How to roleplay a goblin
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This is a quick guide to goblin roleplay.
When World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was announced, goblins were shown to be the new Horde race. There are several ways to create a goblin character with an interesting back story and personality. This guide, hopefully, will give you a little more insight on how to create and roleplay your created goblin character.
- 1 Basics
- 2 Personality
- 3 Dispositions
- 4 Appearance
- 5 Classes
- 6 Recommended professions
- 7 See also
- 8 References
The main cartel of the player goblins is the Bilgewater Cartel, but that doesn't mean your character has to be one of them as Trade Prince Gallywix sold tickets to any goblin willing to give up their life savings in exchange for a boat off Kezan. You could side with the Horde fully, or you could choose to simply use them as a means to increase your own profit (something goblins are notorious for), and claim to be a member of one of the other major goblin organizations (i.e. the Alchemists' Union, Steamwheedle Cartel, Venture Company).
Be careful, though, some, if not most, of the goblin organizations who haven't sided fully with the Horde are mistrusted by both sides, particularly the Venture Company who is hated by a number of groups across Azeroth.
More on that later.
Greed. That one word helps describe almost all goblins in terms of their hopes, their dreams, their beliefs, and their lifestyles. They won't let anything stop them in their attempts to obtain what they want. They'll take almost any option towards profit that they can - be it alchemy, engineering, thievery, or slavery.
Of course, they are not without their redeeming qualities. While they trust few as true allies, goblins can be extremely loyal. They are famous for the suicide missions they undertook in the second war-- the only reward for the great sacrifice of their lives being to line the pockets of their friends with war profits (although it is possible that part of their motivation could have been psychotic pyrophilia). And although they may be prone to deadly rivalries among their own kind, they are capable of unity when threatened as a whole. 
Of course there might be a goodhearted, honorable goblin or two somewhere in Azeroth or worlds beyond, but you should be extremely cautious and possibly even a bit mistrusting of using that kind of personality for your goblin character, as it is so rare in goblin society.
Either way, goblins can be highly intelligent and are even more insane - although they'd probably never admit it and just plot revenge on the person who called them insane and then. What you decide to do with your goblin's personality and choices should reflect at least some of these concepts.
Some goblins have a good sense of humor based off quest text, say some silly things while roleplaying a goblin.
While Blizzard will definitely explain just why the Bilgewater Cartel goblins joined the Horde, just how each goblin reacted to this will not be the same. This is where you can make your goblin unique. Saying you are going with the story that you are definitely part of the Bilgewater Cartel and not from another goblin faction, here are attitudes you could choose to show towards other factions.
As some of the goblins may have preferred neutrality, you may want to treat the Alliance with more respect than other members of the Horde. An exception to this may be the gnomes, whom the goblins have a rivalry with (See Goblins versus gnomes). However, this rivalry can sometimes be a fun competition and other times more fierce. Which one you pick will change the way you can interact with gnomes. But keep in mind that if choosing to role play a Bilgewater Cartel goblin, that you faced almost certain death from the Alliances haste actions. there are some goblin mercenaries who serve the Alliance for example theres a goblin assasin in S:17 that would happily kill horde players.
If you want your goblin to be one who already favored the Horde, then maybe a more ruthless attitude will be necessary when dealing with those of the Alliance. Remember though: goblins are greedy. This can make roleplaying with Alliance members fun.
Again, some of the goblins may have preferred neutrality. If this is the case, you may want to be slightly more snobby to members of the Horde than necessary, reminding them it was not your decision to side with them. However, you may have wanted to side with the Horde, and therefore may brag about how you had always favored the Horde over the Alliance. Remember: The goblins have sided with the Horde once before, and now your faction is crawling back to them in a time of need. some goblins even stayed in the horde but very few
Although the main story line suggests you're in the bilgewater cartel you could pretend none of it ever happened and pretend you were in booty bay or ratchet all along serving the steam wheedle cartel, your attitude towards them can still vary. You may talk to other goblins how you believe they should side with the Horde, or maybe how you are jealous of their neutrality and want to join them for the great monetary gain you would get, you could even hate the steemwheadle cartel because the bilgewater cartel paid you to or because someone paid them to go against you. Remember: Goblins would do anything for money. Be creative.
