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For character biography, see Hodir.

Hodir is one of the boss encounters in Ulduar. Players are able to defeat him, but not kill him. His loot is distributed through a frozen chest in his chambers.

25-man abilitiesEdit

  • Hard Enrage - 8 minutes after encounter starts.
  • Reported to be able to hit for up to 25k on plate.
  • Spell frost iceshock Biting Cold - Aura that stacks up a DoT that deals resistible frost damage. Simply moving will dispel one stack of the DoT. DoT starts out at 375 damage per second, and stacks when the target remains stationary for 4 seconds. Each stack doubles the damage done(exponential growth).
  • Spell frost frostnova Freeze - Inflicts 5550 to 6450 Frost damage to nearby enemies, immobilizing them for up to 10 sec. 10 yard radius, can be dispelled.
  • Ability mage deepfreeze Flash Freeze - Hodir will emote Winds of the north consume you! and start casting Flash Freeze. At this point, areas of safety are marked with large white circles. You need to wait (roughly) 5 to 10 seconds for the snow to drop on the circle. If you stand in the area when the snow falls, you will take ~13,500 damage plus a 10-15 yards push back. Once the snow dropped on the area, you need to get inside it before Hodir finishes casting Flash Freeze to avoid it. If you were not, you will be frozen (ice blocked) and unable to perform any action. The ice blocks have 100,000 health and need to be destroyed by people. If you're hit by Flash Freeze again while you're still an ice block, you're instantly killed.
  • Spell frost frostnova Icicles - Ice Shards fall from the ceiling and deal a knockback with 12,000 frost damage to any players underneath. This also spawns Snowdrift on the ground where the Ice Shard hits. To avoid Flash Freeze, one must stand on the Snowdrifts.
  • Spell frost frostbrand Frozen Blows - Self buff that adds 40,000 frost damage to all melee attacks but reduces physical damage by 70%. Also adds a 4K AOE frost effect to his attacks.

10-man abilitiesEdit

  • Hard Enrage - 8 minutes after encounter starts.
  • Spell frost iceshock Biting Cold - Aura that stacks up a DoT that deals frost damage. Simply moving will dispel this DoT.
  • Spell frost frostnova Freeze - Inflicts 5550 to 6450 Frost damage to nearby enemies, immobilizing them for up to 10 sec. 10 yard radius, can be dispelled.
  • Ability mage deepfreeze Flash Freeze - Freezes everyone in ice blocks. If anyone is hit by it, kill their ice block immediately (40,000 HP). If you're hit by Flash Freeze again while you're still an ice block, you're instantly killed.
  • Spell frost frostnova Icicles - Ice Shards fall from the ceiling and deal a knockback with 12,000 frost damage to any players underneath. This also spawns Snowdrift on the ground where the Ice Shard hits. To avoid Flash Freeze, one must stand on the Snowdrifts.
  • Spell frost frostbrand Frozen Blows - Self buff that adds 31062 frost damage to all melee attacks but reduces physical damage by 70%. Also while up hits the entire raid for 4000 frost damage every 2 seconds. This buff last 20 seconds.

Friendly NPCsEdit

Before the start of the fight, there are several NPCs (8 in Heroic, 4 in Normal) frozen in iceblocks who can be freed by attacking the iceblocks. When freed, they will help the raid by attacking Hodir, casting spells to help the raid, and providing beneficial buffs. Horde and Alliance raids will see a different set of NPCs according to their faction. If you wish, you can mark the NPC's while frozen by typing /tar and their first name to target them.

Class Normal Heroic Position Abilities
Official alliance mini-iconAlliance Official horde mini-icon Horde Official alliance mini-iconAlliance Official horde mini-icon Horde
Priest Official alliance mini-icon Field Medic Penny Official horde mini-icon Battle-Priest Eliza Official alliance mini-icon Field Medic Jessi Official horde mini-icon Battle-Priest Gina Leftmost Casts: Smite, Greater Heal, Dispel Magic.
Druid Official alliance mini-icon Ellie Nightfeather Official horde mini-icon Tor Greycloud Official alliance mini-icon Eivi Nightfeather Official horde mini-icon Kar Greycloud Front of boss Casts: Wrath and Starlight
Shaman Official alliance mini-icon Elementalist Avuun Official horde mini-icon Spiritwalker Yona Official alliance mini-icon Elementalist Mahfuun Official horde mini-icon Spiritwalker Tara Right Casts: Casts: Lava Burst and Storm Cloud which gives the Storm Power buff to raid members.
Mage Official alliance mini-icon Missy Flamecuffs Official horde mini-icon Veesha Blazeweaver Official alliance mini-icon Sissy Flamecuffs Official horde mini-icon Amira Blazeweaver Rightmost Casts: Conjure Toasty Fire, Fireball. She can remove Flash freeze from other NPC and players very quickly with Melt Ice.

