Land of the Goblins

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Land of the Goblins is the fourth and penultimate quest in the Dorgeshuun quest series. You must seek out the abandoned former home of the goblins, Yu'biusk, in hopes of helping Zanik.

Official description[edit | edit source]

The most ancient goblin legends speak of Yu'biusk, the far-off land that saw the origin of the goblin race. Now, one goblin has had a vision of this land and believes it is Zanik's destiny to lead all goblins to live there in peace and safety - but Zanik will not be able to realise her destiny without your help.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Chosen Commander[edit | edit source]

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Grubfoot wants to visit Zanik.

To begin, head to the Dorgeshuun Mines to find Grubfoot, the tiny goblin from the Goblin Village (he is located near Mistag outside the main entrance to Dorgesh-Kaan). He is trying to gain access to Dorgesh-Kaan to speak to Zanik, however, Mistag relays that the city council has refused 'surface goblins' from entering the city. The Dorgeshuun feel that the surface-dwellers have an affinity for war, and introducing them into the community would be unproductive. Tell Mistag that you will take responsibility for Grubfoot and head south to enter the city.

Yu'biusk[edit | edit source]

Grubfoot's dream.

Take Grubfoot to Zanik. She can be found in Oldak's workshop, in north-west Dorgesh-Kaan. He will say that he had a dream of a distant land named Yu'biusk to which Zanik, who he thinks is the Chosen Commander, must lead them. The Chosen Commander is a goblin who was prophecised by Hopespear to save the goblin race by leading them into Yu'biusk. Grubfoot believes a secret lost temple to the Big High War God located far to the west is the key to this new land; the priests know the way to Yu'biusk.

Grubfoot makes everyone promise not to reveal the location of the secret temple.

It built long ago, on Plain of Mud. It sink into mud and now it underground in muddy caves. It far west of here, near place where many humans catch fish."

Oldak will realise that a cave system is located in that area and will use a sphere to teleport you there. Grubfoot can't go as he must go back to Goblin Village before the generals miss him.

You not a goblin![edit | edit source]

Zanik enters the Temple.

You will appear in the goblin cave with Zanik. Head north west until you reach the entrance of a temple blocked by two goblin guards. You will find some black mushrooms near the stairs leading into the temple. Pick one or two, and grind the mushroom with an empty vial in your inventory to produce black mushroom ink. You can also kill the goblins in the area if you don't already have a goblin mail.

Talk to the guards and they will allow Zanik to pass, but not you, since you are not a goblin. You will have to find another way to enter. You do not need to speak to Oldak to progress, but explaining your dilemma to him will redirect you to the Makeover Mage, as he figures the only way to get past the guards is to become a goblin.

Head to the Makeover Mage south west of Falador. A quick method of getting there is by using a skills necklace to teleport to the Crafting Guild, which is slightly south of the Makeover Mage. A clan vexillum is free and can also teleport you to the nearby area. They explain that you will need to make a goblin transmogrification potion from toadflax and pharmakos berries. The mage will provide you with the berries, so it is a good idea to gather a spare in case you miss any steps later on.

Once you have made the transmogrification potion by mixing the berries in a toadflax potion, unequip everything and head back to the goblin cave - near the south-eastern fence of the Fishing Guild. It is also fairly close to the Ardougne lodestone.

Transmogrification[edit | edit source]

A player drinking a Goblin potion
Items needed: 1 goblin mail, 1 black mushroom ink

Head back to the guards and drink your potion at the stairs leading into the temple to minimise the chances of accidentally getting into combat.

The goblin guards will now let you pass, recognising you as one of their kin; you can choose your very own goblin name and avatar at this point. The guards will try to guess your name - if you like it, tell them that they guessed right, or else to guess again.

You can not enter the temple while having a follower (pet, summoning familiar, etc.).

You will now be inside the temple. Talk to the High Priest on the north wall and you will learn that Zanik has been thrown in the Huzamogaarb tribe jail for causing a ruckus. To gain access, dye your goblin mail with the black mushroom ink. Equip the black mail to disguise yourself as a Huzamogaarb tribe member and you will be allowed past the guard at the north-east part of the temple.

