Hogwarts Legacy's Most Worthless Mount Still Has At Least One Use (2024)

In the magical world of Hogwarts Legacy, players have the opportunity to befriend and mount some truly fascinating creatures, but one is uncharacteristically pointless apart from one, specific use. Canonically, these beasts are meant to be one of the most aggressive and formidable species known to wizardkind - being nearly impossible to subdue, let alone tame. However, thanks to their aptitude for magic (and perhaps, in part, plot armor), the protagonist is able to face one of these creatures and come out with a newfound mount. Though they may seem surprisingly useless at first, it's not all for naught, because Hogwarts Legacy's worst mount still has one practical use.

In general, mounts see far less use than brooms do, even in the open-world Harry Potter RPG. While flying over Hogwarts on the back of a dangerous beast is more exciting from a conceptual standpoint, brooms have ultimately proved to be the far more popular way to travel across the Scottish Highlands. Not only are they easier to obtain, they're also easier to maneuver, and they're even faster than the mounts when upgraded, too. With the best brooms in Hogwarts Legacy, some players may find little use for the mounts they've unlocked - and one particular beast only strengthens the case for the inanimate objects, only having one redeeming quality.

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Graphorns Are Useless As Mounts In Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy's Most Worthless Mount Still Has At Least One Use (1)

Sadly, Graphorns are the worst mount in Hogwarts Legacy. While they're one of the coolest creatures to inhabit the wizarding world, they actually serve little to no purpose within the confines of the game. Indeed, the Graphorn can travel across the open world at a respectable speed, even running over any enemies in its path, but its main pitfall lies in that it can't actually fly, basically rendering it useless against Hogwarts Legacy's large roster of conversely avian beasts. It's inherently easier to soar over obstacles, enemies, and structures than it is to run through and around them, which can make the Graphorn much less satisfying to use than other mounts.

If unlocking the Graphorn in Hogwarts Legacy was easier or more immediately available to players, it would greatly help its case - but unfortunately, it's only possible during one of the game's last quests. By the time witches and wizards get the opportunity to encounter and tame their own Graphorn, Lord of the Shore, they'll have practically conquered the main campaign. In the time that it took them to do so, they will have already grown accustomed to their favorite broom or flying mount. Thus, they aren't likely to find the ground-locked, unfamiliar Graphorn an overly appealing option.

Graphorns Are Helpful For Upgrading Gear In Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy's Most Worthless Mount Still Has At Least One Use (2)

The Graphorn may be Hogwarts Legacy's worst mount in terms of actual travel, but it does have one strong suit - that being its exclusive beast material. When placed in the Vivarium, brushed, and fed, Graphorns will produce Graphorn Horns, which can be used to upgrade some of the most powerful gear in the game. There are plenty of ways to go about farming Graphorn Horns in Hogwarts Legacy, but the Lord of the Shore is actually the most efficient option (even if it contributes to Hogwarts Legacy's major beast plot hole).

Of course, players can take the easy route and simply purchase their Graphorn Horns from various bestiaries across the Highlands. However, Ellie Peck in Hogsmeade, Indira Wolff in Pitt-Upon-Ford, and Padraic Haggarty in Irondale will all require a hefty 700 Galleons for a single horn, which isn't exactly the greatest deal. Conversely, students can get their hands dirty and seek out additional Graphorns. While it's certainly better than dishing out hundreds of Galleons, doing so won't be easy. Each Graphorn won't go down without a fight, and only one will spawn at a time, greatly slowing down the process; in fact, sometimes, Hogwarts Legacy's Graphorn dens can be empty altogether.

Since Lord of the Shore doesn't make for the most favorable mount and probably won't see much time outside the Nab-Sack anyway, witches and wizards are better off placing it in the Vivarium, providing it with the proper care and collecting the subsequent Graphorn Horns that it produces. If they're lucky enough to stumble across and capture a female Graphorn, they can even breed the two beasts, resulting in additional Graphorns and Graphorn Horns, without having to endure the frustrating process of catching one in the wild.

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How To Unlock The Graphorn In Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy's Most Worthless Mount Still Has At Least One Use (3)

Thus, even though the Graphorn is far from the best mount in Hogwarts Legacy, it's still worth taming, if only for the sole purpose of farming its drops and upgrading armor. In order to do so, players will simply need to follow the main story line and progress to one of the last quests, "San Bakar's Trial." The mission itself is rather simple, only requiring that the student tames the Lord of the Shore and uses it to unlock and access the final Pensieve.

Just like all other Graphorns, the Lord of the Shore will behave aggressively towards the player, attacking them relentlessly. As such, they'll need to not only endure its attacks, but also to fight back in the process, chipping it down to half-health (which is easy, with the help of Hogwarts Legacy's most powerful spells). Once students have damaged the Graphorn enough, they'll get the option to continue attacking it, or to kneel down and show it respect. Regardless of choice, it will submit, and the player will receive its help for the rest of San Bakar's trial, alongside permanently unlocking it as a mount.

Considering all the time and effort that it takes to get the Graphorn in Hogwarts Legacy, it's an overall underwhelming mount that doesn't compare to brooms or other flying beasts. However, the process isn't entirely for naught, as Lord of the Shore still possesses the ability to drop Graphorn Horns, which are invaluable when it comes to upgrading and assigning various traits to gear. The beast certainly would have benefited from an upgrade or two, given its legendary and formidable status in the world of Harry Potter - but at the very least, Hogwarts Legacy's Graphorn mount redeems itself in one, helpful way.

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Editor’s Note: Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has been accused of transphobia by those in the LGBTQ+ community. Although not directly involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, Rowling does stand to earn royalties from the game. We would like to reiterate our support for trans rights and that trans identities are valid. Support services are listed below for trans people impacted by discussions of transphobia.

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