Cockatrice (monster class)

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The cockatrice is a monster class that appears in NetHack, and is represented by the lowercase c glyph (c). Cockatrices are designated internally by the macro S_COCKATRICE.[1]

The class contains the following monsters:[2]

Common traits

All monsters in the cockatrice monster class are omnivorous neutral animals that are small in size at most. They can be seen via infravision, have poison resistance, and each possess an MR score of 30.

The term 'cockatrice', 'c' or footrice is often used to refer specifically to cockatrices and chickatrices: pyrolisks lack the stoning properties of the other two monsters.


Randomly generated cockatrice monsters are always created hostile.


The cockatrice first appears in Hack 1.21 and Hack for PDP-11, which are based on Jay Fenlason's Hack, and is included in the initial bestiary for Hack 1.0. In Hack 1.21, the cockatrice uses the C glyph; in Hack for PDP-11 and Hack 1.0, the cockatrice uses its current glyph.

The chickatrice first appears in NetHack-- 3.0.10, while the pyrolist first appears in SLASH 6, and both make their vanilla debut in NetHack 3.3.0.