Cockatrice egg

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A cockatrice egg is simply an egg laid by a cockatrice, which makes it very dangerous—but also very handy.


In addition to randomly generated eggs having a chance to be cockatrice eggs, they may rarely appear in cockatrice nests.

Polymorphing into a female cockatrice and using the #sit command lays an egg.


As a cockatrice egg, it will induce delayed petrification if you try to eat or are hit with one; cockatrice eggs are the only eggs monsters will throw at you. Throwing an egg at a monster will stone them if it hits and the monster is not resistant to petrification; if wielded, the cockatrice egg will stone whatever monster you hit it with. In either case, the egg will break as normal; hitting a monster with a stack of eggs will break all of them, not just one.


Cockatrice eggs can be stockpiled and used as makeshift "grenades" to instantly stone monsters that are particularly troublesome monsters; in a pinch, they may even be a viable wish, similar to a chickatrice corpse. The easiest method by far to obtain them is to lay them while polymorphed into a female cockatrice; it is also possible but tedious to obtain them via polypiling meatballs. Keep in mind that breaking your own laid eggs costs you 1 point of Luck per egg (up to a maximum of 5 at once).

Like real eggs, cockatrice eggs need some special care, as an egg that is just carried will hatch after a short while; stashing the egg in a container (e.g. a sack) until their hatching time passes will ensure that you are not surprised by the hatchling (and possibly stoned). You can test for a rotted cockatrice egg after retrieving it from the container by picking up more than one egg after; if they stack in your inventory, they will not hatch.

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