Hogwarts Legacy isn’t always gloom and doom, killing dark wizards and mastering spells—sometimes, it’s just good old-fashioned fun. “A Thief in the Night” is one of those side quests. Your task? Assist Padraic Haggarty in uncovering the mystery of someone scheming and robbing folks in Irondale village. Even though he’s suspecting his sister, it’s up to you to crack this case and retrieve Patric’s pilfered family heirloom.
If you want a complete guide on how to solve the Thief in the Night quest and the quickest ways to do so, just follow the trail of coins. And read on.
Irondale Quest Guide
The quest is located in Irondale, a little hamlet tucked away in the Feldcroft Region, south of Hogwarts. You need to find the local vendor, Padraic Haggarty, who’ll share his suspicions about the thief and why catching them matters. Padraic’s got a useful tip too: the thief strikes at night, meaning, in order to catch them, you will need to finish the quest at night time. In case you find yourself in Irondale during the day, simply navigate to the Map section, open it, and press the R3 button (right stick). That’ll adjust the time to fit your mission.
TIP: To solve this quest, you’ll need to be equipped with a Nab-Sack, a magical bag to catch beasts, and a spell to help you slow down your enemies. My preferred spells to do so are Glacius and Arresto Momentum, but you can also use the ones you prefer.
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Follow the Trail of Coins
Once you decide to assist Padric, there are two ways to wrap up this quest, depending on how fast you want to finish it.
The quickest method involves opening your Map, zooming in, and finding the Niffler Den situated left of Irondale. Set a waypoint to the den and use Floo Flames to travel to the nearest location, the Feldcroft Catacomb. From there, hop on your broom or mount Highwing and follow the trail that guides you to where the thief is hiding.
If you want to take it easy, cast your Revelio spell in front of the shop to spot a trail of blue-marked coins. Follow this trail either by walking or flying along the coins. You can fight your way through a small bandit camp or just avoid it altogether, whatever rocks your boat. Remember, if you lose sight of the coins, use Revelio again or check your Map to locate the Niffler Den.
Niffler Capture Guide
You’ve arrived at the Niffler Den only to find out that the culprit isn’t Padraic’s sister—it’s actually a Niffler! These little buggers are not only cute, but excellent and savvy thiefs. You can use Revelio again to track down the Irondale Pilferer, or just scout the cave and the surrounding areas and try to catch it. Here is where you can whip out your Arresto Momentum and slow him down enough to use the Nab sack to secure it.
While you’re there, you could also try rescuing other Nifflers around, but remember Padraic’s main concern: finding the missing Haggarty family heirloom! It’s hidden behind and up the cave, easy to spot. Or just tell old Haggarty that you didn’t find it.
Floo Flame yourself back to Irondale and report to the vendor to receive your 180XP and a Niffler mask. If you’re sly as a Slytherin, you can always ask for a few coins more from Padraic, and he will gladly provide it. After all, he can finally sleep well at night.
Congratulations, you’ve finished the quest and added an adorable little beast to your Vivarium. We expect you’ve enjoyed the Thief in the Night as much as we did, and hope this walkthrough helped to locate and catch the Irondale Pilferer. With over one hundred side quests in Hogwarts Legacy, it’s easy to get stuck, but check in every once in a while with FinalBoss. We will guide you and provide you with the best tips and tricks on Hogwarts Legacy, Legend of Zelda, Elden Ring and many, many more!