A cool Third Anniversary buff is now live on the realms, where players can find a special golden cow who runs around just like a Treasure Goblin. Kill him and he may open a red portal which grants access to a Diablo 2-style DiabloWikiSecret Cow Level, just packed with halberd-wielding Infernal Bovines. There’s even a Unique level boss, appropriately named the Cow Queen. (Diablo 2’s was the Cow King.)

    It’s udderly amazing, and live in the game right now until May 21st, in celebration of Diablo 3’s third anniversary. Here’s a video showing the area posted by streamer Natsuma Z. Anniversary Buff: D2’s Secret Cow Level Returns!

    Some screens from the spectacular.

    Update: Blizzard’s has posted a very tongue in cheek article denying the existence of the cow level, plus a secret hidden video. Click through for those.

    Debunking the Cowspiracy

    Citizens of Sanctuary,

    We’ve recently herd rumors of an invasion. Not one of a demonic nature, mind you, for those we are quite accustomed to. No, these rumors allege that townships throughout Khanduras are being overrun by bipedal, bardiche-bearing bovine who are luring weary adventurers to the proverbial slaughter through moosterious orange portals.

    Many of you have expressed fear. Some have asked if you should moov your families. To this we say: Hold fast. There is no cause for alarm. We’ve seen the so-called “evidence” being pastured around local inns and, after thoroughly investigating all reported sightings, can cowfindently state that this is nothing more than a clever hoax.

    The "imaginative" artist rendition of the threat.

    The “imaginative” artist rendition of the threat.

    The truth of the matter and what we actually found after proper inspection.

    The truth of the matter and what we actually found after proper inspection.

    There are no homicidal heifers. There is no invasion. And, more specifically, there is no cow level. Anyone who claims otherwise is full of bull and simply milking this terrible prank for all that it’s worth.

    That said, while the idea of some sort of “cowpocalypse” (as one terrified farmer has taken to calling this) is udderly ridiculous, it is worth noting that one can never be too careful. And so, after consulting with our local Horadrim chapter, we have elected to issue an advisory.

    Effective immediately, we encourage all residents of Sanctuary to steer clear of the wilds. From dawn on May 15 to dusk on May 21, it is also recommended that you avoid entering any strange portals that may or may not lead to alternate planes of existence. This activity cud be potentially hazardous to your health and, in the opinion of this humble civil servant, is a veally bad idea in general.

    In the meantime, we urge you all to stay calm and remember that cows don’t kill people. Everything ELSE in Sanctuary kills people.

    Thank you, – Management

    Secret cow bounty?

    Secret cow bounty?

    It’s a better anniversary buff than just some +Gold Find, eh?

    Note that a cow will rarely emerge from one of the spider cocoons in the Act One Queen’s Dessert bounty. This is just a visual Easter Egg and not connected to this Cow Level event.

    Update #2: Easter Egg video about the Cow Level can be seen on the official Diablo 3 site by clicking the helm with the blue eyes on the top middle of the page. Here’s the video via our You Tube channel.

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