Imply, vicious, and never significantly fussy in who they eat, Lizardfolk don’t appear to be they’d be good firm. However you can play as one.
Lizardfolk have been part of D&D because the starting. These easy and easy additions to the Monster Guide don’t appear to be they’d be fashionable. However sufficient folks love them that they’re a playable race. So should you’re in search of a chilly, imply, character who might or might not periodically dream of consuming their humanoid touring companions, Lizardfolk will be the character for you.
Again in First Version Lizardfolk had been referred to as the “Lizard Man.” Which is a fairly frequent minor change in naming conference by the editions (additionally see Merfolk). These semi-aquatic creatures may very well be present in swamps, marshes, and caves. Although their dwellings are sometimes fully submerged, they breathe air and like looking the dry-land-inhabiting human greater than another potential meals. Their assault of alternative is primarily carried out at a distance, hurling barbed darts and javelins at enemies earlier than closing the gap. As soon as up shut, the extra superior Lizardman/people makes use of a membership.
2E Lizardfolk are savage, hostile scavengers. Their preventing fashion is considerably disorganized, attacking as people versus as a united entrance. However because of this a bunch of ferocious lizards might assault your get together in an enormous seemingly random assault that’s nearly unattainable to strategize in opposition to. Extra superior Lizardfolk will use snares and sudden ambushes and will even take prisoners. And along with being imply, vicious, and unfriendly, the Lizardfolk egg isn’t even edible.
Technically, Lizardfolk are omnivores. That is actually to say that they will eat something when push involves shove and so they simply have to get some energy. Their most well-liked meals is humanoid flesh and so they’re not significantly choosy about the place it comes from or who’s at the moment nonetheless utilizing it. Being semi-aquatic monsters, they will maintain their breath for a lot of rounds equal to 4 occasions their structure modifier and have bonuses to Leap, Swim, And Steadiness checks. Although their assaults are often disjointed and disorganized, they do reside in a society with a recognizable hierarchy. Typically their leaders (who are sometimes barbarians, clerics, and druids) will even commerce items with different clever creatures.
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The Lizardfolk of 4E appear in some way extra affordable. Right here they’re described as feeding on native wildlife and solely the “particularly merciless and savage Lizardfolk” hunt and eat humanoid creatures. And since that is Fourth Version, there are man-reptilian varieties on your DM to select from. Greenscale Darters are recognized to cover within the undergrowth and assault with their blowguns and stealth expertise. Greenscale Marsh Mystics use magic to create troublesome terrain and immobilize their enemies. And at last, Blackscale Bruisers use their nice membership to push again and pulverize their foes.
Fifth Version takes a bit of bit of each version and makes a fairly well-rounded character of the Lizardfolk. They’re both impartial or chaotic evil creatures with a style for humanoid flesh. However they’re open to buying and selling if want be and respect the boundaries of their looking floor. They’ve additionally been recognized to craft weapons, shields, and even jewellery out of the bones and hides of their prey. 5E additionally has a number of types of Lizardfolk with the traditional Shaman, and King/Queen. Lizardfolk Shamen are solely a bit of harder than their customary brethren, however the King/Queen lizards have greater than thrice as many hit factors and barely extra highly effective assaults.
Have you ever encountered any Lizardfolk in your D&D journey? Do you could have a player-character lizard in your get together? Which version of Lizardfolk is your favourite? Tell us within the feedback!