Couatl

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Couatl
Couatl.jpg
As seen in Warcraft III
Faction/Affiliation

Independent, Illidan's Naga

Racial mount

Self-powered flight

Homeworld
Area(s)

Any

A giant couatl in the Comic

Couatl are large flying beasts used by the naga for aerial support. They possess two crests running from their head to their lower back, and wings, which they can also use as fins to swim. Naga train them in Shrines of Azshara.

Morgala Darksquall was able to summon a couatl to attack the ship Wavecutter. She called him a dark denizen of the deep.[1]

In the RPG

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In the RPG

Distantly related to wind serpents, couatl are rare creatures of great strength. Couatl are distinguished from their smaller cousins by their immense size (nearly twice the length of a normal wind serpent) and the brilliant display of bright yellow and green plumage across their heads and backs in two long rows. Their shorter, feathered tails serve to further distinguish them from wind serpents. Lastly, their wings are much greater and bear more feathers. Couatl nest in trees and crags dotting the coasts of Azeroth. Some are venomous, some are magical, some are both, and some are neither. Couatl occasionally disrupt magic, which makes some people think that they have an understanding or intelligence of it. This idea is incorrect — couatl are nonsentient animals. Recently, naga have returned to the surface of Azeroth and domesticated couatl. The naga breed these tamed couatl in order to optimize the lethality of their venom and train them to be fiercely loyal to their naga masters. Not all couatl are magical beasts. Like wind serpents, couatl vary in more than simply size and color. Some couatl are purely nonmagical in nature, yet still large and highly venomous. These couatl are animals, not magical beasts.[2]

Couatl can be found flying and swooping among the treetops of Zandalar. Their feathers are collected by adventurers.[3]

Statistics from Warcraft III

Main article: Couatl (Warcraft III)

Notes and trivia

  • Long ago, Metzen once mused that the use of couatl as pets or guardians wasn't widespread in naga society.[4]
  • The couatl are named after Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent god in Mesoamerican culture.

References

  1. ^ Revelations
  2. ^ Johnson, Luke. Dark Factions, 193-194. ISBN 9781588464460. 
  3. ^ Kiley, Ellen P.. Lands of Mystery, 81, 160. ISBN 9781588467843. 
  4. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter: "Hey, sir! Long ago, Metzen once mused that the use of couatl as pets or guardians wasn't a widespread thing in naga society. It's an open question (to me) at this point. As to inclusion into the game, that is something you'd have to ping @WarcraftDevs for. Hope this helps. :)"