Players are close to cracking the code to a big secret in Diablo 4, whose second season just started on October 17th. Players have been searching for the Cow Level, a popular urban legend, meme and Diablo level game that was released back in June. Thanks to the efforts of the Diablo IV community, we are now closer than ever to finding out the location of the Cow level.
Players have finally figured out how to obtain three “items of great importance,” which have been hinted at as relics to craft a key. This key is needed to gain access to the Abandoned Shack, a location rumored to be the room where players can open a portal to the Cattle Level and gain access to Diablo 4’s Cow Level.
All of this news comes courtesy of Wowhead.com, a Blizzard-owned site dedicated to the Diablo 4 Cow level trail. According to the site’s research, players will apparently have to kill 666 cows to get one of the three relics. A member of the Cow Level Secret Finding Discord later clarified that players can only earn one of the relics per week, meaning it will take anyone who sets out on a quest to find the Cow King a few weeks unless he has been working with other players since then. The items can be traded – at least as soon as Blizzard lifts the trading ban imposed earlier today.
A big step in the right direction
The cow level has been a staple in the Diablo series for decades. After rumors of a secret cow level in the first Diablo began circulating in the late ’90s, it eventually appeared in Diablo 2 as a secret postgame level and has appeared in every Diablo game since. Players still haven’t found Diablo IV’s version of the secret level, only references to it in the game’s code.
Blizzard, for its part, continues to deny the level’s existence.
“We wanted to make sure it felt authentic and fit with our dark gothic themes. We really focused on keeping it as grounded as possible. And because of this, there is no secret level in Diablo 4 that appeals to people.” I may be looking for previous games. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future,” director Rod Fergusson told IGN back in July.
Fans have yet to open the portal required to access the Cow level, but obtaining the items needed to complete the questline is an important step in the right direction.
Meanwhile, Blizzard recently released the second season of Diablo IV, which also introduces vampires among a host of other updates. For more information, check out our Season of Blood guide.
Charlie Wacholz is a freelance writer at IGN.