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How to increase the species limit in your Vivarium in Hogwarts Legacy

We need space for all the creatures.

In Hogwarts Legacy, a Vivarium is where you house tamed creatures. But the space in these Vivariums is limited, and you’ll eventually run out of spots or hit the species limit.

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This limit prevents you from adding more creatures to your collection. You may want to increase your Vivarium’s species limit. 

How do you increase the species limit in Hogwarts Legacy?

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You can only house four species per Vivarium. Screenshot by Dot Esports via Avalanche Software

You can’t increase your Viviarium’s species limit in Hogwarts Legacy. However, you can unlock additional Vivariums. In total, you can have four Vivariums, each housing 12 creatures from four different species.

For example

If you have a Phoenix, Niffler, Fwooper, and a Puffskein, you can only fill the remaining eight spaces with more of what is already in the Vivarium. 

How to unlock more Vivariums in Hogwarts Legacy

You can unlock more Vivariums through specific side quests. This is because unlocking additional Vivariums is the only way to increase your species limit and add more slots to house creatures in Hogwarts Legacy.

While the story will lead you to your first Vivarium, players must complete specific sidequests to unlock the other three Vivariums.

VivariumUnlock questBest beasts, drops, and uses
Default Vivarium“The Elf, the Nab-sack, and the Loon” quest.– Kneazles: Kneazle Fur (used to upgrade variation three gear traits)
– Puffskeins: Puffskein Fur (used to upgrade variation one gear traits)
– Nifflers: Niffler Fur (used to upgrade gear)
Swamp Vivarium“Foal of the Dead” side quest.– Thestrals: Thestral Hair (used to upgrade gear)
– Unicorns: Unicorn hair (used to upgrade gear)
Giant Purple Toads: Toad Warts (used to upgrade gear)
Grassland Meadow Vivarium“Phoenix Rising” side quest.Phoenixes: Phoenix Feather (used to upgrade gear)
Mooncalves: Mooncalf Fur (used to upgrade gear)
Hippogriffs: Hippogriff Feather (used to upgrade
Coastal/Beach Vivarium“The Plight of the House-Elf” side quest.Graphorns: Graphorn Horn (used to upgrade gear)
– Jobberknolls: Jobberknoll Feather (used to upgrade gear)
– Diricawl: Diricawl Feather (used to upgrade variation two gear traits)

The three core drops, Kneazle Fur, Diricawl Feathers, and Puffskein Fur, are essential for unlocking all trait variations.

If you have overstuffed your Vivarium with four species and want to add a different one, you can sell species at Brood and Peck to make some room. But for the most part, you want to house species in your Viviariums that can upgrade your gear and its traits to ensure your survivability and increase your damage output.

Breeding is one of the game’s core parts, and if it finds its way into future Legacy storylines, the devs may decide to add more slots for convenience. But for now, you can only have four species in each Vivarium in Hogwarts Legacy.

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