Wednesday 14 June 2023

The Great Diablo 4 Cow Level Hunt: A Myth or a Reality?


There's a peculiar fervour building in the Diablo 4 community these days, revolving around the existence of a hidden secret cow level. Despite explicit denial from Diablo general manager Rod Fergusson, players are adamant that the infamous "Moo Moo Farm" exists in some form or another in Diablo 4, and they have embarked on a quest to prove its existence​​.

The Birth of the Cow Level

Before we delve into the ongoing hunt, it's crucial to understand why a secret cow level? The legend of the cow level has its roots in the original 1997 Diablo. What started as an amusing hoax soon became a reality when Blizzard acknowledged the joke and added the "Moo Moo Farm" secret level to Diablo 2. This Easter egg tradition continued in subsequent Blizzard games, including Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. The secret levels, usually filled with bipedal, weapon-wielding cows, have since become a beloved part of the Diablo experience​.

The Search for the Secret Cow Level in Diablo 4

Despite Fergusson's insistence that Diablo 4 is grounded as much as possible and that there is no secret level, players have been on the lookout for a cow level since the game's release. Some fans have reported light references to cows throughout the game, suggesting a potential hint towards the existence of the famed level​.

The Diablo 4 community has started to find what they believe are clues hinting at the cow level's existence. PC Gamer reported a fan Reddit thread that includes intriguing evidence. One of the interesting pieces is a reference to 'Oxen Gods' in Ked Bardu. Another piece of "evidence" is a YouTube video that claims the map looks like a cow. However, most players agree that this particular claim might be a bit of a stretch.

The most compelling evidence according to the community includes the discovery of a Bloody Wooden Shard item with a 'W' carved on the side and a Musty Tome within the game. These items could be referencing Wirt's wooden leg and the Tome of Town Portal, which were required to access the Moo Moo Farm in Diablo 2. This has spurred speculation among players that these items might hold the key to unlocking a secret cow level in Diablo 4​.

The Community's Response

The Diablo 4 player base is not taking this hunt lightly. One player has even set up a Discord server called "D4 - Not Finding a Cow Level" as a hub for fans to share evidence and discuss theories. Additionally, a 'cow-level-hunt' channel has been created on the Sanctuary Discord server, an official Blizzard partnered community. These channels serve as gathering points for theorists and hopefuls alike, amplifying the excitement and intrigue within the community​.

The question that remains is whether this is all just a wild moo chase or if there's some truth to the players' insistence. Is the secret cow level a reality, or is it merely a figment of the community's collective imagination, fueled by the fond memories of past games? Only time will tell if the players' efforts will yield the discovery of a secret cow level, or if they will have to accept Fergusson's statement as the final word​​.