Hodir (tactics)

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For character biography, see Hodir.

BossHodir
Image of Hodir
Gender Male
Race Titanic watcher (Giant)
Level ?? Boss
Health 16,526,584
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location The Halls of Winter
Status Defeatable

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 chamber.

Adventure Guide

The giant Hodir once presided over the Temple of Winter, lending his guidance to the frost giants in the Storm Peaks. Now the watcher dwells in an ice cave in the Halls of Winter, forced to serve the will of Yogg-Saron.[1]

Overview

Break out allies trapped in Flash Freeze. Once freed they will provide assistance in various ways.

Dps icon.png Damage Dealers

  • Stand on a Snowdrift to avoid Flash Freeze.
  • Break out allies trapped in Flash Freeze.
  • Move or jump to negate the effects of Biting Cold.

Healer icon.png Healers

  • Stand on a Snowdrift to avoid Flash Freeze.
  • Move or jump to negate the effects of Biting Cold.

Tank icon.png Tanks

  • Prepare for heavy damage when Hodir gains Frozen Blows.
  • Move or jump to negate the effects of Biting Cold.

Abilities

  • Hodir
    • Spell frost iceshock.png  Biting Cold Important — Deals increasing periodic damage to stationary enemies. Movement diminishes this effect.
    • Spell frost frostnova.png  Freeze — Inflicts Frost damage to nearby enemies, immobilizing them for up to 10 sec.
    • Ability mage deepfreeze.png  Flash Freeze Deadly Important — Encases all enemies not standing on a Snow Drift in a block of ice. Enemies that are already frozen will be killed.
  • Icicle
    • Spell frost glacier.png  Snowdrift — A snowdrift formed when Snowpacked Icicles shatter.
    • Spell frost frostbrand.png  Frozen Blows Tank Alert — Physical damage reduced by 70%, but attacks deal 31062 additional Frost damage. In addition, all enemies suffer 4000 Frost damage every 2 sec. Lasts 20 sec.

Allied Adventurers

Allied Adventurers begin the fight encased in Flash Freeze. Once freed they will grant their aid until Frozen again.

  • Druids
    • Spell nature abolishmagic.png  Wrath — Blasts an enemy with lightning, inflicting Nature damage.
    • Spell holy elunesgrace.png  Starlight — Envelops a location in starlight for 1 min, increasing attack and casting speed of friendly units within it.
  • Shamans
    • Spell shaman lavaburst.png  Lava Burst — You hurl molten lava at the target, dealing 4250 to 5750 Fire damage.
    • Spell shaman staticshock.png  Storm Power — Charges a nearby friendly target with lightning, increasing critical strike damage by 135% for 30 sec.
  • Mages
    • Spell fire firebolt02.png  Fireball — Hurls a fiery ball that causes 3570 to 4830 Fire damage and an additional 1800 Fire damage over 6 sec.
    • Inv misc summerfest brazierorange.png  Conjure Toasty Fire — Conjures a Toasty Fire nearby that warms friendly units. Toasty fire can be extinguished by falling ice or Flash Freeze.
      • Inv misc summerfest brazierorange.png  Singed — Standing near a Toasty Fire applies Singed which Singes the enemy, inflicting 3000 Fire damage and increasing damage taken from magical spells and effects by 2% for 25 sec. Stacks up to 30 times.
    • Spell fire selfdestruct.png  Melt Ice — Attempts to melt a nearby Flash Freeze, inflicting Fire damage equal to 100% of its total health over 10 sec.
  • Priests
    • Spell holy holysmite.png  Smite — Inflicts Holy damage to an enemy.
    • Spell holy flashheal.png  Great Heal — Calls upon Holy magic to heal all nearby allies.
    • Spell holy dispelmagic.png  Dispel Magic — Dispels magic on an ally, removing 1 harmful spell.

Hard Mode

Defeat Hodir quickly to prevent him from destroying the Rare Cache of Winter.

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

Strategy

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 abilities

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 affects 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.

Drops

Main article: Cache of Winter
Cache of Winter

Hard mode

Main article: Rare Cache of Winter
Rare Cache of Winter
Inv bracer 29.png [Bindings of Winter Gale] Inv bracer 32.png [Bitter Cold Armguards]
Inv mace 92.png [Constellus] Inv misc cape 05.png [Drape of Icy Intent]
Inv jewelry necklace 04.png [Frigid Strength of Hodir] Inv gauntlets 74.png [Gloves of the Frozen Glade]
Inv shield 65.png [Ice Layered Barrier] Inv staff 94.png [Icecore Staff]
Inv mace 90.png [Shiver] Inv staff 94.png [Staff of Endless Winter]
Inv shield 66.png [The Boreal Guard]

Related achievements

Hard mode

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

Quotes

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.
Buffing for Yogg-Saron's encounter

Mortals, I am indebted to you for freeing me from the terrible corruption that besets this place. Though I have not yet recovered fully, I can help you battle Yogg-Saron.

I can grant you and your friends the Fortitude of Frost, increasing your damage and reducing damage taken from enemy attacks. Should one of you be about to fall in battle, I can freeze you in a block of ice, protecting you from all damage for a short time. Know that this ability taxes my power, and I must rest after using it.

Gossip Lend us your aid, keeper. Together we will defeat Yogg-Saron.

The veil of winter will protect you, champions!

Sound files

See Sound Files of Ulduar: Hodir

Videos

10-man encounter

25-man encounter

25-man Hard mode encounter

Patches and hotfixes

References

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

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