Minecraft Dungeons: How to unlock the Secret Cow Level

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The Secret Cow Level is well-known amongst dungeon-crawler fans. Minecraft Dungeons pays homage to it with its own secret level.

Released this month, Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon crawler inspired by the likes of Diablo, Torchlight and even Left 4 Dead. So perhaps it should come as no surprise then that the hack-and-slash features a secret level that Diablo fans should be very familiar with — the Secret Cow level.

The Secret Cow level, also known as the Moo Moo Farm, was featured in Diablo II. By combining Wirt’s Leg and a Tome of Town Portal in the Horadric Cube, players could teleport to this secret level filled with Hell of Bovines: bipedal catle with polearms. The Secret Cow level was known for its difficulty but generous loot.

In Minecraft Dungeons, you’ll be attacked by Mooshrooms, slow-moing fungus cows. At the end, you’ll face the Mooshroom Monstrosity boss.

How to unlock the Secret Cow Level in Minecraft Dungeons

To unlock the Secret Cow Level in Minecraft Dungeons, you need to find nine runes that appear throughout the game after you complete the campaign on default difficulty. There is one rune in each mission. After finding them all, you’ll see a new path open up at your camp listed as “???”. This is the secret cow level.

Creeper Woods

After you rescue multiple villagers, walk towards the bottom-left (southwest) area where you’ll find a flat stone platform and cobblestone ruins. Stand on the plate and it will open, taking you inside. Press the button and collect the rune.

Soggy Swamp

After beating the boss at the end of the level, make your way towards the exit. You’ll see a stone column with a button hidden within mushrooms at its base. An entrance to the rune will open when press it.

Cacti Canyon

The button for the rune is located left of the gate where the Blue Key is. It’s hidden in the shrubs near the water.

Pumpkin Pastures

About halfway through the level, you’ll see a large stone wall. Walk across it and you’ll come across some wooden boxes. The button to the rune is hidden behind them.

Redstone Mines

After rescuing the six villagers for the second time, you can find the button towards the top left of the room, hidden behind a redstone deposit and the corner of the wall.

Desert Temple

After collecting the Gold Key, search for the nearby room with the palm tree in it. The switch for the rune is hidden behind the tree.

Fiery Forge

Located towards the beginning of the level, look for the dead Redstone Golem when you enter the forge. The lever to the rune is right next to it.

Highblock Halls

After defeating the first wave of enemies summoned by the Arch-Illager, head towards the outside marketplace where it’s raining. When you get outside, go towards the right and stay in that direction until you come upon the switch that leads to the rune.

Obsidian Pinnacle

Head inside the castle, clear it out and find the library. Towards the back of the room, you’ll see a bookshelf between two tables. Interact with it and collect the final rune.

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Finding the Secret Cow Level

Once you have found all of the runes and beat the campaign on the default difficulty, head back to the Camp area and find the hidden fort towards the south-east of the main area. The raised drawbridge now has springs that allow you to jump across to the other side.

Continue on the path and you’ll come across an incomplete Nether portal. A small, path is hidden between the trees towards the southwest. Go through this hidden path and you’ll come across a church. Inside the room, you’ll see the glowing rooms that you’ve collected. Press the button and it will open the way to the secret cow level.