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Artwork of a goblin from Children of Mana

The Goblin, also called Kid Goblin, is a recurring enemy in the Mana series. Debuting in Final Fantasy Adventure, they have appeared in most installments ever since. As their name would suggest, they are typically depicted as stout, impish creatures. They differ however from typical goblin depictions in fantasy word as they are fully clothed from head to toe and favor a variety of bladed weapons.

Goblins are some of the rare monsters of the Mana franchise to be depicted as being capable of forming societies to the point of having a distinct culture in some installments. Their stronger variants suggest them forming some form of hierarchy.

General Information[edit]

Physical Description[edit]

Goblins are generally of short stature and seen sporting purple baggy overalls and a leather armor. Their head are always hidden behind a yellow medieval executioner hood, with only two fangs protuding from it. They also wear matching green gloves and shoes. In most games, they are seen wielding a tomahawk, but they can also throw knives or boomerangs in some of them.


Goblins are typically seen in underground settings such as caves and mines, but can sometimes be found frolicking in open fields.

Gnome is typically the elemental affinity for the subterranean creature, meaning that it ends up being weak to Jinn. In some games, however, the pattern is reversed and the magic to use against them is earth instead.


The Goblin has a few stronger variants seen in multiple games.

  • The Hobgoblin is a reddish-purple variant of the base monster and is found in Secret of Mana, Trials of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Rise of Mana, and Echoes of Mana. It it usually a more magic-inclined iteration who cast offensive & debilitating spells.
  • The Goblin Guard is a blue variation that appears in Secret of Mana, Sword of Mana, Children of Mana, Rise of Mana, and Echoes of Mana. They are usually physical fighters that is strong against Jinn magic and weak against Gnome spells.
  • The Gobfiend is a dark red palette swap of the Goblin found in Trials of Mana and Echoes of Mana. In the first game, they summon beast-type enemies and cast stat-decreasing moves to the party. They are typically the strongest variant found in the franchise.
  • The Dark Goblin is a stronger variant of the Goblin in Sword of Mana. Like any other dark enemies, it unlocked after defeating 1,000 Goblins.
  • The Grim Goblin is a corrupted version of Goblins found in Dawn of Mana. Like any normal grim enemies, they appear after Ritzia opens the Door to Mavolia, effectively tainting the world woth Echoes.


Final Fantasy Adventure/Adventures of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Adventures of Mana)
“I'm a master dagger thrower!”
Translated Quote

In Final Fantasy Adventure and its direct remake Adventures of Mana, Goblins are found at the beginning of the game around Topple along with Mushbooms and Rabites. They attack by throwing knives.

Secret of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Kid Goblin (Secret of Mana)
“Kid Goblin (Earth) -- Sleeps until you get close. Charge up first, then attack.”
Secret of Mana Official Game Secrets, (page 160)

Kid Goblins appear in Gaia's Navel, where they are usually seen dozing off at their guarding post. They can be quickly woken up by walking near them or striking them with melee or magic. While their reflexes and pacing are quick, they can easily be dealt with while still in a daze. They attack by swinging their axe forward.

Randi also gets ambushed by a pack of Kid Goblins near the Water Palace and is almost boiled alive at their camping ground. He is saved by Primm who happened to walk by.

Trials of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Trials of Mana)

Goblins appear in Cascade Cavern and the Dwarf Tunnels in the original 2D version. They attack by swinging forward with their axe or by throwing hand axes. They are strong against earth magic attacks and weak against wind.

They can be found in two additional locations in the HD remake, mainly the Golden Road and Stonesplit Gap.

Legend of Mana[edit]

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“GOBLIN -- Demi-human -- STR: Shade, Dryad ; WK: Wisp, Aura -- It firmly believes that evil doing is the true meaning of life.”
In-Game Encyclopedia
Main article: Goblin (Legend of Mana)

Goblins found in the wild have a red hood and populate the lands of Mekiv Caverns, the White Forest, and The Flames. They attack exclusively with their axe, either by swinging it or by throwing it. Their spoils mostly contain different varieties of axes to equip.

Goblins can be obtained as a Monster Pet by befriending a monster egg in Lumina. Their Sychro ability, called Invincible, can increase the hero's slash attacks.

Sword of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Sword of Mana)

Goblins are DemiHuman types of monsters whose primary sense is smell and secondary sense is DayViz. They live in Jadd Desert and in the Shifting Sands. They are vulnerable to Gnome magic but immune to Jinn spells.

Children of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Children of Mana)

Dawn of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Children of Mana)

Goblins appear inside the quarries of Mortmont during chatper 3. They can be tough to deal when in packs.

Heroes of Mana[edit]

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“This ogre is lazy by nature but will, when provoked, fight, like a house afire.”
In-game description
Main article: Goblin (Heroes of Mana)

Goblins are missile units in Heroes of Mana.

Rise of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Rise of Mana)

Goblins are fire-type Magic Pets and enemies in Rise of Mana.

Echoes of Mana[edit]

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Main article: Goblin (Echoes of Mana)

Goblins are found in numerous chapters during the main story, side stories, and other exclusive events. They are weak against the wind element.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Goblin.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゴブリン
Spanish ???
French Bébégob (SoM SNES)
Gobelin (SoM remake)
Portmanteau of bébé (baby) and gob (diminutive of goblin)
German Murmelgoblin (SoM SNES)
Goblin (SoM remake)
Marble goblin
Italian Goblin -
Rabite icon EOM artwork.png Randi --"Whoa! What's a Rabite doing in a place like this?"
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