner Bros. Games archive. With Hogwarts Legacy releasing on all major platforms throughout 2023, some fans are wondering if it will release on Microsoft's subscription service. So is Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass?

Will Hogwarts Legacy be on Game Pass? -- Answered

Currently, Hogwarts Legacy is not on Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass for PC. And there's been no word about when or if it will appear in the future. There's currently no mention of it on the Hogwarts Legacy FAQ page, and I couldn't dig up anything on social media referencing the possibility.

Fans hoping to explore the Wizarding World will have to purchase the game from the Microsoft Store to play it on Xbox, or head over to Steam or Epic Games to play it on PC. It's worth noting that it's also not on PlayStation Plus, at least during the month of its release. However, that's not exactly surprising, considering how Sony has historically curated the service, with Stray being a notable exception.

Is There a Release Date for Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass?

As can be the case with anything like this, that doesn't mean Hogwarts Legacy won't ever show up on Game Pass, either for Xbox or PC. Plenty of games have found their way to Game Pass and PlayStation Plus following their initial release dates. What's more, Hogwarts Legacy has a staggered release schedule already, and while doesn't mean much even in a vacuum, it's certainly possible news of a Game Pass release will surface in the coming months or sometime later this year. Never say never. 

However, there isn't currently a release date for Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass, so fans will have to wait. 

For now, Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series platforms on February 10, 2023 (or February 7 for those who purchased the Deluxe Edition). PS4 and Xbox One players will have to wait until April 4 to play the game, and Nintendo Switch owners won't gain access until July 25. Maybe Hogwarts on Game Pass will come after that. Stay tuned. 

Dark and Darker Alpha Playtest #4 Goes Live, Includes Solo Mode Mon, 06 Feb 2023 12:59:46 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Dark and Darker is back! At least for now. As of today, Alpha Playtest #4 has started for the multiplayer dungeon crawler, and getting into it's one step shorter than the last playtest. You just have to download the demo on Steam and get started. 

Darker and Darker Playtest Start and End Dates

Dark and Darker's Alpha Playtest #4 will be running from February 6 through February 13, and the current build includes a mode many players have been asking for: a solo adventure.

This current patch brings with it a number of notable balancing adjustments as well as new weapons and items. Check out the full patch notes below, and be prepared to play around with the new Gathering Hall system as well as the new Goblin Cave solo adventure over the next seven days.

Dark and Darker Alpha Playtest #4 Patch Notes

The current patch notes were posted to Steam alongside the playtest launch. They are as follows:

New Features and Updates

  • New Gathering Hall System - Hang out at the Gathering Hall and build the perfect dungeon party.
  • New Karma System - Rate your fellow allies after your adventure. Beware! Scoundrels and deviants are unable to participate.
  • New VoIP - In-game voice chat to interact with other adventurers.
  • New experimental Goblin Caves for a solo adventurer experience!
  • New Trading Channel QoL features.
  • New Report system to help us round up and punish the wicked.
  • New Cosmetics
  • New Weapons - Short Sword and Quarterstaff,
  • Some Unique Weapons have been greatly improved.
  • Attack animation improved for the War Maul, Double Axe & Battle Axe.
  • Weapon attack animations now do more varying amounts of damage.
  • New Armors for the 'head' slot.
  • New 'Sanctuary' spell for the Cleric.
  • New Ore and Craft Items.
  • New 'Valentine' NPC.
  • The secretive 'Goblin Merchant' now sells mysterious wares.
  • An improved party invite system.
  • Added bundled items to the merchants.
  • Added Flavor texts for more immersive game mood.
  • Added a new Tokyo Region + preliminary Japanese localization - first draft.


  • Moved the starting spawns from the edge of the map to the interior and added more variations to test.
  • 2-handed weapon attack movement penalty has been reduced.
  • Added +1 base stat point to 'agility' to the Cleric to normalize the class with all other classes.
  • Rebalanced the Wizard's starting stats.
  • Added a projectile damage falloff system where damage slightly decreases based on distance. Currently the effect is very small.
  • Plate armor improved to give more bonuses,
  • Lightfoot Boots, Regal Gambeson and Templar Armor are a little slower.
  • Rapier damage slightly buffed.
  • An installed Pavise can now be knocked down by an attack.
  • Buffs for many of the less frequently used Perks and Skills.
  • Wizard's 'Light' spell now removes the 'Hide' status. Does not remove the 'invisibility' status.
  • Increased the duration of an installed campfire but the recovery effects per tick has been reduced. You will need to sit at a campfire for a longer period compared to the last playtest for the same recovery effects.

