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Goblin Diplomacy is the first goblin quest and it involves the player helping Generals Bentnoze and Wartface decide on a colour for their goblins' armour. The quest's plot is often referenced in other situations where two parties are fighting over a mere colour.

Official description

There's a disturbance in the Goblin Village. Help the goblins solve their dispute so the world doesn't have to worry about rioting goblins. Aim: to help the goblins decide which colour they will wear.


Start pointQuest map icon.png
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Go to Goblin Village and talk to General Bentnoze or General Wartface.
Member requirementF2P icon.png Free to play
Official difficultyNovice Novice
Official lengthShort
RequirementsSkill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
  • None
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.

OR instead of red dye and yellow dye

Enemies to defeat
  • None

Getting started and Gathering the needed items

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Talk to General Bentnoze or General Wartface in Goblin Village, in the Kingdom of Asgarnia, (located north of Falador, and east of Taverley). They will say that the goblin race wants a new armour colour for the new goblin century, but is on the brink of civil war over whether it should be red or green. You suggest picking a different colour, and they agree to take a look at a sample of armour in orange.

The locations of the crates containing Goblin mail (marked in blue)

Ask the generals where you can get orange armour. Eventually, one will answer that you can dye Goblin mail orange. Grubfoot will mention "a goblin" stole yellow dye from a witch in Draynor village, and mentions you may be able to find it there. One of the generals will mention you can find goblin mail in some crates located around the village.

Grab three suits of goblin mail from the following crates:

  1. Behind the generals' hut
  2. Next to the western hut
  3. Up a ladder at the entrance of the camp

Making the dyes

Grubfoot tries on the blue goblin mail

You need to make orange and blue dye. Orange dye is made from combining red dye (3 redberries and 5 coins) with yellow dye (2 onions and 5 coins). If you do not already have the yellow and red dyes, take the supplies to Aggie the witch in Draynor village, then mix the yellow and red to create orange.

Likewise, if you don't already have the blue dye, take 2 woad leaves and 5 coins to Aggie to create the blue dye.

The generals' verdict

Dye one goblin mail orange and one blue.

The goblins decide to switch back to brown.

Go back to Goblin Village and give the orange goblin mail to the generals. They will have Grubfoot try it on, and say they do not like it. They will ask for blue armour. Give them the Blue goblin mail. Again they will have Grubfoot try it on, and again it is rejected. They now want brown. Brown goblin mail can be found in crates in Goblin Village. Give them the plain brown Goblin mail. Grubfoot tries it on for the last time. They decide that the original colour, brown, is best after all.

Congratulations, quest complete!


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Music unlocked
  • Goblin Village (Entering Goblin Village, does not require starting the quest)

Required for completing

Completion of Goblin Diplomacy is required for the following:

Development team




  • This quest used to be started by talking to the Bartender in Port Sarim.
  • This quest has a reward of 5 Quest Points, the third most possible for a quest, exceeded only by the 6 from Merlin's Crystal and the 10 from Recipe for Disaster and Dimension of Disaster. However, it is extremely easy compared to other quests that have the same reward.
  • After this quest, the goblins won't fight any more.
  • However, with the goblin village rework, if you talk to a goblin that says Go away smelly human! with another goblin close to you, the goblin will begin attacking the other one.
  • If you talk to Grubfoot when he's wearing the blue armour he'll say it makes him feel sad when you make a pun asking if he feels blue.