Basilisk (fantasy role play)
Many fantasy roleplaying games have included a version of the mythological basilisk among the creatures that the players may encounter. The creatures are frequently lizard-like with the ability to turn characters to stone.
Basilisks and variations of the monster have appeared in every edition of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise.[non-primary source needed] Within Dungeons & Dragons, the basilisk is depicted a giant lizard with eight legs, and as a reptilian monster whose gaze can turn creatures to stone. The basilisk received detailed coverage in Dragon #81 (January 1984), in "The Ecology of the Basilisk," by Ed Greenwood. A figurine of the basilisk was included in the D&D Miniatures: Giants of Legend set #13 which was released in 2004.
The basilisk has also appeared in d20 System games by Necromancer Games in their Tome of Horrors sourcebook[non-primary source needed] and Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary[non-primary source needed].
In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video game, the player, as Harry, encounters the basilisk in a climactic battle before the last cut scene of the game. During the battle, Harry fights with a sword rather than with the wand the character has used through the previous portions of the game. The basilisk is represented as spitting poison which hurts the character.
In its strategy guide for the computer game Heroes of Might and Magic III, GameSpot describes the basilisks the "saving grace" of the Fortress castle type, as they are a "surprisingly effective" unit for the mid-game being "good in speed, offense, defense, and hit points" with a petrification power and the ability to be upgraded to "Greater Basilisk".
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