Howdy, folks! Dale McCoy has already talked a little bit here about the overwhelming feedback we got from Pathfinder fans on the Paizo messageboards who want more races to play with in their games. While our most recent print release, the Book of Heroic Races Compendium, details quite a few new playable races and offers favored class options for many existing races, it’s clear that the thirst for new playable races has not yet been slaked!
We’re already hard at work creating new content for the races fans want the most, but one in particular stood out from the pack when I started reading the thread: lizardfolk. I’m a huge fan of lizardfolk, probably because my favorite PC from the late-D&D 3.5 to early-Pathfinder Beta days was one. I’ve also spent a lot of time writing about lizardfolk over the last few months for another JBE project, about which I can’t say too much else just yet.
While there is still a lot more content forthcoming about this and other races, here are the basic building blocks for making your own lizardfolk PC–and maybe I can talk The Powers That Be over here at JBE into letting me sneak that old PC of mine into a supplement as an example NPC for you guys to play with, too!
+2 Strength, +2 Constitution: Lizardfolk are strong and hardy from generations of thriving despite facing extreme adversity and living in harsh habitats.
Humanoid: Lizardfolk are humanoids with the reptilian subtype.
Medium: Lizardfolk are Medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Lizardfolk have a base land speed of 30 feet. They also have a swim speed of 30 feet, allowing them to move in water without making Swim checks and granting them a +8 racial bonus on Swim checks.
Natural Armor: Lizardfolk have tough scaly skin, granting them a +2 natural armor bonus.
Natural Attacks: Lizardfolk have sharp teeth and hard nails, granting them two claw attacks (1d4 points of damage each) and a bite attack (1d3 points of damage).
Hold Breath: A lizardfolk can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to four times its Constitution score before it risks drowning.
Languages: Lizardfolk begin play speaking Draconic. Due to the xenophobic nature of most lizardfolk tribes, they start knowing their racial language only regardless of their Intelligence scores. Lizardfolk can only learn other languages by taking ranks in the Linguistics skill.