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Many Goblins and Orcs are known as "Greenskins". Goblins are smaller than humans and appear to be weaker. Instead of brute force they usually ambush their enemies. (Hit-and-run attacks). They use poisoned arrows and weapons.

Political and Social Structure[]

Goblins live in the lands beyond the reach of human civilization, in small states of their own, often encompassing only a single but heavily populated city. Although distant relatives to the Orcs, they don’t have much in common apart from their colour of skin.

Goblins have a complex social structure of different castes, the two most important of which are the lower caste and the political caste. The lower caste is the most populated by far, and members are born into servitude to their state or city, with very little rights other than to work for the benefit of the great Goblin state. They can be drafted into service at any time or otherwise assigned tasks with no say of their own. Although they make up the backbone of any Goblin state, they’re considered somewhat expendable, and their individual lives don’t matter all that much in the pursuit of power for members of the political caste.

Unlike most humans, Goblins are not ruled by a single individual, but a council drawn from the political caste. The council decides on any action the Goblin state should or should not take and may mandate the drafting of Goblins from the lower caste led by a Goblin Overseer to perform any task, such as to attack rival Goblin states. Members of the council often change as individuals bribe, scheme or even assassinate to get rid of their rivals and attempt to secure more power for themselves. Although the council will proclaim that any action is for the betterment of the state, in reality, many decisions are the result of political backstabbing, such as sending a rival council member to oversee an attack knowing full well that he’ll get killed along with all the other Goblins sent there. A political victory, sure, but also an example of Goblin states repeatedly weakening themselves.

Goblins do not share a language with Orcs and otherwise have little in common, but they are nevertheless able to communicate with them on some level. To avoid roaming Orc tribes raiding their city states they often pay tribute until they’ve passed, and sometimes fight them if they seem weak enough in numbers. Orcs have also been used in political machinations and sent against rival Goblin states – which backfired more than once. Goblins consider roaming tribes of Orcs almost a force of nature outside of their other rivalries. They’re considered primitive, stupid even. They can be avoided at times, used at other times. But there is no stopping nature in the long run.

Military Structure[]

The vast majority of goblins seen in Battle Brothers are low-caste footsoldiers, either armed in light armor and equipped with simple melee weapons or given homemade bows and improvised ghillie suits made of local vegetation. These soldiers are often sent on raids or to garrison forward-operating camps by themselves; however, in some cases, members of the overseer caste or priestly order step up and lead attacks themselves. These are the highest priorities in battle; the priests are able to entangle up to seven mercenaries per turn, as opposed to net-wielding infantry that have one opportunity to entangle one soldier, where as the overseers can motivate their charges, bringing them either to confident morale or baseline morale if the goblin is fleeing, and also have stake-launchers that, while slightly less accurate than human crossbows, can knock back their targets and hit just as hard as an arbalest. Though no indications exist in-game, it can be safely assumed, given the traditional status of cavalry, that Wolfriders occupy a social status below the leadership but above the troops walking on their own feet.

Military Tactics[]

Goblins are physically weaker than humans and about the size of a large child. Due to their small size they’re unable to wear heavy armor or wield heavy weaponry, and they can’t take a lot of physical punishment before going down. They don’t have the most stamina and they’re also not the bravest, though the latter may be in part due to being essentially forced into arms.

On the other hand, Goblins are dexterous little creatures. They use their small weapons with astounding accuracy to go for weak spots in their opponent’s armor, and because of their size and general skittishness are harder to hit reliably than many other opponents. Goblins are also quite cunning and intelligent. They make up for their lack of physical strength by relying on their wits, ambushes, dirty tricks, poisons, and superior numbers to wear their opponents down. Because they’re at an inherent disadvantage in open battle, most of their tactics revolve around the use of ranged weaponry; keeping their opponents pinned-down while flanking them using their Wolf riders.

Goblins are quite crafty and intelligent creatures, they have a whole arsenal of deadly tools available to them. Neither their armour nor weapons are particularly sturdy, given the Goblins’ physical limitations, but they’re well made and balanced. Their equipment emphasizes mobility; their armor is predominantly of leather as well as mail and a variety of scale armour. All of their weapons and tools can be looted and used by the player, although they aren’t the most damaging ones. Their armour can’t be looted as it would only fit a child.

