Cockatrice, Variant (5e Creature)
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Large monstrosity, chaotic evil
Saving Throws Str +10, Dex +6, Con +9, Wis +8
Multiattack. The cockatrice makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d10 + 6) piercing damage.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 13 (2d6 + 6) slashing damage.
Paralyzing Breath (Recharge 5-6). The cockatrice exhales paralyzing gas in a 30-foot cone. Each creature in that area must succeed on a DC 17 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
Cockatrices could in some ways be considered lesser, feathered, flightless dragons, though their intelligence is in no way comparable. The neurotoxin stored in the sacks behind their beaks allow cockatrices to paralyze their victims before tearing them apart with their toothed beaks, all while their prey looks on in fear and pain. They are vicious, wanting nothing but to continuously consume anything they can fit in their beaks.