White Lizard

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"White Lizard"
White Lizard icon.png
Code name
Food Pips

6 Food pip.png Hunter head.png

DLC icon.png6 Food pip.png Artificer head.png

DLC icon.png3 Food pip.png Gourmand head.png

DLC icon.png1 Food pip.png Spearmaster head.png


Slugcat head.png: Industrial Complex, Shoreline, The Exterior, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands

Survivor head.png: Garbage Wastes

Hunter head.png: Outskirts

Downpour Regions

Monk head.pngHunter head.png: Submerged Superstructure

Survivor head.png: Outer Expanse

Slugcat head.png: Industrial Complex, Chimney Canopy, Sky Islands

Gourmand head.png: Garbage Wastes, Shoreline, The Exterior, Submerged Superstructure, Outer Expanse

Artificer head.png: Outskirts, The Exterior, Waterfront Facility, Metropolis

Rivulet head.png: Outskirts, Garbage Wastes, Shoreline, The Exterior, Pipeyard, Submerged Superstructure

Spearmaster head.png: Outskirts, The Exterior, Waterfront Facility, Looks to the Moon (region)

Saint head.png: Farm Arrays, Submerged Superstructure, Silent Construct, Rubicon

Damage Multipliers
Head (Bite)4%
Throat (Bite)60%


White Lizards are one of the species of Lizards icon.png Lizard. They predominantly appear throughout many early to mid-game areas and pose a significant threat to a player unaware of their surroundings. They have the unique ability to camouflage, blending in with backgrounds, can climb walls, and have incredibly long tongues to catch their prey with.

White Lizards have a 28.6% or 2/7 bite lethality rate.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

White Lizards uniquely have white bodies with black heads. This means that unlike most other Lizards, they do not exhibit any hue variation. They are usually plain, or have small frills and back scales.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Slugcat pinning a White Lizard to the wall while using its tongue to slide up the pole

Combat[edit | edit source]

Whilst White Lizards are not particularly tough, only taking 2-4 Spear icon.png Spear hits to kill, they have significant positioning advantage. The key to fighting them, therefore, is to stay as level as possible with them, as they are very difficult to fight in a vertical situation due to the advantage their long tongue gives them. As with most Lizards, their head is armored, so it is recommended to flip them with Rubbish icon.png Rubbish to the head and then throwing a Spear, or ambushing them from a favorable angle. If facing them head on, it's possible to use their tongue against them, as they are rendered more or less immobile while reeling prey in with it. If they are climbing against a background wall when speared or hit with Rubbish, they are momentarily stunned, letting go of the wall - if clever positioning is utilized, this can be used to drop them over a death pit, instantly killing them once they drop off-screen.

Stealth[edit | edit source]

White Lizards usually position themselves to have a good view of the room they are currently in, making it hard to sneak past them. Additionally, their camouflage can make it hard to even know where they are, making stealth against them difficult. They are pointed out by the Overseer icon.png Overseer sometimes, but their location can also be discerned by looking for their eyes, teeth, and body outline against the background as their camo isn't perfect, or by making enough noise to get them to salivate - as ambush predators, they tend to stay stationary when not actively pursuing prey and are very unmotivated to investigate noise, making this a viable strategy. It should be noted that in some areas their camouflage does not work very well.

Evasion[edit | edit source]

White Lizards are easily able to keep up with their prey due to their ability to take shortcuts across walls, so great care must be taken when trying to escape from them. Throwing Rubbish at them stuns and knocks them off the background wall, slowing them down significantly. If grabbed by the Lizard's tongue, getting close to them or throwing something at them causes them to let go. White Lizards, while fast, tend to give up easily and usually stop pursuing if they lose track of their target, instead opting to set up an ambush.

Abilities & Behavior[edit | edit source]

Wall Crawl[edit | edit source]

White Lizards possess the ability to walk on background walls. This makes them a difficult enemy to evade, especially due to their high speed. Even more troublesome is their habit of camouflaging themselves in the background walls of narrow passageways, making it easy to stumble into them by accident.

