Their physical frames are quite similar to those of humans in structure, but even at full height it is rare for a goblin to reach five feet. Consequently, goblins cannot match the fearsome abilities of most other beasts and an individual goblin possessing some sort of weapon is only about as powerful in battle as an unremarkable human.
They possess about as much intelligence as a small child and are able to use rudimentary tools and weapons. Goblins appear to communicate with one another in their own particular language and some can even use a smattering of human speech.
Goblins usually form revels of five to ten individuals, commanded by a single leader. Strength in numbers is considered to be the goblin’s greatest weapon.
Goblins will also take human weapons and armor, mostly plundered from their fallen victims, and don them in their own fashion. Their looks may be laughable in the eyes of men, but the goblins seem to think that they look very fine in their outlandish outfits.
Goblins are some of the most common enemies in the game. It is considered a normal mook, and as such it should pose no real threat outside of some sort of large wave. They are often accompanied by the larger Hobgoblin who can pose a threat, however.
- Like other opponents early on in Dragon's Dogma, they are susceptible to both fire attacks and ice attacks.
- If near a cliff, it is possible to stun them with a few attacks and then grab and throw them off, however you will lose any loot they may drop.
- Some Goblins will call for reinforcements with a horn, so it is suggested to aim for them first, unless you want more experience.
- Killing their leaders will cause them to be demoralized and won't be as aggressive making them easier to kill.
- Some Goblins wear an entire suit of "Armor" that blocks most attacks. Use repeated attacks, guard breaking attacks, or aim for the legs to break their guard and deal normal damage.
- In spite of what pawns often say, goblins are not weak to Fire or Ice. They resist Dark, but receive normal damage from all other elements.
- As evidence of their knowledge of the human tongue, Goblins have been known to shout 'Stupid human!' when they spy the Arisen. Quite why Goblins hate humans so much - or how they came to learn the human tongue - is unknown and in need of research.
- Goblins inhabit caves or else set up their own small emcampments around Gransys, which usually only consist of a fire. Where possible they also seem to enjoy living in abandoned human settlements, such as the miners' huts outside the Ancient Quarry. There is a particularly concentrated Goblin presence along the coast near Bloodwater Beach.
- Goblins are highly destructive creatures and seem to enjoy smashing everything man-made in sight.
- Fire is much beloved by Goblins.