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goblin gGoblin.png
HP 2-6
HD 1
XP 1
Speed 10
AC 0
EV 12
Will 0
Attack1 4 (hit: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type goblin, goblin
Flags Speaks
A short, ugly and unfriendly humanoid: squat, broad, flat-nosed, sallow-skinned, with a wide mouth and pistachio-shaped eyes.

“Swish, smack! Whip crack!
Batter and beat! Yammer and bleat!
Work, work! Nor dare to shirk,
While Goblins quaff, and Goblins laugh,
Round and round far underground
Below, my lad!”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, _The Hobbit_

Useful info

Goblins pose no real threat to most characters - only very early level characters unskilled in fighting and with poor offensive and defensive stats are likely to have problems. They may carry a club, dagger, sling, or very rarely a wand.

Tips and tricks

  • Pillar dance to recover if they hurt you too badly, run if they have a wand, and hide around a corner if they fling too many rocks at you.
  • Goblins will sometimes pick up items (that you haven't yet seen) from the dungeon floor. Even though killing them offers very little XP, it's usually a good idea because of the stuff they might be carrying.
  • Pay attention to the weapons they are wielding. It could be a dagger of electricity or a hunting sling of freezing.