Some user comments on Steam indicate that the Goblin Adventure mode may need a little work, meaning it's very possible the current iteration of the mode will see big changes in the next playtest. It is a step in the right direction for those hoping for a singleplayer experience from Dark and Darker down the line, though.

Deliver Us Mars: How to Eavesdrop on Maria's Meeting Mon, 06 Feb 2023 14:31:42 -0500 Peter Hunt Szpytek

Exploration plays a major part in Deliver Us Mars, especially when the characters finally make their way to the Red Planet. Before they leave, however, the player will need to eavesdrop on a secret meeting between Maria and some of the highest-ranking officers of WSA, the game's version of NASA. Here's how to eavesdrop on Maria's meeting, which also serves as a bit of a tutorial for using AYLA.

How to Eavesdrop on Maria's Meeting in Deliver Us Mars

After taking a ride in the back of Ryan's truck in Chapter 1: Moonbear, you'll be dropped off outside WSA headquarters. Head inside and follow the path through the museum. You can take a few minutes to read about the WSA's history or just run right through it.

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When you make it to the end of the exhibit, you'll need to control AYLA by hitting the Y or Triangle button on your controller and then fly up to the drone receiver node to the left of the locked door. Hit the X or Square button on your controller when looking at the node to unlock the door. When you do, you'll see a cutscene where Kathy runs into Sarah.

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Follow Sarah for a quick walk-and-talk section and you'll eventually see another cutscene where Sarah, Ryan, and Claire head into the secret meeting without you. Once the scene is over, you'll need to find a way to hear what's going on inside Maria's office. 

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Head down the hall and take a right which leads to a dead end with some boxes. Jump onto them and cut the metal grate midway up the wall with your laser cutter. Once cut, crouch through the now-open hole in the wall and proceed into the next room. 

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Run down the stairs and then cut your way through the debris blocking your path. Interact with the control panel in the center of the room to raise a section of the floor.

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Interact with the control panel that's underneath the hanging platform next to the section of floor you just raised, then quickly climb onto it and jump onto the platform as it moves across the room. Once you've made it onto the platform and it stops. Jump onto the tube in the center of the room.

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Use your laser cutter to open the vent and then switch to controlling AYLA and enter the hole. Follow the vent until you've got a good view of the meeting happening in Maria's office. Listen in while the meeting happens until the group inside walks to the other room.

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Continue along the vent and when you reach the end, you'll see a cutscene where Kathy bursts into the meeting and joins the expedition to Mars.

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With that, you've learned how to control AYLA while eavesdropping on Maria's meeting. Take a look at our growing list of other Deliver Us Mars guides.

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Deliver Us Mars: How to Hook Up the MPT Dish Mon, 06 Feb 2023 14:25:31 -0500 Peter Hunt Szpytek

While the concept of solving Deliver Us Mars' puzzles is simple, things are a little bit more complicated in execution. Hooking up the MPT dish in the game's first chapter is the first major puzzle that players will encounter that teaches them the puzzle mechanics. As a result, many players are finding themselves stuck when trying to figure out how to get the MPT dish set.

How to Fix the MPT Dish in Deliver Us Mars

You'll encounter the MTP dish early on in your time with Deliver Us Mars. After the prologue ends and the plot jumps to Kathy's story in the present day, Chapter 1 will start. When you get control, run to the center of the dish and climb down the tower until you get to the bottom of a ladder.

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Here, you'll be tasked with removing some debris that's blocking a laser from connecting with its receiver. Use R2 to use your laser cutter to disassemble the debris and the laser will start connecting properly again.

Kathy will note that once the debris is taken care of, she needs to hook up more STREAME points. Continue heading down until you make it to a large area with two points that are disconnected.

