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Giant Monitor Lizard

Large and seemingly ponderous, a monitor lizard is a deceptively swift and ruthless predator. It ambushes its prey by rushing out from cover and biting the target with its powerful jaws. A giant monitor lizard’s saliva is venomous, allowing it to bring down prey larger than it can easily haul away in its jaws. Giant monitor lizards grow up to 14 feet long, including their long tails, and they weigh about 350 pounds. Their bodies are normally dark brown with patches of yellow or green. When nesting, a giant monitor lizard digs a deep burrow to hide in. The burrow serves as both a safe haven and a location from which the lizard can ambush larger prey such as deer, boars, or even humanoids. A giant monitor lizard can consume nearly its own body weight in a single meal, and its loosely articulated jaws allow it to swallow surprisingly large prey.

Giant Monitor LizardCreature 2

Source Bestiary pg. 229
Perception +7; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Acrobatics +6, Athletics +9, Stealth +6
Str +3, Dex +2, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -2
AC 18, Fort +9, Ref +8, Will +5
HP 30
Gnashing Grip ReactionReaction Trigger A creature grabbed by the giant monitor lizard’s jaws fails a check to Escape. Eflect The giant monitor lizard’s jaws deal 1d6 piercing damage and the triggering creature is exposed to monitor lizard venom.
Speed 30 feet, swim 30 feet

All Monsters in "Lizard"

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Giant Gecko1
Giant Monitor Lizard2


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.