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Goblins are a red-aligned race that is usually encountered in underground warrens in mountain areas. They are known for their small size and low intellect. Cards with the creature type Goblin first appeared in Alpha: Goblin Balloon Brigade, Goblin King and Mons's Goblin Raiders . Goblins, like elves, seem to be everywhere in the Multiverse. In fact, the only planes that do not seem to have native goblins are Ulgrotha, Innistrad, and Theros.


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[edit] Alara Goblins

The only goblins known to inhabit the five sundered planes of Alara are found on the inhospitable world of Jund.

[edit] Jund Goblins

The goblins of Jund are small, barbaric creatures that lack the whimsical side of most other goblins. In Jund's rigid pecking order/food chain, goblins are the least powerful sentient race; they are frequently preyed upon by the plane's equally barbaric humans and viashino and survive chiefly through their great numbers. They worship the majestic dragons that rule Jund's smog-choked skies and consider it an honor to be devoured by the great beasts.

Jund goblins are bestial in appearance, with rodentlike features similar to the nezumi of Kamigawa. They have small red eyes, elongated muzzles with powerful incisors, bent legs like a rat, and short tails; they are covered in short brown hair. Jund goblins wear only the skins and bones of creatures they kill.

[edit] Dominarian Goblins

Dominarian goblins are the most commonly-seen goblins. They are known for their tenacity in battle, low intellect, and affinity for red magic. In fact, they are one of the iconic creatures of red magic.

Goblins live nearly anywhere on Dominaria where suitable deserts and mountains can be found. Below are a few of the main goblin nations and subraces on Dominaria.

[edit] Aeronan Goblins

Not much is known about the native goblins of Aerona, aside from their general ubiquitousness. Many were found in the Ironclaw Mountains and Oneah, and Mons's goblin raiders may have lived on this continent. Many goblins joined forces with their one-time human enemies during the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria and were trained as soldiers.

[edit] Caliman Goblins

Goblins in Caliman have the usual green skin color and small size, but have longer noses and ears than other goblins. They use firearms and possess more advanced weapons than other goblins because of the higher levels of technology available on Caliman.

[edit] Jamuraan Goblins

Jamuraan goblins are a fairly typical breed. Some have a certain affinity with artifacts, and are more mischievous than malicious. Jamuraan goblins tend to have very long, swept-back ears but otherwise vary widely in appearance.

[edit] Otarian Goblins

The goblins of Otaria inhabit the Skirk Ridge in the southern Pardic Mountains, and as such are called Skirk for short. They are enthusiastically enamored with fire and explosions, often to their own detriment. They are even more reckless than most other goblins, if possible. Some goblins found their way into the Cabal as traitors or, worse, zombie slaves. The Skirk made their homes in elaborate networks of cliffside tunnels, building rickety rope bridges to navigate their environment. After the Phyrexian Invasion, they were joined by many goblin refugees from elsewhere in Dominaria seeking a new home.

Otarian goblins tend to be very short and squat, with long bulbous noses and flaring bat-like ears.

[edit] Mutant Goblins

Due to the influence of the Mirari, many Skirk were mutated, becoming even more ferocious and destructive. Mutant goblins grew fang-like teeth and bony claws. Many became huge, unstable hulks, while others developed innate powers of destructive magic.

[edit] Razorfins

Razorfins are a bizarre crossbreed of goblins and merfolk found beneath the seas of Dominaria. All that is known about them is that they were the result of mutations caused by the Rathi Overlay.

[edit] Sarpadian Goblins

Goblins were one of the plagues faced by the empires of Sarpadia. They and the Sarpadian orcs destroyed the dwarven nations of the continent. Both eventually faced the Icatians, but with less success. They were eventually wiped out by the thrulls.

Sarpadian goblins came in a very wide variety of forms, with no apparent morphological standard. They were known for their war kites, devastating grenades, and terrifying war drums.

[edit] Shivan Goblins

During the time of the Thran the goblins of Shiv worked with the viashino in the Mana Rig. After the Thran Civil War, the purpose of the Mana Rig was forgotten, though both races still felt attached to the place and each saw it as their holy place. This led to frequent fights until Urza came. The goblins eventually grew to work alongside their viashino counterparts.

Shivan goblins had green skin like other goblins, and wedge-shaped ears that stuck outward from their heads. Due to their breeding by the Thran, many were highly talented artificers.

