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Harry Potter Wizards Unite: What are Inns and how do they work?

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Inns
Harry Potter Wizards Unite Inns (Image credit: iMore)

We know that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be nothing without spells and to cast spells in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, you need Spell Energy which is a resource that depletes. You can get more Spell Energy by visiting inns you come across in the game and eating or drinking tasty things!

What are Inns?

Harry Potter Wizards Unite inns and fortresses

Harry Potter Wizards Unite inns and fortresses (Image credit: iMore)

If you've played Pokémon GO, you'll likely think of Inns as Pokéstops. They are places on the map — indicated by small buildings — that a player can enter by tapping on them. Once inside, you can receive Spell Energy, the primary resource you need in the game to cast Spells. These small buildings correspond to real-world locations, such as parks, statues, small businesses, and artwork.

Different types of inns offer you varying amounts of Spell Energy (a little more on that later), and it's important to note that they don't all look exactly the same. If you notice in the screenshot up above on the left, all those little brown buildings in the background are Inns, but so are the purple buildings you see in the foreground. Likewise with the pink looking house in the middle screenshot up above, that is also an Inn; however, the tall building shown in the screenshot up above on the right is a Fortress, which is an entirely different thing., and the small green buildings are Greenhouses, which also grant Spell Energy, but have other purposes as well.

Inside an Inn

Once inside an Inn, you'll be required to trace a Glyph on your screen to activate the Inn, which will then spin five dishes and award you one randomly. The meal you end up with will award you Spell Energy, which allows you to cast Spells in the game. You can only hold a finite amount Spell Energy at a time, so if you're full, you cannot collect more from the Inn. While you can pay to expand the total amount of Spell Energy you can hold at one time, if you're playing in a heavily populated area, you may find enough Inns to keep yourself full.

Different colored Inns and rewards

As mentioned previously, there are different colored Inns in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and the different colors offer different dishes you can get. Some examples of the sorts of dishes you can get include:

Energy receivedMealsInn colors
1Tomato SoupBrown Inns, Purple Inns
2- Tea Set
- Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans
- Pumpkin Juice
Brown Inns, Pink Inns
Green Inns
Blue Inns, Purple Inns
3Violet PuddingPink Inns
5Bangers and MashPurple Inns
6Fish and Chips
Honeyduke's Chocolate Bar
Brown Inns, Blue Inns
Green Inns
7ButterbeerBlue Inns, Purple Inns
10Turkey DinnerGreen Inns

Data miners and other super sleuths online have also found a handful of meals that have yet to appear Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, so its reasonable to expect there will be more information to come.

Dark Detectors

The other thing you can do at Inns is set up a Dark Detector, which will be active for 30 minutes and attract Foundables to that location. These work like Lure Mods in Pokémon Go, in that they attract Foundables for any players in the area. This will allow you to complete your Registry of items faster, earn XP, and find Foundables you may not have otherwise encountered.

You can add up to three Dark Detectors per Inn. The more Detectors, the more Foundables will show up and the rarer the Traces will be.

Want to know more about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Inns are just the tip of the iceberg; there's plenty more you can learn about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Check out our Beginner's Guide if you're looking for helpful tips to get started!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: Beginner's guide

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Luke Filipowicz
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1 Comment
  • Inns, and the scarcity of them, were one of the primary reasons I stopped playing Wizards Unite. There were no Inns in our town at all. When you ran out of spell energy you had to drive 15 miles to the next town where there were 3 Inns. Our town did have a Fortress, but forget doing any battle there because it would deplete your spell energy in a flash and then you would have to drive 15 miles to collect more....in small doses....from each Inn, and you were required to wait a certain amount of time before re-visiting that same Inn. It could take hours to fully replenish your spell energy supply. That situation was not workable at all, so I deleted the game. Of course you could spend some real money to get more spell energy, but that makes Wizards Unite no more different than all the other scam "Free to play" games that only give you a minute amount of some vital resource that takes either days to replenish or never replenishes at all and force you make some "In-App Purchases". By design, the game limits both the amount of spell energy you can have plus the "space" to hold more spell energy. I'm not doing that!