Shadow Goblin Chieftain

Family: Goblin

Small humanoid (goblinoid), neutral evil

Armor Class 14 (chain shirt)
Hit Points 52 (8d6 + 24)
Speed 30 ft.

16 (+3) 12 (+1) 16 (+3) 13 (+1) 12 (+1) 14 (+2)

Skills Deception +4, Insight +3, Intimidation +4, Sleight of Hand +3, Stealth +3
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Common, Elvish, Goblin, Umbral
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2


  • Shadow Camouflage. The shadow goblin has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in dim light or darkness.
  • Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, the shadow goblin has disadvantage on attack rolls and on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.
  • Unseelie Blessing. The shadow goblin has advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put them to sleep.


  • Multiattack. The shadow goblin can make two Greataxe attacks.
  • Greataxe. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d12 + 3) slashing damage.
  • Carving Knife. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60, one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage.


  • Stink Eye. The shadow goblin targets one creature they can see within 30 feet. If the target can hear and see the shadow goblin, it must succeed on a DC 12 Charisma saving throw or have disadvantage on ability checks, attack rolls, and saving throws until the start of the shadow goblin’s next turn.


  • Minion Shield. When the shadow goblin is the target of an attack by a creature they can see, the shadow goblin can choose an ally within 5 feet of them. The two swap places, and the ally becomes the target of the attack instead.


A large, purple-skinned goblin lumbers toward you. He is easily twice the width, height, and weight of any typical goblin, and he clutches a heavy, bejeweled axe in his ham-sized fists.

Shadow goblin chieftains rule goblin groups with a hearty mix of intimidation and natural charisma.

Court Players. Shadow goblins thrive in the courts of the shadow fey and in their own courts and have built a complicated social network that mirrors fey politics. Shadow goblin chieftains are drawn from the ranks of the largest, eldest, and most cunning goblins.

Shadow Hierarchy. In shadow goblin clans or families, shadow goblin chieftains are second in power only to the moonshadow catchers, who wield strange and potent magic. Frequently a chieftain and a moonshadow catcher will work together to claim leadership of wealth or resources. This common arrangement is called a moon-chief clan. Others are either chieftain clans or moon-led clans.

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