For the current version, see H [1-10] Rite of Strength.
HordeRite of Strength
Start Seer Graytongue
End Chief Hawkwind
Level 4 (Requires 2)
Category Red Cloud Mesa
Experience 450
Reputation +350 Thunder Bluff
Rewards  [Rock Mace]
or  [Stone Tomahawk]
or  [Whittling Knife]
or  [Elder's Cane]
or  [Brave's Axe]
Previous H [3] Rites of the Earthmother
Next H [5] Rites of the Earthmother


Kill Bristlebacks in Brambleblade Ravine and bring 12 Bristleback Belts to Chief Hawkwind in Camp Narache.


The Rites of the Earthmother are the steps a young tauren needs to take to gain respect in Thunder Bluff.

First you must pass the Rite of Strength. In this test you must prove your bravery by slaying enemies of the tribe.

Bristlebacks of Brambleblade Ravine to the east are encroaching on our tribal lands. They ambush our hunting parties and steal from the village by dark.

Show your valor by slaying these villains and return to the Chief in Camp Narache with their belts as proof of your deeds.


You will be able to choose one of these rewards:
Inv mace 07.png [Rock Mace] Inv throwingaxe 03.png [Stone Tomahawk]
Inv weapon shortblade 01.png [Whittling Knife] Inv staff 17.png [Elder's Cane]
Inv throwingaxe 05.png [Brave's Axe]

You will also receive:


Have you completed the Rite of Strength, <name>? I require proof of your valor against the enemy of our tribe, the Bristlebacks.


You have passed the first test of the Rites of the Earthmother. The tribe will be proud.


  1. H [2] A Humble Task
  2. H [3] A Humble Task
  3. H [3] Rites of the Earthmother
  4. H [4] Rite of Strength
  5. H [5] Rites of the Earthmother
  6. H [6] Rite of Vision
  7. H [7] Rite of Vision
  8. H [7] Rite of Vision
  9. H [10] Rite of Wisdom
  10. H [10] Journey into Thunder Bluff
  11. H [14] Rites of the Earthmother

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): The level 5 quests had the ranged weapon removed from their reward options. This was done to make sure hunters upgrade their melee damage in the levels before obtaining a pet.

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