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The Cockatrice is an enemy in Final Fantasy XII. It is found in various areas throughout the Dalmasca Estersand and in the northern Dalmasca Westersand, where it is much stronger. It is more difficult to defeat than the Wolves and Cactites, which inhabit the same areas. Four are also fought in the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode in Stage 5 alongside a Nekhbet and a Werewolf.

Two versions of it exist on the Dalmasca Estersand, but they have identical stats and spoils; the only difference is the level.

Bestiary entry[]

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Lo, the mighty cockatrice, proud-feathered sphere, known as much for its ill humor as its dire rotundity. The great naturalist Merlose once remarked: ' they in the sands and other arid climes, whereabouts they moveth in a rolling fashion most peculiar. Subsist they principally on small creatures and vermin, for the incapacitation of which they disgorge a sticky saliva, thence devouring captured morsels only when appetite moves them.' Swollen sacs containing airs are found under the surface of the skin, and when inflated, these lifting the creature upon drafts unseen, whence to espy suitable prey.

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Dalmasca Estersand


AI script[]

PokeAny time (25%).
TargetingAttacks enemy with highest enmity.

Cockatrice quest[]

A legendary cockatrice feather with a brilliant white sheen. Touching the feather, you feel a strange bond with the cockatrices...

Feather of the Flock key item description

Non-hostile cockatrice are found reared by the nomads of Giza Plains. While they don't look it, they are in fact intelligent creatures. The cockatrice tongue can only be spoken and understood with the key item Feather of the Flock (found in the area where Gil Snapper hunt takes place in Giza). The tame cockatrices speak with a British Cockney accent. The nomad's cockatrices flee the settlement and the player must coax them to return.



The Cockatrice is a creature from mythology. It is similar to the basilisk in appearance and ability, but also possesses flight. A cockatrice is born from an egg hatched by a rooster and incubated by a toad, and its gaze causes instant petrification.

Related enemies[]