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"What a MOOvelous occasion!"

— The Cow King(src)

The Cow King
Gender Male
Race Cow
Affiliation Burning Hells (formerly)
Class Hell Bovine
Status Deceased
Appearances Diablo II
Diablo III

The Cow King is a Hell Bovine monarch that is associated with The Secret Cow Level.


Diablo IIEdit


The Cow King as he appears in Diablo II

In Diablo II, the Cow King is the Super Unique boss of The Secret Cow Level. It looks just like any other Hell Bovine: there aren't any visual clues to identify it, except highlighting. However, the Cow King always spawns inside the fenced enclosure located in the secret cow level, so players who wish to avoid killing him can just avoid the enclosure altogether.

The Cow King is the only creature in the entirety of Diablo II to drop "The Cow King's Leathers".

Once he is killed, the portal to the Secret Cow Level cannot be created again in the same difficulty. Unless the player has of the older versions of Diablo II, in the first edition you they open it an infinite number of times on the same difficulty. So, that makes the Cow King's Leathers the hardest set to complete in one game because there are 3 set pieces and the player gets only 3 chances to kill the King - one in each Difficulty. This results in a popular tactic among those that wish to run the level to avoid slaying him at all costs.



Besides these two attributes that always appear, the Cow King gains one additional attribute (random modifier) on Nightmare and two on Hell. One of the most annoying attribute that it can get is Aura Enchanted: a Conviction aura Cow King coupled with its natural lightning enchanted can make fighting the Cow King a very hazardous task. It can also hold a range of immunities which can be quite annoying for pure-elemental Sorceresses and other element-dependent characters.

Celebrity StatusEdit

The Cow King is known more for his infamy among the rumor mills than for his drops. Ever since his discovery as an easter egg, he has been associated with various other fake hidden eggs. He was supposed to:

Diablo IIIEdit


Ghost of the Cow King in Diablo III

An NPC called "Ghost of the Cow King" appears in the Old Tristram Road in Diablo III, next to the portal to the Pony Level (the game's Cow Level). The ghost refers to the "fact" that there is "no cow level" after the player character breaks the fourth wall by referring to said level about cows.

In a limited time anniversary level, the ghost of the Cow King introduces the "Tipping Point" event and the unique boss, The Cow Queen can be encountered.

Nephalem Rifts has a very small chance to have a Rift Guardian named Lord of Bells, who takes the form of a huge cow with a two-handed axe, clearly a reference to Cow King. In addition, players may find (and use) his weapon.


This section contains facts and trivia relevant to this article.
Cow King

Cow King portrait

  • The Cow King has a male voice (and title), and is overall regarded as a male. However, it has an udder and has been stated to produce milk.[1]. However, two different creatures named The Cow Princess and The Cow Queen can be encountered in Diablo III, and neither of them is the Cow King (as his ghost can still be seen in the same level). The gender of these two creatures is unknown, as they never speak, and no other in-game characters speak of them neither as 'he' nor 'she'.



  1. Diablo III, The Horadric Hamburger
Act IAdenah the Curio VendorAlaricArghus the CollectorBeleaguered FarmerBrother Malachi the HealerBron the BarkeepCaptain RumfordCrazed HermitDeckard CainGhost of the Cow KingGhostly WomanKarynaKyr the WeaponsmithLeahLloigor the CrazedMarkoMayor HolusNek the BrawlerQueen AsyllaRadek the FenceRodger the AlchemistSashaTashun the MinerThe FerrymanTyraelVendel the ArmorsmithVerrallVirgilWandering TinkerWarrivWilla RatheWounded Man

Act IIAdriaAleranAshearaCaliemCaptain DavydGhaine the HealerHakan IIIron Wolf JarulfJavad the MerchantKadimLarraLeahLieutenant VachemLugo the MinerMiaMehtan the NecromancerNek the BrawlerSadeir the InnkeeperSilmak the FenceSquirt the PeddlerTilnean the CollectorTyraelZaven the AlchemistZoltun Kulle

Act IIIAdriaAndreus the HealerBotulph the MinerDrianFormer Mayor HolusGarell the QuartermasterHalmin the AlchemistHansen HaileIronsmith MaldonadoLeahLieutenant ClyftonLieutenant LavailLieutenant MeritynLitton the FenceMartaMessenger MartynsNek the BrawlerNikolaPrivate MattiusSergeant BurroughsSergeant DalenSergeant PaleTyraelVidar the Collector

Act IVAndreus the HealerAurielBotulph the MinerGarell the QuartermasterItheraelLitton the FenceNek the BrawlerTyrael

Act VDiadra the ScholarEmilyEnkasiGeneral TorionGuardianHalbuHalissaImperiusIsendraJamellaKylaLorath NahrMaster CrusaderMehtan the NecromancerNek the BrawlerPatriarch AnisimPowell the MinerTyraelZayl

Adventure ModeAbd al-HazirDane BrightKadalaLorath NahrOrekSkularTyraelUrshi

ArtisansCovetous ShenHaedrig EamonMyriam JahziaZoltun Kulle (Kanai's Cube)

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