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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the pyrolisk is a fictional creature that is very similar in appearance and physical strength to the cockatrice (a rooster/lizard hybrid). Their differences lie in the pyrolisk's red tail feathers and special abilities.

Publication history[edit]

The pyrolisk first appeared in first edition in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

The pyrolisk appeared in second edition under the "cockatrice" entry in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989),[2] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[3]


While the cockatrice is often cited as having a stoning touch or gaze, pyrolisks rely on their own special gaze which causes any who meet it to burst into flame, along with any nearby source of fire. Pyrolisks themselves are immune to all sources of fire. Unlike the cockatrice, which has an animal intelligence and is considered to be of neutral alignment, the pyrolisk has a somewhat increased intelligence, and is an actively evil creature. While it normally detests all creatures, its mortal enemy is the phoenix.

Other publishers[edit]

The pyrolisk appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[4]

Pyrolisk in other media[edit]

The pyrolisk can also be found in the fantasy computer role-playing games, Final Fantasy (Perilisk in the original Nintendo Entertainment System version), Final Fantasy XII, and NetHack.


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. ^ Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume One (TSR, 1989)
  3. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. p. 217. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. 

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