Camouflage[edit | edit source]

When idling, White Lizards mimic the color of the background they are standing on, often rendering themselves near invisible save for their eyes and mouth. They stay motionless, waiting for prey to pass them by. Once they have spotted potential prey, a White Lizard emit particle effects, often giving their location away. When their prey has wandered close enough, their camouflage fades away as they lash out in an attempt to capture it, either with their long tongue or strong jaws. This camouflage is not infallible however; any damage to their body results in their coloration going haywire, losing the ability to camouflage themselves effectively for the cycle.


Tongue[edit | edit source]

When ambushing or pursuing prey such as the player, White Lizards may employ their long tongue to try and snag them. Once their tongue has hit something, they are immobilised as they attempt to reel it in so that they can bite it. If struck by Rubbish or a Spear, it causes them to release whatever they are latched onto.

Taming[edit | edit source]

White Lizards have higher than average taming difficulty, typically requiring 2-4 feedings.

White Lizards can follow the player through many regions due to their ability to wall-climb, and can be advantageous to bring into Shaded Citadel from Industrial Complex as their full-body glow can illuminate the area around them to a certain degree. However, they're not particularly good at combat with other creatures due to their tendency to hang back and rely on their tongue rather than engaging in directly fighting.

A recommended place to tame White Lizards is the big vertical room with a pearl, and more importantly two White Lizards on the right side of Industrial Complex, near the gate to Shaded Citadel. Below this room are tunnels with Baby Centipedes, which can be killed easily by taking a single bite out of them for easy transport into the room above.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Default relationship Rwtooltip.pngIgnores (0)
Wants to eatCentipedes icon.png Centipedes (0.8)  •  Centiwing icon.png Centiwing (0.8)  •  Scavenger icon.png Scavenger (0.8)  •  Eggbug icon.png Eggbug (0.7)  •  Big Spider icon.png Big Spider (0.35)  •  Spitter Spider icon.png Spitter Spider (0.35)  •  Lantern Mouse icon.png Lantern Mouse (0.3)  •  Infant Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Infant) (0.3)  •  Adult Noodlefly icon.png Noodlefly (Adult) (0.25)  •  Dropwig icon.png Dropwig (0.2)  •  Hazer icon.png Hazer (0.15)  •  Jetfish icon.png Jetfish (0.1)  •  Squidcada icon.png Squidcada (0.05)  •  Grappling Worm icon.png Grappling Worm (0.025)
Afraid ofLeviathan icon.png Leviathan (1)  •  Rot (Brother Long Legs icon.png Brother Long Legs  •  Daddy Long Legs icon.png Daddy Long Legs) (1)  •  King Vulture icon.png King Vulture (1)  •  Vulture icon.png Vulture (0.9)  •  Red Centipede icon.png Red Centipede (0.9)  •  Pole Plant icon.png Pole Plant (0.2)  •  Monster Kelp icon.png Monster Kelp (0.2)
Fights for territory withBlue Lizard icon.png Blue Lizard (0.35)  •  White Lizard icon.png White Lizard (0.25)  •  Pink Lizard icon.png Pink Lizard (0.15)  •  Lizards icon.png Lizards (0.1)  •  Green Lizard icon.png Green Lizard (0.05)
Reputation-basedSlugcat head.png Slugcat (0.5)

Variants & attributes[edit | edit source]


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • White Lizards are one of two Lizard species to not have any hue variation, the other being Black Lizard icon.png Black Lizards.
  • They are the only Lizard species present in the subregion The Exterior Safari Icon.png The Leg, and co-inhabit the rest of The Exterior with Yellow Lizard icon.png Yellow Lizards and (if playing as the Hunter head.png Hunter) Cyan Lizard icon.png Cyan Lizards.
  • They have a very low rivalry rating among members of their own species, beaten only by Cyan, Black and Yellow Lizards.
  • Unlike other wall-climbing Lizards, White Lizards cannot climb on ceilings.
  • The White Lizard's tongue can cause some weird physics interactions; in particular, it can sometimes be used to slingshot the player.
  • When a White Lizard latches onto an object below it with its tongue, due to gravity pulling the object down it may become stuck and unable to release it until hit.
  • White Lizards' unique coloration are tied to their camouflage - when their camouflage is removed, they bear similar coloration to other Lizards, having black bodies and white heads.
  • White Lizards can be seen in very early gameplay footage from September 2012.[1]