A popular weapon with Goblin infantry is the ‘Spiked Bola’ – small iron balls with metal spikes bound together with rope, to be hurled at a target from a distance. Another specialized tool is the ‘Throwing Net’ – thrown at an opponent, it leaves them unable to move and lowers their ability to defend themselves. The ‘Jagged Pike’ can keep opponents at bay with its long range while inflicting terrible bleeding wounds.

Goblin Troops[]

Goblin Skirmisher[]

Goblin 01 orientation.png

Goblin Skirmishers are the various types of melee infantry that Goblins employ. They are armed with a melee weapon of Goblin design – pikes, spears, falchions, long knives -, may carry a shield or throwing net, and often have spiked bolas as a secondary weapon to use from range should the opportunity present itself. They’re relatively poor at charging the enemy but quite competent in delaying an enemy charge and holding the line for Goblin Ambushers to pick the enemy off one by one.

Goblin 01 orientation.png Lower Goblin Skirmisher
Hitpoints
40
Melee Skill
70
Ranged Skill
60
Melee Defense
15
Ranged Defense
5
Fatigue
100
Resolve
55
Initiative
130
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
20
Experience
200
Bullseye Bullseye
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

  • Will wear your men down with bolas and hinder their approach with nets
  • Will often use Footwork when they are surrounded

Tactics

  • Shoot them with your archers
  • Bring weapons that have a bonus to hit chance, they are easy to kill if you can actually hit them.
  • Pull back a man who has suffered serious damage from Puncture if you can do it.
  • They stay in strong formation
  • Keep your brothers in close support of each other when advancing, a combined goblin effort will kill any isolated man
Goblin 01 orientation.png Goblin Skirmisher
Hitpoints
40
Melee Skill
75
Ranged Skill
65
Melee Defense
20
Ranged Defense
10
Fatigue
100
Resolve
55
Initiative
130
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
20
Experience
200
Throwing Mastery Throwing Mastery
Bullseye Bullseye
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Spear Mastery Spear Mastery
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Sword Mastery Sword Mastery
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

  • Has Perk 59.png Backstabber after day 50
  • Deals 25% more Direct Damage
  • Gains +5 Melee Defense, +5 Ranged Defense after day 50
  • Gains +5 Ranged Skill after day 90
  • Will wear your men down with bolas and hinder their approach with nets
  • Will often use Footwork when they are surrounded. If they have jagged pikes, this will allow them to constantly back off as you chase them.
  • Status effect 108.png Champions have Perk 29.png Nimble, Perk 01.png Dodge, Perk 26.png Relentless, Perk 07.png Nine Lives

Tactics

  • Shoot them with your archers
  • Bring weapons that have a bonus to hit chance, they are easy to kill if you can actually hit them.
  • Pull back a man who has suffered serious damage from Puncture if you can do it.
  • They stay in strong formation
  • Keep your brothers in close support of each other when advancing, a combination of flies, nets, vines and notched blades will quickly kill any isolated man

Goblin Ambusher[]

Goblin 04 orientation.png

Goblin Ambushers are dedicated ranged troops armed with bows of goblin design and wear light camouflage armor that offers little protection but makes them hard to spot from a distance. Presumably because of their experience in fighting heavily armored Orcs, they’re trained to target weak spots in their opponent’s armor for increased direct damage. Their arrow tips are coated in poison which makes vision get blurry and moving in a coordinated fashion take a monumental effort. The effect of poison slowly diminishes with each turn after getting hit.

Goblin 04 orientation.png Lower Goblin Ambusher
Hitpoints
40
Melee Skill
55
Ranged Skill
70
Melee Defense
5
Ranged Defense
15
Fatigue
100
Resolve
45
Initiative
140
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
15
Experience
250
Bullseye Bullseye
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Poison Poison
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Goblin poison.png
Poison Poison will poison you if you lose at least 6 Hitpoints from any of his attacks, the poison lasts 3 turns, you lose 1 Action Points, 10 Initiative and 1 Vision for every turn of poison left, can be removed or prevented by Antidote
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

