|Spawn=Spawns in dark area or at night time|
1 feather. sometimes drops the lighting knife drop gold amber if killed by holystone
Cockatrices are common bird-like creatures found in the Aether. Due to their appearance, they can easily be mistaken for colorful Moa, with the main difference being they will attack the player on sight. They are also noteably shorter than Moas. They are aggressive mobs, and are capable of gliding.
In real-life mythology, the Cockatrice is a bipedal two-legged, two-winged lizard with a rooster's head. It was supposedly born from a chicken egg that was incubated by a snake or other lizard.
Cockatrices will walk around a bit until they see the player, at which point they will aggressively fire poison darts.
The darts a cockatrice fires do minimal damage, but the real danger is the poison, which does a steady one damage every two seconds and causes the player to lose some control over their movement, which can send them plummeting off of a cliff. Because of this, it is recommended to use ranged weapons or consume a bucket of remedy before engaging them in combat. It is also a bad idea to battle them near a cliff or island edge unless you have taken remedy beforehand. It is strongly recommended to get a Skyroot Cure Bucket, White Apple, or (maybe) both to keep from dying to Poison Damage.
The Aether II: Genesis of the VoidEdit
Cockatrices reappear in The Aether II: Genesis of the Void, with a few minor differences. Most notably, they now inflict Vanilla effects (Nausea and Poison) onto the player, and they have a slightly modified texture. They also glow during the night, allowing players to differentiate Cockatrices from Moa more easily. They now also do not make you lose control over your character. Cockatrices also appear regularly in Dungeons, but this might be a bug.
It is near impossible to die from Cockatrices as their darts do not deal any damage but only inflict Poison and Nausea. Vanilla poison by default does not reduce your health below 1, so unless there is any way of taking damage nearby (hostile mobs or cliffs) you cannot die from Cockatrices.