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White-tailed lizard in the PS4 remake.

White-tailed lizards can be found scattered about the Forbidden Lands in Shadow of the Colossus. One can be found at each of the save shrines, while many others can be found in the wild around certain locations. When Wander kills one, he can consume its tail for a small stamina boost.

The white-tailed lizards are not to be confused with the regular, fully black lizards, whose tails only replenish a small portion of Wander's health and do not raise either max health or max stamina. A lizard detection stone can be unlocked by defeating eight colossi in Normal Time Attack or 10 in Hard. Their agility make them difficult targets, but they are good for getting some practice with the bow.

A white-tailed lizard in the original PS2 release.

If the lizard's tail is shot, the lizard can break free from its tail and survive, though this requires an extremely precise shot and more than a bit of luck. However, the lizard will still show up on the Lizard Detection Stone. Only by killing it will the lizard's icon vanish.


  • Bow- If the lizard is on the wall of a shrine, shoot an arrow close by the lizard to make it fall down; to improve accuracy, the player can hold down R2.png to zoom in on the reptile. Alternatively, if one is a good shot with the bow, they can simply shoot the tail and pin the lizard to the ground, albeit it will still endeavor escape, which causes its tail to detach, but the lizard itself is spared.
  • Sword- If the lizard is on the ground and comes close to Wander, he can slash at it with the sword to kill it. This is a bit more difficult than using the bow, as they don't tend to stay in place too long and shy away from Wander's presence.
  • Agro- Agro can also be used as a weapon. Though not as easy a method as the bow or sword, Agro can trample over a lizard, killing it. Also, whether or not Wander is riding her, if the lizard runs under Agro, it will die. Interestingly, Agro does not kill lizards if she merely walks over them in the PS4 remake. Instead, they are flipped upside down and become temporarily imobile. Agro must be at a canter or gallop, then, to be lethal.


  • In the PS3 Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, there is a gold trophy called "Endangered Lizards". This can be acquired by killing (not just separating the tails from) all the white-tailed lizards in the Forbidden Lands. There is no such trophy in the PS4 remake, although one titled "Five-Lined Skink" (a bronze trophy) is the closest equivalent, requring that Wander eat his first shining lizard tail.
The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
Characters Wander  · Agro  · Mono  · Dormin  · Emon
The Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Unused Colossi ( Devil  · Evis  · Griffin  · Phoenix  · Roc  · Saru  · Sirius  · Spider  · Worm  · Yamori A  · Buffalo  · Quetzalcoatl)
Magic Sigil  · Hard Mode
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Unused Arenas ( Badlands  · Cave  · Crater  · Devil's Plain  · Dune  · Hillock  · I1  · Labyrinth  · Sluice  · Stonehenge  · Valley )
The Forbidden Lands Shadow creaturesSave shrinesFruit treesWhite-tailed lizards

The Shrine of Worship
Umbral GladeStone Arch GorgeDried MarshNorthern SpanDesert FortressMisty FallsRavine EntranceHalf-moon CanyonWestern PlainRound Stone HillLair to the WestStone Bridge CliffCliff PathLair on the MesaWestern CapeArch Bridge PlainBlasted LandsAutumn ForestEastern BluffValley PlainSouthwestern CapeSouthern PlainGreen CapeThe Broken Seal

Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo
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Characters Wander  · Mono  · Agro  · Dormin  · Lord Emon  · Guards  · Shadow Creatures
Colossi I  · II  · III  · IV  · V · VI  · VII  · VIII  · IX  · X  · XI  · XII  · XIII  · XIV  · XV  · XVI
Locations The Forbidden Lands  · Shrine of Worship  · Colossus Arenas
Main Items Power-ups (Lizards · Fruit) · Weapons (Ancient Sword · Sword of the Sun · Queen’s Sword · Sword of Dormin · Bow & Arrow · Ancient Bow · Harpoon of Thunder · Life Sword) · Collectibles (Relics)
Gameplay Hard Mode  · Save shrines  · Time Attack  · Reminiscence Mode  · Watermellon  · Barrel
Media Roar of the Earth (OST)  · Official Art and Guide Book  · Nico Bonus DVD  · Film
Releases OPM Demo  · PS2 original  · PS3 remaster  · PS4 remake  · Credits
Early Builds Preview version  · PSU Preview version  · E3 Demo
Unused Content Unused Colossi  · Colossus Test Stages  · Unused Locations  · Beta Mountains  · Shadow of the Colossus Development Phases