Go to the end of the chamber and talk to Zanik. Ask her how you can rescue her and you will learn that the goblins confiscated her Moving-Over-Distance Sphere (Dorgesh-kaan sphere) and put it in a crate across the room. Simply search the crate and retrieve the sphere. Now give it to Zanik and she will teleport back to Dorgesh-Kaan, reminding you that you are now on your own. You can give her your own sphere and take hers out of the crate after she teleports. Head back to the High Priest and ask about Yu'biusk.

Quiz[edit | edit source]

The High Priest wants to test your knowledge about the Big High War God before he speaks about Yu'biusk. You must answer his questions with the correct reply to proceed.

True or false: those who do not believe in the Big High War God, whether they are goblins or other races, must die.


Oh? Why?

The Big High War God commands it. ('Not to doubt Big High War God! Doubters must die!' 'Always to slay enemies of Big High War God! Enemies must die!')

True or false: Big High War God chose goblins to be his race because goblins mighty warriors.


Oh? Why you say that?

Goblins were not mighty warriors before he chose us.

True or false: goblin leaders should be good at planning in order to win battles.


Why not?

That's one of the commandments. ('Not to make own plans. Thinkers must die!')

Prophecy saw some day Big High War God send Chosen Commander. What Chosen Commander do?

Lead goblins to victory over the whole world.

After you pass the test, ask him "Can you tell me about Yu'biusk?", followed by "Where is Yu'biusk?". He will tell you that a deceased prophet named Snothead knows the way to Yu'biusk. However, he is dead and you can only talk to his spirit in the crypt, an area restricted to ordinary goblins. To gain access to the crypt, you must pickpocket one key each from the priests of the six tribes.

Start by pickpocketing the priest of the black tribe, since your goblin mail is already black. He is located in the cave where Zanik was held.

Whitefish[edit | edit source]

The spot where the whitefish can be found.

You need to dye your goblin mail to match each remaining tribe and gain access to their chambers. You will now need to leave the cave to bleach your armour white, and collect the other dyes if you don't already have them.

While in goblin form, you cannot attack or cast spells. To revert back to human form, simply equip any non-goblin item and you will change form, resulting in the goblins throwing you out of the temple.

If you've started Mourning's End Part I or The Prisoner of Glouphrie, you can buy the dyes from the seamstress in the Elven town of Lletya with the exception of white. You will need one each of yellow, blue, orange, and purple dyes.

To enter the tribe wearing the white mail, you need armour which has its original colour bleached, resembling white. Talk to Aggie in Draynor Village and ask if she can make dyes for you, and then about the black and white dyes. She says that you need to catch a raw slimy eel, and use it as bait at the fishing spot in Hemenster.

Opening the door.

Go to the Lumbridge swamp dungeon, and bring a light source and some bait. To the south there is a fishing spot, where you can catch slimy eels. If you wish to save time, slimy eels can be bought at the Grand Exchange. Note that while fishing, you may catch a raw cave eel instead of a slimy eel. These are not the same and cannot be used as bait to catch whitefish.

After you have caught a slimy eel, go to the Fishing Contest spot west of the Ranging Guild. You will be allowed to enter since you have already won the competition before, but only after you have spoken to Aggie about the white dye in order to use the option 'I need to catch a Hemenster whitefish'. Catch a Whitefish and bring it to Aggie with 5 coins. She will now "de-colour" your black goblin mail white.

Take the dyes, the white goblin mail, the key from the black tribe, and some combat gear to the cavern. Unequip everything, and take another sip of your Goblin potion to enter the temple.

Macabre crypt[edit | edit source]

Zanik teleports from her jail.

Look at the guards of the tribes, and note the colour of their guard; if you cannot clearly see them, examine each guard. Since you've already obtained the key from the black tribe, continue now from the white tribe, then for each of the others apply the corresponding dye to the goblin mail. Together with the key from the black tribe that you obtained earlier, you will have one key from each of the six tribes:

Tribe Name Location Armour Required Key
Huzamogaarb North-east corner Black goblin mailBlack goblin mail Huzamogaarb key (Land of the Goblins)Huzamogaarb key (Land of the Goblins)
Ekeleshuun East Blue goblin mailBlue goblin mail Ekeleshuun key (Land of the Goblins)Ekeleshuun key (Land of the Goblins)
Narogoshuun South-east corner Orange goblin mailOrange goblin mail Narogoshuun key (Land of the Goblins)Narogoshuun key (Land of the Goblins)
Horogothgar South-west corner Purple goblin mailPurple goblin mail Horogothgar key (Land of the Goblins)Horogothgar key (Land of the Goblins)
Saragorgak West White goblin mailWhite goblin mail Saragorgak key (Land of the Goblins)Saragorgak key (Land of the Goblins)
Yurkolgokh North-west corner Yellow goblin mailYellow goblin mail Yurkolgokh key (Land of the Goblins)Yurkolgokh key (Land of the Goblins)
The Crypt.

