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Hogwarts Legacy – how to catch a Thestral

Hogwarts Legacy - How to Catch a Thestral

The thestral ranks as one of the more challenging beasts to catch in Hogwarts Legacy. Not only are they easily startled, but they can also fly, which makes guiding them into your Nab-Sack tricky. However, with the right combination of immobilizing spells and a bit of determination, you’ll soon have a thestral or two for your vivariums or to progress Deek’s Foal of the Dead side quest.

In this guide, we’ll outline the easiest way to catch a thestral in Hogwarts Legacy.

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Where to catch a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Thestral Den Location

Firstly, you’ll need to track down a herd of thestral. Easier said than done, given the size of Hogwarts Legacy’s map. We’ve pinpointed a thestral den on the map in the image above to speed things up. It’s located in the wilds north of Hogsmeade. The closest fast travel point is the East North Ford Bog Floo Flame.

How to catch a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Sneaking Up On Thestral

Thestrals are mobile beasts capable of flight, so the key to catching one is keeping it grounded and immobile long enough to cycle through the five button prompts needed to pull it into your Nab-Sack.

We recommend equipping a spell set with Accio, Arresto Momentum, Levioso, and the Nab-Sack. Cast the Disillusionment spell to stay undetected for as long as possible and slowly approach the thestral den. Target a Thestral, then cast Accio, Levioso, and Arresto Momentum in quick succession. Doing so will immobilize the beast. 


Catching a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy

Immediately deploy the Nab-Sack, and while going through the button prompts, walk towards the thestral. Staying close to the thestral gives you a fighting chance to keep the animal within range should the spells run out before you’ve caught the beast.

If everything goes well, you should have caught a thestral. Rinse and repeat as needed. You’ll need a male and female thestral to breed an offspring in the breeding pen for the Foal of the Dead side quest.

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Where to find a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy?

The easiest place to find a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy is the Thestral Den in the countryside to the north of Hogsmeade, close to the East North Ford Bog Floo Flame.

How do you interact with a Thestral Hogwarts Legacy?

To interact and catch a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll need to use the Disillusionment Spell to approach the beast without scaring it off, then cast a spell like Levioso to immobilize the Thestral, and finally use the Nab-Sack to catch the magical creature.

Hogwarts Legacy

on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X

Release Date:

February 10, 2023