Cockatrice (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Mythological origins Cockatrice

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, the cockatrice is a small avian magical beast. Any creature that a cockatrice bites can be permanently turned to stone.

A cockatrice is intelligent, and is always neutral in alignment.

Publication history[edit]

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.[citation needed]

The cockatrice first appeared in the original Dungeons & Dragons set (1974). Cockatrices also appeared in the supplement Eldritch Wizardry (1976).

The cockatrice appeared in the D&D Basic Set (1977), D&D Expert Set (1981, 1983), D&D Companion Rules (1984), and Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991).

The cockatrice appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[1] The creature was expanded on in Dragon #95 (March 1985).[2]

The cockatrice appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[3] reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4]

The cockatrice appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000),[5] and the version 3.5 Monster Manual (2003).

The cockatrice appeared in the fourth edition Monster Manual 2 (2009).

Physical description[edit]

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[edit]

In the Eberron campaign setting, the cockatrice is the heraldic beast of the dragonmarked House Sivis.

Other publishers[edit]

The cockatrice appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (2009), on page 48.[6]


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  2. ^ Greenwood, Ed. "The Ecology of the Cockatrice." Dragon #95 (TSR, 1985)
  3. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
  4. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  5. ^ Williams, Skip, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook. Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2000)
  6. ^ Bulmahn, Jason (lead designer). Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (Paizo Publishing, 2009)

Further reading[edit]

  • Ward, Kyla. "The Petit Tarrasque and Other Monsters." Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, 2005).