Cow

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Cow
Cow.png
Baby Cow.png
Health points

10 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Size

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

Spawn

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

First appearances

See History

Common drops
Experience

Kill Adult: 1–3
Breeding: 1–7

Sounds
Internal ID

JE: 92
BE: 11

Entity ID

cow

Cows are common passive mobs found in the Overworld.

Spawning[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Cows spawn in herds of 2-4 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 will not spawn in snowy tundras, but will spawn in snowy taigas. They spawn in herds while the world is first generating; although if there are no passive mobs in loaded chunks, a cow can spawn after world generation in normal spawning cycles.

Cows can also spawn inside animal pens in villages.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14 & BE 1.11.0].

In Bedrock Edition, they spawn in herds of 2-3 at light level 7 or higher, 5% of them will be calves when spawned.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Breeding[edit]

A calf compared to an adult cow.

If cows are given wheat, they will enter love mode and then 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.

Mooshrooms[edit]

Shearing a mooshroom will turn it into a cow and drop five mushrooms which correspond to the type of mooshroom.

Drops[edit]

Adult cows drop when they die (affected by looting):

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]

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

A cow will follow the player if they are holding wheat, but will stop if the player travels 8 blocks far away.

Data values[edit]

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

Achievements[edit]

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

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngThe Parrots and the BatsBreed two animals togetherHusbandryBreed a pair of one of these 11 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.[until JE 1.14].
Breed a pair of one of these 12 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]
minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngTwo by TwoBreed all the animals!The Parrots and the BatsBreed pairs of each of these 11 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.[until JE 1.14]
Breed pairs of each of these 13 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]
minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.8 Cow Revision 1.png Added cows.
Cows exhibit kazoo-like sounds and are black and white.
v1.0.9 Cows will now emanate a more realistic bovine sound.
v1.0.14 Cow Revision 2.png Added horns to cows. Cows will now have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots, and have a 3D udder.
Java Edition Beta
1.3 Cow 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 will now run away when attacked.
Pre-release Added raw beef and steak, which are now dropped from cows.
Java Edition
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3 Cow.png The cow's horns have now been moved, once again.
Cow Udder Comparison.png The cow udder's model has now been changed.
Baby Cow.png Added baby cows.
Cows can now be bred with wheat.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6 Cow Butt Comparison.png The texture of the cow's butt has now been changed.
1.2.1 12w07a The cow AI has now been updated.
Cows can now no longer breed with mooshrooms.
1.4.2 12w38a Added new step, hurt, and idle sounds for cows.
1.8 14w02a Baby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.
1.9 15w39a Cows are now slightly taller (1.4 blocks tall rather than 1.3, with babies 0.7 blocks tall rather than 0.65).
15w50a Added a sound when the player milks a cow: entity.cow.milk.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID for cows have now been changed from Cow to cow.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0 Cow.png Added cows.
0.6.0 Baby Cow.png Added baby cows.
Cows can now drop leather.
0.7.0 Cow spawn eggs have now been added to creative.
0.8.0 build 2 Cows 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.
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie jockeys will 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.
0.15.0 build 1 Baby husks can now mount cows.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.11.0 beta 1.11.0.1 Cows can now spawn in animal pens in villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Cow.png Added cows.
Cows will not run away when attacked.
TU5Cows will 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
0.1.0 Added Cows.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Cow" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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, in some breeds, female cows also have horns)

Gallery[edit]