Description[edit | edit source]
Although about the size of a large turkey or goose and weighing 25 lb (11 kg), a cockatrice more closely resembled a chicken, but it was a hideous hybrid with the wings of a bat and a lizard-like tail. This tail had yellow-green scales, its bat wings were a grey shade, their feet and beak were yellow, and their feathers were of a golden-brown hue.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Cockatrices had an animal level of intelligence.
Biology[edit | edit source]
Female cockatrices were very rare, much more so than the males.
Combat[edit | edit source]
Any creature that a cockatrice bit could be permanently turned into stone. Prior to the Time of Troubles, this petrifying aura extended even into the Astral and Ethereal planes, much like that of a basilisk.
Cockatrices were immune to their own petrifying bite and that of other cockatrices, though not of other petrifying creatures and spells.
Cockatrices ferociously attacked any creature that appeared to threaten them or their lairs. Typically, flocks of them would attempt to overwhelm or confuse their opponents, and flew at their faces.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Habitats[edit | edit source]
Usage[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Appendix[edit | edit source]
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Desert of Desolation
- Dungeon #47: "The Assassin Within"
- The Ruins of Undermountain II: The Deep Levels
- Referenced only
- Card Games
- Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
- Video Games
- Dungeon Hack
- Neverwinter Nights
- Pools of Darkness
- Secret of the Silver Blades
- Treasures of the Savage Frontier
Further Reading[edit | edit source]
- Ed Greenwood (March 1985). “The Ecology of the Cockatrice”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #95 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22–26.
- Kyla Ward (March 2005). “The Petit Tarrasque and Other Monsters”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 48–54.
References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 36. ISBN 0786995101.
- Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
- Rodney Thompson, Claudio Pozas, Steve Townshend (2011). Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 978-0786958368.