Kill Adult: 1–3
Cows are 1.4 blocks tall.
Baby cows are 0.7 blocks tall.
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 cooldown 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 tend to walk around slowly and aimlessly, mooing and breathing occasionally. They will avoid walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage. Like other passive mobs, they will panic and randomly run around if you hit them.
A cow will follow the player if they are 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.
- See also: Chunk format
Cows have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites[until 1.12]||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|PC[until 1.12]||Xbox||PS||Wii U|
|Cow Tipper||Harvest some leather||Time to Strike!||Pick up leather from the ground.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||15G||Bronze|
|Repopulation||Breed two cows with wheat||Cow Tipper||Breed two cows or two mooshrooms.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||15G||Bronze|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together||Husbandry||Breed a pair of one of these 10 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.||
|Best Friends Forever||Tame an animal||Husbandry||Tame one of the 5 types of mob that are tamable.||
|Two by Two||Breed all the animals!||The Parrots and the Bats||Breed pairs of each of these 10 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.||
|1.0.8||Added cows. They use kazoo-like audio 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.|
|Cows can no longer breed with mooshrooms.|
|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).|
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID is changed from
|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.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Baby zombie jockeys will now check for nearby cows to mount prior to attacking the player.|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added cows.|
|TU5||Cows will run away when attacked.|
|TU7||Added baby cows.|
|Cows can be bred with wheat.|
|TU14||1.04||Baby cows can now be spawned by using on an adult form of that mob using a spawn egg.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Baby cow growth can be accelerated using wheat.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for cows.|
|Updated cow sounds.|
Issues relating to “Cow” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.
- 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.