Diablo 3 Beta Account Easter Egg Decoded

A couple of weeks ago, a B.net forum user found a hidden entry line in his Diablo 3 beta account page. You can see the invisible space in the image to the right; it’s inside the red rectangle.

Fans speculated about this apparent DiabloWikiEaster Eggfor a bit, and then after a few days Bashiok dropped by and did his usual thing; tossing down some snarky humor/encouragement, with words that were clearly a hint, in retrospect.

“While the Hell Bovines are numerous and bloodthirsty, the same cannot be said for their heavenly counterparts.” —Account of Sanctuary Cattle, author unknown

Thence followed 10 pages of speculation, guessing, entreaties for those with beta access to enter guesses at the key phrase, and just a general orgy of evidence of just how bored and desperate fans have grown waiting for the Beta invites to expand and the damn game to be finished already.

Finally today, someone figured it out, and guessed “starcow” for the code. That worked, and enabled a Nyan-cat styled bonus animation, before resulting in a new look to the Battle.net Diablo III account display. You can see pics of those below.

Congrats to the people who solved it, and apologies from everyone involved in the creation of Diablo III that you had the time/motivation to puzzle it out in the first place. Thanks to Douglas, Chris, Bloodwarxxi, and Jiflyon for sending in news about this. Click through for a video of the Starcow, plus a Diablo Nyan that’s been floating around for a while, and of course the original Nyan Cat video, if you need a refresher on this particularly meaningless meme.

Video of what happens when you enter the code.

Diablo Nyan!

The original Nyan Cat movie. Info about the meme here.


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  1. that’s right blizzard, keep the kids happy, since they’ll be buying your game

      • In Scorch’s brevity, he has a point. Stuff like this could be done on a Friday evening when all the other devs go home for the weekend. Don’t be upset, be glad the people making d3 have a sense of humor.

      • Seriously dont buy diablo if you don’t like them cows. Cows own face! Glad they are back.

    • Yeah putting silly things in Mature rated Diablo games is just silly and dumb and for kids only. Who needs that stupid crap, cows? Who puts cows in a game like Diablo, I wouldn’t buy that, cow stuff is just for kids game, and I’d never buy that. Gee whiz blizzard. Who ever heard of that? Your right soilmate, cow stuff having to do with Diablo is dumb.

  2. Lol… “yep, that just happened”

    GG blizz…

  3. “Snarky”Bashiok, desperate fans, and a meaningless meme? Seems like flux may be in a bad mood.

  4. I love the Mario 3 box design.  Awesome.

  5. i was curious about that forum thread.  I’ll tell you what.  If I was a beta player and I spent hours trying to figure that out….Holy hell I’d be pissed.   “I spent all that time for a f*@#$%%! Nyan animation!”

    WOW!  Bliz, for #[email protected] sake, please find better uses of your time.   I’m a Blizzard fan, but this sucks ass.

    • What would you have prefered instead?

      • fair question.  beta key to give to a friend. (would only be awarded to first x people to solve it)… new screenshots of act 2,3 or 4… any tidbit of new info…   they could have even awarded first x people a special d3 icon for their bnet profile.  

        I fully realize that this doesn’t delay anything development wise.  the web team I’m sure has plenty of time on their hands.  but be a little more creative than this.

  6. For someone wasting their time on this crap, we all deserve a release date 😉

  7. I am Brazilian user who find a code , thanks for the topic. (i lost my old acc and mail in diabloinc).
    Cow lives again!. 😛

  8. It’s a friggin Easter Egg – hopefully you wouldn’t spend hours trying to ‘figure that out’. Especially in a beta. I’m sure the couple hours spent not enabling this would’ve brought the game to market a whole month sooner.

  9. believe me or not but honestly, i would have found this code out yesterday.
    i was reading blue posts lookin for new info (ofc there is none) came across d3 beta cheat codes thing again with bashioks new posts.. talkin about cows with stars inside them..
    easy to figure out code = “starcow” no doubt in my mind i would have tried this yesterday if i had beta access. but yah.. cool find at least someone did it finally.. lazy testers not on pc 24/7.. ha jk 😮

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