On each level of the Dungeons of Doom
past level 16, there is a 1/8 chance of a cockatrice nest
existing on the level (provided cockatrice
s have not been genocide
d or made extinct
). The nest
is simply a large room
filled with sleep
s and statue
s of their unfortunate victims
. Cockatrice nests do not generate any ambient messages
, so be careful and use your telepathy
early and often.
In my experience it is unwise to invade a cockatrice nest unless you can do so very quietly. If you accidentally wake the cockatrices, you'll have some problems, because although the chances of being petrified while fighting a cockatrice are fairly small, the overall chance of being petrified gets much higher if you're fighting twenty of them. Don't invade a cockatrice nest when there's a new moon. Just don't.