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A Hobgoblin

Hobgoblins are a sneaky, evil-minded race of Greenskins. Despised by other Greenskins, the Hobgoblins in the Darklands survive by the grace of their adopted masters, the Chaos Dwarfs. [6]

Hobgoblins, a larger variety of 'standard' Goblins, are found living out on the Eastern Steppes beyond the Worlds Edge Mountains where they are ruled over by the Khans, all of whom answer to the Hobgobla Khan, the greatest of the hobgoblin warlords [3a] and who leads the Great Horde, [4a] which is how is armies are refered to. [7b]

Hobgoblins are known for being the most traitorous creatures in the world. "Backstabbing a friend" is often referred to literally in Hobgoblin society, so much that they have evolved a hard flat bone backplate where a stab is most likely.


Taller than Goblins but scrawnier than Orcs, they have narrow eyes and sneering mouths and unlike other greenskins grow thick hair, usually worn long, lank, and greasy, or tied up into topknots. [6]


Khengai Khan was the Mourngul chief who confederated the tribes of the steppes as the first Hobgobla Khan. [6a]

During the height of the largest and most savage Black Orc rebellion the Chaos Dwarfs were almost overcome. Vastly outnumbered by their former slaves they were driven upwards through the layers of their city, fighting for each level, ascending ever closer to the Temple of Hashut itself. At the final hour the city was saved by the treachery of the Hobgoblins, who, having rebelled along with the Black Orcs, switched their allegiance once more and turned the tide against the Orc rebels. In doing so the Hobgoblins earned the enmity of the other green-skinned races who deeply distrust them to this day. They are considered so untrustworthy and underhanded by the other Greenskin races that they refuse to have dealings with them.[1a]

However, their efforts in the Black Orc rebellion caused the Chaos Dwarfs to employ them. Unlike the Chaos Dwarfs’ other slaves, they are not made to work in the pits and workshops, but are used as servants, slavers, and warriors. The Hobgoblins enjoy the favour from their masters and care little what other Greenskins think of them. For their part, the Sorcerers know this and use it as a check against possible Hobgoblin plots.[1a]


The sub-commanders of the Great Horde are known as Khans, with each one leading at least five hundred wolf-riders. [7b]


The Hobgobla Khan can muster a thousand thousand wolfriders in the Great Horde. [7a]


Weapons and Equipment

Some hobgoblins have become skilled with poisoned curved knives from their exposure to Cathay. [3a]

Previous Editions

In previous editions background books, Hobgoblins could interbreed with other Goblins making especially large Goblin off-spring. Also Hobgoblin Shamans had their own fierce mutant guard dogs called Hobhounds.[2]




We regard them as eminently expendable. They betrayed their own, they will certainly betray us. In fact many of their boldest Khans have made it clear that they will happily flee allowing us to be overun if a battle ever turns against us. The arrangement is more than suitable. We detest them, they detest us but all of use hate everybody else more.

~ Halgir Ashbrewer, Chaos Dwarf Engineer. [3a]

Notes & sources

Chaos Dwarfs
Units Bazuka - Black Orcs - Bull Centaurs - Bull Centaur Lord - Bull Centaur Renders - Chaos Siege Giant - Chaos Dwarf Berserker - Chaos Dwarf Blunderbusses - Chaos Dwarf Crossbowmen - Chaos Dwarf Lord - Chaos Dwarf Hero - Chaos Dwarf Mortar - Chaos Dwarf Swivel Gun - Chaos Dwarf Warrior - Daemonsmith Sorcerer - Death Rocket - Deathshrieker Rocket Launcher - Dreadquake Mortar - Earthshaker Cannon - Hellcannon - Hobgoblin Archers - Hobgoblin Bolt Thrower - Hobgoblin Cutthroats - Hobgoblin Khan - Hobgoblin Raiders - Hobgoblin Warriors - Hobgoblin Wolf Riders - Infernal Castellan - Infernal Guard - Iron Daemon War Machine - K'daai Destroyer - K'daai Fireborn - Lammasu - Magma Cannon - Sneaky Gits - Sorcerer-Prophet - Tenderiser - Whirlwind
Characters Abnagg Hellbeard - Astragoth - Bazherak - Black Dwarf - Cinderbreath - Drazhoath - Gargath - Ghorth - Gorduz Backstabber - Thymbrin Snakebeard - Tordrek Hackhart - Vraznak - Zhatan - Zochaz
Cities and Strongholds Black Fortress - Tower of Gorgoth - Uzkulak - Zharr-Naggrund - Zhugulzar
Images - Miniatures - Vehicles

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 - Grotbag Dungbreath - Grotfang Skab - Grua Gribbleback - Grulsik Moonclaw - Gulag - Little Gork - Masked Chieftain - Morglum Necksnapper - Oddgit - Ogdruz Swampdigga - Oglok the 'Orrible - Radzog - Ratscrote Boggobbler - 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
Images - Magic Items - Miniatures - Vehicles
Units Hobhound Handler - Hobgoblin Archer - Hobgoblin Khan - Hobgoblin Shaman - Hobgoblin Warrior - Hobyar - Mourngul Renegade - Sneaky Git
Characters Ghazak Khan - Gorduz Backstabber - Hablo Khan - Khengai Khan - Oglah Khan
Tribes Blackwolf Clan - Nag Rippers
Images - Magic Items Miniatures