Pathfinder 2 Goblin Ancestry
You can find Ancestry Rules here.
Hit Points 6
Speed 25 feet
Ability Boosts Dexterity, Charisma, Free
Ability Flaw Wisdom
Languages Common, Goblin, additional languages equal to your Intelligence modifier (if it’s positive). Choose from Draconic, Dwarven, Gnoll, Gnomish, Halfling, Orcish, and any other languages to which you have access (such as the languages prevalent in your region).
Traits Goblin, Humanoid
Darkvision You can see in darkness and dim light just as well as you can see in bright light, though your vision in darkness is in black and white.
Goblins have a reputation as simple creatures who love songs, fire, and eating disgusting things and who hate reading, dogs, and horses—and there are a great many for whom this description fits perfectly. However, great changes have come to goblinkind, and more and more goblins resist conformity to these stereotypes. Even among goblins that are more worldly, many still exemplify their old ways in some small manner, just to a more sensible degree. Some goblins remain deeply fascinated with fire or fearlessly devour a meal that might turn others’ stomachs. Others are endless tinkerers and view their companions’ trash as the components of gadgets yet to be made.
Though goblins’ culture has splintered radically, their reputation has changed little. As such, goblins who travel to larger cities are frequently subjected to derision, and many work twice as hard at proving their worth.
If you want a character who is eccentric, enthusiastic, and fun-loving, you should play a goblin.
- Strive to prove that you have a place among other civilized peoples, perhaps even to yourself.
- Fight tooth and nail—sometimes literally—to protect yourself and your friends from danger.
- Lighten the heavy emotional burdens others carry (and amuse yourself) with antics and pranks.
- Work to ensure you don’t accidentally (or intentionally) set too many things on fire.
- Assume you can’t—or won’t—read.
- Wonder how you survive given your ancestry’s typical gastronomic choices, reckless behavior, and love of fire.
Goblins are stumpy humanoids with large bodies, scrawny limbs, and massively oversized heads with large ears and beady red eyes. Their skin ranges from green to gray to blue, and they often bear scars, boils, and rashes. Goblins average 3 feet tall. Most are bald, with little or no body hair. Their jagged teeth fall out and regrow constantly, and their fast metabolism means they eat constantly and nap frequently. Mutations are also more common among goblins than other peoples, and goblins usually view particularly salient mutations as a sign of power or fortune.
Goblins reach adolescence by the age of 3 and adulthood 4 or 5 years later. Goblins can live 50 years or more, but without anyone to protect them from each other or themselves, few live past 20 years of age.
Goblins tend to flock to strong leaders, forming small tribes. These tribes rarely number more than a hundred, though the larger a tribe is, the more diligent the leader must be to keep order—a notoriously difficult task. As new threats rise across the Inner Sea region, many tribal elders have put aside their reckless ways in the hope of forging alliances that offer their people a greater chance at survival. Play and creativity matter more to goblins than productivity or study, and their encampments erupt with songs and laughter.
Goblins bond closely with their allies, fiercely protecting those companions who have protected them or offered a sympathetic ear. Goblins tend to assume for their own protection that members of taller ancestries, which goblins often refer to colloquially as “longshanks,” won’t treat them kindly. Learning to trust longshanks is difficult for a goblin, and it’s been only in recent years that such a partnership has even been an option. However, their attitude as a people is changing rapidly, and their short lifespans and poor memories help them adapt quickly.
Alignment and Religion
Even well-intentioned goblins have trouble following the rules, meaning they’re rarely lawful. Most goblin adventurers are chaotic neutral or chaotic good. Organized worship confounds goblins, and most of them would rather pick their own deities, choosing powerful monsters, natural wonders, or anything else they find fascinating. Longshanks might have books upon books about the structures of divinity, but to a goblin, anything can be a god if you want it to. Goblins who spend time around people of other ancestries might adopt some of their beliefs, though.
Goblins keep their names simple. A good name should be easy to pronounce, short enough to shout without getting winded, and taste good to say. The namer often picks a word that rhymes with something they like so that writing songs is easier. Since there aren’t any real traditions regarding naming in goblin culture, children often name themselves once they’re old enough to do something resembling talking.
