Pyrolisk (3pp:TOHC)

This creature resembles a rooster with thinning feathers and leathery bat-like wings lightly covered in reddish-tinged feathers. Its tail feathers are a yellowish-brown save for one bright red feather.

Pyrolisk CR 3

XP 1,200
NE Small magical beast (fire)
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9


AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 11 (+3 Dex, +1 size)
hp 22 (4d10)
Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +4
Immune fire
Weaknesses vulnerability to cold


Speed 20 ft., fly 60 ft. (poor)
Melee bite +8 (1d4-2)
Special Attacks conflagration gaze, pyrotechnics


The pyrolisk uses its gaze attack to ignite those that are unaffected by the blinding flash of its pyrotechnic ability. It is a fierce combatant, fighting until either it or its opponents are dead.


Str 6, Dex 17, Con 11, Int 4, Wis 13, Cha 9
Base Atk +4; CMB +1; CMD 14
Feats Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon FinesseB
Skills Fly +5, Perception +9, Stealth +11
Languages Common (cannot speak)


Conflagration Gaze (Su)

Burst into flames for 4d8 damage, range 30 feet, Fortitude DC 12 half. The flames burst from within the target creature and immediately burn out, so there is no continuing damage or burn effect. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by the same pyrolisk’s conflagration gaze for one day. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Pyrotechnics (Su)

Once per round, a pyrolisk can cause an ordinary fire to burst into a shower of flashes, sparks, and bursts of light (as pyrotechnics, fireworks version only). Will DC 12 to negate the blindness. The save DC is Constitution-based.


Environment any temperate and warm land and underground
Organization solitary, flight (2-4), or flock (6-13)
Treasure standard

The pyrolisk resembles a cockatrice and is often mistaken for it (Perception check at DC 25 to identify the pyrolisk successfully). The difference lies in the coloration of its tail feathers and wings: the pyrolisk has a single red feather in its tail and a reddish tinge to its wings. Otherwise, it is identical to the cockatrice in appearance.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pyrolisk from the Tome of Horrors Complete, Copyright 2011, Necromancer Games, Inc., published and distributed by Frog God Games; Author Scott Greene, based on original material by Gary Gygax.

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