Nilbogs were goblins afflicted with a strange space-time reversal disease known as Nilbogism. The disease appeared to occur when heavy use of magic strained the fabric of the space-time continuum, leading to some very strange localized events. The disease only affected goblins and was not transmitted by them.[citation needed]

It was also said that nilbogism was the result of a goblin being possessed by a trickster spirit, which the goblins believed to be a fragment of a trickster deity in the goblin pantheon. This god remained nameless so that Maglubiyet did not find and destroy it as he had done with the other goblin deities.[1]


The nilbog, like all goblins, favored ambushes, dirty tricks, and overwhelming odds to a fair fight.

Nilbog adepts favored spells that fooled or confused their enemies.

Special DefensesEdit

When struck by any attack that would cause harm, the nilbog would actually heal.[1]

Creatures within 20 ft (6 m) of a nilbog will generally pursue a course of action contrary to their normal intent; for example, a creature may feel an overwhelming urge to load all its treasure into an empty treasure chest and leave empty-handed.[citation needed]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wizards RPG Team (2016). Volo's Guide to Monsters. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 182. ISBN 978-0786966011.