If there's one thing that goblins love, it's raiding quiet, peace-loving communities to loot them of resources and generally cause a ruckus. The Black Guard have set up a division to handle these incursions, but as a wandering adventurer, you can help out too in stopping these raids. Alternatively, if you're up for giving the goblins a taste of their own medicine, you can head down to Goblin Village to cave in some heads.
Goblin raids occur every hour or half an hour, and will be announced in a server-wide broadcast. Note that to receive this broadcast, you must have your game chat filter set to On and have toggled the Goblin Raids option at the Doomsayer to be active.
The news message details the location where you can find the goblin raiders. Following the message will lead you to the site being raided, allowing you to step in and disrupt their little party.
Stopping a Raid
Once you've tracked down the location of the goblin raiders, you'll notice them harvesting the area's resources under the watch of their commander, Hollowtoof. Get rid of them by attacking and killing as many of them as possible.
Once all the goblin raiders are defeated, Hollowtoof will fly into a rage and become attackable - killing him now will finish the raid, and a group of Black Guard dwarves will teleport in to clear out the area. You can speak to the dwarf commander to receive your reward for stopping the raid.
Note that if you take too long to kill all the goblins and their commander, they will teleport away just as the Black Guard dwarves show up. You can still talk to the commander to receive some reward for making an attempt at clearing out the raid, though.
If you're up for taking the battle to the goblins, you'll want to conduct a raid of your own on their village. You can head into Goblin Village and start killing them, but beware - your incursion will eventually result in a goblin boss coming after you for revenge.
You can check how close you are to summoning a goblin boss by setting your game chat filter to On.
After defeating 15 goblins (whether in one go or between game sessions), you will provoke a response from a goblin boss. One of three goblins, Brokeface, Stinkears or Lumpnose will appear and attack you. Each of these bosses uses attacks from a specific corner of the combat triangle (melee, magic and ranged, respectively), and will harass you until you kill them or run away.
Killing this goblin boss will reward you with some low-levelled class-specific armour, and you may also find the boss dropping a goblin cower shield, which can reward you with bonus XP in certain combat skills.
Once a goblin raid has finished, you will be able to collect rewards from the Black Guard patrol that shows up. These rewards are low-levelled resources, and will vary based on the location of the raid (such as ores at mines or seeds at farms). They will always handed out in a stackable form, such as bank notes for ores and logs. The amount of resources you receive is based on the number of goblin raiders killed.
Killing the goblin raiders will also reward you with some resources alongside their normal drops, and finishing the raid by killing Hollowtoof will also give you a chance to receive some of his equipment as a drop.
Finally, killing the goblin bosses in Goblin Village gives you a chance to obtain a goblin cower shield. When dropped by the goblin bosses, it will give you a 25% bonus to XP gained while training Attack, Defence and Constitution as long as the shield is worn, for up to a total of 1000 bonus XP.
You can also obtain this shield from the goblin generals for free if you have completed The Chosen Commander; however, it will not give you any bonus XP if it is obtained this way. Note that you may only have one goblin cower shield at any time.
Original Guide by: Octarine & Saradomin_Mage
Thanks to: ForsakenMage
Last updated by: Saradomin_Mage
Last updated on: 24-Oct-2012
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