Cockatrice petrification


Pathfinder First Edition General Discussion


If someone has taken dexterity damage from a cockactrice but not completely petrified, would you be able to tell? I imagine patches of their skin would be hard and stonelike.


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Probably. The flesh does "calcify and harden" when bitten, and each time the character takes Dex damage their "flesh and bones stiffen and harden". I guess maybe if the cockatrice bit them through their armor or clothing, it might not be noticeable without removing said armor or clothing.


The 'flesh and bones' phrase makes me think it is more of an inside out process, so it might not be apparent by a visual examination, but a detailed exam might make it apparent.

Of course this is just 'flavor' and not really rules or specified. I certainly wouldn't argue with a GM treating it either way.

Silver Crusade

I could see linking the determination of cause with a Heal Check, to ID the affliction the victim is suffering from.

Maybe even hooking in a Knowledge Arcane check to tell exactly what the cause it.

The Heal showing that it is a (Su) Supernatural effect, with the Knowledge Arcane showing it is from a Magical Beast, or even that it is from the attack of a Cockatrice.


"Auntie" Baltwin wrote:

I could see linking the determination of cause with a Heal Check, to ID the affliction the victim is suffering from.

Maybe even hooking in a Knowledge Arcane check to tell exactly what the cause it.

I'd probably go down the route of Heal hinting at or showing how much damage they've taken, where Knowledge grants knowledge of the specific creature that inflicted it.

As a general rule, though, I'd avoid multiple dice rolls for one effective action.

I don't think it should be hard to see that they're partially petrified; no need to keep that hidden. And no roll, either. "Hm. Your skin has been transmuted into stone in some areas. I wonder what that means?"

Liberty's Edge

Bah! Color me disappointed. Came here to see if someone had came up with a viable way cockatrice strike to work.


Yure wrote:
Bah! Color me disappointed. Came here to see if someone had came up with a viable way cockatrice strike to work.

Nobody's going to waste a late level feat on Cockatice Strike...

It's a full-round single attack,
It relies on the target being under certain conditions,
AND it requires a critical confirmation,
AND it still allows a save...
Worst BAB +14 feat, ever.

Silver Crusade

Someone with significant dexterity damage should be noticeably impaired. If a dex 18 character has 10 dex damage, a casual observer should be able to notice the difference, simply by the way they're moving.

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