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The Kalu’ak are a lovable and mostly friendly tribe of Tuskarr that players will no doubt encounter in any one of three zones in Northrend: Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, and Dragonblight. These coast-dwelling shamanistic intelligent walruses are content to do pretty much nothing other than fish and commit their elders' spirits into giant rocks, and occasionally kidnap Wolvar pups. Despite posing hardly any threat to, well, anyone, they are beset on all fronts by various peoples bent on obliterating them - and stealing their fish. Beyond that the Kalu’ak feel it is their personal responsibility to maintain the balance of various animal life in and around their waters. What does this mean for the adventuring player in Northrend? Lots of quests.
Kalu’ak Quests in Northrend Starting Zones
The best place to start your Kalu’ak reputation adventure is in either one of the starting Northrend zones - Howling Fjord or Borean Tundra.
In Howling Fjord, all of the Kalu’ak quests are located along the western coast. The first Kalu’ak you will encounter is located a bit north of the Ancient Lift - a tram of sorts that ferrys players down to an Island off the coast. Lunk-tusk is just south of Westguard Keep (Alliance quest hub), at 32, 47. He sends you on a quest to find Orfus of Kamagua, who is at the top of the Ancient Lift. You can actually proceed directly to Orfus, skipping Lunk alltogether, but you get 5,050 XP and 50 reputation for this short detour. Orfus will send you on a couple of quests, then eventually send you down to Kamagua where you will pick up a few more, along with a flight path. You will also notice that there is a dock that a sea-turtle boat will occasionally swim up to. The turtle, although slow, will take you to the Kalu’ak village in Dragonblight. I suggest doing both Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord Kalu’ak quests before venturing to Dragonblight, since both will provide you with quests that send you there for XP and Rep.
Through your Howling Fjord Kalu’ak adventures you will be sent to areas all over the south and west, including a pirate hub where you will find several more quests. Kamagua is also the area where you will eventually unlock the daily, “The Way to His Heart…”
Borean Tundra is a little trickier because there are a couple Kalu’ak quest line starting points that don’t necessarily flow together well. One of these starts in Valiance Keep (A) or Warsong Hold (H). A member of your faction sends you on “A Diplomatic Mission” / “Seek Out Karuk”, both of which send you to a Tuskarr named Karuk to complete a few quests for him.
Another Kalu’ak tuskarr named Etaruk can be found at 54, 36, East of Amber Ledge. He begins and ends three quests that will earn you reputation. Near him is a giant rock with the spirit of an ancient Kalu’ak, Elder Atkanok, possessing it. The rock beings and ends four Kalu’ak quests in the same area, so it is best to try to complete Etaruk and Atkanok’s quests at the same time.
For Horde players only there are five quests given by Waltor of Pa’lea, found West of Warsong Hold by Garrosh’s Landing.
Lastly you will find several quests at Kaskala, N/NE of Valiance Keep along the coast, including the Borean Tundra daily quest, “Preparing for the Worst”. West of Kaskala you will find Unu’pe, another flight path, and another sea-turtle that will take you to Moaki Harbor in Dragonblight.
Kalu’ak Daily Quests
As previously mentioned there are three daily quests that will earn reputation with the Kalu’ak. You can begin these quests at level 70 and continue to complete them until you are Exalted. They are extremely easy to complete, reward over 20,000 XP and a bit over 5 gold.
Preparing for the Worst
This daily quest starts with Utaik in Kaskala, N/NE of Valiance Keep and West of Unu’pe. For this quest you will need to collect baskets of supplies around Kaskala. There are located in and outside of buildings, or huts, so make sure you look everywhere. If there are a lot of people searching near the quest giver, head out towards the water and follow it south-west to another camp where there are more baskets.
Planning for the Future
Hop the sea-turtle to Moaki Harbor in Dragonblight for your next daily quest: Planning for the Future. For this quest you will participate in some of the Wolvar pup kidnapping festivities. The Kalu’ak claim its for a good cause - raising the Wolvar so they can be a new generation of non-tuskarr hating doggies. It does seem kind of wrong though, but regardless, that’s the quest and you do what you must for rep! The pups are around the camps, and CAN be killed by AoE, so be careful! Simply right-click them to “loot” them and they will go in the bag. You’ll have to kill the den-mothers, however. So sad.
The Way to His Heart…
Head back to the Unu’pe Harbor dock and hop the sea-turtle to Howling Fjord. You’ll pick up the final daily quest in Kamagua, called “The Way to His Heart…”. This is a very strange quest that requires you to go fishing with a net, then use the fish to bait sea-lion-like creatures across a reef to mate with eachother. Fun stuff, eh? First, head out to the water and search for pools of Tasty Reef Fish. The amount of fish you’ll get from a single pool varries - usually 2-5. Although the quest says to grab at least a dozen, six will usually do the trick. Proceed south to the reef, located around 31, 74. There is a straight of water separating the Bulls from the Cows, and it’s your job to lure the bulls across to find “true love”. Stand 20 yards from a Bull, and “use” the fish. The Bull will come towards you, then stop. Keep using the fish to drag the Bull all the way to a Cow. When they meet, you’ll complete the quest.
It would be difficult for any player questing in Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord to avoid the Kalu’ak and earning at least some reputation with them. In fact, it would be silly to try since the reputation reward offerings are quite useful for any class. If you do all of the quests in Howling Fjord, Borean Tundra, and Dragonblight, you would earn enough reputation with the Kalu’ak to reach Honored status. If you do, you can pick up some great level 76 chest armor pieces that will help you as you level. If you also continue to do the three daily quests offered by the Kalu’ak, one in each zone, then you will very likely reach Revered status by level 78 and be able to purchase one of the weapon rewards. In addition to the item rewards, there are several recipes for Tailoring, Jewelcrafting, and Leatherworking.
Even level 80 players are often interested in building up their reputation with the Kalu’ak. There are two highly coveted items that you can get upon reaching Exalted status, along with the achievement, Tuskarrmageddon. The first of these is, of course, the intensely cute Penguin pet, Pengu. A single vanity pet may not seem like a big deal to some, but to others its value is immeasurable. The second Exalted reputation reward is the first and only Epic fishing pole, the Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole, which not only adds 30 to your fishing skill but allows you to breathe under water!
Kalu’ak Reputation Reward Links and Descriptions
All players start off Neutral with the Kalu’ak. At Friendly you can purchase:
Design: Seer’s Dark Jade - +6 Intellect, +6 Spirit green gem cut
At Honored you can purchase:
Cuttlefish Scale Breastplate - Mail physical chest armor
Cuttlefish Tooth Ringmail - Mail caster chest armor
Whale-Skin Breastplate - Leather physical chest armor
Whale-skin Vest - Leather caster chest armor
Turtle-Minders Robe - Cloth DPS chest armor
Design: Defender’s Shadow Crystal - +6 parry rating, +9 stamina purple gem cut
At Revered you can purchase:
Totemic Purification Rod - Spellpower/haste 1-handed mace
Traditional Flensing Knife - Physical DPS dagger
Whale-stick Harpoon - Polearm
Pattern: Trappers Traveling Pack - 28 slot leatherworking bag
Pattern: Emerald Bag - 32 slot herb bag
At Exalted you can purchase:
Nurtured Penguin Egg - Summons Pengu non-combat pat
Mastercraft Kalu’ak Fishing Pole - Epic fishing pole with +30 Fishing and Underwater Breathing
This post is part of the series: Other WoW Reputation Guides
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