Earning favor with the Giants of the North
The Sons of Hodir are a group of giants that you can find in the far northern reaches of Northrend in the Storm Peaks. When you first find the giants you will likely not be able to speak to them as getting to even neutral reputation with them is one of the many great tasks in Wrath of the Lich King. Earning their favor and then high enough reputation to gain access to their faction reward items is something that all World of Warcraft players need to do though, since they offer shoulder enchants for all class types.
Getting to Friendly with the Sons of Hodir
Getting enough reputation so that you can even start doing the Sons of Hodir’s daily reputation quests can be quite a chore. To start on the quest chain to earn your way in the Sons favor you need to be at least level 77 and have cold weather flying. This is due to the fact that to get anywhere in the Storm Peaks you really need to fly. Once you can fly it’s time to head over to the goblin base camp called K3 and speak to the goblin Gretchen Fizzlespark. She will start you on your way through one of the epic quest chains in the game. By the time you are done you will have completed over 30 quests and earned a significant amount of gold.
Daily Sons of Hodir Quests
Once you have reached friendly with the Sons of Hodir you gain access to three different daily quests. Each quest grants 250 reputation with the Sons and a small amount of gold. The quests are Polishing the Helm, Hot and Cold, and Blowing Hodir’s Horn. Polishing the Helm can be completed by killing the viscous Oils located in the cave just west of Dun Niffelem.
Hot and Cold has you collect Essence of Ice from the Brittle Revenants located just east of Dun Niffelem. You then head a bit further east to find smoldering scraps. Use the ice on the scraps to create frozen iron scraps to collect and turn in for the quest. Depending on how lucky you are this quest can take from five to twenty minutes.
Lastly Blowing Hodir’s Horn is a simple kill quest where you have to blow the horn over the defeated enemy bodies. The enemies you must defeat are the Niffelem Forefathers and the Restless Frostborn. They are found just north east of Dun Niffelem.
Once you have reached Honored with the Sons of Hodir you gain access to two additional daily quests. These are Spy Hunter and Thrusting Hodir’s Spear. Spy Hunter has you follow a ghost wolf to sniff out and defeat spies in the valley just west of Dun Niffelem and grants 350 reputation.
Buying Sons of Hodir Reputation
In addition to the quest chain and daily quests you can also buy reputation with the Sons of Hodir. There are three different items that can be used to buy the reputation. They are the Relics of Ulduar, Everfrost Chips, and the Sons of Hodir Commendation Badges.
The Relics of Ulduar can be found as drops from various creatures in the Storm Peaks and the instances located there. A stack of 10 can be turned in for 250 reputation. The Everfrost Chips appear as small blue crystals that are found throughout the zone. They grant 350 reputation when they are turned in. The chips are rare and very small so they tend to blend into the predominantly white, blue and grey zone, and are very difficult to spot. Both of these items can be bought and sold in the auction house, so many players simply purchase their way to exalted.
There are several nice rewards that can be earned with reputation from the Sons of Hodir. The most important to any player, other than a player with the Inscription profession, is the shoulder enchants that can be bought once you reach honored. You can also purchase an upgraded version once you reach exalted. These enchants are the only way for most players to get enchants on their shoulder slot equipment, and hence critical for all players. While many players will be happy with the honored level, since the exalted level is not a huge upgrade, raiders will push for exalted as quickly as possible.
In addition to the shoulder enchants the Sons also have several nice items. These include decent pairs of plate and leather DPS shoulders, a good one-handed axe and some leather spell caster legs. In addition you can buy an Ice Mammoth and Grand Ice Mammoth mount from them and a few different patterns for various professions.
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