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Approach the building on the left and use your laser cutter to open the shades on the window on the outside of the building. Once that's done, head inside and cut the clasps holding the laser under the floor.

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Interact with the laser and point it at the STREAME point receiver on the building to the right. You'll know that you have the laser lined up properly when it turns green. Hit R2 to shoot the laser at the receiver. When you do, the door to the building on the right will unlock and open.

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Run across the way and through the now open door on the right building. Interact with the laser inside and point it at the receiver on the left, to the right of the building with the first laser.

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Return to the first building and then point the laser that was keeping the door unlocked on the second building at the receiver to the left of the building so that the lasers are intersecting in the middle of the area.

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Once that's done, you'll have finished the puzzle and hooked up the MPT dish. Leave the area and meet up with Ryan to progress the story. Check out our other Deliver Us Mars guides for more walkthroughs and tips.

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Hogwarts Legacy Trophies and Achievements List Mon, 06 Feb 2023 12:26:39 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Hogwarts Legacy puts you in the robe of your very own spellcaster. You'll explore the Wizarding World as a witch or warlock roughly 100 years before the events of the books and movies. As with most any open-world action RPG, there are plenty of things to collect and plenty of sidequests to follow. There are also trials and dungeons to find and complete, as well as gear to upgrade and spells to learn. As such, you may be looking for a trophy and achievements guide to act as a companion to your adventure. 

Some trophies and achievements are simply gained by way of playing through the story, while others are much more intensive, such as the ones for completing all of the game's sidequests or completing all Merlin Trials. Indeed, you'll have myriad challenges to complete in this single-player experience. 

How Many Trophies and Achievements are in Hogwarts Legacy?

There are 46 trophies in Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation 4 and PS5, including one platinum trophy, two gold trophies, 15 silver trophies, and 28 bronze trophies. That means there are 45 achievements to get for those playing on Xbox One and Series X|S, as well as PC via Steam or Epic Games, resulting in 1,000 Gamer Score or achievement XP. 

Here's a full list of all the trophies and achievements in Hogwarts Legacy. Note that some spoilers follow, specifically for the game's hidden challenges and story-related segments, which are detailed at the bottom of this guide. 

All Hogwarts Legacy Trophies and Achievements

  • Trophy Triumph: Obtain all trophies (PS4/PS5).
  • The Good Samaritan: Complete all sidequests.
  • Challenge Accepted: Complete all tiers of a challenge.
  • Collector's Edition: Complete all collections.
  • Loom for Improvement: Upgrade a piece of gear.
  • The Root of the Problem: Stun 10 different enemies using a Mandrake.
  • The Nature of the Beast: Breed every type of beast.
  • Going Through the Potions: Brew every type of potion. 
  • Put Down Roots: Grow every type of plant. 
  • Third Time's a Charm: Upgrade a piece of gear 3 times. 
  • A Talent for Spending: Spend 5 Talent Points. 
  • Savvy Spender: Spend all Talent Points. 
  • Room with a View: Reach the highest point in the castle, the Headmaster's upper study. 
  • Spilled Milk: Use Flipendo 10 times to tip one cow or several. 
  • Floo Around the World: Unlock all Floo Flames.
  • Followed the Butterflies: Follow butterflies to a treasure. 
  • Rise to the Challenges: Defeat enemies in all battle arenas. 
  • Merlin's Beard!: Complete all Merlin Trials. 
  • The Intrepid Explorer: Discover all cairn dungeons. 
  • Demiguise Dread: Find all Demiguise statues. 
  • The Ends Petrify the Means: Defeat a total of 50 enemies using Petrificus Totalus. 
  • Raising Expectations: Reach a combo of 100.
  • Finishing Touches: Use Ancient Magic on every enemy in the game. 
  • The Spell Master: Learn all spells. 
  • A Forte for Achievement: Reach Level 40. 

