Desert Lizard (3.5e Creature)
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|Nonaligned Medium Animal|
|Init/Senses||+2/Listen +4, Spot +4|
|AC||15 (+2 Dex, +3 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 13|
|hp||22 (3d8+9 HD)|
|Speed||40 ft. (8 squares), climb 40 ft.|
|Melee||Bite +5 melee (1d8+4)|
|Space/Reach||5 ft./5 ft.|
|Abilities||Str 17, Dex 15, Con 17, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2|
|Feats||Alertness, Great Fortitude|
|Skills||Climb +11, Hide +6*, Listen +4, Move Silently +6, Spot +4|
|Advancement||4–5 HD (Medium), 6–12 HD (Large)|
Skills: A desert lizard has a +8 racial bonus on any Climb check and can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. It can use the run action while climbing, provided it climbs in a straight line. Desert lizards have a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks. *In sandy or barren areas, the Hide bonus improves to +8.
Strategies and Tactics
The dreaded desert lizard is a dangerous predator that lurks in the in the dunes or rubble of the warm deserts, waiting for likely prey.. Though no more intelligent than an animal, a desert lizard is vicious. The lizard begins by lunging at a single opponent to deliver a powerful bite. Desert lizard does not recognize pain and typically fights to the death. Its surprising speed makes it a formidable opponent.
Environment: The Desert Lizard prefers warm wastelands of either sandy or rocky terrain.
Typical Physical Characteristics: The hide of this massive lizard is covered in thick scales with one row of fringe scales down the sides. Colours can vary and generally blend in with the color of the surrounding sand and rock, but they usually have a beige, tan, or reddish dorsum with contrasting, wavy blotches of darker color. Its head is thick and filled with powerful teeth. Short thick horns protrude above the eyes and along the top of their heads forming a crown. They have one row of slightly enlarged scales on each side of the throat. It scrabbles forward with a speed that belies its bulky appearance, its long tail swishing back and forth in agitation.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (nature) can research Desert Lizards to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|14||This creature is a desert lizard, a terrible giant lizard that dwells in warm deserts. This result reveals all animal traits.|
|19||A desert lizard likes to ambush pray waiting in rubble. They can sometimes be found in caves where they prefer to lay their eggs.|
|24||Desert lizards can grow to larger sizes allowing for riders when tamed, and is a favored pet of Karura.|