Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin’s Assignment Giant Purple Toad and Diricawl Locations

Vlad Susanu Written by Vlad Susanu
February 20, 2023

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin’s Assignment is the 10th Assignment available in the latest Harry Potter-inspired video game published by Warner Bros. Games and the only one you’ll be able to complete for your Beasts Class professor.

Howin’s Assignment is also quite accessible, and alongside 260 XP, it allows you to unlock one of the most potent Spells in the video game: Bombarda. Professor Howin’s Assignment requires you to find and rescue two types of Beasts: a Giant Purple Toad and a Diricawl.

The quest becomes available after you complete Charles Rookwood’s Trial or the second trial in Hogwarts Legacy. As you return to your House’s Common Room, you’ll receive a letter from Professor Howin via your Owl Post.

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin's Assignment Walkthrough

Read it by opening your Field Guide, then navigating to the Owl Pots Tab. The letter reads:

“I have been asked to teach you the Exploding Charm, Bombarda. Once you have completed the tasks I’ve set forth, speak to me after class.

To see the tasks mentioned by Howin in her letter, navigate to the Quests Tab in your Field Guide, then to Professor Howin’s Assignment quest. As you can notice, to learn Bombarda, you’ll have to:

  • Acquire a Giant Purple Toad with the Nab-Sack
  • Acquire a Diricawl with the Nab-Sack

Since you already have the Nab-Sack unlocked during The Elf, The Nab-Sack, And The Loom main quest, all you need to do is find the two Beasts Howin needs. Let’s see where they are.

How to Aquire a Giant Purple Toad With the Nab-Sack

Finding a Giant Purple Toad in Hogwarts Legacy is an accessible task because there are many dens where these Beasts live. Look for them near water sources such as lakes or rivers. A very accessible Giant Purple Toad Den is northeast of Hogsmeade or east of Upper Hogsfield. You can see the location of the Den marked on the map below.

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin's Assignment Giant Purple Toad Location

Consider visiting the Den marked above, and when you get close, first equip the Nab-Sack Utility Spell by pressing Right on your DPad. Furthermore, you can equip the Arresto Momentum Control Spell to help you slow the toad. Otherwise, the beast may run away.

Now, get close to the Den and look for a large toad. Target it by pressing the Right Thumbstick, then cast Arresto Momentum to freeze the beast.

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin's Assignment Guide

Finally, cast the Nab-Sack Spell, and get ready to press the corresponding buttons on your screen to rescue/capture the Giant Purple Toad. With the Giant Purple Toad in your bag, let’s see where to find a Diricawl.

How To Acquire a Diricawl With the Nab-Sack

Hogwarts Legacy Diricawls are also quite common, so you’ll find them in most areas. It is worth knowing that if you completed the Birds of a Feather side-quest, the Diricawl you captured counts towards completing Professor Howin’s Assignment, meaning you can kill two birds with one stone.

If not, open your map and look for a Diricawl Den, like the one southeast of West Hogwarts Valley Floo Flame. Again, you can see the location of the said Den marked on our map below.

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin's Assignment Diricawl Location

Once you reach the ruins on the map above, look around to spot some colorful birds. Make sure you cast Arresto Momentum first because they are pretty fast and turn invisible. After freezing one of them, quickly use the Nab-Sack to capture it by pressing Square/X four times.

Awesome job! Now, it’s time to head back to Professor Howin, so open your Field Guide Map, navigate to Hogwarts Map, then choose The Bell Tower Wing from the list on the left side, followed by Beasts Classroom Floo Flame.

If you arrive during the night, open your Field Guide Map and press the Right Thumbstick to fast-forward the time. Now, you’ll want to find Professor Howin below and talk to her.

Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin Assignment Walkthrough

During the conversation, you’ll get a dialogue choice. When Howin tells you to be cautious with this spell, pick whatever you want. Finally, complete the associated puzzle by guiding your wand on the pattern on the right side as fast as possible and try pressing the corresponding buttons to speed up the wand. Now Hogwarts Legacy Professor Howin’s Assignment is complete, and you have unlocked Bombarda, so feel free to practice with this spell on the pumpkins nearby.

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Founder and Senior Content Producer at GameClubz, Vlad is the former CEO of VGFAQ.com and Primewikis.com. He's been playing video games since 1994 and likes keeping up with the latest releases, increasing his collection of PlayStation trophies daily.

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