WoW Insider's Guide to Goblins
Who are the goblins?
Thousands of years ago, the goblins were mindless slaves to the Jungle Trolls on the island of Kezan. Through exposure to a rare and powerful ore, kaja'mite, their intelligence rapidly accelerated until they were able to drive the trolls away and claim the island as their own. Continued exposure to the ore resulted in their ability to create incredibly advanced technology -- but as their genius reached its peak, so did the supply of kaja'mite. Setting sail to all corners of the world, the goblins discovered that there was no more kaja'mite to be found, and their intelligence plateaued until they could no longer create or operate the machines they had once invented with ease. Thus, their inventions regressed into jury-rigged, dangerous machines that were just as dangerous to the person aiming it as they were to the person it was aimed at.
Seeing that they could no longer count on their technology to make them gold, the goblins turned to commerce, becoming the most successful -- and shrewd -- traders on Azeroth. Goblin Trade Princes control commerce and trading in a number of markets, ranging from poaching to slavery to rum-running and everything inbetween. While the goblins were allied with the Horde during the Second War, they soon discovered that there was more profit to be made by selling to both sides. Thus, we have the neutral goblins familiar to World of Warcraft players.
... That is, until Deathwing caused the great Cataclysm and caused an active volcano to erupt under Kezan. Gallywizx, aTrade Prince, seizing the opportunity to make some quick gold, took his fellow goblins' life savings and put them on a boat toward safer shores. What the other goblins didn't know was that he was selling them into slavery. Thankfully, the ship ran into a sea battle between a number of Alliance ships and one Horde ship and ended up shipwrecked on the Lost Isles off the coast of Kalimdor ... along with the Horde ship that they inadvertently rescued. Seeking protection and a new home, the wayward goblins finally rejoined their Horde brethren.
Who leads the goblins and where do they reside in-game?
The goblins have their own section of Orgrimmar as well as a new settlement in Azshara. They're led by the scheming Trade Prince Gallywix.
What do goblins look like?
Goblins are very short, lean, and green. Their noses and ears are pointy; male noses tend to point downward, whereas female noses have a slight upturn. Physically, male and female goblins are very similar -- the females are just less ugly than their mates.
What classes can I make my goblin?
Currently, the following classes can be played as a goblin:
Rogue • Warrior • Mage • Warlock • Priest • Hunter • Shaman • Death Knight
What racial abilities do the goblins possess?
Goblins have the following racial abilities, subject to change:
Best Deals Anywhere: Always receive the best possible gold discount, regardless of faction.
Better Living Through Chemistry: Alchemy skill increased by 15 and effect of potions and elixirs increased.
Pack Hobgoblin: Instant, 30 minute cooldown. Calls in your personal servant, allowing you bank access for 1 min.
Rocket Barrage: 30 yd range, Instant, 2 min cooldown. Launches your belt rockets at an enemy, dealing 30 fire damage.
Rocket Jump: instant, 2 min cooldown, activates your rocket belt to jump forward.
Time is Money: 1% increase to attack and casting speed.
The two Rocket Belt abilties share a cooldown.
What are the goblin starting zones?
Goblins start out on the Lost Isles and take part in a series of phased and scripted quests that explain their entrance into the Horde. After that, they're expected to move to Azshara, which has been retooled as a 10-20 zone.
Where can I find out more?
• We covered the goblins in a Know Your Lore article.
• We played through some of the Goblin starting quests at BlizzCon 2009.
• You can check up on more news about this upcoming race by checking our goblin category.
• Interested in role-playing a goblin character? Our role-playing column, All the World's a Stage, has you covered.
• You can read more about goblin history and exploits at WoWWiki.