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iguana lIguana.png
HP 10-22
HD 3
XP 36
Speed 10
AC 5
EV 9
Will 10
Attack1 15 (bite: plain)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Small
Type giant lizard, iguana
Flags Cold-blooded
A green lizard with strong jaws and sharp teeth, prized for its flesh.

“Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares, the Bodhisatta was born an iguana. When he grew up he dwelt in a big burrow in the river bank with a following of many hundreds of other iguanas. Now the Bodhisatta had a son, a young iguana, who was great friends with a chameleon, whom he used to clip and embrace. This intimacy being reported to the iguana king, he sent for his young son and said that such friendship was misplaced, for chameleons were low creatures, and that if the intimacy was persisted in, calamity would befall the whole of the tribe of iguanas. And he enjoined his son to have no more to do with the chameleon. But the son continued in his intimacy.”
-_Khuddaka Nikāya_, Jātaka 141 “Godha-jātaka”. ca. 4th cent. B.C.
trans. Robert Chalmers, 1895.

Useful Info

Iguanas are fairly straightforward melee attackers that are easily underestimated; their bite deals surprisingly high damage, and they are a common killer of low-level characters. Apart from that, they have no distinguishing features. They can be found in the early portions of the Dungeon and in the Lair.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you encounter one early on and are built for anything but heavily armoured melee combat, try to soften them up at range before they can reach you. A couple bites can take out a careless caster.
  • Characters with Freeze or a weapon of freezing can slow iguanas down, making it easier to kite them.
  • By the time you see the Lair, iguanas should be old news. You can stop worrying about them and start worrying about yaks, cane toads, and hydras.