General strategyEdit

This is a single-phase fight that remains the same from beginning to end when Hodir is at 1% health. Making effective use of the friendly NPC buffs can increase raid DPS tremendously, and is necessary to complete the encounter in hard mode, which requires killing Hodir within 3 minutes. Note: Turn on the "Projected Textures" option in the game video settings for this fight (as of patch 3.1.1, this option is on by default), as much of the avoidable raid damage requires seeing the glowing white target circles on the ground.

Once the encounter begins by pulling the boss or attacking an iceblock, all players must be aware of Hodir's Biting Cold aura. This aura cannot be outranged and will stack a DoT debuff every few seconds whenever a player is not moving. The amount of damage done every tick increases rapidly with every stack of the debuff, so players that accumulate more than a few stacks will likely die. Moving will only remove one stack of the debuff every second, so players who have multiple stacks of the debuff must remain moving for several seconds before the debuff is completely removed.

Throughout the fight, Hodir will randomly cast Freeze, a Frost Nova-type spell centered on a random member of the raid. The targeted player—along with any other players within 10 yards—become rooted for 10 seconds. Dispel this as quickly as possible. Priest Mass Dispel works well for this. Paladins can help free players with Hand of Freedom and Mages can Blink to free themselves. Gnome characters can also use Escape Artist, so gnome mages have two escapes from this root effect. Humans can use Every Man For Himself and Rogues have Cloak of Shadows and Vanish. For Druids , the fastest and easiest method (assuming standard stance bar) is simply double-click the form button that you're currently in - it will instantly drop the form and shift back, removing the freeze. The major problem with Freeze is if it prevents players from moving out from under an Icicle, or to safety from Flash Freeze. It may be worth saving one's personal escapes for these situations.

Icicles will fall from the ceiling onto players randomly during the fight. They are visually cued by snowflakes pouring down before they land and, with projected textures, a white target circle on the ground. Players have a few seconds to move from the area before the Icicle hits the ground, causing significant damage to all players in the area and knocking them back around 30 yards if they are not already rooted by Hodir's Freeze spell.

Periodically, Hodir gains a self-buff called Frozen Blows. It reduces the physical damage he does, but in turn buffs frost damage to his attacks (up to 40,000 unresisted). While Hodir has the Frozen Blows buff, he also deals 4,000 frost damage to the whole raid every 2 seconds, so healers will have to be prepared when they hear Hodir roar. If the raid is employing a frost resist tank, he needs to watch for the emote tied to this and immediately taunt him. Healers also need to be paying attention for the emote to switch targets onto the frost resist tank. When the buff wears off, the original tank must taunt back immediately and the healers must switch back right away again.

When Hodir starts casting Flash Freeze, three large icicles will begin to fall (two on Normal). The areas where these icicles will fall are immediately marked by a mound of snow and a large white targeting circle on the ground. Players should get next to, but not inside one of these large circles as soon as possible. After several seconds the large icicle will crash into the ground causing tremendous damage to anyone in the circle and knocking them 30 yards away. After the icicle has hit the ground, all players have only a couple seconds to run into the circle where a large icicle has just fallen. Any NPCs or players who are not in one of the large circles will be frozen in an iceblock by the Flash Freeze. Players and NPCs in iceblocks should be freed immediately prior to resuming DPS on Hodir.

Overall, this fight is mostly a test of endurance. No players should get more than a couple stacks of the Biting Cold debuff. Very few should ever get hit by falling Icicles. And no one should get frozen by Flash Freeze.

Mage NPC abilitiesEdit

The two mage NPCs provide a number of beneficial buffs to the raid. For this reason, the mages should be released from their ice blocks first at the start of the encounter. Their abilities are:

  • Toasty Fire – Standing near these removes the Biting Cold debuff. DPS casters with the Toasty Fire buff apply the Singed stacking effect on Hodir, increasing his magic damage taken. This can stack up to 30 times, increasing all spell damage taken by 60%. Toasty Fires only affect some of the players in its range, so keep an eye on your buffs and don't assume you have it. In addition, standing in place still causes Icicles to fall, requiring players to still periodically move out of the way. Careful and minimal repositioning, however, can allow players to avoid Icicles but maximize the use of the nearby Toasty Fire. This may allow ranged players to continue DPS without wasting time looking for a new Toasty Fire farther away.
  • Melt Ice – Cast on the other NPCs who are caught by Flash Freeze. This does between 5 and 15% of the total life of an Ice Block, although, this isn't enough for your raid to ignore the other NPCs.

