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Opaque blocks with at least two blocks of space above them.
After shearing a mooshroom.

First appearances

See History

Common drops

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7




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Cows are passive mobs found in the Overworld.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Cows are 1.3 blocks tall (1.4 blocks tall in 1.9)

Baby cows are 0.65 blocks tall (0.7 blocks tall in 1.9)

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Cows spawn in herds of 4 on top of opaque blocks with at least 2 blocks of space above them, at a light level of 9 or higher. They mostly spawn in herds while the world is first generating; although if there are no passive mobs in loaded chunks, they can spawn after world generation in normal spawning cycles.

Baby cow[edit | edit source]

A calf compared to an adult cow.

If cows are given wheat, their love mode will be triggered, and they will pair off to create calves, which may grant the player a small amount of experience. The parent cows will then have a delay of 5 minutes before they can breed again.

The growth of baby cows can be slowly accelerated using wheat. Each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up.

Mooshrooms[edit | edit source]

Shearing a mooshroom will turn it into a cow.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Adult cows drop 0–2 leather, 1–3 raw beef (1–3 steak if killed by fire) and 1–3 experience.

Cows can be milked by using a bucket on them.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby cow yields no items, nor experience.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Cows tend to walk around slowly and aimlessly, mooing and breathing occasionally. They will avoid walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage, and usually stay out of water. Like other passive mobs, they will panic and randomly run around if you hit them. 

A cow will follow the player if he/she is holding wheat, but will stop if the player travels too far away (approximately 10 blocks).

In the Console Editions, cows are unaware of cliffs, ravines, and holes in the ground, leading them to occasionally fall and die.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Cows have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is Cow.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up leather from the ground. None 15G Bronze
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. PC, Xbox, PS4 and Windows 10 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.8 Alpha 1.0.11 cow.pngAdded cows. They make noise similar to a kazoo and are black and white.
1.0.9 Cows now make a more realistic cow sound.
1.0.14 Cow.pngAdded cow horns. Cows have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots.
1.8 Updated cow AI as part of the first AI update; they now run away when attacked.
Added raw beef and steak.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre3 Babycow.pngAdded baby cows.
Cows can be bred with wheat.
1.2.1 12w07a Updated cow AI.
1.4.2 12w38a Added new step, hurt, and idle sounds.
1.8 14w02a Baby cow growth can be accelerated using wheat.
1.9 15w39a Cows are slightly taller (1.4 blocks tall rather than 1.3, with babies 0.7 blocks tall rather than 0.65).
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Cows were added.
0.6.0 Baby cows were added.
Cows can now drop leather.
0.7.0 Cow spawn eggs were added to creative.
0.8.0 Cows are attracted to wheat and can be bred.
Improved cow AI.
0.12.1 Updated sounds
Console Edition
TU1 Added cows.
TU5 Cows will run away when attacked.
TU7 Added baby cows.
Cows can be bred with wheat.
TU14 Baby cows can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Cow” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cows resemble Norwegian red cattle.
  • Cows in the PC Gamer Minecraft Demo are branded with a 'PCG' logo on their side.
  • Notch stated in a tweet that all “breedable” peaceful mobs displayed traits of both genders and could breed with any other individual of their species. This applies to cows, since they have horns and give milk (although female cows have horns)

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