v50 Steam/Premium information for editors
  • v50 information can now be added to pages in the main namespace. v0.47 information can still be found in the DF2014 namespace. See here for more details on the new versioning policy.
  • Use this page to report any issues related to the migration.
This notice may be cached—the current version can be found here.


From Dwarf Fortress Wiki
Revision as of 12:49, 5 November 2020 by Voliol (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search




Alignment: Evil

· Learns · Humanoid

Cannot be tamed

Child at: 1
Adult at: 12
Max age: Immortal
Rotting leaves
Bones 6
Skulls 1

Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.
A vile force of darkness has arrived!

Goblins view dwarves as a scourge on the world and vice versa. When a fortress becomes large enough to attract their attention (after the acquisition of a mayor, trade minister, or treasurer), nearby goblin civilizations will have a 50% chance to send a siege each season. Various goblin childsnatchers will also attempt to take stray dwarven children home to fatten them up. The biggest threat to your fortress (after demons and poor planning) is a goblin siege.

A classic goblin tactic is to rush the front gate. This is often suicidal but can startle the fortress ruler into triggering untested defensive systems, pulling levers in a panic and flooding his/her entire fortress with magma, thus ending the dwarf problem.

Goblin sieges may be accompanied by groups of trolls if the mountains near their dark fortresses are inhabited by them. With modding, any creature which resides in the cave river or chasm, is [EVIL], and lacks [CAN_LEARN] is eligible to become a siege minion.

Why we love goblins[edit]

Siege aftermath. 30 dead, drowned, or trapped goblins will get you:

This has led some to describe such sieges as goblin christmas.

Goblins in Adventure Mode[edit]

Many a goblin child has been hushed quiet by the tales of the dwarven stranglers that creep into the rooms of bad little goblin boys and girls.

You cannot play as a goblin in adventure mode (unless you mod it in). Goblins live in "dark fortresses" and will attack you on sight. They give a lot of combat experience if you can kill all of them. If you're not experienced though, just one goblin soldier is enough to kill you.