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Giant Gecko

These roughly human-sized reptiles have amazing feet capable of clinging tenaciously to any surface. Giant geckos are typically docile and shy but can be aggressive when cornered or defending their territory. These large-eyed lizards are found in a wide variety of habitats, from rainforests and deserts to mountain slopes or even underground caverns. They spend most of their time climbing around in large trees or on rocky cliffs, whether hunting for small animals or hiding from predators. A giant gecko’s scales are often quite brightly colored or decorated in intricate patterns. Giant geckos span nearly 8 feet in length from head to tail, and they weigh about 120 pounds.

Giant geckos are sometimes used by smaller humanoids as guardians or mounts, as their docile nature makes them relatively easy to tame and train. Their superior climbing skills make giant geckos particularly popular within societies that dwell underground or near cliffs, such as goblins and kobolds. Their bright coloration also makes them favorite exotic pets in high society.

Recall Knowledge (Nature): DC 15

Giant GeckoCreature 1

NMediumAnimal
Source Bestiary pg. 228
Perception +7; low-light vision
Skills Acrobatics +8, Athletics +5 (+9 to Climb), Stealth +6
Str +2, Dex +3, Con +1, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha -2
Uncanny Climber A giant gecko’s feet allow it to climb virtually any surface, no matter how slick or sheer. If a giant gecko attempts an Athletics check to climb and critically fails, it gets a failure instead.
AC 16, Fort +6, Ref +10, Will +5
HP 20
Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +8, Damage 1d8+2 piercing

All Monsters in "Lizard"

NameLevel
Giant Frilled Lizard5
Giant Gecko1
Giant Monitor Lizard2

Lizard

Source Bestiary pg. 228
Lizards have a wide range of appearances and abilities, but most share a basic reptilian shape—long tails, wide toothy mouths, and four legs. While a few species are capable of movement on two legs for short periods of time, most are strictly quadrupedal. The three species presented here represent the most common and well-known of the larger species.

Lizards and Lizardfolk

Giant lizards are often used as mounts or guardians or kept as pets, but never so often or as traditionally as they are by lizardfolk. The kinship these people share with giant lizards is unmistakable, valuing their companionship to an extent that equals or even exceeds that which other societies have for popular animal companions like dogs and horses.

Other Giant Lizards

The three species of giant lizard presented here are but the most common of their kind encountered in the wilds. Stories of much larger lizards persist, including the immense, 20-foot-long monster known as a megalania, a truly enormous version of the giant monitor lizard capable of swallowing creatures whole. Less dangerous is the giant chameleon, although its ability to blend into its environs makes it a much more insidious and stealthy threat than the lumbering, mighty megalania.