[edit] Okks

Some Shivan goblins, known as okks, were possessed of uncommonly great size and strength, yet possessed typical goblin intelligence and cowardice. It is unknown if okks were a separate species of goblin or simply mutants.

[edit] Terisian Goblins

Goblins proliferated on the continent of Terisiare as far back as the time of the Thran. At one time relatively sophisticated slaves of the Thran, they made useful servants for artificers during the time of the Brothers' War, but by the advent of the Dark Age had descended into utter barbarism and posed a constant threat to the humans of the continent; aside from the despotic Church of Tal, the goblins posed the greatest threat to civilization during this period.

The goblins, as well as their orcish allies, were hunted mercilessly by the Knights of Thorn, and dwindled greatly as the Ice Age dawned. Some were enslaved as scouts by the humans of Kjeldor and Balduvia, while others were altered by the snow magic of the cryomancer Heidar, but with the coming of the Thaw and the drowning of much of the continent, the goblins became increasingly rare. It is unknown if any goblins survived in the Terisian Isles by the Modern Age, though the hordelands of Pashalik Mons may have been located here.

Terisian goblins differered little in appearance from their relatives elsewhere.

[edit] Goblins of the Flarg

The Goblins of the Flarg were a major threat during the Dark Age on Terisiare, and often made war with both the humans and dwarves of the continent. They lived somewhere to the north of Giva Province, the birthplace of Jodah. Especially warlike, they were in constant strife with the other peoples. At the Battle of Pitdown, they made a surprise attack on the fighting forces of Ghed and Alsoor, which Jodah was a part of. Flarg Goblins were locked in heated battle with the Knights of Thorn and were eventually eradicated by them at the end of the Ice Age with the help of Lord Ith.

[edit] Marsh Goblins

The marsh goblins lived in the swamps of Terisiare during the Dark Age, and were shunned even by other goblins for their foul practices. They were hairless, heavyset, and pale-skinned, with floppy ears and small vestigial tails, and seem to have never taken to wearing clothes. Some marsh goblins were present at the Battle of Pitdown. It is unknown if they survived into the Ice Age.

[edit] Scarwood Goblins

Scarwood Goblins were found on Terisiare during the Dark Age. They were larger and more powerful than other Terisian goblins (though not as large as orcs), with sickly light-green skin and large, glowing orange eyes. Found only in isolated pockets of large forests like Scarwood, some of these goblins nonetheless participated in the Battle of Pitdown. It is unknown if they survived into the Ice Age.

[edit] Post-Apocalyptic Goblins

After the Phyrexian Invasion and Karona's cataclysm, Dominaria's environment became increasingly hostile, and the world's goblins (including the moggs, who had become naturalized inhabitants of Dominaria) became more feral than ever. Due to the acrid air in their mountain homes, the skin on most goblins' faces wore away, giving them a skull-like visage and causing catarrhs to form over their eyes, and the lack of nourishing food gave them an unhealthily bony appearance. With the resolution of the Time Spiral crisis, it is possible that the goblins of Dominaria started on the road back to recovery.

[edit] Kamigawa Goblins

[edit] Akki

Akki are goblins that inhabit Kamigawa's mountains. [1] They are highly territorial and obsessed with fire and mischief. Few visit Sokenzan because of their presence here, along with the ogres. A few akki joined forces with the ronin of the mountains.

Akki are short and mud-brown in color, with beady eyes, long pointed noses, four-fingered hands and three-fingered toes with long claws, short horns sticking out from their brows, and no external ears. Akki have small, wiry bodies, but their backs are protected by large turtle-like shells covered in short spikes; these shells evolved over the years as akki pranks got more and more self-destructive.

The goblins worship the Patron of the Akki, a huge, worm-like kami with a rocky body and a head like an akki.

[edit] Kappa

The Shell of the Last Kappa. Art by David Martin.

Kappa were mysterious, goblin-like, water-dwelling creatures that once had lived on Kamigawa, but have since become extinct. Little is known about them, but kappa resembled a cross between a goblin and a turtle, and probably looked similar to their relatives, the Akki. The Shell of the Last Kappa was a relic of considerable magical power, and was kept at some location in a shrine.

[edit] Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Goblins

The dual plane of Lorwyn-Shadowmoor has a highly diverse population of goblins. Lorwyn's boggarts are the plane's only subrace, but come in a wide array of shapes and forms; Shadowmoor, on the other hand, has no fewer than five separate subraces, including the boggarts, the redcaps, the spriggans, the hobgoblins, and the stream hoppers.

