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Baby Cow.png
Health points



Height: 1.4 Blocks
Width: 0.9 Blocks
Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.45 Blocks


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

Common drops

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Internal ID

JE: 92
BE: 11

Namespaced ID


A cow is a common passive mob found in the Overworld. They are a source of leather and milk.


Natural generation[edit]

Cows spawn in herds of 4 on top of grass blocks at the surface with at least 2 blocks of space above them, at a light level of 7 or higher. Like other farm animals, they do not spawn in snowy tundras, but can spawn in snowy taigas.

They spawn in herds while the world is initially generating; however if there are no passive mobs in loaded chunks, a cow can spawn after world generation in normal spawning cycles.

Cows can spawn inside animal pens and butchers' houses in villages.

They spawn in herds of 2-3, with 5% of them spawning as calves.‌[BE only]


When an adult cow is killed, it drops:

  • 0–2 Leather. The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.
  • 1–3 Raw Beef (Steak if killed while on fire). The maximum amount is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1-6 with Looting III.
  • 1–3 experience (when killed by a player or tamed wolf)

Cows can be milked by using a bucket on them. Like other baby animals, killing a baby cow yields no items, nor experience.


A calf compared to an adult cow.

Cows wander around, mooing and breathing occasionally. They avoid fire, lava, and walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage. Like other passive mobs, they flee around for a few seconds when harmed.

A cow follows a player who holds wheat, but stops following if separated from the player by at least 8 blocks, or if the player stops holding the wheat.


If cows are given wheat, they enter love mode and pair off to create calves, granting the player a small amount of experience. The parent cows have a cooldown of 5 minutes before they can breed again. All babies obtained by breeding take 20 minutes to grow up. The growth of baby cows can be slowly accelerated using wheat; each use takes 10% off of the remaining time to grow up.


Shearing a mooshroom turns it into a cow and drops 5 mushrooms corresponding to the type of mooshroom.

Data values[edit]

Cows have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo
Cow TipperHarvest some leatherPick up leather from the ground.YesYesYesYes15GBronze
RepopulationBreed two cows with wheatBreed two cows or two mooshrooms.YesYesYesYes15GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png The Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryminecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.png Two by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 14 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.8Cow Revision 1.png Added cows.
Cows exhibit kazoo-like sounds and are black and white.
v1.0.9Cows now emanate a more realistic bovine sound.
v1.0.14Cow Revision 2.png Added horns to cows. Cows now have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots, and have a 3D udder.
Java Edition Beta
1.3Cow Revision 3.png The position of the cow's horns has now been changed.
1.8?The cow AI has now been updated as part of the first AI update; they now run away when attacked.
Pre-releaseAdded raw beef and steak, which are now dropped from cows.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Cow Revision 4.png The cow's horns have now been moved, once again.
The cow udder's model has now been changed from Cow Revision 1 from below.png to Cow Revision 2 from below.png.
Baby Cow.png Added baby cows.
Cows can now be bred with wheat.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6The texture of the cow's butt has now been changed from Cow Revision 1 from behind.png to Cow Revision 2 from behind.png.
1.2.112w07aThe cow AI has now been updated.
Cows can now no longer breed with mooshrooms.
1.4.212w38aAdded new step, hurt, and idle sounds for cows.
1.814w02aBaby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.
1.915w39aCows are now slightly taller (1.4 blocks tall rather than 1.3, with babies 0.7 blocks tall rather than 0.65).
15w50aAdded a sound when the player milks a cow: entity.cow.milk.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID for cows have now been changed from Cow to cow.
1.1418w43aCow.png Changed cow's as the texture as part of the Texture Update.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0Cow.png Added cows.
0.6.0Baby Cow.png Added baby cows.
Cows can now drop leather.
0.7.0Cow spawn eggs have now been added to creative.
0.8.0build 2Cows are now attracted to wheat and can now be bred.
The cow AI has now been improved.
0.12.1?The cow's sounds have now been updated.
0.14.0build 1Baby zombie jockeys now check for nearby cows to mount prior to attacking the player, villager or golem.
Cows now no longer spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
0.15.0build 1Baby husks can now mount cows.
Bedrock Edition
1.11.0beta can now spawn in animal pens in villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Cow.png Added cows.
Cows do not run away when attacked.
TU5Cows now run away when attacked.
TU7Baby Cow.png Added baby cows.
Cows can now be bred with wheat.
TU141.04Using a cow spawn egg, baby cows can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult cow.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Baby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13The baby cow's sounds have now been updated.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Cows.


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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.[citation needed] This applies to cows, since they have horns and give milk (although, in some breeds, female cows also have horns)