Lizard Monitor

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This category includes fairly large, carnivorous lizards from 3 to 5 feet long.

Monitor Lizard
Medium animal
Hit Dice 3d8+9 (22 hp)
Initiative +2
Speed 30 ft. (6 squares), Swim 30 ft.
Armor Class 15 (+2 Dexterity, +3 natural), touch 12, flat-footed 13
Base Attack/Grapple +2/+5
Attack Bite +5 melee (1d8+4)
Full Attack Bite +5 melee (1d8+4)
Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks -
Special Qualities Low-Light Vision
Saves Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +2
Abilities Strength 17, Dexterity 15, Constitution 17, Intelligence 1, Wisdom 12, Charisma 2
Skills Climb +7, Hide +6*, Listen +4, Move Silently +6, Spot +4, Swim +11
Feats Alertness, Great Fortitude
Environment Warm forests
Organization Solitary
Challenge Rating 2
Advancement 4-5 HD (Medium)
Level Adjustment -

Combat

Monitor lizards can be aggressive, using their powerful jaws to tear at prey or enemies.

Skills: A monitor lizard has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line. Monitor lizards have a +4 racial bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks. *In forested or overgrown areas, the Hide bonus improves to +8.

Species Traits

Lizards have the following traits:

Poison (Ex) Some species of giant lizard have a poisonous bite. Bite: Fortitude save (DC 14); initial and secondary 1d3 Strength damage.

Low-Light Vision (Ex) Lizards can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.

Skill Bonuses Lizards use their Dexterity modifier for Climb checks. They gain a +8 species bonus on Balance checks and a +4 species bonus on Hide and Move Silently checks. In wooded or overgrown areas, the species bonus on Hide checks improves to +8.

Bonus Feat Lizards gain the bonus feat Weapon Finesse (bite).

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