Kill Adult: 1–3
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.
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.
Like other baby animals, killing a baby cow yields no items nor experience.
Cows are 1.6875 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide, and 1.5 blocks long.
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.
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 and holes in the ground, leading them to occasionally fall and die.
|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||15G||Bronze|
|1.0.8||Added 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||Added 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.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9-pre3||Added 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.|
|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.|
|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 on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.|
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- 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)
A cow begging at the player holding a piece of wheat.