Because the mage NPCs only spawn fires about 5-15 yards around themselves, assigning a caster to each of the mage NPCs ensures that the debuff stays up at all times. Before you start the encounter, manually target and mark Amira Blazeweaver/Missy Flamecuffs and Veesha Blazewaver/Sissy Flamecuffs (using Diamond and Moon is less likely to conflict with any marking addons).

Your assigned raid casters will be looking out for the fires when they spawn. Once up, they should stand on top of them and start casting to get the debuff rolling (remember, you cannot run though them once he starts casting Flash Freeze). Singed lasts 30 seconds, with a 30% chance to apply. To help with keeping the debuff stacked, the raid must release the mages as fast as possible after each Flash Freeze. Once released, the mage NPCs will help you to release the rest of the NPCs, and your assigned casters get back to their respective DPS target, and refresh Singed.

QuotesEdit

Aggro
  • You will suffer for this trespass!
Frozen Blows
  • Hodir roars furious.
Flash Freeze
  • Winds of the north consume you!
Hard mode missed
  • Hodir shatters the Rare Cache of Hodir!
Killing a player
  • Tragic. To come so far, only to fail.
  • Welcome to the endless winter.
Berserk
  • Enough! This ends now!
Defeated
  • I... I am released from his grasp... at last.
Required for Yogg-Saron's encounter
  • The veil of winter will protect you, champions!

Sound files Edit

See Sound Files of Ulduar: Hodir

Drops Edit

Main article: Cache of Winter
Normal Mode
Inv pants plate 17
Inv pants plate 17
Inv pants plate 17
Inv weapon bow 51
Inv helmet 136
Inv jewelry ring 35
Inv axe 102
Inv misc cape 13


Heroic Mode
Inv chest chain 03
Inv chest chain 03
Inv chest chain 03
Inv bracer 25
Inv pants plate 30
Inv jewelry ring 57
Inv shield 66
Inv chest leather 13
Inv misc runedorb 012020
Inv ingot titansteel red3030


Hard mode Edit

Main article: Rare Cache of Winter
Normal Mode
Inv bracer 32
Inv staff 94
Inv shield 65
Inv mace 90
Inv shield 66


Heroic Mode
Inv bracer 29
Inv mace 91
Inv misc cape 05
Inv jewelry necklace 04
Inv gauntlets 74
Inv staff 94


Related achievementsEdit

Hard modeEdit

The following achievements are for the encounter's hard mode.

VideosEdit

Solo encounterEdit

How to Solo Hodir MoP 03:47

How to Solo Hodir MoP

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10-man encounterEdit

Tremor vs 08:04

Tremor vs. Hodir 10-man

Hodir Guide - Ulduar - love2playwow 08:01

Hodir Guide - Ulduar - love2playwow.com

25-man encounterEdit

TankSpot's Guide to Hodir 07:22

TankSpot's Guide to Hodir

Ulduar Hodir - Beginner's Guide 05:53

Ulduar Hodir - Beginner's Guide

25-man Hard mode encounterEdit

Forlorn Legacy Presents.. 03:47

Forlorn Legacy Presents...Hodir Hard Mode

Patch changes Edit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-05-14): "Hodir will no longer shatter his Rare Cache of Winter if defeated while casting a spell, like Flash Freeze. [1]"
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-05-04): "In the Hodir encounter, the time to complete the hard mode has been increased to 3 minutes. [1]"
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-30): "The NPCs in the Hodir encounter will now cast Storm Power and Toasty Fire more quickly after being freed from Flash Freeze at the start of the encounter. Toasty Fire will also be cast more consistently throughout the fight. [1]"
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-21): "For the Hodir encounter, the damage from A H Combat 15 [82+] Champion of Hodir's Freezing Breath has been reduced, the haste effect from Starlight has been decreased, and the timer for the hard mode has been decreased. [1]"
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-04-17): "To increase the challenge, Hodir's hard mode should need to be completed faster than before and the bonus of the Moonlight (sic) buff that NPCs provide to players should be decreased. [1]"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Blizz Bornakk 2009-04-17. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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