Greater Basilisk is a stronger variant of a Lesser Basilisk. Greater basilisks are exceptionally dangerous, eight-legged reptilian creatures. They are ruddy brown in appearance, unlike the lesser one that is a pale greenish-yellow. Both types have dark bands around the tail.
They kill their enemies with their petrifying gaze, making Potions of Mirrored Eyes a necessity when fighting them, as a single basilisk can easily wipe out even a mid- to high-level party very quickly. Scrolls of Protection From Petrification can also be purchased and memorized by mages or bards. If the worst does happen, scrolls of Stone to Flesh can be bought to restore petrified party members provided the party member was not shattered.
The undead are notably resistant to basilisk's gaze, so animating some skeletons to absorb the gaze attacks is also a good idea. Korax is a friendly Ghoul in Area East of Temple that is intended to be used for this purpose.
- About experience, gained from killing a greater basilisk (except summoned types):
- After installation of the original expansion Tales of the Sword Coast on top of the original Baldur's Gate – and still valid for all "complete" editions, such as Baldur's Gate: The Original Saga –, the experience for the commonly found greater basilisk is reduced from 7,000 to 4,000. This does not count for Mutamin's personal pet and the one at the Baldur's Gate Docks. This change would have carried over into Baldur's Gate II, would greater basilisks have had appearances there.This icon indicates content from the original Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast campaign.
- Baldur's Gate (1998)
This icon indicates content from the original Baldur's Gate campaign.This icon indicates content from the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition campaign.The Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition reverts this change, and all greater basilisks now yield 7,000 XP again. This is carried over into the Siege of Dragonspear. Summoned types, however, and the creature file from the The Black Pits are handled differently. Also, the one still present in the Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition game files isn't changed back to 7,000, but this one does not appear in the game.This icon indicates content from the Siege of Dragonspear campaign of the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.