Ak, Bokker, Frum, Guzmuk, Krobby, Loohi, Mazmord, Neeka, Omgot, Ranzak, Rickle, Tup, Wakla, Yonk, Zibini
To some degree, almost every goblin is an adventurer, surviving life on the edge using skill and wits. Goblins explore and hunt for treasures by nature, though some become true adventurers in their own rights, often after being separated from their group or tribe.
Goblins often have theacrobat, criminal, entertainer,gladiator, hunter, and streeturchin backgrounds. Considerplaying an alchemist, since manygoblins love fire, or a bard, sincemany goblins love songs. Asscrappy survivors, goblins areoften rogues who dart about theshadows, though their inherently charismatic nature also draws them to the pursuit of magical classes such as sorcerer.
Goblins, especially those of different tribes, have all sorts of physiological differences, which they often discover only through hazardous “experiments.” Choose one of the following goblin heritages at 1st level.
Your ancestors have always had a connection to fire and a thicker skin, which allows you to resist burning. You gain fire resistance equal to half your level (minimum 1). You can also recover from being on fire more easily. Your flat check to remove persistent fire damage is DC 10 instead of DC 15, which is reduced to DC 5 if another creature uses a particularly appropriate action to help.
You can subsist on food that most folks would consider spoiled. You can keep yourself fed with poor meals in a settlement as long as garbage is readily available, without using the Subsist downtime activity. You can eat and drink things when you are sickened.
You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to saving throws against afflictions, against gaining the sickened condition, and to remove the sickened condition. When you roll a success on a Fortitude save affected by this bonus, you get a critical success instead. All these benefits apply only when the affliction or condition resulted from something you ingested.
Your family’s teeth are formidable weapons. You gain a jaws unarmed attack that deals 1d6 piercing damage. Your jaws are in the brawling group and have the finesse and unarmed traits.
You are acclimated to living in frigid lands and have skin ranging from sky blue to navy in color, as well as blue fur. You gain cold resistance equal to half your level (minimum 1). You treat environmental cold effects as if they were one step less extreme (incredible cold becomes extreme, extreme cold becomes severe, and so on).
You have a powerful tail, likely because you descend from a community of monkey goblins. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Athletics checks to Climb, you gain Combat Climber as a bonus feat, and you reduce the number of free hands required to Climb or Trip by one.
You have adapted particularly well to living in forested environments. As long as you are in a forest or jungle, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Stealth checks to Hide and Sneak, Survival checks to Subsist, and your Survival DC to Cover Tracks.
You’re able to bounce back from injuries easily due to an exceptionally thick skull, cartilaginous bones, or some other mixed blessing. You gain 10 Hit Points from your ancestry instead of 6. When you fall, reduce the falling damage you take as though you had fallen half the distance.
Goblin Ancestry Feats
At 1st level, you gain one ancestry feat, and you gain an additional ancestry feat every 4 levels thereafter (at 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th level). As a goblin, you can select from the following ancestry feats.
Bouncy GoblinFeat 1
Prerequisites unbreakable goblin heritage
You have a particular elasticity that makes it easy for you to bounce and squish. You gain the trained proficiency rank in Acrobatics (or another skill of your choice, if you were already trained in Acrobatics). You also gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Acrobatics checks to Tumble Through a foe’s space.
Burn It!Feat 1
Fire fascinates you. Your spells and alchemical items that deal fire damage gain a status bonus to damage equal to half the spell’s level or one-quarter the item’s level (minimum 1). You also gain a +1 status bonus to any persistent fire damage you deal.
City ScavengerFeat 1
You know that the greatest treasures often look like refuse, and you scoff at those who throw away perfectly good scraps. You gain a +1 circumstance bonus to checks to Subsist, and you can use Society or Survival when you Subsist in a settlement.
When you Subsist in a city, you also gather valuable junk that silly longshanks threw away. You can Earn Income using Society or Survival in the same time as you Subsist, without spending any additional days of downtime. You also gain a +1 circumstance bonus to this check.
Special If you have the irongut goblin heritage, increase the bonuses to +2.
Fang SharpenerFeat 1
Prerequisites irongut goblin or razortooth goblin heritage
You have filed your teeth into jagged points and have an unusually powerful jaw, making your mouth a dangerous weapon. If you’re an irongut goblin, you gain a jaws unarmed attack that deals 1d4 piercing damage, and if you’re a razortooth goblin, your jaws unarmed attack deals 1d8 piercing damage and loses the finesse trait. Whenever you score a critical hit with your jaws unarmed attack, your target takes 1 persistent bleed damage per weapon damage die.
