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Pygmy Cockatrice

A pygmy cockatrice


A traditional cockatrice

Cockatrices are apparently small chickens found on Azeroth, thus far only represented by the Pygmy Cockatrice.


  • In classical representations, cockatrices look like a mixture of a rooster and a dragon or snake, as seen in the picture to the right. Between Blizzard's tendency to put their own spin on myths and traditional fantasy — and the high elven love of grace and beauty — it is no mystery why these scaly monsters were reinvented for their new incarnation.
  • Depending on which source is used, the cockatrice is sometimes another name for the basilisk.
  • "Cockatrice" was going to be the name for the blood elf racial mount,[1] now known as the hawkstrider. Hawkstrider icons (for example, Ability mount cockatricemount) still use the term in their filenames.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

This may be the Darkmoon Faire's attempt at passing an ordinary chicken off as the more traditional mythical beast.


  1. ^ Park, Andrew 2006-08-21. World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Updated Impressions. Gamespot.​ “[The new races' cities] will have vendors that buy and sell goods, including each race's mount animal--in the case of the Draenei, the "elekk" [...], and in the case of the Blood Elves, the cockatrice.”

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