Hogwarts Legacy players can use both flying mounts and brooms to take to the skies, but one method of transportation is faster than the other.

After getting multiple upgrades, a speed-boosting broom will become faster than a Hippogriff or Thestral, but only when close to the ground.

Here’s how to get all broom upgrades and ensure your ride is faster than any flying mount!

If you’ve been wondering whether you’re better off using one of Hogwarts Legacy’s flying mounts instead of your broom, the answer is tricky.

Here are the facts:

  • Hippogriffs and Thestrals are the same speed, even when using R2/RT/Shift to accelerate. All statements moving forward assume that you’re holding the accelerate button.
  • A flying mount is faster than an (un-upgraded) basic broom which is using its speed boost ability (L2/LT/Left Click).
  • A Hippogriff or Thestral is the same speed as a broom that has been upgraded one time (Tier 1), using its speed boost ability.
    • However, brooms only have infinite boost when close to the ground, making flying mounts generally faster because they can fly higher without slowing down.
  • Finally, Hippogriffs and Thestrals are slower than Tier 2 or 3 upgraded brooms that are using their speed boost.
    • Upgraded brooms can travel higher off the ground without losing their infinite boost. However, a flying mount is still faster than non-boosting higher-tier brooms.

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Are Broom or Hippogriffs / Thestrals Better in Hogwarts Legacy?

In short, if you have a basic broom or one that has only been upgraded once, you’re better off using a flying mount in Hogwarts Legacy.

This is because the Fantastic Beasts have the speed of a boosting Tier 1 upgraded broom but at all heights.

If you’re flying high in the air, a mount will always be faster than a broom too, as even a Tier 3 broom can’t maintain its speed boost when away from the ground.

Hogwarts Legacy Broom vs Flying Mount
Credit: FireSparks81

However, it’s worth noting that it does take more time to mount and dismount a living creature than it does to whip out your broom.

Here’s how to get all mounts in Hogwarts Legacy, in case there’s one you’re missing.

Thanks to FireSparks81 for testing Hogwarts Legacy’s broom and flying mount speeds! You can see his full video comparison below:

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