Ever since the game’s launch, players have been eager to find out whether or not there is a secret cow level in Diablo 4.

A cow level in some form has previously appeared in Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, and fans are eager to know if it will make an appearance in the series’ latest outing.

Find out all you need to know about Diablo’s secret cow level, what the developers have said about it, and how fans are searching for it in Diablo 4.

What is the Secret Cow Level in Diablo?

Diablo’s secret cow level is a hidden level that was a response to a popular internet joke from the first game and has appeared in Diablo 2 and Diablo 3.

The secret cow level’s first appearance in Diablo 2 saw players fighting a variety of Hell Bovine enemies and The Cow King boss. It made a welcome return in Diablo 3’s third anniversary as an easter egg to its much-loved Diablo 2 appearance.

As such a beloved series in-joke for fans, many are eager to see if the secret cow level will make an appearance in Diablo 4.

Collage of The Secret Cow Level portal and fighting cows in the scret cow level in Diablo 2
Credit: Filthy Casual

Is there a Secret Cow Level in D4?

Update: There is no official confirmation but the puzzle seems to indicate the Cow Level is real and close to being found.

As of Season 2, there is still currently no secret cow level in Diablo 4, though fans have got one step closer to uncovering the mystery beneath it all.

There’s even a Discord server (aptly named D4 – Not Finding A Cow Level) that attempts to unravel the mystery.

Though there is yet to be a secret cow level in the game, players have discovered three important relics that can be obtained by defeating 666 cows (for each relic) under certain conditions:

  • Bloody Wooden Shard
  • Musty Tome
  • Intricate Metallic Fragment

These relics are used to obtain a key to the Forlorn Hovel cellar, where a Stamina potion can be obtained inside.

The key to the conspiracy (cow-spiracy?) seems to be in the Ked Bardu in the Dry Steppes region. There is large fountain surrounded by four Oxen statues in the middle of the city. It sticks out like a sore thumb.

Standing in the middle of a fountain surrounded by four oxen statues in Ken Bardu in the Dry Steppes region in Diablo 4
Credit: Sylvus

Only one of the statues is interactable, the ‘Oxen God of the East‘.

When clicking the statue, a message comes up that any who “presents a worthy offering” to the statue “may gain their blessing”.

In Season 2, players have discovered that they can obtain a key to the Forlon Hovel cellar by placing each of the three relics on the ground in the middle of the fountain.

Oxen of the East description in Ken Bardu in the Dry Steppes region in Diablo 4
Credit: Sylvus

You will encounter 28 cow enemies when you enter the Forlorn cellar. Defeating them will reward you with a Stamina Potion.

This is as far as the community have got to uncovering the secret cow level so far in Diablo 4!

Diablo 4 Secret Cow Level: Steps Discovered So Far

Here are the steps to follow, which was discovered by the secret cow level Discord server and streamer Raxxanterax:

We'll update this article if any more steps are found or the cecret cow level is revealed!
  1. Find 3 relics by killing cows near Farobu in Ked Bardu:
    • Relic 1 (Bloody Wooden Shard) – Must farm 666 cows in total, 665 at any location, plus the last cow slain in Hawezar or Kehjistan.
    • Relic 2 (Musty tome) – Must farm 666 cows in total, 665 at any location, plus the last cow slain in the Dry Steppes.
    • Relic 3 (Metallic Fragment) – Must farm 666 cows in total, 665 at any location, plus the last cow slain in Scosglen or Fractured Peaks.
    • Check out our guide on how to farm cows quickly in Diablo 4!
  2. Cleanse them at the fountain at Ked Bardu city in Dry Steppes
  3. Cleansing all 3 of them should trigger a Secret key drop
  4. Open the Secret Cellar known as Forlorn Hovel
  5. Eliminate all 28 cows in the cellar to get a Stamina Potion.
FAQ from within the D4- Not Finding A Cow Level Discord server for Diablo 4
Credit: Sylvus

Be sure to check out our guide on how to solve the secret cow level puzzle for a more detailed run through of how to unravel the secret cow level mystery so far!

Developer Comments on Secret Cow Level in Diablo 4

According to the game’s development chief Rod Fergusson, there is currently no secret cow level in Diablo 4.

In an interview with Kinda Funny Games, Fergusson expresses his team’s desire to “keep the game as grounded as possible.” He said: “There’s no secret level people may be looking for in Diablo 4 as per previous games”.

But, as Fergusson puts it: “That doesn’t mean that there won’t be (secret levels) in the future.”

Check out Fergusson’s comments in his interview with Kinda Funny Games below:

More recently, Blizzard president Mike Ybarra has responded rather suspiciously to a tweet made by IGN.

The tweet in question mentions how Diablo 4’s developers have denied the existence of such a level. Ybarra responds with a humorous GIF of Nick Offerman smirking and looking slyly to the side:

This puts into question the team’s previous affirmations that there is no cow level to be found.

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