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 passive mobs found in the Overworld.

Spawning[edit]

Natural generation[edit]

Cows spawn in herds of 4 on top of grass blocks with at least 2 blocks of space above them, at a light level of 9 or higher. They 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. 5% of them will be calves when naturally spawned.[Bedrock Edition only]

Breeding[edit]

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 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.

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 walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage. Like other passive mobs, they will flee around for a few seconds 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 (8 blocks).

Data values[edit]

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]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Pick up leather from the ground. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png
The Parrots and the Bats Breed two animals together Husbandry Breed a pair of one of these 11 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-raw.png
Two by Two Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the Bats Breed pairs of each of these 11 mobs. Other tamable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement. minecraft:husbandry/bred_all_animals

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Alpha
v1.0.8 Cow Revision 1.png Added cows. They exhibit kazoo-like audio and are black and white.
v1.0.9 Cows now emanate a more realistic bovine sound.
v1.0.14 Cow Revision 2.png Added horns to cows. Cows have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots, and have a 3D udder.
Beta
1.3 Cow Revision 3.png Changed position of cow horns.
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 Prerelease 3 Cow.png The cow's horns are moved once again.
Cow Udder Comparison.png The cow udder's model is changed.
Baby Cow.png Added baby cows. Cows can be bred with wheat.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6 Cow Butt Comparison.png The texture of the cow's butt is changed.
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).
15w50a Added sound: entity.cow.milk.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from Cow to cow.
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
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie jockeys will now check for nearby cows to mount prior to attacking the player.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added cows. They will not run away when attacked.
TU5 Cows will run away when attacked.
TU7 Added baby cows.
Cows can be bred with wheat.
TU14 1.04 Using a cow spawn egg, baby cows can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult cow.
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[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)

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