Cockatrice (Dungeons & Dragons)
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A cockatrice, as depicted in The Monster Manual, first edition
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A cockatrice is not particularly intelligent, and is always neutral in alignment.
The cockatrice is based on medieval alchemical folklore, which believed they came from a snake or a toad hatching a rooster's egg. The cockatrice is sometimes called a basilisk in ancient mythos.
The cockatrice appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000), and the version 3.5 Monster Manual (2003).
The cockatrice appeared in the fourth edition Monster Manual 2 (2009).
A cockatrice has the head and body of a rooster, bat wings, and the long tail of a lizard.
The pyrolisk is a similar creature, though instead of petrification, it can cause other creatures to burst into flame.
Cockatrices in Eberron
- Ward, Kyla. "The Petit Tarrasque and Other Monsters." Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, 2005).
- Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
- Greenwood, Ed. "The Ecology of the Cockatrice." Dragon #95 (TSR, 1985)
- Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
- Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
- Bulmahn, Jason (lead designer). Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (Paizo Publishing, 2009)
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