Now you can enter the crypt - the big door in the north. Once inside, prepare for battle by equipping weapons and armour; you will change from goblin to human when you do this. Go to the first grave to the left, and say the name of the prophet. He will come out from the ground and start to attack you (level 19). When you have beaten him, ask him where Yu'biusk is located. He will tell that he does not know, but hints his ancestor might. Ask for the name of his ancestor, and go to the first grave on the right side, and speak that name.

If you are having trouble with the dialogue box disappearing after the death of the goblin, switch to an ability-bar setup that is of a combat style different from the one that you are using, so that no abilities are active when the goblin dies.

You will be attacked by another priest (level 25). Beat him, and ask him the same questions. Unfortunately, he does not know either, so ask for his ancestor's name. Continue with this zigzag pattern until you have beaten the remaining three prophets (levels 30, 36, 36).

The further back in time you go, you'll realise that the older priests have a more expansive knowledge of Yu'biusk, are more eloquent than their successors, and are also more adept at fighting, indicating that the current goblin leaders are merely a shadow of their past.

The last priest will summon four level 14 Skoblins, although these can be avoided by using the Protect from Magic prayer. If you kill one of these, he will keep summoning a new one, so just focus on the prophet.

Fighting the last priest: Strongbones.
Image Priest Name Level Grave location Attack Style
Snothead chathead.png Snothead 19 Near left Melee
Snailfeet chathead.png Snailfeet 25 Near right Melee and Range
Mosschin chathead.png Mosschin 30 Far left Melee, Magic, and Range
Redeyes chathead.png Redeyes 36 Far right Melee, Magic, and Range (Lowers Attack, Strength and Defence)
Strongbones chathead.png Strongbones 36 Far wall Melee, Magic, and Range (Lowers Attack, Strength and Defence), Summons level 14 Skoblins

Once you've killed him, speak to him and he will tell you the location of Yu'biusk.

He said Yu'biusk was another plane of existence, but if the barriers between the planes are breached, goblin blood would call out to Yu'biusk and create a portal to there.
— Player

Home portal[edit | edit source]

Answer to the puzzle.
Zanik concludes that the Big High War God has had his way at Yu'Biusk.
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Dusk at Yu'biusk
Music unlocked during Land of the Goblins

After you have obtained the location of Yu'biusk, try to exit the room: you will be caught and thrown out of the goblin temple. Return to Dorgesh-Kaan, and speak with Zanik. She is with Oldak in his workshop. Tell Zanik and Oldak what you have learned from the priests. Oldak tells you that they have found an oddity - a fairy ring - south of the city. After analysing it, he found out that it contains traces of elements similar to that which are found in 'law' runes. The three of you decide to use the fairy ring to try and open a portal to Yu'biusk.

Make sure you have a light source in your inventory and head to the fairy ring south of Dorgesh-Kaan. To get there, travel south on the same floor level as Oldak's workshop, go up the stairs at the end and then up again to reach the Dorgesh-Kaan Agility Course. Climb down the ladder at the west side of the agility course platform, walk a bit south and take the first corridor to the east. At the end of the corridor, head south and look west for the fairy ring icon.

Meet up with Zanik and Oldak, who will ask you to adjust the machine by allotting power to each ring proportional to the area within the ring. The rings, from outer to inner, have diameters of 6, 4, and 2. The equation for a circle's area is:

Zanik getting sucked into the strange box.

Multiplying the diameter by x increases the area by a factor of x2. Therefore, if the area of the inner ring (diameter 2) is 1, the area of the middle ring (diameter 4) will be , or 4, and the outer ring (diameter 6) will be , or 9. Meaning, the combination for the machine is 9 - 4 - 1.