[edit] Boggarts

Boggarts are the only goblins in the plane of Lorwyn and the most common in Shadowmoor. No two boggarts are alike: Some are fat, some thin, some have horns, some have tusks, some are green, some are purple, some have spots, some have pointed ears, some have goat-like heads, some have tails, and many combine some or all of these features or more at once.

[edit] Lorwyn Boggarts

In the plane of Lorwyn, boggarts are one of the plane's eight tribes of sentient humanoids. [2] They live predominantly in the sunlit bogs and craggy hills of the idyllic plane. Boggarts are incredibly mischievous, but not evildoers. Boggarts are selfish creatures driven by hedonism and the desire for self-satisfaction, though to keep themselves from devolving into utter anarchy the race has one universal rule: That no object or sensation shall be hoarded by an individual boggart upon pain of exile. Boggarts are highly fertile and believe in reincarnation; they have no problem casually killing fellow boggarts, since they'll be reborn in a matter of days or even hours.

Boggarts organize themselves into loose clans called warrens led by Aunties (who may be either female or male). Significant warrens include the Mudbuttons (known for their wild emotional outbursts and often fatal parties), the Stinkdrinkers (infamous thieves), the Squeaking Pies (adventuresome cooks), and the Frogtossers (considered insane even by other boggarts).

[edit] Shadowmoor Boggarts

After the Great Aurora transformed Lorwyn into Shadowmoor, the boggarts changed from troublesome tricksters to animalistic marauders. The boggarts of Shadowmoor are not malicious but still highly dangerous. They live to eat and will consume anything they come across, organic or not. They are little more than beasts, and their language is rudimentary at best.

Shadowmoor boggarts come together in loose packs called gangs. Known boggart gangs include the Mudbrawler, the Tattermunge, the Scuzzback, the Bloodwort, and the Boartusk. They roam Shadowmoor's mountains and forests in search of food to sate their hunger.

Boggarts wear piecemeal armor scavenged from other races, sometimes nailed to their very bodies. Like their Lorwyn counterparts they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but are uniformly more feral and sinister in appearance.

[edit] Hobgoblins

Also known simply as hobs, hobgoblins exist only in Shadowmoor. They are more civilized than most goblins, living in hillside cottages and dressing in clean clothes in the manner of kithkin, though like most of their kind they can be very fierce if provoked. Some hobgoblins take to the skies mounted on giant cicadas.

Hobgoblins look like the goblins of most other worlds, but with yellowish skin, ruddy hair, and a well-groomed appearance.

[edit] Redcaps

Redcaps were among the creatures that emerged in Shadowmoor after the Great Aurora; they have no presence in Lorwyn. Unlike boggarts, redcaps are actively malicious and homicidal. Their name comes from their habit of dying their caps red with the blood of their victims.

Redcaps are small in size, with pale skin, long noses, and huge eyes. They have only three digits on their hands and feet with only two toes.

[edit] Spriggans

Like redcaps and hobs, spriggans exist solely in Shadowmoor, not in Lorwyn. Spriggans are small creatures with yellow-orange skin and pointed ears and noses. They possess the power to grow to gigantic size. Unlike most goblins, spriggans are forest-dwellers; they are aligned with green, not red. Like boggarts, they are motivated primarily by hunger.

[edit] Stream Hoppers

Little is known of stream hoppers save that they were Lorwyn boggarts that were mutated by the Great Aurora into bizarre creatures with purple skin and only one eye, one arm, and one leg. They live near streams and cascades in Shadowmoor's jagged hills and are capable of leaping great distances.

[edit] Mercadian Goblins

[edit] Kyren

The Kyren are the ruling class in Mercadia City and have total control over the figurehead ruler, the Magistrate. They are the descendants of a group of Goblins from Dominaria during the time of the Thran who were left in Mercadia to watch over and protect the Thran council members when Rebbec and Dyfed left them there, but over time the humans became more and more decadent, while the goblins took over more of their responsibilities and sank into corruption, becoming allies with Phyrexia and Rath.

Kyren are taller, slimmer, more attractive, and intelligent (though not necessarily wiser) than other goblins. They are cowardly and often sadistic. They favor elaborate dress and subtle weapons like daggers and blowguns.

