Compared to e.g. a fitness tracker running on the same phone, Wizards Unite only counts a fraction of the distance traveled towards unlocking Portmanteaus.

I'd like to collect best practices on how to maximize that distance.

  • Obviously, distances traveled too fast are not counted, but I'm unsure about the actual limit. You'll get the 'car warning' screen at approx. 25km/h, and I assume this limit means that no distance is recorded.
    I have the suspicion that the 'car warning' screen also invalidates a certain distance, even if traveling slower again. I tried to completely stop for a few seconds after I received the warning and this seems to work for me, but I still might be mistaken.

  • The blue avatar also switches into 'broom-mode' when traveling fast. This sometimes happens without the 'car warning' screen, so this has either a different limit or some allowed maximum time. I don't know about its influence on recorded distance.

  • The GPS location often loses position for Wizards Unite. When re-locating the player, the missing distance is not counted. Going way slower and stopping once GPS is lost (avatar doesn't move) helps here.

Has anyone more observations here? Is there an additional factor? Are there technical means to improve GPS to at least the level of other apps on the phone?

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    Given the history of this game, I suspect the metric is the same as for egg hatching in Pokemon GO. Jul 14, 2019 at 16:00
  • There are multiple distinct questions here. Which one should we answer? Jul 27, 2019 at 0:33

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The best practice is go out and have a walk around, while you can do other things -- visit inns, greenhouses, fight traces. It is intended to require from you some activity, not to fake and maximize it in slow-driving car.

The actual algorithm is not publicly available (closed source) so any attempt would be just guess based on observations, which adds up with gaming experience.

I travel with public transport, which stops frequently in the city, so it counts some distance for unlocking, but clearly not all of it. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

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