Diablo 2 is one of the most famous aRPGs and everyone has heard about it. Among slaying monsters and finding the best gear Diablo 2 offers some secrets to discover. One of them is the Secret Cow Level. It is not easy to discover it if you don’t know how to get there. Read our post to learn everything about Diablo 2 Cow Level.
The Secret Cow Level once was a joke and rumour in Diablo I. It has become so popular that Blizzard decided to add it in Diablo II to make it real. What you can expect from Diablo 2 cow level is a separate area where all monsters are the same cows, called Hell Bovines, with polearms and the background voices are also making the cows. If you want to get there you need to know the recipe for Horadric Cube to transmute ingredients and open the portal to the secret cow level. Also, not that you can open the portal only in those areas that you’ve cleared. Meaning that you will get access to Normal Cow Level after you finish Normal difficulty completely.
To create a portal to the secret level, combine Wirt’s Leg and a Tome of Town Portal in the Horadric Cube. A red portal will appear in Act I starting area. Wirt’s Leg is obtained when the player returns to Tristram in order to complete the Search for Cain quest. In Tristram, near the top left corner, Wirt’s mangled body lies on the ground and will drop the leg along with a load of gold.
On entering the portal you will appear in a plane square area with woods. No cages, houses, or something like that only a huge amount of powerful cows. Somewhere inside or just outside of the “fort” as it’s called, you’ll find the Cow King. He is always Lightning Enchanted and should be avoided if you wish to retain the ability to open the portal to the level. If you don’t kill the King you can open the portal to D2 Cow Level as many times as you like. But note that this rule won’t work in Diablo 2 Resurrected as you can kill the King and reopen the portal as many times as you like.
Credit is given if you kill him yourself, or he dies at the hand of another player who has never killed him before, while you are in the Cow Level. Being partied or not has no effect on the credit for the quest, it only matters who actually gets the last hit on King. If they have previously gotten credit for completing the cow quest (which means they can not open the red portal) then nothing will change. If the character who gets the last hit on the Cow King can open the red portal, then they will receive credit for completing the quest and no longer be able to open the red portal. Worse yet, everyone else in the Cow Level, whether they are partied or not, will also receive credit for completing the quest (if they didn’t have it already) and will no longer be able to open the Red Portal. If you’ve already killed the king or gotten credit for killing him when someone else did, you can’t open the red portal anymore, but you can still enter the red portal when someone else opens it up.
The Secret Cow Level is a good place to farm Ethereal/Socketed items and low-mid tier Runes and Gems. So you might consider slaying the King or not, unless you play Diablo 2 Resurrected, of course. Players with high Magic Find gear can get some good items. The best characters to beat the cow level are those that have ranged attacks that can strike multiple targets at the same time. Javazons might as well have been designed specifically to excel in the Cow Level, thanks to Lightning Fury, which is more effective the more targets there are in range. Other highly useful skills against the Cows include Nova, Corpse Explosion, Multishot, and Death Sentry. Anything that hits many targets per use will come into its own against the cows.
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- August 26, 2021