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Goblins are infamous for their explosive inventions

Goblins are small green humanoids known for their heavily commerce-oriented society, flexible morals, and surprisingly effective - if often fatally flawed - inventions. Goblins place personal profit above almost everything else in life, often including life itself - especially when that life is somebody else's. In Hearthstone, goblins are best known for their explosive and damage-dealing inventions.

The goblins and their inventions are featured in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion.

Lore[edit | edit source]

From Wowpedia:

The cunning goblins are small green creatures from the isle of Kezan. Their love of money, explosives, and technology leaves them to be a very dangerous race, both to their enemies and themselves. Most goblins have a neutral standpoint, preferring to sell their contraptions, knowledge and services to other races.
Goblins are small humanoids, crafty and shrewd, bearing an overwhelming interest in commerce and a strong curiosity about mechanical things. Goblin society is fragmented, defined chiefly by commerce and trade. The ultimate schemers and con artists, goblins are always in search of a better deal. Despite their seemingly chaotic natures, they exist in a fairly strict and straightforward hierarchy. Other races universally view goblins as inventors, merchants and, without exception, maniacs. Goblins value technology as a useful aspect of commerce. Some say that their advantage — and their curse — is to be the primary users of technology in a world governed by magic. While dwarves and gnomes share a similar gift, goblin technology is more far-reaching and sinister and makes a larger impact on the natural world.

In World of Warcraft, the goblins of Kezan are a playable Horde race.

"The wise and cunning goblins of Kezan have lived in relative peace for generations. Though some of their race sided with the marauding orcs during the Second War, most goblins remained neutral throughout the various conflicts of the Alliance and Horde. Ruled over by corrupt yet highly affluent Trade Princes, the goblins created a virtual paradise for themselves throughout the islands of the South Seas. Their fantastic feats of engineering and vast trade fleets helped make their island capital of Kezan one of the great technological wonders of the world. And now, as the elements themselves rise up in anger across the world, the goblins' mechanical paradise will be put to the test. For, very soon, fate will force them to choose sides in a conflict that will shape the very history of the world."
- World of Warcraft introduction

In Hearthstone[edit | edit source]

Goblins are known for their business acumen and their love of big explosions, and definitely not in that order. At the heart of Goblin engineering lies a deep, overwhelming desire to see things explode. Sure, ideally that means the enemy, but that’s not what you’d call a strict requirement. As long as someone is getting blown up, then your average Goblin will be happy.[1]

Goblins are at the heart of the first Hearthstone expansion Goblins vs Gnomes, where they represent the Horde. They are contrasted with the mechanical and clockwork constructions of the gnomes, with goblins preferring volatile, explosive contraptions capable of producing powerful - if not entirely controllable - effects. Both races have their share of accidents, but those of the goblins tend to be somewhat louder and more violent in nature. While gnomish inventions are notorious for transforming test subjects into Chickens, miscalculations in goblin technology are more likely to result in the destruction of the surrounding area - goblin included - in a massive ball of fire. Goblins are however generally quite happy with this state of affairs, which doesn't help the other races to trust their inventions.

Themes of goblin card design are RNG and damage dealing, usually to unpredictable targets.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"I sorta imagine a goblin's perfect day is, you wake up in the morning, you spend the morning building some awesome explosives ... and then blowing, you know, somebody up. And you know, if that's an enemy that's probably a plus, but, uh..." - Eric Dodds[2]

Cards[edit | edit source]

Goblins[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Swabbie None Minion Pirate Any 1 1 1
 