Goblin LoreFeat 1
You’ve picked up skills and tales from your goblin community. You gain the trained proficiency rank in Nature and Stealth. If you would automatically become trained in one of those skills (from your background or class, for example), you instead become trained in a skill of your choice. You also become trained in Goblin Lore.
Goblin Scuttle [Reaction]Feat 1
You take advantage of your ally’s movement to adjust your position. You Step.
Goblin Song [1 action]Feat 1
You sing annoying goblin songs, distracting your foes with silly and repetitive lyrics. Attempt a Performance check against the Will DC of a single enemy within 30 feet. This has all the usual traits and restrictions of a Performance check.
You can affect up to two targets within range if you have expert proficiency in Performance, four if you have master proficiency, and eight if you have legendary proficiency.
Critical Success The target takes a –1 status penalty to Perception checks and Will saves for 1 minute.
Success The target takes a –1 status penalty to Perception checks and Will saves for 1 round.
Critical Failure The target is temporarily immune to attempts to use Goblin Song for 1 hour.
Goblin Weapon FamiliarityFeat 1
Others might look upon them with disdain, but you know that the weapons of your people are as effective as they are sharp. You are trained with the dogslicer and horsechopper.
In addition, you gain access to all uncommon goblin weapons. For the purpose of determining your proficiency, martial goblin weapons are simple weapons and advanced goblin weapons are martial weapons.
Hard TailFeat 1
Prerequisites tailed goblin heritage
Your tail is much stronger than most, and you can lash out with it with the strength of a whip. You gain a tail unarmed attack that deals 1d6 bludgeoning damage.
Junk TinkerFeat 1
You can make useful tools out of even twisted or rusted scraps. When using the Crafting skill to Craft, you can make level 0 items, including weapons but not armor, out of junk. This reduces the Price to one-quarter the usual amount but always results in a shoddy item. Shoddy items normally give a penalty, but you don’t take this penalty when using shoddy items you made.
You can also incorporate junk to save money while you Craft any item. This grants you a discount on the item as if you had spent 1 additional day working to reduce the cost, but the item is obviously made of junk. At the GM’s discretion, this might affect the item’s resale value depending on the buyer’s tastes.
Rough RiderFeat 1
You are especially good at riding traditional goblin mounts. You gain the Ride feat, even if you don’t meet the prerequisites. You gain a +1 circumstance bonus to Nature checks to use Command an Animal on a goblin dog or wolf mount. You can always select a wolf as your animal companion, even if you would usually select an animal companion with the mount special ability, such as for a champion’s steed ally.
Very SneakyFeat 1
Taller folk rarely pay attention to the shadows at their feet, and you take full advantage of this. You can move 5 feet farther when you take the Sneak action, up to your Speed.
In addition, as long as you continue to use Sneak actions and succeed at your Stealth check, you don’t become observed if you don’t have cover or greater cover and aren’t concealed at the end of the Sneak action, as long as you have cover or greater cover or are concealed at the end of your turn.
Ankle Bite [Reaction]Feat 5
Prerequisites Fang Sharpener or razortooth goblin heritage
Trigger A foe gives you the grabbed or restrained condition using a part of its body.
Whenever someone grabs onto you, you instinctively bite down hard. Sometimes that makes them let go, and sometimes it just makes them angrier, but either way, it’s both satisfying and tasty. Make a jaws Strike against the triggering foe. On a critical hit, you are no longer grabbed. This Strike doesn’t count toward your multiple attack penalty, and your multiple attack penalty doesn’t apply to this Strike.
Chosen of LamashtuFeat 5
Prerequisites worshipper of Lamashtu
You bear the favor and blessings of Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters. She has bestowed a mutation upon you, granting you the benefits of another heritage. Choose one goblin heritage that you do not already have; you gain that heritage and its benefits.
Goblin Weapon FrenzyFeat 5
You know how to wield your people’s vicious weapons. Whenever you score a critical hit using a goblin weapon, you apply the weapon’s critical specialization effect.