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Tactics

  • Will flee if the group suffered heavy casualties
  • Bring kite shields
  • Try to fight at night to reduce range weaponry effectiveness
  • Catch them with dogs but be careful, they can kill dogs pretty easily
Goblin 04 orientation.png Goblin Ambusher
Hitpoints
40
Melee Skill
60
Ranged Skill
75
Melee Defense
10
Ranged Defense
20
Fatigue
100
Resolve
45
Initiative
140
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
15
Experience
250
Bow Mastery Bow Mastery
Bullseye Bullseye
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Poison Poison
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Goblin poison.png
Poison Poison will poison you if you lose at least 6 Hitpoints from any of his attacks, the poison lasts 3 turns, you lose 1 Action Points, 10 Initiative and 1 Vision for every turn of poison left, can be removed or prevented by Antidote
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

Tactics

  • Will flee if the group suffered heavy casualties
  • Bring kite shields
  • Try to fight at night to reduce range weaponry effectiveness
  • Catch them with dogs but be careful, they can kill dogs pretty easily

Goblin Wolfrider[]

Goblin 05 orientation.png

Goblins breed large wolves for war to use as mounts for their feared Wolfrider regiments. Wolfriders are faster than any infantry on the battlefield and can also move quickly through difficult terrain. This makes them them ideal to circle around a static battle line and attack archers and other lightly armed troops with from the rear, with the wolf supporting its rider by snapping its jaws at the enemy. Thanks to their swift mounts the Wolfriders are hard to pin in close combat and may break off attacks when the odds turn against them or a better target presents itself.

Goblin 05 orientation.png Goblin Wolfrider
Hitpoints
60
Melee Skill
75
Melee Defense
15
Ranged Defense
15
Fatigue
150
Resolve
60
Initiative
130
Action Points
13
Fatigue Recovery
20
Experience
150
Backstabber Backstabber
Sword Mastery Sword Mastery
Spear Mastery Spear Mastery
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Wolf Bite Wolf Bite
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Active 71.png
Wolf Bite 5 10 Wolf Bite does 20-40 Damage with 40% Armor Damage and 15% Direct Damage (can only be used once per turn by Goblin Wolfriders and costs 0 AP for them)
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

  • Does 25% more direct damage
  • Will spawn a Goblin Wolf on a killing blow to the head
  • Will spawn a Goblin Skirmisher on a killing blow to the body (the skirmisher will have 18 Hitpoints instead of 40 Hitpoints)
  • The body part that got the last hit will count if he dies to bleed or poison
  • Attacks cost 1 extra Action Points (except wolf bite)

Tactics

  • Don't let them outflank your rear rows and then deal with them as any other goblin
  • Will have a tendency to flee the battle field rather quickly after a few losses, especially if it was rapidly executed

Goblin Wolf[]

On hitting a Wolfrider unit, either the rider or the wolf may be hit, and they may be killed independently from each other. Killing just the wolf may leave a Goblin Skirmisher to continue fighting on foot, while killing the rider will have you face a frenzied wolf no longer kept in check by its rider.

Goblin 06 orientation.png Goblin Wolf
Hitpoints
40
Melee Skill
65
Melee Defense
15
Ranged Defense
10
Fatigue
150
Resolve
40
Initiative
140
Action Points
12
Fatigue Recovery
20
Experience
100
Pathfinder Pathfinder Steel Brow Steel Brow Wolf Bite Wolf Bite

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Active 71.png
Wolf Bite 5 10 Wolf Bite does 20-40 Damage with 40% Armor Damage and 15% Direct Damage (can only be used once per turn by Goblin Wolfriders and costs 0 AP for them)

Strengths

  • Will act right away after spawning
  • Immune to injuries

Tactics

  • He spawns after a Goblin Wolfrider received a killing blow to the head
  • He might have low morale since he will spawn with the same morale the Goblin Wolfrider had when being killed, but not lower than Breaking

Goblin Shaman[]

Goblin Shamans are members of a small and secretive caste whose members seemingly possess otherworldly powers. Those powers are no less mysterious and inexplicable to the average Goblin than they are to a human witnessing them, and the nature of their power is a jealously guarded secret. In Goblin society, Shamans are often consulted as oracles, healers and experts on poison, and although not part of the political caste, hold tremendous power of influence.