Hidden Trophies and Achievements

  • The Sort Who Makes an Entrance: Complete the introduction and finish the Sorting Ceremony. 
  • The Toast of the Town: Find the Map Chamber as a Slytherin.
  • The Auror's Apprentice: Fin the Map Chamber as a Hufflepuff. 
  • The Gryffindor in the Graveyard: Find the Map Chamber as a Gryffindor. 
  • The Wise Owl: Find the Map Chamber as a Ravenclaw. 
  • First Class Student: Attend your first class. 
  • Troll with the Punches: Survive the troll attack on Hogsmeade. 
  • That's a Keeper: Meet Charles Rookwood in the Map Chamber. 
  • Rising From the Ashes: Rescue the phoenix. 
  • Grappling with the Graphorn: Subdue the Lord of the Shore. 
  • The One Who Mastered Memories: View all Pensieve memories. 
  • The Hallowed Hero: Wield a Deathly Hallow. 
  • The Hero of Hogwarts: Defeat Ranrok. 
  • The Seeker of Knowledge: Win the House Cup. 
  • The Avenging Gazelle: Complete Natsai Onai's relationship line. 
  • The Defender of Dragon: Save a dragon. 
  • Beast Friends: Complete Poppy Sweeting's relationship line. 
  • A Sallow Grave: Complete Sebastian Sallow's relationship line. 
  • Flight the Good Flight: Beat Imelda's time in all broom races. 
  • A Keen Sense of Spell: Invoke Ancient Magic for the first time. 
  • Coasting Along: Visit Poidsear Coast. 

Those are all of the trophies and achievements in Hogwarts Legacy. For more, head over to our growing guides hub for the game

Roblox Pixel Piece Best Fruits Tier List Mon, 06 Feb 2023 13:30:02 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Some of the best fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece can be quite expensive, but the skills and boosts they grant make the cost well worth it. You don't have to have the highest tier fruit to be powerful, but it sure does help.

Our guide will provide you with a tier list of the best fruits in Roblox Pixel Piece, including their prices and best skills. Check out our guide on how to get fruit in Pixel Piece to take out some of the guesswork.

S-Tier Fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece


  • Price: 50,000 Beli (3,000 Robux)
  • Skills: 7

Apart from having seven amazing moves, this fruit provides players with immunity to damage. It's no wonder why this is currently the best fruit in the game.

The best skills from this fruit are Frozen Time and Ultimate Stomp. The first one covers an entire area with ice, immobilizing enemies, while the second one deals massive AoE damage with freezing effect.


  • Price: 40,000 Beli (2,500 Robux)
  • Skills: 7

While Hie-Hie freezes mobs, Mera-Mera burns everything around you. It also has seven skills, but is slightly cheaper due to lack of immunity to damage.

The best skills are Hiken, which throws a fireball at a decent range, and Dai Enkai Entei, which summons a huge fireball that grows in size and burns everything in an area.

A-Tier Fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece


  • Price: 12,000 Beli (700 Robux)
  • Skills: 6

This fruit is probably the best one for grinding PvE. It's not too expensive, and it provides you with some really powerful abilities.

If you want to effectively kill bandits and other mobs, then use Kilo Walk, which stomps around all enemies within a circle, and Kilo Crash, which allows you to jump really high and land with an AoE ground slam.


  • Price: 9,000 Beli (700 Robux)
  • Skills: 4

Although this fruit doesn't give as many skills as other fruits, there is one that is worth checking out: Bomb Destruct. This skill allows players to set up an explosion of a massive size that demolishes everything around you.

If you think Bomb-Bomb way too expensive for only one good skill, then collect some more Beli and go for Kilo-Kilo instead.

B-Tier Fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece


  • Price: 7,000 Beli (500 Robux)
  • Skills: 3

The only really good skill that this fruit can offer is Spinning Flight, which allows you to move freely midair and quickly traverse any island. But other than that this fruit is rather unremarkable for such a high price.


  • Price: 5,000 Beli (500 Robux)
  • Skills: 3

Cry-Cry is made specifically for healers who want to either drain enemies using Kenpopo ability, or give health to your teammates using Chiyupopo. The first skill is much more effective, as it damages mobs and heals both you and your allies around you.

C-Tier Fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece


  • Price: 2,500 Beli (500 Robux).
  • Skills: 2

If you want to make yourself or your team invisible for a short period of time, then you can purchase this fruit.

