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"These pesky little creatures only have eyes for one thing: LOOT! They are faster than a Spring Trap, and their hunger for resources is limitless."

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  • Summary
    • The Goblin is the fourth troop unlocked in the Barracks.
    • Goblins prioritize resource buildings above all other targets, and will bypass all other types of enemy buildings and troops while any resource buildings remain on the battlefield. This is true even if they are under attack by enemy Clan Castle troops, heroes or Skeleton Trap skeletons. Note that like all troops that prioritize resources, Goblins consider the Clan Castle or the Town Hall to be resource buildings regardless of whether or not they contain loot and whether or not the Town Hall is at level 12 or 13 and has its Giga Tesla or Giga Inferno triggered; Goblins will preferentially target them in addition to causing double damage to them.
      Once all resource buildings are destroyed, Goblins become like any other troop with no preferred target; they will attack the nearest building to them regardless of type, and will turn and attack enemy units if they become aware of any nearby.
    • The Goblin deals double damage to Resource Buildings, (Town Halls and Clan Castles, Gold Mines, Elixir Collectors, Dark Elixir Drills and storages for each). This means that he deals more than twice as much damage as Barbarians and three times as much as Archers to these types of buildings. The trade-off is his relatively low health, which is higher than an Archer's but lower than a Barbarian's.
    • Because the nature of the character is to attack Resource Buildings first, they can be vulnerable to attack and should not be deployed without another type of troop (such as Giants or Barbarians) as a meat shield.
    • The Goblin is the one of the fastest ground units in the game. Its speed allows it to outrun certain defenses and traps, such as the Spring Trap.

  • Offensive Strategy
    • Goblins are great for stealing resources. First, use Wall Breakers to clear a route to Storages and Mines/Collectors. Then, use Barbarians, Giants, or any other higher-health units to distract Mortars and Wizard Towers while the Goblins deplete the resources. Or you can simply destroy the splash-damage defenses first.
      • An alternative to Wall Breakers is the Jump Spell, or Earthquake Spell, both of which help guide Goblins over the walls and directly into the riches inside, however this is much more expensive.
    • Like Archers, the Goblin's greatest weakness is splash-damaging structures (i.e. Wizard Towers, Mortars). Most Wizard Towers and Mortars can kill Goblins in one shot. To combat this, send in Goblins in waves rather than spawning them all at once. Alternatively, you could send in Giants and Barbarians and let them serve as distractions while the Goblins get the resources.
    • Another good strategy is to place a couple of Goblins after the defenses are destroyed to help clean up any remaining buildings before time runs out. Since they are fast, they can speed over to buildings far away from each other. And if there are resources in the center, the Goblins will go right to it and ignore the other buildings.
    • Goblins are excellent at triggering Traps (especially Bombs), as their movement speed can allow them to get out of range before it detonates. This is especially helpful in the Single Player Campaign where there are often a large number of Bombs in predictable places.
    • You can also spawn Goblin hordes, for their attack speed and power can destroy many buildings. When all resource buildings have been destroyed, they will attack anything.
    • Goblins can trigger Spring Traps without dying unless they stop on top of the Spring Trap.
    • Goblins are usually not viewed as a good troop for getting Trophies, however they can be useful in small amounts.
      • For example, if you are doing a revenge and you think your units might go to the sides instead of into the middle because of resource buildings outside the Walls, you can use 5 Goblins per resource building to clear the way for your troops so they go in the middle.
      • Also, Goblins can be useful at the end of attacks. If you didn't get to 50% and all your other troops died you may be able to use Goblins to destroy a few mines and collectors to get you over 50%.
      • If your main attack missed the Town Hall but destroyed most of the defenses nearby then goblins are perfect for picking up another star for the attack.
    • Goblins are a great choice as clean up Troops for War attacks for Town Hall 8-9 players since majority of the leftover buildings are Resource Buildings which makes Goblins extremely effective to prevent time shortage.
    • Because Goblins also target the Town Hall, they can be useful for destroying the Town Hall while defenses are distracted by other units to obtain a star.
    • When attacking resources beware of Traps as there might be many. Deploy small amounts of Goblins for them to trigger the traps and after the traps go off deploy the rest (beware of Mortars, Wizard Towers and other multi-targeting defences.
  • Defensive Strategy
    • Although generally not viewed as the best defensive troop, Goblins are still useful as Clan Castle troops. As there are no resources to target, Goblins will attack the enemy very quickly compared to the other troops.
      • However, when in large numbers for higher Town Halls, they can serve as a tank for other important troops such as a Headhunter.
    • Goblins have the highest damage of any of the low health troops and can engage the enemy units quickly due to their fast movement speed. They are particularly proficient at taking out small numbers of Giants on defense. 
    • When designing your base to defend against Goblins, it is useful to place your defenses strategically to cover all resource buildings. Most importantly, make sure your Wizard Towers and Mortars are within range, as otherwise Goblins will make short work of your Resources.
    • Bombs can heavily cripple the goblins and leave them super weak, along with also knocking them back. Double Bombs can also kill a goblin if somewhat relatively leveled. Place them near collectors as that is commonly how far goblins will go towards the base.