In battle, Goblin Shamans support their troops by commanding nature itself. They have been witnessed to make vile roots grow from the ground in an instant to hold people in place, and to send a swarm of a thousand black flies onto their opponents. Up personal, however, they are but frail old Goblins with no real weapon.

Goblin 02 orientation.png Goblin Shaman
Hitpoints
70
Melee Skill
60
Melee Defense
10
Ranged Defense
20
Fatigue
90
Resolve
70
Initiative
110
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
15
Experience
350
Root Root
Swarm of Insects Swarm of Insects
Grant Night Vision Grant Night Vision
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Shaman Shaman
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

  • Has a Gnarly Staff
  • Has light body armor (45)
  • Has light headgear (35)
  • Never has a shield

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Shaman1.png
Shaman Shaman gives +100 Initiative on the first turn if you fight at night-time (probably so the shaman can grant night-vision before the Goblin Ambushers act)
Active 70.png
Root 6 15 Root will root up to 7 targets, a rooted target can't move, has -35% Initiative, -35% Melee Defense, -35% Ranged Defense and your chance to break free is your Melee Skill -10 points with + 10 for each failed attempt (has a range of 8 tiles)
Active 69.png
Swarm of Insects 6 15 Swarm of Insects targets 1 unit and debuffs it with -50% Melee Skill, -50% Ranged Skill, -50% Melee Defense, -50% Ranged Defense, -50% Initiative for 3 turns (has a range of 7 tiles)
Active 156.png
Grant Night Vision 3 5 Grant Night Vision grants night vision to up to 7 targets that are allied with the shaman until the end of battle (has a range of 7 tiles)
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

  • Powerful spells that synergize very well with the rest of the goblin forces
  • Unaffected by Night.png Nighttime debuffs

Tactics

  • The shaman is able to cast spells even when engaged in melee
  • Will never run out of fatigue because he basically only casts 1 spell per turn
  • Kill as fast as you can with high range skilled bowmen if you cannot reach him in melee
  • If you have chance to reach him in melee, do so as soon as possible
  • If you plan to have your brothers stay put and fight at range, remember to have your melee brothers cut their vines once per turn, this prevents the shaman from casting insect swarm as long as there are unrooted brothers, without incurring any net fatigue per turn

Goblin Overseer[]

Goblin 03 orientation.png

Goblin Overseers are veterans and members of a higher caste mandated by a Goblin council to lead and oversee a regiment of Goblins in performing a task. They’re clearly recognizable as being in charge due to their ornate armor and helmet, and they carry long whips with which they can whip the common Goblin to perform better, and to get fleeing Goblins back into line.

Because Goblins are drafted into service, the Overseer plays an important part in keeping everything together. Should he fall, Goblins are much more likely to fall into disarray, rout and flee the battlefield instead of soldiering on.

Goblin 03 orientation.png Goblin Overseer
Hitpoints
70
Melee Skill
75
Ranged Skill
80
Melee Defense
15
Ranged Defense
20
Fatigue
130
Resolve
70
Initiative
120
Action Points
9
Fatigue Recovery
15
Experience
400
Crossbow Mastery Crossbow Mastery
Bullseye Bullseye
Sword Mastery Sword Mastery
Quick Hands Quick Hands
Anticipation Anticipation
Footwork Footwork
Pathfinder Pathfinder
Whip Whip
Captain Captain
Hand-to-Hand Attack Hand-to-Hand Attack

Equipment

Skills

Icon Name AP Fatigue Description
Perk 26.png
Captain Captain is an aura that increases the Resolve of other allies by +15% (range of 5 tiles)
Active 72.png
Whip 3 5 Whip will set the morale of one goblin to "confident", if the goblin was fleeing it will only be set to "steady" (has a range of 5 tiles)
Hand-to-Hand Attack.png
Hand-to-Hand Attack 4 5 Hand-to-Hand Attack does 5-10Damage with 50% Armor Damage and 10% Direct Damage (has -10Melee Skill)

Strengths

  • Does 10% more direct damage

Tactics

  • His Spiked Impaler has knockback
  • He stays in the third line if possible, behind Goblin Skirmishers and Goblin Ambushers
  • Catch him with dogs
  • Kill as fast as you can with high range skilled bowmen/crossbowmen or in melee with heavy armored, high melee skilled brothers