The Foal of the Dead quest in Hogwarts Legacy introduces you to the adorable world of beast breeding. To complete the quest, you need to capture both a male and female Thestral. This guide details where to catch Thestrals and how to determine the gender of these fantastic beasts.
- Male vs Female Thestral Differences
- How to Find and Catch Thestrals
- How to Purchase a Breeding Pen Spellcraft
Male vs Female Thestral Differences in Hogwarts Legacy
In Hogwarts Legacy, you can tell if a Thestral is male or female by looking at the gender symbol next to their name at the top of the screen. Males will have an arrow pointing diagonally, while females will point straight down.
There are no physical differences between male and female Thestrals, so you’ll need to rely on glances at their name tag to find the gender you need. We’ve found that having at least one male and female for every beast is an excellent idea so that you can breed them for easy galleons or discover rare color variants.
How to Find and Catch a Thestral in Hogwarts Legacy
The best place to catch Thestrals in Hogwarts Legacy is the Thestral Den in the North Ford Bog region. Being timid creatures, you’ll need to get crafty to capture them.
We’ve found that the following method is perfect for catching Thestrals:
- Use the Disillusionment Charm to cloak yourself
- Freeze the Thestral with Glacius
- Quickly use your Nab Sack to capture it
If you approach a Thestral too quickly, you’ll scare them off and cause them to fly away. They may look dark and sinister, but these steeds are sweet-natured and skittish. Unless you’re a unicorn — they hate unicorns.
How to Purchase the Breeding Pen Spellcraft in Hogwarts Legacy
Now that you’ve caught both a male and female Thestral, you need to purchase the Breeding Pen Spellcraft to complete the Foal of the Dead quest and unlock breeding.
The Breeding Pen Spellcraft is sold at Tomes and Scrolls in Hogsmeade Village for 1,000 Galleons. That’s the shop directly to the left as you enter the village from the South.
Now that you know how to differentiate between beasts’ genders in Hogwarts Legacy, you can go hunting and catch both a male and female of every beast for your Vivarium. You’ll need more space with all those babies — check out our guide on unlocking all Vivariums.
This guide was written while playing Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
- This article was updated on January 18th, 2024