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Goblin
Goblin peeking from a manhole

The most often used D&D creature from the Monster Manual is the Goblin. They are small, have a CR of only 1/4 (What is CR?) and live underground. But why are they so popular?

An easy fit

First off, they can fit nearly anywhere. They can be roadside bandits, hunting in the woods for meat and occupants in caves, tombs or sewers so they would never be out of place to find during the party’s adventures.

Always a challenge

Goblin are nasty and conniving little bastards. A small band can only pose a threat to a first level party, but when a huge, multi-tiered colony sets their mind to it they can create ambushes, alarms and traps that can kill even a 20th level party outright. Because these enemies fight smart (How to create interesting battles). Especially when working with Bugbears, Hobgoblins or their pet rats and wolves.

One Shot inspiration

Do you want a unique adventure build around goblins? Let me set the scene:
‘As your party enters this small city they can taste the unrest in the air. In bright daylight no-one is on the street, and doors and windows are locked and barred. On every street corner they see the same poster saying: “Heroes wanted, large reward, rid this city of the unseen bandits, haven’t been sighted but stolen everything not nailed down.”‘

When the players start investigating they find clues which lead them into the sewer system. After narrowly surviving boobytraps and disabling the alarms (puzzles for your next dungeon) they eventually find the heart of a thriving Goblin town, deep underneath the city. They also see a group of Goblins getting ready for the next raid of the city above.

Can the players shut down this operation and save the city?

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