Kill Adult: 1–3
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]
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.
Adult cows drop when they die (affected by looting):
Like other baby animals, killing a baby cow yields no items, nor experience.
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).
- 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||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||Breed a pair of one of these 11 mobs. Other breedable mobs, if any, are ignored for the advancement.||
|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.||
|v1.0.8||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||Added horns to cows. Cows have a new look, brown with white spots, instead of black with white spots, and have a 3D udder.|
|1.3||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.|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3||The cow's horns are moved once again.|
|The cow udder's model is changed.|
|Added baby cows. Cows can be bred with wheat.|
|Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6||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).|
|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.|
|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 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.|
- 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)