I got killed by that thing too. I paused in awe, then thought a moment, then laughed hysterically. I mean really, a RED lizard! Your first instinct is to run up and smack it! Oh, good job From, well played.
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Not really cheap if you're playing carefully rather than rushing in headfirst; I don't even rush after crystal lizards because they usually run off ledges or such. I check to see where they run first, go sit at a bonfire, THEN go after them. These ones didn't move so I knew it was a bit off.
They're like mimics, they play off of what you're comfortable or used to and twist it.