Booty Bay Bodyguard Free Minion General Any 5 5 4
Taunt You can hire him... until someone offers him enough gold to turn on you.
Reckless Rocketeer Free Minion General Any 6 5 2
Charge One Insane Rocketeer. One Rocket full of Explosives. Infinite Fun.
Big-Time Racketeer Common Minion General Any 6 1 1
Battlecry: Summon a 6/6 Ogre. "It'd be a shame if someone disenchanted those Legendaries."
Blackwing Technician Common Minion General Any 3 2 4
Battlecry: If you're holding a Dragon, gain +1/+1. This is who you go to when your Blackwing needs a tune up. Don't go to a cut rate Blackwing tune up shop!
Dragonhawk Rider Common Minion General Any 3 3 3
Inspire: Gain Windfury this turn. Check it out. You can do barrel rolls on this thing.
Gadgetzan Jouster Common Minion General Any 1 1 2
Battlecry: Reveal a minion in each deck. If yours costs more, gain +1/+1. It's not HER fault you didn't put a spinning saw blade on your horse.
Gilblin Stalker Common Minion General Any 2 2 3
Stealth "Shhh, I think I hear something." "Ah, it's probably nothing." - Every Henchman
Grimestreet Outfitter Common Minion General Paladin 2 1 1
Battlecry: Give all minions in your hand +1/+1. If you bargain hard, he'll throw in the hat.
Grimy Gadgeteer Common Minion General Warrior 4 4 3
At the end of your turn, give a random minion in your hand +2/+2. "You look like a Gadgetgun 3000-Mark IV man, am I right?"
Mad Bomber Common Minion General Any 2 3 2
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage randomly split between all other characters. He's not really all that crazy, he is just not as careful with explosives as he should be.
Menagerie Magician Common Minion General Any 5 4 4
Battlecry: Give a random Beast, Dragon and Murloc +2/+2. Just between us, if things get tight the Menagerie Magician position will probably be the first to go.
Ravencaller Common Minion General Any 3 2 1
Battlecry: Add two random 1-Cost minions to your hand. That Friends and Familiars Plan is really paying off!
Venture Co. Mercenary Common Minion General Any 5 7 6
Your minions cost (3) more. No Job is too big. No fee is too big.
Whirliglider Common Minion General Any 2 2 1
Battlecry: Summon a 0/2 Goblin Bomb. She's on a bomb voyage.
Blackwater Pirate Rare Minion Pirate Any 4 2 5
Your weapons cost (2) less. "Look, they fell off the back of a ship, do you want them or not? I have a meeting with Y'Shaarj in like ten minutes."
Bomb Lobber Rare Minion General Any 5 3 3
Battlecry: Deal 4 damage to a random enemy minion. He lobbies Orgrimmar daily on behalf of bombs.
Bomb Squad Rare Minion General Any 5 2 2
Battlecry: Deal 5 damage to an enemy minion. Deathrattle: Deal 5 damage to your hero. Please don't explode! Please don't explode! Please don't explode!
Booty Bay Bookie Rare Minion General Any 2 3 3
Battlecry: Give your opponent a Coin. Also makes a great librarian. She's really good at fixing books!
Dendrologist Rare Minion General Druid 2 2 3
Battlecry: If you control a Treant, Discover a spell. He's teaching his little buddy to talk, but all it says is, "I am Gloop."
Gadgetzan Auctioneer Rare Minion General Any 6 4 4
Whenever you cast a spell, draw a card. He used to run the black market auction house, but there was just too much violence and he had to move.
Goblin Blastmage Rare Minion General Mage 4 5 4
Battlecry: If you have a Mech, deal 4 damage randomly split among all enemies. If you can't find a bomb to throw, just pick up any goblin invention and throw that.
Goblin Sapper Rare Minion General Any 3 2 4
Has +4 Attack while your opponent has 6 or more cards in hand. He’s not such a binge exploder anymore. These days, he only explodes socially.
Grimestreet Pawnbroker Rare Minion General Warrior 3 3 3
Battlecry: Give a random weapon in your hand +1/+1. "I don't know a lot about used GvG cards, so I'm going to have to call in an expert."
Kezan Mystic Rare Minion General Any 4 4 3
Battlecry: Take control of a random enemy SecretThey pretend to be wise and enlightened, but they mostly just hate to be left out of a secret.
Mad Hatter Rare Minion General Any 4 3 2
Battlecry: Randomly toss 3 hats to other minions. Each hat gives +1/+1. He's entirely bonkers. All the best goblins are.
Madder Bomber Rare Minion General Any 5 5 4
Battlecry: Deal 6 damage randomly split between all other characters. Dang, Bomber, calm down.
Omega Medic Rare Minion General Priest 3 3 4
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, restore 10 Health to your hero. She feels waiting for healing makes you appreciate it more.
One-eyed Cheat Rare Minion Pirate Rogue 2 4 1
Whenever you summon a Pirate, gain StealthWhen pirates say there is no "Eye" in "team," they are very literal about it.
Pyromaniac Rare Minion General Mage 3 3 4
