Absconder Encounter is one of the Hogwarts Legacy side quests you can play while exploring the Aranshire hamlet in the South Hogwarts Region of the video game developed by Avalanche Software. The vendor, Edgar Adley, asks you to retrieve a pocket watch that belonged to his friend Milo, who died trying to procure venom from a living Acromantula in a cave in the Forbidden Forest.
Be aware that the Absconder is a level 32 Acromantula, so start the side quest with plenty of Chinese Chomping Cabbages and Wiggenweld Potions. For completing this side quest, you will be rewarded with 180 XP and a Wand Handler.
To start this Hogwarts Legacy side mission, you must first travel to the Aranshire hamlet in the eastern part of the South Hogwarts Region, as pointed out on the map below.
Then go to the southwestern part of Aranshire hamlet and look for Edgar Adley, a vendor drinking coffee in his stand.
Now interact with the NPC to discover that your task is to retrieve Milo’s heirloom pocket watch from a cave full of dangerous spiders in the Forbidden Forest.
How to Defeat the Absconder Acromantula in Hogwarts Legacy
To find the Acromantula’s cave, you must go to the northern part of the Forbidden Forest, to the location marked on the following map.
You will find the massive spider boss you must kill deep in the cave in a circular zone with a big tree in the middle. More precisely, the Acromantula looks like the one in the following picture.
To defeat the boss, constantly cast the Incendio fire spell you’ve learned during Professor Hecat’s Assignment 1. You must take advantage of the tree in the middle of the area to hide from the spider’s attacks when needed. Also, using the Chinese Chomping Cabbages can help you kill the Absconder quicker. After you kill the massive Acromantula, look in the western part of the cave for a spider web, as shown in the following picture.
Use the Incendio spell to burn the web; behind it, you will find Milo’s pocket watch in front of a chest. To finish the Absconder Encounter side quest in Hogwarts Legacy, return to Edgar Adley in Aranshire and give him his friend’s heirloom.