You get two skills: Self Invisible and Party Invisible. Going invisible doesn't have a ton of uses. Taking into account the high price for only two skills, Suke-Suke simply cannot be considered a good fruit.


  • Price: 500 Beli (50 Robux).
  • Skills: 2

Although there are two skills in this fruit, only one of them can actually be used for some decent results, and that's Smooth Floor. It allows you to travel on land faster than usual, which may help you escape unwelcome encounters.

Those are the best fruits in Roblox Pixel Piece. For more guides and other Roblox-related guides, check out our dedicated hub page.

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Deliver Us Mars: Best GPU and System Settings Mon, 06 Feb 2023 09:23:29 -0500 Serhii Patskan

It may take tweaking some settings to improve performance in Deliver Us Mars, as is the norm for game releases on PC these days. In this guide we'll go over the best GPU and system settings to reduce slowdowns and still have the game look great.

How to Improve Performance in Deliver Us Mars

Turn Off Ray Tracing

Most Deliver Us Mars player complaints come from one graphics setting that is the sole reason for massive FPS drops, and that's RTX or Ray Tracing.

It is important to understand that Ray Tracing, although very good-looking, will not work properly without a full DirectX 12 support, which is available on the following graphics cards and above:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.
  • AMD RX 5600 XT.

Anything that is below will not provide decent RTX processing. If that's your case, then simply turn off RTX support in the graphics game settings, and install DirectX 11 version instead. This alone will greatly improve your FPS during cutscenes and beyond.

Best nVidia GPU Settings

You can also improve the overall performance of the game by making these adjustments in the nVidia control panel in Global 3D Settings menu:

  • Set "Image Scaling" to "ON".
  • Set "Ambient Occlusion" to "Performance".
  • Set "Anisotropic Filtering" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing FXAA" to "Off".
  • Set "Antialiasing Mode" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing Transparency" to "Off".
  • Set "Low Latency Mode" to "Ultra".
  • Set "Max Frame Rate" to "Off".
  • Set "Optimize for Computer Performance" to "On".

Lastly, laptop users should definitely set "Power Management Mode" to "Maximum Performance".

Best AMD Radeon GPU Settings

Similarly, AMD graphics cards owners could improve the performance of Deliver Us Mars via an AMD Radeon software in the Graphics menu:

  • Toggle "Anti-Lag" to "On".
  • Toggle "Image Sharpening" to "On".
  • Toggle "Vertical Refresh" to "Off".
  • Set "AA Method" to "Multi Sampling".

Hopefully, these best GPU and system settings helped you achieve the highest performance in Deliver Us Mars, and stay tuned for more related guides.

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MtG: 15 Best Phyrexia All Will Be One Cards for Commander Tue, 07 Feb 2023 11:32:33 -0500 Serhii Patskan


Skyhunter Strike Force


How about a buffed flying attacker that also buffs other attackers? It could be another addition to Boros Winota, or it could go straight into the Mardu Combat deck with Isshin, Two Heavens as One commander that triggers both Melee and Lieutenant abilities on Skyhunter Strike Force twice.


It isn't rocket science, just a brutally effective combat strategy that could win you many games after a certain set up.


That's all for the best 15 cards in MtG's Phyrexia: All Will Be One set. In addition to this list of the best Phyrexia: All Will Be One cards for commander, be sure to check out our other MtG guides and card lists here.


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Neyali, Suns' Vanguard


Pretty much nobody will be surprised to see Neyali, Suns' Vanguard as a part of the well-established Boros Winota archetype in EDH. It is as if this card was specifically designed for that list.


Although it is a legendary creature, there is somewhat of a consensus among players that this card will never be a commander in itself, but only as a part of 99 in the Winota, Joiner of Forces' army of attackers.


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Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler


Although it isn't stated on the card itself, Tyvar is actually an Elf planeswalker, and Elves archetype would be the best place for this neat card in EDH.


Tyvar has an excellent synergy with Lathril, Blade of the Elves, an Elf commander that deals 10 damage by getting tapped. Tyvar's static ability allows you to tap Lathril instantly after being played, then tap her again by activating his first ability and effectively dealing 20 damage in a single turn.


