Treasure Goblin Packs in Nephalem Rifts

Treasure Goblin Packs in Nephalem Rifts

Treasure Goblin Packs in Nephalem Rifts are a delight to all. Details and screenshots within:

One thing I’ve noticed in clan chat, as well as forum posts, is how many people now enjoying Reaper of Souls were following the news not at all during the RoS beta, so that things we discussed to death 3 months ago are brand new news today. The issue of “OMG so many Legendary Materials where I find them?” is a big one, and easily answered with this mega forum thread.

Another one that’s less urgent or mysterious is the “OMG so many Goblins in my rift!” That one’s pure delight, and it earned a Blue post today.

So I just found a pack of 12 goblins in a rift…

Goblin Rift aftermath.
Goblin Rift aftermath.
Was able to get them all! No idea if this is a bug or intended but it was pretty freaking amazing!

Grimiku: It’s always a nice surprise to stumble upon a pack of Treasure Goblins, and congrats on getting as many of them as you did! It can be a challenge to quickly take several of them out when they all go running in different directions, but it’s exciting to try. Nevalistis and I did a bang up job of letting a bunch of them escape back in closed beta, and I haven’t found a group of them since.



It’s a great team building event, really.

We posted an article about the huge packs of goblins occasionally found in Rifts back in January during the beta, and they are today much as they were then. In fact, the gallery below I just grabbed from that article then.

I’ve only seen one Goblin pack so far in Live, but it was awesome. It was also the worst possible place to get one: solo game, on a totally wide open surface level, that was an Elite+ density level, and I first hit them from a long distance away so they scattered wildly before I even knew they were there. During the chase I activated 2 more Elite packs, and this was on HC so I had to pay attention, but on the whole it was fantastically fun. I was pretty overgeared for the difficulty level so I was able to bag most of them anyway, and I got a legendary item and a set plan from it, plus about 40 gems, and it was a wild experience.

Such packs were more common early in the Beta, and sometimes you’d get a whole Rift level with several of them (not just one pack somewhere on the whole level). I once got 5 separate packs of 8-12 in a Keep 2 style Rift level, and was able to massacre the whole lot, thanks to the small rooms in that dungeon. Alas, that was on the beta so none of the gear mattered, and it was early in the beta before Goblin drops were much-buffed.

Finding them now is just spectacular, though.


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16 thoughts on “Treasure Goblin Packs in Nephalem Rifts

  1. Why am I so unlucky that I haven’t encountered goblin packs in any of my rifts yet?

  2. I got a goblin rift with my friend once. We were only able to kill one of them, but damn if it wasn’t fun seeing them all run everywhere!

  3. Haven’t gotten one yet, but the regular singular gobs in rifts and out in the world seem to run faster and smarter than before. It used to be really easy to corral them in a corner and destroy them, assuming you didn’t get flanked by a nasty elite pack and had to bail. Now, they are faster, and they squirm out of corners much better. They were immune to some crowd control, but now they’re immune to everything. Couple that w/ being slightly behind the gear curve, especially w/ a fresh Crusader, and I have lost more gobs in a single week than I will ever admit to.

    • They do seem to be somewhat smarter in what direction they start to run, but once they get stuck (even if they could move) thankfully their AI still seems to break down.

      It’s not true however that they are immune to everything. Slow still affects them (80% slow is the goblin’s bane) and the Wizard’s Black Hole is extremely effective against them as well.

      Another good tactic is to activate them with damage, wait a 1-2 seconds for their damage immunity to drop and then nuke them. Me and my friends played with a party of 3 Crusaders in the past few days (not ideal, I know) and the well-timed use of party-wide Borbardment absolutely demolishes goblins.

  4. Challenge to kill them all? Probably for melee. Wizards Archon, with almost 1 M dmg from get go would like to have a word. He melts them like butter.

  5. I got a goblin pack yesterday, open area + elites. Same as Flux really.
    I have spent all my time in RoS so far on my barb, (mainly because everyone thinks he is weak and I want to prove them wrong).
    I managed to kill only two goblins, even if my barb melts rest of the rift (T2). I was upset afterwards. It didn’t feel fair that my barb was struggling so hard to chase these bastards. Goblin packs is so much easier for a range characters. Maybe I need respect him into a throw-barb?
    The goblins are immune to stuns etc which makes it difficult for melee.
    I guess the next comment now will be “play wizard”

    • You don’t have to play Wizard, the Barb do have some good options against goblins. The notable ones are Rend (especially with the Mutilate rune), Ancients and all ranged skills (I prefer Seismic Slam). I haven’t encountered goblin groups with my Barb so far, but I’d imagine that well-timed burst damage with WotB / Insanity would be the best choice in that case.

      Keep in mind that half the battle against goblins is decided by positioning. If you prematurely trigger them when you aren’t ready yet you may lose them, even with a ranged class. Regardless of class, this is a situation where party play with friend helps a lot.

  6. I had 2 goblins together once , I managed to take down one , the other escaped . How the hell I would cope with a pack I haven’t a clue , think my head will explode 😛

  7. I’ve only had 2 goblins in the same area but I’m yet to do all that many rifts. Not sure I’d be able to kill all of them that quickly anyways :p haha thanks for the heads up though!

  8. I have a hard enough time catching one of the buggers let alone a whole pack. If it’s not my wayward Templar attacking him it’s a ricocheting arrow that sets the little blighter off and running before I’m ready to deal with him.

  9. So I finally found my first Treasure Gob pack after about 20 rifts. T1, Solo run with my DH. There were at least 10! I was so excited! I charged in trying to herd them towards an area where I can AOE as many as I could. I had the unfortunate luck to have a 5 monster elite pack (waller and arcane) and a champion pack, (frozen orb and jailer) mixed in with the GOBs.

    Within a second, I had 5 walls all around me, 3 arcane lasers and a frozen orb attached to me. Instant death 🙁

    I watched all 10 GOBs scatter around me. I resurrected just in time to get shot off which disrupted the portals of 4 GOBs. Within another second, 5 walls around me, a second later another frozen orb pulsing me down to death. No amount of vaulting, nor my 2.2M toughness was getting me out of that jam.

    My wife didn’t appreciate the cursing that came out of my man cave.

  10. Just had a pack of 15-20 goblins in one place. Totally crazy. Best thing was that I was on normal difficulty, so even though a champion and an elite pack was messing with me, my wizard melted almost all of them away. They ran like crazy, but on archon form it took only a sec to kill each one. Best day ever. Only got a single set plan and no legendary though.

    Come to think of it I don’t believe I’ve ever gotten a leg from a goblin. Have anyone else?

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