Hobgoblin (Dungeons & Dragons)

Hobgoblin (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Hobgoblin (Dungeons & Dragons)

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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, hobgoblins are a larger, stronger, smarter and more menacing form of goblins. They are smaller and weaker than bugbears, but better organized. Hobgoblins are humanoids that stand nearly 6'6" tall on average, a little taller than orcs. Smarter than other goblinoid races, they are renowned for their brutality and military skill.

Publication history

The hobgoblin was one of the earliest creatures introduced in the D&D game.

Dungeons & Dragons (1974-1976)

The hobgoblin was one of the first monsters introduced in the earliest edition of the game, in the Dungeons & Dragons "white box" set (1974), where they were described as large and fearless goblins.Gygax, Gary, and Dave Arneson. Dungeons & Dragons (3-Volume Set) (TSR, 1974)

The koalinth, or aquatic hobgoblin, is introduced in Supplement II: Blackmoor (1975).Arneson, Dave. Blackmoor (TSR, 1975)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)

The hobgoblin appears in the first edition Monster Manual (1977),Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977) where it is described as a tribal lawful evil creature found nearly anywhere.

The mythology and attitudes of the hobgoblins are described in detail in Dragon #63 (July 1982), in Roger E. Moore's article, "The Humanoids."Moore, Roger E. "The Humanoids." Dragon #63 (TSR, 1982)

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