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Soulless Jailer


Here is another universal piece, but this time it is truly universal for all types of decks, and this time it is a graveyard hate piece.


Some players could say that there are other cheaper options, such as Grafdigger's Cage that costs only 1 mana, but Soulless Jailer is also a blocker and an artifact creature. It could play a much more important role in certain decks.


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The Mycosynth Gardens


This land has a universal appeal for all colorless artifact-based lists in EDH, but it is currently eyed mostly by Graaz, Unstoppable Juggernaut players.


It can quickly become the copy of Sword of Forge and Frontier from the new set, or a copy of good old Thran Dynamo. The choice is yours, and this land can do it all as long as you have the required amount of mana to spare.


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Skrelv's Hive


Here is Bitterblossom for white decks! Well, sort of. These tokens can't block.


Actually, both enchantments could be used in Orzhov lists with such commanders like Teysa Karlov or Marneus Calgar, which is recommended for an even wider army of tokens generated each turn. You can use Faeries to block, and Mites to attack.


Also, note that Bitterblossom costs $30 on the market, today while Skrelv's Hive hovers around $5 a pop.


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Mercurial Spelldancer


Mercurial Spelldancer has a lot of things going on, but in EDH the most valuable would definitely be the first one, which says that this card can't be blocked.


It also has the vibes of Snapcaster Mage, but it will most likely end up in lists such as Tekuthal, Inquiry Dominus; Anhelo, the Painter; and Venser, Corpse Puppet. Each of these would love attacking without being blocked!


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Ichormoon Gauntlet


Ichormoon Gauntlet is one of the wildest new cards in MtG. It allows planeswalkers to use two extra abilities, one of which is a free Proliferate, and the other one gives you an extra turn.


If you combine it with Teferi, Master of Time, you can Proliferate each turn, including your opponent's. This practically doubles all your counters, including poison for an even quicker victory in the new Toxic meta.


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Venerated Rotpriest


Although not a commander in itself, Venerated Rotpriest is the source of a number of lethal combos that utilize its Toxic ability.


One of the better combos requires Chain of Silence and ten sacrificed lands, which would put ten poison counters onto an opponent for lethal damage. But even a simple Proliferate deck would do well with Venerated Rotpriest on board quickly snatching one victory after another.


The two most popular Proliferate lists at this point would be Atraxa, Praetors' Voice and Ezuri, Stalker of Spheres.


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Vindictive Flamestoker


Here is a great Storm piece for Birgi, God of Storytelling and Eruth, Tormented Prophet. It can also be used in Izzet lists, but may very well be a bit too slow, although it actually depends on the list itself.


One of the most plausible applications of Vindictive Flamestoker in Izzet decks would be the one with Ovika, Enigma Goliath commander, which converts non-creature spells into hasty tokens. 


You can also use it alongside Purphoros, God of the Forge and Sea Gate Restoration.


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All Will Be One


The central thematic spell of the new set is a fantastic new combo piece, which can be synergized with a number of cards for infinite damage, including:

  • The Red Terror
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  • War Elemental
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  • Talon of Pain
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  • Quest of Pure Flame
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The best shell for this card would be the Naya list with Obuun, Mul Daya Ancestor commander, since going the mono red route would be too problematic for tutoring those combo pieces.


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Atraxa, Grand Unifier


There are two positive things about the new Atraxa commander card.


First, it allows players to sift through their library by simply putting Atraxa on the table (you don't need to attack and deal damage). Second, it reveals a brand-new type of card, simply known as "Battle".


Sure, Atraxa is hard to cast but so is many other commanders in EDH. If you like to play heavy creatures, then this one might be right up your alley.


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Synthesis Pod


Casting and making Syntheis Pod work could take a lot of time and set up. But if you get your deck right, you could use it to disrupt your opponent's entire gameplan by extracting the most important components from their deck.


It could be effectively used in Sen Triplets or Tasha, the Witch Queen lists that benefit from casting spells you don't own. But there could be other applications as well.


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Minor Misstep


Little spells can often do grand things. Minor Misstep has a huge potential in EDH, being able to counter such spells like Reanimate, Swan Song, Pact of Negation, Dispel, Dark Ritual, and even itself.


