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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

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

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

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

Mooshrooms

Rare cows that spawn in the mushroom biome.

Trivia

  • 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

Click for full Cow gallery.


Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace.png Bat OcelotFace.png Cat ChickenFace.png Chicken CowFace.png Cow
CodBody.png Fish (various) Link=Fox Fox Glow Squid Face.png Glow Squid HorseHead.png Horse
MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom OcelotFace.png Ocelot ParrotFace.pngParrot
PigFace.png Pig Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit SheepFace.png Sheep Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem
Squidface.png Squid StriderFace.png Strider TurtleFace.pngTurtle Villagerhead.png Villager
WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader
Neutral Mobs
AxolotlFace.png Axolotl BeeFace.png Bee DolphinHead.png Dolphin EndermanFace.png Enderman
GoatFace.png Goat Vg face.png Iron Golem Big-llama-face.png Llama Panda FaceZ.png Panda
PiglinFace.png Piglin PolarBearFace.png Polar Bear SpiderFace.png Spider CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider
BetterWolfFace.png Wolf ZombifiedPiglinFace.png Zombified Piglin
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face.png Blaze CreeperFace.png Creeper Drownedheaad.png Drowned Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace.png Endermite EvokerFace.png Evoker Link=Evoker Fang Evoker Fang GhastFace.png Ghast
Link=Guardian Guardian Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian Hoglin face.pngHoglin HuskFace.png Husk
Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube PhantomFace.png Phantom PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute PillagerFace.png Pillager
RavagerFace.png Ravager Big-shulker-face.png Shulker SilverfishFace.png Silverfish SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
SlimeFace.png Slime Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey StrayFace.png Stray VexFace.png Vex
VindicatorFace.png Vindicator Warden Face.png Warden 50px-WitchFace.png Witch Wither face.png Wither
WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey ZoglinFace.pngZoglin ZombieFace.png Zombie
ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager
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