[edit] Mirrodin Goblins

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The Goblins of the Oxidda Chain, like all other creatures on Mirrodin, had patches of metal growing on their skin. Mirrodin goblins also had flat heads with swept-back, sharply-pointed ears, four-fingered hands, and three-toed feet with large claws. They seem to have had a considerable talent for artifice.

[edit] Krark-Clan

The Krark Clan is named after its founder Krark. They are mostly outcasts among the Oxidda goblins. Krark was a goblin who, legend states, found a way into the depths of Mirrodin and found another world there. Kuldotha, the Great Furnace, was a sacred location to the Krark-Clan.

[edit] Rathi Goblins

[edit] Moggs

Moggs are amongst the largest and most savage forms of goblins. Bred for nothing but battle by the evincars of Rath, they have hulking muscular bodies, sloping foreheads, and razor-sharp teeth and claws capable of eviscerating their opponents. They also have the innate ability to sniff out magic, bred into them to aid in the acquisition of the Legacy. Moggs are probably the least intelligent type of goblin, blindly following orders even if they involve near-certain death. They were used by the Stronghold as soldiers for the Phyrexian Invasion, but after the war the few surviving moggs found freedom.

[edit] Ravnican Goblins

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Goblins proliferate on the city-plane of Ravnica, filling various functions within the guilds they populate. In the Boros Legion, they are expendable soldiers. The Izzet League uses goblins as servants and experiments. Within the Gruul Clans and Cult of Rakdos, goblins are very much like they are on most other planes: Angry and violent. Though some goblins find positions of respect within their guilds, they remain much put-upon by their neighbors, and most Ravnicans regard them as little better than beasts or simpletons.

Ravnican goblins are short and green-skinned like their Dominarian counterparts, but have large, distinctive bat-like ears and long, thin noses. They seem to organize themselves according to clans, two of which are known by name: The Izzet and the Krokt.

[edit] Boros Goblins

The goblins of the Boros Legion are treated as low-level troops. Though they are equipped with the same quality weapons and armor as their troopmates, their fellow soldiers seem to regard them as little more than trained animals.

[edit] Izzet Clan

These folk are so named because in pre-Guildpact days, their entire tribe joined the Izzet League, either because they were bought out, they lost a wager, or because they owed the Magewrights some favor or another -- the exact details are unknown. In any case, they are common servants of high-up mages of the Izzet and sometimes find lasting success within the guild. They are well-known for gambling and are quintessential members of the guild in that they love to learn on an impulse. Some Izzet goblins even become wizards themselves.

[edit] Gruul Goblins

Only among the Gruul Clans, their fellow outcasts among the folk of Ravnica, do goblins find much respect. The clans of the Gruul are multiracial, and goblins can be found in any of them. Gruul goblins tend to be berserkers or shamans.

[edit] Krokt Clan

The Krokt Clan is named after Krokt, the goblin god of bad luck. They are the goblins most affiliated with the Cult of Rakdos. Krokt goblins are bloodthirsty and violent; they often dress in spike-covered armor called "kill-suits" and hurl themselves at their enemies with no thought to self-preservation.

[edit] Notable Goblins

[edit] Dominaria

[edit] Kamigawa

[edit] Lorwyn/Shadowmoor

[edit] Mirrodin

[edit] Ravnica

[edit] Zendikar

[edit] Tribal - Goblin

Lorwyn block featured five Tribal - Goblin cards, which could be fetched by Boggart Harbinger:

[edit] Goblin tokens

1/1 Red Goblin Creature tokens are produced by:


2/1 Red Goblin Creature tokens are produced by:


5/5 colorless Goblin Artifact Creature tokens are produced by:


1/1 Red and white Goblin Creature tokens are produced by:


1/1 Red and green Goblin Creature tokens are produced by:


1/1 Black Goblin Creature tokens are produced by:

[edit] Goblin Lords

[edit] Creature Update

In the Grand Creature Type Update the creature types King (Goblin King) and Rock-Sled (Goblin Rock Sled) were changed into Goblin.

[edit] References

  1. Alex Smith. (March 07, 2005.) "Truth in Fantasy", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Devin Low. (October 05, 2007.) "Lorwyn Goblins and the Circle of Death", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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[edit] Dominarian Goblins

[edit] Ravnican Goblins

[edit] Lorwyn/Shadowmoor Goblins

[edit] Goblins of other planes