Creatures theme

Large reptiles with three or more pairs of legs and occasional ability to kill or petrify creatures with their gaze or touch.


The first video game about Basilisks was released in 1988.

SSI and Beamdog has published most of these games

* Cockatrices
Most commonly they have three pairs of legs and petrifying gaze, the other cases seem to exist only by mention or some special variants/crossbreeds. The original basilisk from mythology is more in line with cockatrice.

D&D may be attributed for making the multi-legged reptile variant the de facto definition of basilisk.

In other popular culture, note that Harry Potter's basilisk is more in line with the image of wyrms except for the killing gaze, follows the "king of serpents" definition to the letter and likely favored this for other reasons than other popular depictions.