How to get a broomstick in Hogwarts Legacy and fly

Hogwarts Legacy broomsticks and flying class
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If you want to know where to get a Hogwarts Legacy broomstick then you'll need a little patience, since you need to complete two main missions beforehand: Flying Class, and Flight Test. 

There's a lot to get a hang of before you can lean how to fly in in Hogwarts Legacy; you'll have to master specific Hogwarts Legacy spells to advance through the main questline, as well as attend various lessons and complete certain side quests at the same time. So keep playing through the main Hogwarts Legacy campaign if you wish to buy your own broom, since there's no shortcut to getting it early! If you were also wondering about when can you unlock mounts in Hogwarts Legacy, we can cover that info as well. 

How do you unlock broomsticks in Hogwarts Legacy?

You can't use broomsticks in Hogwarts Legacy until you complete the Flying Class mission with Madame Kogawa. Once that's complete you can head to Hogsmeade and buy one from Sprintwitches Sporting Needs.

How to unlock the Flying Class mission

Hogwarts Legacy flying lessons

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Make a choice

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Whether or not you should steal the Hogwarts Legacy Fwooper feather for Garreth Weasley is one of the first choices you have to make. So should you? 

After you've unlocked the spell Expelliarmus, which is taught to you after completing Professor Hecat's Assignment 2, you will receive a main quest target to go to Flying class with Madame Kogawa. You can check our Hogwarts Legacy tips for more on this but basically everything you probably want is locked behind story progress. So always check mission rewards to see what you can unlock. 

During this class, you'll be using a school-issued broomstick to learn the ropes, and one of your classmates will take you for an aerial tour of Hogwarts and its grounds. When you get back to class, Kogawa will be disappointed in you both for straying from the assigned task. Still, she will commend your flying skills all the same. 

Where to buy a broom in Hogwarts Legacy

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Now that you have completed your first flying lesson, head into Hogsmeade using either floo flames or by walking it. Check your map of Hogsmeade, and find Sprintwitches Sporting Needs. Set the waypoint and make your way there, since it's the easiest place to buy your first broomstick.

When you arrive, you will meet the shopkeeper, Albie Weekes. He explains that the shop had been shut until recently, which is why you couldn't access it earlier during your visit to Hogsmeade with Sebastian or Natty, but he is ready to sell you a broomstick now.

Hogwarts Legacy broomsticks aren't too costly. You can expect to pay about 600 coins for your first broom, but there are more expensive options to be found from vendors outside Hogsmeade if you want something fancier. If you're short on cash, be sure to loot chests, pots, and bags as you explore the world, and don't forget to sell any unwanted gear to vendors.

What is the best broom in Hogwarts Legacy?

All brooms in Hogwarts Legacy perform the same. The only real differences are how they look. You can upgrade your broom by completing missions like Flight Test and Sweeping The Competition, which will result in Sprintwitches' vendor Albie upgrading your broomsticks to improve their speed, no matter which one you have.

How to use your broomstick outside 

Sitting on a broom during flying class in Hogwarts Legacy

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Before you can fly with your broom, you'll have to complete another mission called Flight Test. Travel back to Hogwarts via floo flames after purchasing your broom, and then head to the Quidditch pitch to talk to Imelda Reyes. After a conversation, she challenges you to beat her high score in a race around the castle.

This agility trial requires you to fly through yellow speed bubbles, which will make you go faster as you swoop through all the hoops as quickly as possible. If you accidentally miss any hoops, you will get a few seconds added to your time as a penalty. The first Flight Test mission should not be too difficult, with each subsequent attempt getting that much trickier.

Hogwarts Legacy how to use a broom

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After you complete the Flight Test mission, you should be able to fly whenever you're in open space by using L1 to bring your gear menu up and pressing Circle or B to jump on your broom. If you are in an area that disallows flying, you will see an icon of a flying creature with a red strike through it on your HUD. Just head further outdoors, and when the icon vanishes, you'll be able to mount your broom and fly. Sure, you can't fly your broomstick through or over Hogsmeade – but with views like these, taking the long route around it won't be such a bad thing.

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Jasmine Gould-Wilson
Staff Writer, GamesRadar+

Jasmine is a staff writer at GamesRadar+. Raised in Hong Kong and having graduated with an English Literature degree from Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, her passion for entertainment writing has taken her from reviewing underground concerts to blogging about the intersection between horror movies and browser games. Having made the career jump from TV broadcast operations to video games journalism during the pandemic, she cut her teeth as a freelance writer for global publications TheGamer and TechRadar Gaming before accepting a full-time role at GamesRadar+. Whether Jasmine is researching the latest in gaming litigation for a news piece, writing how-to guides for The Sims 4, or extolling the necessity of a Resident Evil: CODE Veronica remake, you'll probably find her listening to metalcore at the same time.