  • Upgrade Differences
    • The Goblin undergoes significant visual changes at all levels except level 2 and 4.
      • Upon first receiving the Goblin his appearance is that of a small, green creature with large pointy ears, red eyes with green pupils and a red-tipped nose. The Goblin wears red suspenders, brown pants and shoes. He also has a large sack, which is used for carrying resources stolen from the enemy.
      • At level 3, the Goblin’s bag receives light brown stripes on the sides of it.
      • At level 5, the Goblin’s bag turns all light brown and he also gains a red mohawk.
      • At level 6, the Goblin gains a red leather cape and a golden necklace. He also gets golden bands on his wrists.
      • At level 7, the Goblin's mohawk turns bright orange and becomes squared off at the back. His sack also grows bigger.
      • At level 8, the Goblin's mohawk increases in size slightly and his sack turns black and gains a white skull symbol.

  • Trivia
    • Goblins are the main antagonist in the Single Player Campaign, despite the fact that you can train them as part of your army. Your own Goblins seem to have no compunction about attacking their NPC brethren.
    • Oddly, the two CPU Goblins spawned during the tutorial ignore your Gold Mine and go straight to the Cannon.
    • When you tap on the Army Camp the Goblins stationed there all turn and look to their left for a brief moment.
    • Goblins, Minions, Headhunters and Miners are the fastest moving units in the Home Village, all moving at a speed of 32.
    • You can have a maximum of 300 Goblins at one time in a complete set of fully upgraded Army Camps. This number increases to 345 if you include the 45 that can fit into a fully upgraded Clan Castle. On the battlefield, you can clone an additional 99 Goblins with three fully upgraded Clone Spells.
    • Goblins used tp have the second highest damage-per-second of any troop on a per-housing space basis, after the Wizard (52 DPS at level 7, slightly lower than the level 8 Wizard).
    • The Goblins from the Single Player Campaign look the same as the Goblin troop; however, they don't attack and immediately retreat into the Town Hall, in a similar fashion to the Villagers and Builders in players' bases.
    • They are one of the only ground units known to be faster than a Spring Trap. This does not mean they are not affected by the Spring Trap. For example, if there is a large group of Goblins running over the Spring Trap, the front Goblins will release the Spring Trap, run quickly over it, thus causing the Goblins in the back to be sprung by the Spring Trap. Goblins can also outrun other traps, however, like the spring trap, they are not immune.
      • Nearly all units can step on a spring trap and outrun it with the right placement. Very few can run across the center of the Spring Trap without being affected.
    • Although Builder's Huts are considered as resource buildings, Goblins do not treat them as such and will ignore them until all other resource buildings are destroyed.
    • As of the Winter 2014 update, Goblins are now unlocked at Barracks level 4 instead of 3.
    • Goblins go for treasures, but they never keep it, so it remains unseen why they like treasure.
    • Higher level Goblins look similar to the Star Level of their Clash Royale counterpart.
Preferred Target Favorite Target Attack Type Damage Type Housing Space Housing Space Movement Speed Movement Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Barracks Level Required Barracks Range Range
Resources (Damage x2) Melee (Ground Only) 1 32 1s 4 0.4 tiles
Training Time of Goblins
1 Barracks 2 Barracks 3 Barracks 4 Barracks
28s 14s 9s 7s
Level
Level
Damage per Second
Damage
Damage per Attack
Damage
DPS on Resource Buildings
Damage
Hitpoints
Hitpoints
Training Cost
Elixir
Research Cost
Elixir
Research Time
Time
Laboratory Level Required
Laboratory
1 11 11 22 25 25 N/A N/A N/A
2 14 14 28 30 40 50,000 12h 1
3 19 19 38 36 60 250,000 1d 12h 3
4 24 24 48 46 80 750,000 2d 5
5 32 32 64 56 100 1,500,000 3d 6
6 42 42 84 76 150 3,000,000 5d 7
7 52 52 104 101 200 5,500,000 7d 8
8 62 62 124 126 250 10,500,000 12d 10
Home Village Army
Elixir Troops BarbarianArcherGiantGoblinWall BreakerBalloonWizardHealerDragonP.E.K.K.ABaby DragonMinerElectro DragonYeti (Yetimite)
Dark Elixir Troops MinionHog RiderValkyrieGolem (Golemite) • Witch (Skeleton) • Lava Hound (Lava Pup) • BowlerIce GolemHeadhunter
Super Troops Super BarbarianSuper ArcherSuper GiantSneaky GoblinSuper Wall BreakerInferno DragonSuper MinionSuper ValkyrieSuper Witch (Big Boy)
Heroes Barbarian KingArcher QueenGrand WardenRoyal Champion
Elixir Spells Lightning SpellHealing SpellRage SpellJump SpellFreeze SpellClone Spell
Dark Spells Poison SpellEarthquake SpellHaste SpellSkeleton SpellBat Spell
Siege Machines Wall WreckerBattle BlimpStone SlammerSiege Barracks
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