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Giant Frilled Lizard

Found in warm and tropical forests and savannas, these immense lizards are a deadly threat to the unsuspecting traveler. When they aren’t sleeping or stalking prey, giant frilled lizards bask in the sunlight for hours at a time. Explorers sometimes mistakenly think them related to dragons due to their large size, elaborate neck frills (which, when displayed in a show of aggression and dominance, can be mistaken for wings), and ferocious hissing vocalizations used to frighten away creatures too large to eat.

A giant frilled lizard’s primary food sources are oversized arthropods and other invertebrates, but it won’t hesitate to augment its diet with vertebrates, including other lizards, monkeys, and just about anything it can flt into its mouth—even humanoids. Although capable of short bursts of speed, a giant frilled lizard normally lies perfectly still while hunting, hoping to ambush its prey.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 20

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Giant Frilled LizardCreature 5

Source Bestiary pg. 229
Perception +11; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Acrobatics +10, Athletics +14, Stealth +10
Str +5, Dex +1, Con +4, Int -4, Wis +2, Cha +0
AC 22; Fort +13, Ref +12, Will +9
HP 75
Speed 30 feet, climb 30 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +16 [+11/+6] (reach 10 feet), Damage 2d8+7 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action tail +16 [+12/+8] (agile, reach 10 feet), Damage 2d6+7 bludgeoningIntimidating Display Two ActionsTwo Actions (auditory, emotion, fear, mental, visual) The giant frilled lizard Strides. If it ends that Stride adjacent to at least one other creature, it suddenly displays its colorful neck frills and issues a frightening hiss. Each adjacent creature must succeed at a DC 21 Will save or become frightened 2 (or frightened 3 on a critical failure). The creature is then temporarily immune to Intimidating Display for 1 minute.

All Monsters in "Lizard"

Caustic Monitor13
Giant Chameleon3
Giant Frilled Lizard5
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.

Sidebar - Locations Lizard Locations

Giant lizards can be found in all temperate or tropical climates, often in relatively close proximity to smaller villages or rural regions where they can be a dangerous threat to livestock or travelers. The two lizards presented here tend to dwell in warmer regions— jungles for giant chameleons, and savannas for megalanias.

Sidebar - Related Creatures 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.

Sidebar - Related Creatures 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.