Cow

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For other versions of the cow, see Cow (Disambiguation).

Cows are passive mobs in Minecraft. They provide leather, beef, and milk.

Uses[edit | edit source]

When killed, a cow can drop up to 2 pieces of leather, as well as up to 3 pieces of raw beef. If the cow dies while on fire, steak will be dropped instead of beef. A cow can be milked by right-clicking it with an empty bucket selected. Due to the fact that cows can be bred an unlimited number of times using renewable wheat, all of the cow's products are renewable. You could also get a acheivment called cow tipper from getting leather from one.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Cows roam the Overworld in herds of 3-8, although they can sometimes roam alone after being away from their pack and can be observed jumping up slight inclines and falling to their deaths from tall cliffs and overhangs. Cows often spawn in snowy and plains biomes. Cows will make no attempt to stay out of water, and will bob up and down to stay afloat. They will flee when attacked and tend to walk around, lowing (mooing), like most passive mobs.

Calf[edit | edit source]

Calves are the offspring of two adult cows. To breed cows, one must give each of them a portion of wheat. Many red hearts will appear around each of the cows when they are fed (this is called "Love Mode"). After entering Love Mode, a small calf will appear near the parents. Like adult cows, these calves can be milked, despite their immaturity. Like other baby animals, Calves do not drop any items when killed.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Mooshrooms[edit | edit source]

Rare cows that spawn in the mushroom biome.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Cows in the PC Gamer demo of Minecraft are branded with a 'PCG' logo on their side.
  • In Survival Multiplayer, clicking anywhere on the cow with a bucket selected will fill it with milk, but only at the maximum distance at which players can use the bucket.
  • As of Beta 1.3_01, the pink of the cow's ear may also be milked.
  • In 1.8, cows seem to be less common than other passive mobs. This may be due to the fact that cows give an abundance of resources including beef, leather, and milk whereas other passive mobs give less, since 1.8.
  • It takes one full Minecraft day or 20 minutes for calves to become fully mature cows.
  • In 1.4, the cow's sounds were changed slightly, such as new step sounds and idle sounds.
  • If a Player kills a cow and gets its leather, the achievement "Cow Tipper" will be unlocked. Bedrock only
  • All the cows in Minecraft resemble the Norwegian Red cattle.
  • Cows in older versions used to sound more stressed when hit by the player.
  • Cows can spawn in village pens as of 1.14.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

File:CowNew.png
Click for full Cow gallery.


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Passive Mobs
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16px Squid 16px Strider 16pxTurtle 16px Villager
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16px Wolf 16px Zombified Piglin
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Link=Guardian Guardian 16px Elder Guardian 16pxHoglin 16px Husk
16px Magma Cube 16px Phantom 16px Piglin Brute 16px Pillager
16px Ravager 16px Shulker 16px Silverfish 16px Skeleton
16px Slime 16px Spider Jockey 16px Stray 16px Vex
16px Vindicator 26px Warden 16px Witch 16px Wither
16px Wither Skeleton 16px Wither Skeleton Jockey 16pxZoglin 16px Zombie
16px Zombie Villager