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King Gurboggle.jpg
Classification Small Amphibious Humanoid
Faction/Affiliation Independent
Racial capital Gurboggle's Ledge
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Gilgoblin.gif King Gurboggle
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Underwater
Area(s) Vashj'ir
Primary language(s) Goblin
Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
A gilgoblin

The gilgoblins, sometimes called gilblins, gill goblins,[1] or water-goblins,[2] are a species of aquatic goblin created by Hobart Grapplehammer. They were first introduced into the game with the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion.

The adaptations that allow gilgoblins to survive the aquatic life has apparently drained some of their higher brain functions and their actions are guided almost entirely by greed. They are most often seen stealing things.

Gilgoblin's live in big clams, which they decorate with their new-found treasure, including cannons, cannonballs and other things.

King Gurboggle is the self-proclaimed king of at least Gurboggle's Ledge.[3]



Gilgoblins have many similarities to goblins but also many differences. Their skin is blue with tiny dots. Like goblins they have a prominent pointy nose, however the gilgoblins nose seems to have no nostrils. Their necks have what look to be gills which explains the absence of nostrils. Gilgoblins have fins on ends of their arms, with webbed hands and feet almost certainly for swimming. Their hair resembles seaweed and their ears are practically fins.





This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

It's likely that the creation of the gilgoblins was an accident as Hobart Grapplehammer (the creator) has a negligence case because of it. Although at times he's proud to include them in a list of accomplishments.

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