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A Goblin

Goblins are an important part of the Greenskin hordes.

Description and Behavior

They are smaller than men and about as tall as Dwarfs, but wiry with have long, bony fingers with sharp claws. They have green skin, pointy ears, lots of sharp and pointy teeth, and red glowing eyes. They have unpleasant and shrill voices, and a childish and cruel sense of humour. [3a]

Goblins like to live in large groups and tend to be quite a cruel, sneaky, cowardly, and untrustworthy lot who like to attack with superiors numbers and, if possible, from a distance. As such they are good archers but rather poor fighters. They steal or loot anything they can from anyone and destroy anything they can't carry just for the fun of it.

They live in countless tribes, the majority mixed with Orcs where the Goblins are inevitably slaves and servants of their larger and stronger relatives. Some tribes are composed only of Goblins, led by an overbearing Goblin Boss and some of these leaders become quite powerful, leading several tribes with the most successful among them even manage to lead their own Waaaghs!

The Goblins' tribes also have shamans. In some 'mixed tribes' the Orc leader can be influenced by a cunning shaman, who becomes the "power behind the throne".

Goblins like to trick and to deceive the larger but slow-witted Orcs. Usually they gamble (and cheat at it) or make unfair trades with their relatives. Usually they manage to pull it off but sometimes the enraged Orc will crush and perhaps eat the careless Goblin.

Goblins also fight amongst themselves, and being occasional cannibals, usually eat the loser. [3a] They also suffer a complete lack of personal hygiene.

All Goblins fear Elves, [3a] they fnd them unnerving and repugnant, likely due to their cleanliness and civilised manners. [6a]


While "common" Goblins are the majority there are also some sub breeds, most of them of cultural nature.


Weapons & Equipment

Goblins like to ride on Wolves which they also use to pull their Chariots. They bear small shields and, sometimes, light armour and fight with various hand weapons and spears. While Goblins are not renowned for their ballistic skills they also make use of short bows [6a] and operate most, if not all, the artillery in the greenskin armies, including Rock Lobbas, Spear Chukkas, the mad Doom Diver Catapult and, rarely, even looted cannons.

  • 2nd Edition: Goblins: Hand Weapon. May have Chainmail, Shield, Spear. [1a]
  • 3rd Edition: Hand Weapon, Javelin. May have Light Armour, Shield, Spear. One unit may have Double Handed Weapon, Halberd. May have Musician, Standard Bearer. [5a]
  • 6th Edition: Hand Weapon, Shield. May have Spear or Swap Shield for Short Bow. May have Light Armour. May have Goblin Boss, Musician, Orc Boss and Standard Bearer. [3b]




Their character is universally reprehensible. There is no depth of casual cruelty or random violence to which a Goblin will not sink, if it senses that is has the power to do so. Yet in the presence of an Orc or even just a larger Goblin, it will become suddenly servile and fawning, a slinking cur in fear of its masters stick.

~ Heinrich Malz, High Priest of Verena, Nuln.[2a]

Gork and Mork made da Goblinz for us to kick, kill and eat. Dey iz nothing. Dey iz less than nothing. Even dere magic iz weak an' pointless. Only use Dey got in a fight iz catchin' Humie arrows. Wiv der 'eads.

~ Sheglak, Orc Shaman.[4]


Orcs & Goblins
Units Arachnarok Spider - Black Orc - Black Orc Big Boss - Black Orc Warboss - Cave Squig - Colossal Squig - Doom Diver Catapult - Forest Goblin Warboss - Goblin - Goblin Archer - Goblin Big Boss - Goblin Fire Kobold - Goblin Great Shaman - Goblin Shaman - Goblin Wolf Chariot - Goblin Troglagob - Goblin Warboss - Goblin Wolf Rider - Hill Goblin - Mangler Squig - Nasty Skulker - Night Goblin - Night Goblin Big Boss - Night Goblin Fanatic - Night Goblin Great Shaman - Night Goblin Netter - Night Goblin Shaman - Night Goblin Warboss - Orc Arrer Boy - Orc Battle Chariot - Orc Big Boss - Orc Big Un - Orc Boar Boyz - Orc Boar Chariot - Orc Boyz - Orc Great Shaman - Orc Shaman - Orc Warboss - River Troll Hag - Rock Lobber - Savage Orc Big Boss - Savage Orc - Savage Orc Boar Boy - Savage Orc Great Shaman - Savage Orc Shaman - Savage Orc Warboss - Snotling - Snotling Pump Wagon - Spear Chukka - Spider Rider - Squig Herder - Squig Hopper - Troll
Characters Argor Foespike - Azhag - Big Red 'Un - Black Tooth - Borgut Facebeater - Borzag - Brak Batwing - Cragtooth - Crazy Spider - Cruzzik Cacklespit - Dagskar Earscrapper - Dork - Durgath Spine Cracker - Durkol Eye-Gouger - Funglus - Git Guzzler - Gobbla - Goggrul Skarlug - Gorbad Ironclaw - Gorfang Rotgut - Gorgog - Grabnatz Sourbelly - Grimgor Ironhide - Grom the Paunch - Grotfang Skab - Grua Gribbleback - Grulsik Moonclaw - Gulag - Little Gork - Masked Chieftain - Morglum Necksnapper - Oddgit - Ogdruz Swampdigga - Oglok the 'Orrible - Radzog - Roglud - Skabend - Skumwort Skabbad - Slygit - Skarok Gnawrock - Skarsnik - Slygit - Snagla Grobspit - Spinecracker - Squatting Troll - Taugrek the Throttler - Torgoch - Urk Ironskull - Vagraz Head-Stomper - Vish Venombarb - Wurrzag
Strongholds Black Crag - Iron Rock - Mount Bloodhorn - Mount Grimfang - Red Eye Mountain - Thunder Mountain - Black Pit
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