Tail Spin [2 actions]Feat 5
Prerequisites tailed goblin heritage, Hard Tail
You excel at using your tail as a weapon to upend your foes. Attempt a single Athletics check to Trip up to two adjacent creatures. If you roll a success against a target, you get a critical success against that target instead.
Torch Goblin [1 action]Feat 5
Prerequisites charhide goblin heritage
You’ve spent enough time on fire that you know how to use it to your advantage. You can light yourself thoroughly on fire with a held torch, a bottle of alchemist’s fire, or a similar incendiary, dealing yourself 1d6 persistent fire damage. As long as you are suffering persistent fire damage, all your melee attacks against adjacent creatures deal an additional 1 fire damage per weapon damage die. Any creature that successfully Grapples, Shoves, or Trips you takes 1d6 fire damage; if it uses a weapon for that action, the weapon takes the damage instead. You must still attempt the flat check to remove the persistent fire damage each round, as normal.
Tree ClimberFeat 5
Prerequisites tailed goblin or treedweller goblin heritage
Your time in forest or jungle canopies has taught you how to scramble across branches with sure feet. You gain a climb Speed of 10 feet. If you also have the Cave Climber ancestry feat, your total climb Speed increases to your land Speed when climbing trees.
Cave ClimberFeat 9
After years of crawling and climbing through caverns, you can climb easily anywhere you go. You gain a climb Speed of 10 feet.
Freeze It! [1 action]Feat 9
Prerequisites snow goblin heritage
You are no rime hag or Jadwiga, but the magic of the north has still left a mark on you. Frigid ice runs through your veins, and you can expel frost from your body to freeze your foes. Attempt an Athletics check against the Fortitude DC of an adjacent foe. If you have master proficiency in Athletics, you can affect up to two adjacent foes, rolling one Athletics check against each foe.
Critical Success The target becomes clumsy 2 for 1 round.
Success The target becomes clumsy 1 for 1 round.
Critical Failure The target is temporarily immune for 1 minute.
Hungry GoblinFeat 9
Prerequisites Fang Sharpener
You’ll eat anything and anyone. Whenever you inflict persistent bleed damage with your jaws unarmed attack, you gain temporary Hit Points equal to half your level for 1 minute.
Roll With It [Reaction]Feat 9
Prerequisites unbreakable goblin heritage, Bouncy Goblin
Trigger A foe hits you with a melee weapon or unarmed attack.
When you take a big hit, your foe bounces you around like a rubber ball, but you escape the worst of the blow. Your foe can move you any distance of its choice up to 30 feet in a direction of its choice (this is not forced movement, and it triggers reactions as normal). You fall prone and are stunned 1. Attempt a DC 6 flat check. On a success, you take minimum damage from the attack, and on a critical success, if the attack was a critical hit, you don’t take double damage from the critical hit.
Scalding SpitFeat 9
Prerequisites Torch Goblin
Your bodily fluids burn with surprising volatility, as if you ran on oil instead of blood. As long as you are taking persistent fire damage, you gain a boiling spit ranged unarmed attack with a range of 30 feet that deals 1d6 fire damage.
Skittering ScuttleFeat 9
Prerequisites Goblin Scuttle
You can scuttle farther and faster when maneuvering alongside allies. When you use Goblin Scuttle, you can Stride up to half your Speed instead of Stepping.
Goblin Weapon ExpertiseFeat 13
Prerequisites Goblin Weapon Familiarity
Your goblin affinity blends with your class training, granting you great skill with goblin weapons. Whenever you gain a class feature that grants you expert or greater proficiency in a given weapon or weapons, you also gain that proficiency in the dogslicer, horsechopper, and all goblin weapons in which you are trained.
Unbreakable-er GoblinFeat 13
Prerequisites unbreakable goblin heritage
As hard as most unbreakable goblins are to break, you are that much harder to break. You gain 20 Hit Points from your ancestry instead of 10. When you fall, you take no falling damage. If you have the Bouncy Goblin feat (page 37), after falling or jumping from a height of at least 20 feet, you can bounce back into the air, up to half the distance you fell (and half as far forward if you jumped). These bounces continue until you bounce less than 20 feet.
Very, Very SneakyFeat 13
Prerequisites Very Sneaky
You can move up to your Speed when you use the Sneak action, and you no longer need to have cover or greater cover or be concealed to Hide or Sneak.