Whenever your Hero Power kills a minion, draw a card. She prefers “Flammably Inclined.”
Waterboy Rare Minion General Any 2 2 1
Battlecry: Your next Hero Power this turn costs (0). 100% organic troll sweat.
Hobgoblin Epic Minion General Any 3 2 3
Whenever you play a 1-Attack minion, give it +2/+2. Hobgoblins are meeting next week to discuss union benefits. First on the list: dental plan.
Necromechanic Epic Minion General Hunter 5 3 6
Your Deathrattles trigger twice. If at first you don't succeed, die, die again.
Omega Agent Epic Minion General Warlock 5 4 5
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, summon 2 copies of this minion. They don't just find the truth. They give it a ten second head start, then hunt it down.
Omega Defender Epic Minion General Any 4 2 6
Taunt
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals gain +10 Attack. "Surrender. You have 10 mana to comply."
Omega Mind Epic Minion General Shaman 2 2 3
Battlecry: If you have 10 Mana Crystals, your spells have Lifesteal this turn. Has a side-business selling her lipstick shade, "Omega Red."
Seaforium Bomber Epic Minion General Any 5 5 5
Battlecry: Shuffle a Bomb into your opponent's deck. When drawn, it explodes for 5 damage. Dress for the bomb you want, not the bomb you have.
Shadowbomber Epic Minion General Priest 1 2 1
Battlecry: Deal 3 damage to each hero. Shadowbomber does her job, but she's kind of phoning it in at this point.
Steamwheedle Sniper Epic Minion General Hunter 2 2 3
Your Hero Power can target minions. Goblins seldom have the patience for sniping. Most prefer lobbing explosives.
Auctionmaster Beardo Legendary Minion General Any 3 3 4
After you cast a spell, refresh your Hero Power. Gadgetzan has always run an under-the-table auction house, and business has been PRETTY good for Beardo since the population explosion. And since the explosion that destroyed the competing auction houses in the city.
Boommaster Flark Legendary Minion General Hunter 7 5 5
Battlecry: Summon four 0/2 Goblin Bombs. Every good plan requires a bit of patience. And a lot of explosives.
Captain Greenskin Legendary Minion Pirate Any 5 5 4
Battlecry: Give your weapon +1/+1. He was this close to piloting a massive juggernaut into Stormwind Harbor. If it weren't for those pesky kids!
Dr. Boom Legendary Minion General Any 7 7 7
Battlecry: Summon two 1/1 Boom Bots. WARNING: Bots may explode. MARVEL AT HIS MIGHT!
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius Legendary Hero card Warrior 7
Battlecry: For the rest of the game, your Mechs have Rush"Of course I've gone mad with power. Ever try going mad without it?"
Gazlowe Legendary Minion General Any 6 3 6
Whenever you cast a 1-mana spell, add a random Mech to your hand. Gazlowe was voted "Most Likely to Explode" in high school.
Hobart Grapplehammer Legendary Minion General Warrior 2 2 2
Battlecry: Give all weapons in your hand and deck +1 Attack. Grapplehammer is the horrible mind behind the Automatic Piranha Launcher (banned in 7 districts)!
Mayor Noggenfogger Legendary Minion General Any 9 5 4
All targets are chosen randomly. This flavor text was randomly generated. If it happens to form words and make sense, that is purely by chance.
Trade Prince Gallywix Legendary Minion General Rogue 6 5 8
Whenever your opponent casts a spell, gain a copy of it and give them a Coin. Gallywix believes in supply and demand. He supplies the beatings and demands you pay up!
Showing all 48 cards
Swabbie(90162).png
Booty Bay Bodyguard(27).png
Reckless Rocketeer(560).png
Big-Time Racketeer(49625).png
Blackwing Technician(14437).png
Dragonhawk Rider(22369).png
Gadgetzan Jouster(22311).png
Gilblin Stalker(12249).png
Grimestreet Outfitter(49662).png
Grimy Gadgeteer(49679).png
Mad Bomber(80).png
Menagerie Magician(42055).png
Ravencaller(89371).png
Venture Co. Mercenary(509).png
Whirliglider(89919).png
Blackwater Pirate(35203).png
Bomb Lobber(12193).png
Bomb Squad(49696).png
Booty Bay Bookie(90280).png
Dendrologist(89816).png
Gadgetzan Auctioneer(131).png
Goblin Blastmage(12195).png
Goblin Sapper(12213).png
Grimestreet Pawnbroker(49668).png
Kezan Mystic(12252).png
Mad Hatter(89476).png
Madder Bomber(12177).png
Omega Medic(89834).png
One-eyed Cheat(12255).png
Pyromaniac(90158).png
Waterboy(90175).png
Hobgoblin(12250).png
Necromechanic(89917).png
Omega Agent(89822).png
Omega Defender(89809).png
Omega Mind(89885).png
Seaforium Bomber(89887).png
Shadowbomber(12278).png
Steamwheedle Sniper(12242).png
Auctionmaster Beardo(49659).png
Boommaster Flark(89848).png
Captain Greenskin(267).png
Dr. Boom(12182).png
Dr. Boom, Mad Genius(89827).png
Gazlowe(12287).png
Hobart Grapplehammer(49729).png
Mayor Noggenfogger(49756).png
Trade Prince Gallywix(12291).png


