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Cockatrice
MIMP007
Also Known as Cockatrix
Basilisk
Regulus
Appeared in Series 1
2006 Series
Number 7
Point Value 20

Cockatrice is monster number 7 from Series 1 with a points value of twenty. It is available in the original green and red colours, plus all four neon colours and the rarer premium colours of neon orange and pink. The figurine appeared to have the head of a cockeral, clawed hands and batlike wings, and stood on a long, coiled tail. It was also one of the monsters redesigned for the 2006 relaunch series.

Monster InformationEdit

A cockatrice or cockatrix is a legendary beast that has been described as resembling a cockeral (rooster) with a lizard's or serpent's tail, as a dragon with a cockeral's head, or as a serpent with a cockeral's head and claws, and the wings of a bat.

The cockatrice was first described in the late twelfth century based on a hint in Pliny's Natural History, as a duplicate of the basilisk or regulus. According to Alexander Neckam's De naturis rerum (ca 1180), it was supposed to be born from an egg laid by a cockeral and incubated by a toad; a snake might be substituted in re-tellings. The translation from basiliscus to cockatrice was effected when the basiliscus in Bartholomeus Anglicus' De proprietatibus rerum (ca 1260) was translated by John Trevisa as cockatrice (1397). While the basilisk is often considered a synonym of the cockatrice, it can also refer to a different creature, resembling a small serpent with a crested head, and incredibly powerful venom. As with many legendary creatures, there are many variations in the description and the two beasts cross over. Both the words basilik and regulus comes from roots meaning 'little king,' as it was considered the king of serpents, while cockatrice is likely from mising the word cock with the tri- root, meaning three, as the classical description combines three creatures - cockeral, serpent and bat.

Its look or breath is said to be poison, able to kill or petrify the victim. Some tellings say that the look of the cockatrice will petrify even after the creature's death (compare to Medusa). Those telling sthat include the bat's wings also afford it the ability to fly. The only animal said to be immune to the cockatrice's powers is the weasel, which can also kill the beast. A cockeral's crow is also said to kill the beast, turning its own power against it. Alternatively, forcing the monster to see its reflection is a method of its killing.

Geoffrey Chaucer featured a basilicok (as he called it) in his Canterbury Tales. According to some legends, basilisks can be killed by hearing the crow of a rooster or gazing at itself through a mirror.[5] The latter method of killing the beast is featured in the legend of the basilisk living in Warsaw, killed by a man carrying a set of mirrors (the most famous version of the legend was written by Artur Oppman).

Stories gradually added to the basilisk's deadly capabilities, such as describing it as a larger beast, capable of breathing fire and killing with the sound of its voice. Some writers even claimed that it could kill not only by touch, but also by touching something that is touching the victim, like a sword held in their hand. Also, some stories claim their breath is highly toxic and will cause death, usually immediately. The basilisk is also the guardian creature of the Swiss city Basel.

The basilisk appears in the Bible in Isaiah 14:29 in the prophet's exhortation to the Philistines reading, "Do not rejoice, whole country of Philistia, because the rod that beat you has broken, since the serpent's stock can still produce a basilisk, and the offspring of that will be a flying dragon." The King James version of the Bible states "out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent."

A similar creature, the Basilisco chilote, is a feature of Chilota mythology originating the Chiloé Archipelago, in southern Chile.

The Basislico chilote has the crest of a rooster and a serpent's body, is hatched from a rooster's egg,and lives in hidden cavity which it digs under a house. It feeds on the phlegm and saliva of the people who live in the house, causing the inhabitants to dehydrate and eventually die.

To kill Basislico chilote, it is necessary to burn the egg as soon as it is laid and kill the rooster which laid it to prevent further eggs from being laid. Once hatched, the only way to destroy it is by burning down the house where it lives.

Although the cockatrice cannot be positively said to be based on a real animal, it is known that chicken embryos go through a stage that gives them a vestigial reptilian tale. Although in the natural order of development, the embryo's tail becomes liek that of a bird, it is not impossible for, on rare occasions, a chick to be born with a lizard-like tail. This may have given rise to the legend. Another suggestion is that the venomous and petrifying abilities of the basilisk or cockatrice was inspired by the spitting cobra.

There is no real animal by the name cockatrice; however, there is a family of lizards known as basilisks.

Trading card textEdit

Species: Basilisk

Born: In the Middle Ages, somewhere in Libya

Habitat: Desert areas

Part cock, part bat, part snake: from this description you can understand why it's the the most ugly and evil creature of the world. Not only lives in the desert but creates the desert. Its breath destroys every living creature and all the vegetation. When this monster is hungry, looks carefully in the sky, emanates a wave of his fulminant breath and a dead volatile falls for dinner. And this is not all! The gaze of Cockatrice has the power to break stones. If you happen to meet a Cockatrice during a tour in the desert pull out a mirror and the creature will die for its own gaze.

Trading card frontEdit

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Cockatrice



2006 remakeEdit

2006 cockatrice
The redesigned cockatrice figure has a far more dragonlike appearance, standing on two legs with its large wings outstretched. Its chest and tail have plumes of feathers, and its beaked head sports what may be feather tufts, horns or crests. It was included as part of the group The Winged. The official website and collectable card gave it a total points value of 123, and the following description:


"The Cockatrice is a monster that is part serpent, rooster and bat. He can kill all living things just by breathing on them. He can also split a rock or burn grass with his deadly gaze. The only way to kill a Cockatrice is by getting it to look at itself in a mirror."

In other mediaEdit

Konami video gameEdit

Cockatrice (NES)
Has fire in his eyes and uses it when he springs

The cockatrice appears as a normal enemy in Stage 5, area 1. It simply moves back and forth, firing a beam at a 45 degree angle should the player be close enough to the line of fire.

Although the manual mentions that the cockatrice springs, this is incorrect. It only makes a simple horizontal flight.

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