Blue decks will absolutely need one of these in case no other counterspell is available at the moment, or when your mana is too low for casting other more expensive counterspells.


It will definitely have an impact on the current meta, which is chock full of 0 and 1 mana spells.


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Unctus, Grand Metatect


Unctus is the new ultimate commander!


His combo with Aphetto Alchemist allows you to draw and discard as many cards as you want. Here's how it goes:

  • Play Aphetto Alchemist.
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  • Play Jeweled Lotus.
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  • Cast Unctus, Grand Metatect.
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  • Pay 2 life to activate Unctus' last ability on Aphetto Alchemist.
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  • Tap and untap Aphetto Alchemist for infinite card draw.
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In the end you can win the game with Thassa's Oracle or any other card that exploits empty library.


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At first glance, Phyrexia: All Will Be One set for Magic: The Gathering should be erupting with new meta-breaking commanders, but it's turned out to actually be more geared towards providing support cards for already established top-tier decks.


It doesn't mean that it's completely devoid of good commander cards, not at all, but they don't actually make up the strength of this set. Our selection of the best MtG cards from Phyrexia: All Will Be One for commander format includes some excellent combo pieces, as well as synergy boosters for some good old strategies.


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Roblox Pixel Piece: How to Get Fruit Sat, 04 Feb 2023 10:47:25 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Fruits are essential items in Roblox Pixel Piece, helping you acquire new skills once consumed. Though you may be wondering where to find them, different fruits can be purchased in a single area in the game, and it's relatively easy to find. Our guide will show you how to get fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece.

Where to Find Fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece

Central Port is a small island to the south of Orange Island. You don't need to acquire any levels to get there. Simply purchase the cheapest available boat at the starting island and travel to Central Port.

You'll find three NPCs there, including a Fruit Dealer, Stat Resetter, and Fruit Remover. The Fruit Shop can be found right under the central platform. 

Fruits can also spawn randomly under the trees on all the islands, so be sure to check as many trees as you can since you never know what you may find. But if you want to be sure, then you can purchase the following ones at the shop:

  • Smooth-Smooth: 500 Beli or 50 Robux.
    • Z ability: Smooth Floor.
    • X ability: Smooth Push.
  • Suke-Suke: 2,500 Beli or 500 Robux.
    • Z ability: Self Invisible.
    • X ability: Party Invisible.
  • Cry-Cry: 5,000 Beli or 500 Robux.
    • Z ability: Kenpopo.
    • X ability: Chiyupopo.
    • C ability: Hogopopo.
  • Spin-Spin: 7,000 Beli or 500 Robux.
    • Z ability: Spinning Disaster.
    • X ability: Spinning Assault.
    • C ability: Spinning Flight.
  • Bomb-Bomb: 9,000 Beli or 700 Robux.
    • Z ability: Bomb Shot.
    • X ability: Bomb Rush.
    • E ability: Bomb Booster.
    • V ability: Bomb Destruct.
  • Kilo-Kilo: 12,000 Beli or 700 Robux.
    • Z ability: Kilo Walk.
    • X ability: Kilo Crash.
    • C ability: 1,000kg.
    • V ability: 10,000kg.
    • E ability: Kilo Rise.
    • R ability: Kilo Force.
  • Mera-Mera: 40,000 Beli or 2,500 Robux.
    • Z ability: Flame Snap.
    • T ability: Flame Flight.
    • X ability: Shinka Shiranui.
    • C ability: Flame Repulse.
    • E ability: Hiken.
    • R ability: Hono No Hashira.
    • V ability: Dai Enkai Entei.
  • Hie-Hie: 50,000 Beli or 3,000 Robux.
    • Z ability: Ice Hawk.
    • X ability: Ice Spears.
    • C ability: Ice Hammer.
    • E ability: Ice Stomp.
    • V ability: Frozen Time.
    • R ability: Ultimate Stomp.
    • T ability: Ice Ice.

That's everything you need to know on how to get fruit in Roblox Pixel Piece. For more guides and other Roblox-related guides, check out our dedicated hub page.

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