August 25, 2021 9 min read
Author: Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Goblinsget typecast as mischievous comedians, greedy underlings, and high-pitched minions protecting treasure. However, in Dungeons & Dragons 5e, Goblins in settings such as the Forgotten Realmshave a rich history that links their survivalist nature to their origins as tribal societies. You don’t necessarily have to guard treasure, but you can be quite the infamous thief or charmer with your Goblin character.
If you’re interested in making a Goblin character for D&D 5e, this quick guide will help you make this goblinoid without having to stick to their money-grubbing annoying stereotypes.
Despite the Goblin’s association with being henchmen and minions, they actually do well on their own. Thanks to their hardy nature and innate nimbleness, Goblins can become great scouts or warriors in their own right. Moreover, they learn quickly on how to fight people larger than them and even escape whenever necessary. Thanks to these traits, Goblins make great adventurers and even Ancestry options for your adventure.
Thanks to their small size and quick nature, Goblins actually make great fighters and warriors. This might explain why villains and other people are so keen to hire them to guard their treasure. However, more skilled Goblins can use their full skillset to allow them to become stealthy assassins, territorial guardians, vicious warriors, or even skilled spellcasters. Here are some of the best options for Classes for the Goblin:
Just because villains love hiring Goblins as their henchmen doesn’t mean they’re set to become henchmen for the rest of their lives. In fact, Players who want to make interesting Goblins may want to use this stereotype as a branching-off point to unique Backgrounds and origin story elements that may help their Goblin stand out from the rest of the characters in your current adventure. These Backgrounds range from road experts, researchers, entertainers, or Goblins with surprising connections with the nobility.