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Revision as of 05:22, June 1, 2009

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 abilities

  • 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 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.
  • 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 freezed (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 abilities

  • Hard Enrage - 9 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.
  • Flash Freeze - Freezing 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 NPCs

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.

Class Normal Heroic Position Abilities
Alliance 15Alliance Horde 15 Horde Alliance 15Alliance Horde 15 Horde
Priest Alliance 15 Field Medic Penny Horde 15 Battle-Priest Eliza Alliance 15 Field Medic Jessi Horde 15 Battle-Priest Gina Leftmost Casts: Smite, Greater Heal, Dispel Magic.
Druid Alliance 15 Eivi Brightfeather Horde 15 Tor Greycloud Alliance 15 Ellie Nightfeather Horde 15 Kar Greycloud Front of boss Casts: Wrath and Starlight
Shaman Alliance 15 Elementalist Avuun Horde 15 Spiritwalker Yona Alliance 15 Elementalist Mahfuun Horde 15 Spiritwalker Tara Right Casts: Casts: Lava Burst and Storm Cloud which gives the Storm Power buff to raid members.
Mage Alliance 15 Missy Flamecuffs Horde 15 Veesha Blazeweaver Alliance 15 Sissy Flamecuffs Horde 15 Amira Blazeweaver Rightmost Casts: Conjure Toasty Fire, Fireball. She can remove Flash freeze from other NPC and players very quickly with Melt Ice.

General Strategy

This is a single phase fight that remains the same from beginning until the end when Hodir is at 1% health. Making effective use of the friendly NPCs' buffs can increase raid DPS tremendously and is necessary to successfully complete the encounter in Hard mode which requires killing Hodir within 3 minutes. Also the "Projected Textures" option in the game video settings should be turned on for this fight (as of 3.1.1 it's 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 need to 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 which is a Frost Nova type spell centered on a random member of the raid. The targeted player along with any other players within 10 yards of him will be rooted for 10 seconds. This should be dispelled 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.

Randomly during the fight, Icicles will fall from the ceiling onto players. 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. 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.

In depth - Mage NPC's

The two Mage NPCs will randomly Conjure a Toasty Fire, These stop players from having to move around to get rid of the Biting Cold debuff. Note that the fires only place the buff on a certain number of people in range, so keep an eye on your buffs and don't assume you have it. Check to be sure you have the buff, else you could be left out in the cold.

But, on top of that effect, any DPS caster that should have the Toasty Fire buff will also apply the stacking effect Singed to Hodir, which increases magic damage taken. This can stack up to 25 times (the tool tip on Wowhead is incorrect), increasing all spell damage taken by 50%. The Mages also have an ability called Melt Ice, which they 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 of these abilities, To simplify the encounter even more Mages need to be your priority NPC to release from the Ice Blocks.

Mage/Singed tactics

Because the Mages will only spawn fires about 5-15 yards around them selves, assigning a caster to each of the Mages will ensure that the debuff stay's up at all times. Before you start the encounter, mark each of the Mages before you begin (using Diamond and Moon, as these are less likely to be used by any addons), their names are Amira Blazeweaver and Veesha Blazewaver and can be targeted using the /Target command (their Ice Block stops them from being clicked).

Once the encounter starts, release the mages first, as they will help your raid to release the rest of the NPCs. The assigned casters will be looking out for the fires they spawn, Once up, practicaly stand on top of them and start casting to get the debuff rolling (remember, You can't run though them once he starts casting Flash Freeze!). Singed has a 30 second duration, and a 30% apply chance. To help with keeping the Debuff stacked, It's important for the raid to release the mages as fast as possible. The mages will help you to release the rest of the NPC's, Which is a nice little bonus! Assigned casters get back to their respective NPC, and refresh Singed.

Quotes

Aggro:

  • You will suffer for this trespass!

Icicles:

  • <Furious roar>

Flash Freeze:

  • Winds of the North, consume you!

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.

Drops

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

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 achievements

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


Videos

10-man encounter


25-man encounter



Patch changes

  • 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 (sic) 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 RepFrame - Alliance Hostile RepFrame - Horde Hostile 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]"

References

  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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