Goblin Raids are a free to play feature in Gielinor that was released on 17 October 2012. Every 30 minutes a notice goes out detailing the latest location of a goblin raid. It is up to the player to repulse the raiders.
Finding a raidEdit
Raids are announced server-wide approximately every 30 minutes. To receive a notification on chat about a raid, one must have the filter option enabled in the "Game" tab. High-levelled players (around level 90) must talk to the Doomsayer in Lumbridge to toggle the notification called "Goblin Raid Warning". A special icon of a goblin face appears on the player's map and another icon for the guards appears after the event finishes at the same place.
Note that the more crowded the world is, the less chance you have to slay one of the raiders and get some rewards in the process, even worse if you compete with a player with higher levels than yours.
- Draynor wheat field, east of Draynor
- North of Draynor, west of the lodestone
- Lumbridge farm, the potato field north of the cow pen
- Lumbridge Swamp copper mine, south of Lumbridge
- North of the Champions' Guild, west of the Varrock lodestone (South-west Varrock mining site)
- South of Varrock, east of the stone circle
- West of Varrock, south of Gertrude's house
- Taverley wheat field, south-east of the bank
- Taverley mine, under White Wolf Mountain (Burthorpe mine)
- North of the Crafting Guild, south of the Make-over Mage
- Farm north of Port Sarim, the cabbage field at Falador farm
- Mine west of Port Sarim, north of Rimmington
When there is a raid, Goblin Raiders appear at the place indicated by the message. These raiders shout various phrases such as "Got one!" and "I got a ...". Each time they shout this, one raided drop (logs for a wood-gathering goblin, seeds for a goblin on a farm) is added to that goblin. When it is killed, they drop all of it. For example when a goblin has said something three times, it drops two logs and one oak logs. The Goblin Raid is lead by the Chieftain Hollowtoof. Players must kill all of the raiders in order to fight the chief.
After all the raiders are defeated, Hollowtoof shouts "Now it's my turn!" or "You not so big!" and becomes an attackable NPC who can be killed for Raider equipment. However if you do not wish to attack him just go up to him as a level 45 and speak with him. After a quick talk with him he panics and is extremely afraid of you, and he gives you the raider items on the spot. However for a chance to earn the Gud Raider equipment you will need to kill him.
The goblins drop skilling materials useful to lower levelled players. For everyone who participated in the onslaught, Commander Yodri appears and gives players an item from the Dwarven Black Guard's store for every goblin slain. He does not hand out any reward for those who only damaged Hollowtoof and none of the other goblins. He also mentions that he gives extra rewards based on the location: killing goblins in farms gives seeds, in forests gives logs, and in mines gives ores.
If the player is high-levelled, during the activity, they can speak to Hollowtoof before all the goblins are killed to receive the Raider equipment set. Players can kill Hollowtoof for a chance to receive Gud raider equipment, the strongest non-degradeable melee armour available to free-to-play. After the raid, when Yodri and his crew are there, a special icon of a dwarf face appears on the player's map. Players will often receive the low-level Raider equipment as a drop, and the chance of a Gud raider item seems to be separate. In particular, one can receive both types of drops in the same kill, and it appears that all players that attack at least one Goblin and Hollowtoof have a chance for a Gud raider item.