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Kill Adult: 1–3
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 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.
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)|
|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|
|Icon||Advancement||In-game description||Parent||Actual requirements (if different)||Internal ID|
|The Parrots and the Bats||Breed two animals together||Husbandry||—|
|Two by Two||Breed all the animals!||The Parrots and the Bats||Breed pairs of each of these 14 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.|
|Java Edition Alpha|
|Cows exhibit kazoo-like sounds and are black and white.|
|v1.0.9||Cows now emanate a more realistic bovine sound.|
|v1.0.14||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|
|1.3||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-release||Added raw beef and steak, which are now dropped from cows.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||The cow's horns have now been moved, once again.|
|The cow udder's model has now been changed from to .|
|Added baby cows.|
|Cows can now be bred with wheat.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||The texture of the cow's butt has now been changed from to .|
|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: |
|1.11||16w32a||The entity ID for cows have now been changed from |
|1.14||18w43a||Changed cow's as the texture as part of the Texture Update.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.6.0||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 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.|
|1.11.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Cows can now spawn in animal pens in villages.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added cows.|
|Cows do not run away when attacked.|
|TU5||Cows now run away when attacked.|
|TU7||Added baby cows.|
|Cows can now be bred with wheat.|
|TU14||1.04||Using a cow spawn egg, baby cows can now be spawned by using on an adult cow.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Baby cow growth can now be accelerated using wheat.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||The baby cow's sounds have now been updated.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
- 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)