Goblin art[edit | edit source]

Name / Desc Rarity Type Subtype Class Cost Atk HP Description
Big Red Button None Hero Power Warrior 2
Hero Power
Activate this turn's Mech Suit power! 
Crackle Common Spell Shaman 2
Deal 3-6 damage. Overload: (1) Snap! This card! Pop!
Explodinator Common Minion Mech Any 4 3 2
Battlecry: Summon two 0/2 Goblin Bombs. When it absolutely, positively, has to blow up overnight.
Flamecannon Common Spell Mage 2
Deal 4 damage to a random enemy minion. Calling something a flamecannon really doesn't do much to distinguish it from other goblin devices.
Goblin Auto-Barber Common Minion Mech Rogue 2 3 2
Battlecry: Give your weapon +1 Attack. This guy is excellent at adjusting your haircut and/or height.
Goblin Bomb Common Minion Mech Any 1 0 2
Deathrattle: Deal 2 damage to the enemy hero. They're Dr. Boom's babies. His baby boomers.
Piloted Shredder Common Minion Mech Any 4 4 3
Deathrattle: Summon a random 2-Cost minion. Once upon a time, only goblins piloted shredders. These days, everyone from Doomsayer to Lorewalker Cho seems to ride one.
Rain of Toads Common Spell Shaman 6
Summon three 2/4 Toads with Taunt.
Overload: (3) "Oh, THAT'S how she brings the warts!"
Rocket Boots Common Spell Warrior 2
Give a minion Rush.
Draw a card. This is the happiest moment of Grik's life. We'll miss him.
Secret Plan Common Spell Hunter 1
Discover a SecretThe secret is... There is no plan!
Shooting Star Common Spell Mage 1
Deal 1 damage to a minion and the minions next to it. Literally starstruck.
Explosive Runes Rare Spell Mage 3
Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, deal 6 damage to it and any excess to their hero. Sometimes it's safer NOT to read the warning signs.
Raiding Party Rare Spell Rogue 3
Draw two Pirates from your deck. Combo: Draw a Weapon. And a bowl of chips. And some of those little cocktail weenies!
Shadowboxer Rare Minion Mech Priest 2 2 3
Whenever a minion is healed, deal 1 damage to a random enemy. Punching is its primary function. Also, its secondary function.
Shrink Ray Rare Spell Paladin 5
Set the Attack and Health of all minions to 1. Actually works by enlarging the rest of the world.
Soot Spewer Rare Minion Mech Mage 3 3 3
Spell Damage +1 The inventor of the goblin shredder is involved in several patent disputes with the inventor of the soot spewer.
Soul Infusion Rare Spell Warlock 1
Give the left-most minion in your hand +2/+2. People called him a soulless monster. We're not sure this is better.
Academic Espionage Epic Spell Rogue 4
Shuffle 10 cards from your opponent's class into your deck. They cost (1). The tenth Pyroblast really felt like overkill.
Bouncing Blade Epic Spell Warrior 3
Deal 1 damage to a random minion. Repeat until a minion dies. Only goblins would think this was a good idea. Even they are starting to have their doubts.
Piloted Sky Golem Epic Minion Mech Any 6 6 4
Deathrattle: Summon a random 4-Cost minion. The pinnacle of goblin engineering. Includes an espresso machine and foot massager.
Power Word: Replicate Epic Spell Priest 5
Choose a friendly minion. Summon a 5/5 copy of it. Available as a bundle, along with Power Words: Detonate, Animate, Annihilate, and Paper Weight.
Small-Time Recruits Epic Spell Paladin 3
Draw three 1-Cost minions from your deck. Now we know why they wear tiny watches.
Flark's Boom-Zooka Legendary Spell Hunter 8
Summon 3 minions from your deck. They attack enemy minions, then die. It used to be a Ba-zooka but we ran out of sheep.
Foe Reaper 4000 Legendary Minion Mech Any 8 6 9
Also damages the minions next to whomever it attacks. Foe reaping is really not so different from harvest reaping, at the end of the day.
Myra's Unstable Element Legendary Spell Rogue 5
Draw the rest of your deck. What could go wrong?
Sneed's Old Shredder Legendary Minion Mech Any 8 5 7
Deathrattle: Summon a random Legendary minion. When Sneed was defeated in the Deadmines, his shredder was sold at auction to an anonymous buyer. (Probably Hogger.)
Showing all 26 cards
Big Red Button(89828).png
Crackle(12241).png
Explodinator(89910).png
Flamecannon(12192).png
Goblin Auto-Barber(12212).png
Goblin Bomb(89850).png
Piloted Shredder(12191).png
Rain of Toads(90157).png
Rocket Boots(89930).png
Secret Plan(89914).png
Shooting Star(89862).png
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Raiding Party(90185).png
Shadowboxer(12256).png
Shrink Ray(89864).png
Soot Spewer(12306).png
Soul Infusion(89907).png
Academic Espionage(89859).png
Bouncing Blade(12203).png
Piloted Sky Golem(12175).png
Power Word- Replicate(89870).png
Small-Time Recruits(49631).png
Flark's Boom-Zooka(89918).png
Foe Reaper 4000(12217).png
Myra's Unstable Element(89802).png
Sneed's Old Shredder(12187).png


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