Cockatrice (Dungeons & Dragons)
An illustration of a cockatrice
|First appearance||original Dungeons & Dragons set (1974)|
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.
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.
Dungeons & Dragons (1974–1976)
The cockatrice first appeared in the original Dungeons & Dragons set (1974). Cockatrices also appeared in the supplement Eldritch Wizardry (1976).
Dungeons & Dragons (1977–1999)
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).
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)
Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002) edition and Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)
The cockatrice appeared in the third edition Monster Manual (2000), and the version 3.5 Monster Manual (2003).
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008–2014)
The cockatrice appeared in the fourth edition Monster Manual 2 (2009).
Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014–present)
The cockatrice appeared in the fifth edition Monster Manual (2014).
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.
In the Eberron campaign setting, the cockatrice is the heraldic beast of the dragonmarked House Sivis.
The cockatrice appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (2009), on page 48.
- 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)
- Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014)
- Bulmahn, Jason (lead designer). Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (Paizo Publishing, 2009)
- Ward, Kyla. "The Petit Tarrasque and Other Monsters." Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, 2005).
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