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Lizard, Giant Gecko

With large bulging eyes to spot prey from afar, this oversized, smooth-scaled lizard has splayed, padded feet and a toothy maw.

Giant Gecko CR 1

XP 400
N Medium animal
Init +6; Senses low-light vision; Perception +6

DEFENSE

AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 12 (+2 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 11 (2d8+2)
Fort +4, Ref +5, Will +2

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft., climb 40 ft.
Melee bite +2 (2d4+1)

STATISTICS

Str 13, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 7
Base Atk +1; CMB +2; CMD 14 (18 vs. trip)
Feats Improved Initiative
Skills Climb +21, Perception +6; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb
SQ expert climber

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Expert Climber (Ex)

A gecko’s feet allow it to climb virtually any surface, no matter how slick or sheer. In effect, geckos are treated as constantly being under a natural version of the spell spider climb.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm forests or mountains
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3-6)
Treasure none

These lizards are mostly docile and shy away from attacking creatures larger than a cat or dog. Despite their shyness, they are ultimately curious creatures, and often approach bigger creatures simply to investigate. Of course, a giant gecko is more than capable of defending itself, biting creatures that react violently to the lizard when fleeing is not an option. Some humanoids train giant geckos as bestial guardians. Smaller humanoids (in particular, goblins) can even use the creatures as mounts, taking advantage of their superior climbing skills to attack from seemingly impossible positions and angles. A giant gecko measures 8 feet from nose to tail and weighs 120 pounds. Coloration among giant geckos can vary wildly, though most are some shade of green.

Section 15: Copyright Notice
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.