The goblins have long since had a rivalry with the gnomes when it comes to technology. It can either be a "friendly" or unfriendly rivalry, but usually they detest gnomes and would rarely work alongside them if the situation did not warrant it. Keep this in mind when roleplaying a goblin.
Your appearance determines on your goblin's chosen method of business. Needless to say, some clothing choices are very poorly suited for certain roles. It doesn't make sense for a goblin banker or thief to go around in clunky mail armor, nor is it logical for a goblin slave merchant to dress like one of his slaves. with transmogrification its alot easier to go by this. eg. if your playing an engineer you could transmogrify your helmet to flying tiger goggles.
Goblins are sure to wear some kind fashion when they can afford to buy it or manage to steal it from those who can, and are sure to attempt to create their own designs to sell to the public as a means of profit for them.
Goblin mages are usually techno mages or potion docs or maybe it's not even magic, it's just some invention that they're using as a source of their powerful abilities. Goblin Mages would sure like to use the element of fire, because of the massive destruction it causes.
The rogue is in fact the class most fitting for goblins. Goblins invent many ways to earn money, among them stealing. Some rogues may become a goblin sapper, carrying highly explosive bombs, sneaks into enemy forts, plant their explosives and run out as the fort crumble to dust. they could even be criminals on the run or assassins for hire.
All races have their own warriors. Goblin warriors are usually bruisers that guard goblin cities and buildings armed with bulletproof armor, a net shooting gun and a hammer. Goblin warriors may also be gladiators that fight in arenas or other areas for a price or to test their craftiness on others. The goblin warrior may also be a mercenary.
Until the Cataclysm expansion, goblin priests were unknown. Goblin priests in Cataclysm will have their own brotherhood, talking about the light, naming themselves "Father, "brother," or "sister". A fine example of a goblin priest is in the quest . Some goblin priests can be like gnome priests, war medics.
Goblin shaman were, like goblin priests, not known until Cataclysm. However, in the beta many goblin shaman class trainers are called environment engineers, which states that they are goblins working on how to exploit the environment, or heal it from the Cataclysm (which doesn't sound very true although maybe because the cataclysm destroyed Kezan).
A goblin warlock is a perfect choice. Much like gnome warlocks, goblin warlocks may be mad scientists, combining dark shadow & fel magic with insane devices, as well as potentially augmenting their bodies with powerful demonic energies. Warlocks are also perfect at causing mass destruction, which goblins enjoy very much.
While we tend to think of hunters as survivalists who use their experience with ranged equipment and a loyal companion to handle themselves in the world, Goblins take this role in an oftentimes different direction. As goblins favor technology, you may be a mercenary-for-hire who specializes with all sorts of weaponry: snipers, shotguns, handguns... with the addition of mechanical pets, goblin hunters are a lot more unique. If you choose the Lone Wolf perk for marksmanship, you may not even need a companion at all.
Goblin Death Knights do not originate from the goblins of Bilgewater Cartel, considering these goblins were in Kezan at the time of the Lich King's ruling. Instead, you were one of the goblins apart of one of the various cartels on Azeroth over the years. A good choice is the Steamwheedle Cartel. Think, what purpose does your Goblin want to serve after his death? Is he the same yet more angry, or is he going to use the power given to him to get what he wants easier?
Goblins and gnomes are the worlds primary engineers. Goblin engineers focus on things that goes Ka-boom. Besides making explosive stuff, they also make good devices. Both the Mortars and the usable jumper cables are goblin inventions.
Goblins are very good alchemists. The goblin alchemists are famous around the world and brews and sells potions, elixirs and poisons. Goblin alchemists are the supposed ones who invented the . they could even be called chemists
Goblins like money, gold and all that is valuable. A goblin jewelcrafter usually craft the mostly expensive of shinies, but sometimes, crafts them with false jewels and metals.
Goblins find minerals very important to there everyday lives. Kaja mite for example. they may be looking for a new mineral good enough to make them smarter or they may just have learnt to mine when they were mining the last remains of Kaja mite in the lost isles.
Really goblins could actually use other proffesions because they just keep finding new ways to make money, go ahead be creative. some goblins even used there engineering skills to help blacksmiths.