Activate the machine and you will automatically be teleported to Yu'biusk. Walk north-west until you get to some short walls surrounding a strange box. Oldak will warn you that you need to return fast, but keep walking. Zanik will notice the box and ask you to help her open it. Open the strange box, and Zanik will be sucked into it. As the portal is closing and you have no way to save Zanik yet, you rush back to Oldak and return to his workshop.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Music unlocked

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Required for completing[edit | edit source]

Land of the Goblins is directly required for the following quests/miniquests:


Transcript[edit | edit source]

Cultural references[edit | edit source]

  • If you talk to one of the Goblins in the temple, they will say there's a ghost in the crypt, and the player can respond with "So who you gonna call?" or "I ain't afraid of no ghost!", both a reference to the movie Ghostbusters. For the first response, instead of "Ghostbusters!", the goblin replies "Big High War God!".

Credits[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 23 July 2018 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with the goblin transmogrify interface from this quest.
  • patch 12 December 2016 (Update):
    • Dialogue boxes no longer instantly close if an ability is active after killing Snothead in this quest.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On the day of the quest's release, the Game Guide article's spoilers section read: Spoilers are being held in Yu'biusk for one day - come back later. The spoilers in fact became available 4 days after the quest was released.
  • If the High Priest is asked 'What is the Big High War God's true name?', he will reveal that it is Bandos. Despite the quest taking place during the Fifth Age, the player then has the choice to inform the High Priest of the war between Bandos and Armadyl and of Bandos's subsequent death ('You do know Bandos is dead, right?'), all of which the High Priest will vehemently deny. Though it has no effect on the outcome of the quest, this dialogue seems to constitute a breach of the Dorgeshuun quest series' narrative arc, as a deceased Bandos would give rise to a number of inconsistencies in the story-line, rendering much of it incoherent and seemingly without any primary antagonist.
  • Dialogue with the High Priest reveals that all goblins once comprised 12 tribes, but the Dorgeshuun tribe disappeared and the remaining 11 merged with each other over time, leaving only 6 goblin tribes by the time the Battle of Plain of Mud occurred during the Fourth Age, and thus why only 6 tribes are represented in the temple.
  • Combat experience is not gained in the crypt; this is probably because the skoblins respawn forever, so a player could easily leave their character in the crypt for a long time and gain massive amounts of experience.
  • When talking to the goblin guards after transforming into a goblin, the guards will try to guess your goblin name which is a random combination of a prefix (Beetle, Bent, Blob, Bone, Dirt, Drip, Earth, Fat, Foul, Frog, Grass, Grub, Lump, Maggot, Moss, Mud, Roach, Slime, Slug, Small, Smelly, Snail, Snow, Snot, Stupid, Thick, Thin, Toad, Ugly, Wart, Wood & Worm) and body part (arms, beard, blood, bones, bottom, brain, brains, chin, ears, eye, eyes, face, feet, finger, fingers, fists, foot, hair, hands, head, knees, knuckles, legs, nails, neck, nose, teeth, thighs, thumb, toes & tongue) for a total of 992 possible names. If you don't like the name you're given, select the guess again option for another name choice. After choosing one name, talk to the guards again to change to different name. A player's goblin name appears in the quest journal.
  • It is possible to have a goblin name similar to the three most recent dead goblin high priests, as well as Wartface, Bentnoze, Grubfoot and Wormbrain, though Bentnoze's name will be spelled with an "s"; Redeyes' and Strongbones' names are unable to be copied.
  • As with virtually all currently-living Goblins (barring the Dorgeshuun), the more recently-deceased high priests speak broken and incorrect English, but each predecessor further up the line of high priests speaks increasingly correct English, with the final high priest (Strongbones) having a flawless grasp of the language. This demonstrates that goblins were once a much more intelligent race, even after they became followers of Bandos, and that their intellectual decline is a relatively recent occurrence.
  • Upon saying "Goodbye" to Strongbones, he will respond, "Goodbye, human. I am sure that the Chosen Commander will find what she is looking for when you bring her to Yu'biusk," implying that he is already aware that Zanik is the Chosen Commander.
  • On 9 February 2022, Land of the Goblins was released in Old School RuneScape, becoming the first RuneScape quest to be ported to Old School RuneScape in largely unaltered form. A few changes in dialogue and content were made, such as the goblin high priests having their stats and combat levels significantly buffed.