Chroma Lizard

Large beast, unaligned

Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 90 (12d10 + 24)
Speed 40 ft.

12 (+1) 16 (+3) 14 (+2) 2 (–4) 10 (+0) 3 (–4)

Skills Perception +2, Stealth +5
Damage Resistances radiant
Senses passive Perception 12
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +2


  • Mirror Scales. While the chroma lizard is in bright light, creatures that rely on sight have disadvantage on attack rolls against the lizard.
  • Mirror Shy. If the chroma lizard sees itself reflected in a polished surface within 30 feet of it and in an area of bright light, the lizard immediately closes its eyes and is blinded until the start of its next turn when it can check for the reflection again.
  • Radiant Reflection. When a creature deals radiant damage to the chroma lizard, half the radiant damage the lizard took is reflected back at that creature.


  • Multiattack. The chroma lizard uses Dazzling Display. It then makes one Bite attack and one Claws attack.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d10 + 3) piercing damage.
  • Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d10 + 3) slashing damage.
  • Dazzling Display. The chroma lizard causes its chrome scales to ripple, casting dizzying reflections of light. Each creature that can see the chroma lizard must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution save or be blinded until the end of its next turn. The lizard can’t use this action while in darkness, and creatures have advantage on the saving throw if the chroma lizard is in dim light.


Dizzying shimmers of light bounce off the mirror-like scales of this reptilian creature. Its powerful jaws part with a hiss, revealing a smile of razor-edged teeth.

Chroma lizards’ long, reptilian bodies are supported by short, powerful legs that are ideal for moving undetected through tall savanna grasses. The lizard is covered in reflective, mirror-like scales that provide constant camouflage and dazzle unwitting prey.

Carnivorous Camouflage. Chroma lizards develop their unique chrome-plated scales through a specialized digestive process that extracts minerals readily found in meat. The lizards can extract these minerals from other foods but prefer a carnivorous diet whenever possible. Freshly hatched or poorly nourished chroma lizards have dull scales that don’t afford the same protection as healthy scales.

Prized Hide. The chroma lizard’s mirror-like scales are prized for their beauty and utility. Hunters turn a healthy profit selling chroma hides to armorers and jewelry makers, but savanna dwelling peoples train the lizards as mounts.

Mirrored Competition. Needing a large intake of prey to maintain their scales, chroma lizards in the wild fight each other for territory or mates. Chroma lizards fight one another with their eyes closed to avoid the reflected light from their opponents. If the lizards see themselves in a reflection, they often shut their eyes out of reflex. Clever hunters use reflective surfaces when hunting chroma lizards to gain the upper hand on the lizards.

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