How to Find the Diablo III Secret Cow Level – Whimsyshire Land of the Unicorns

This guide will help you gather all the materials to craft the Staff of Herding -- required to gain access to Whimsyshire.

Following the tradition of Diablo II, Blizzard Entertainment added the Secret Cow Level to Diablo III. In order to get access to the Secret Cow Level, the player has to acquire several rare items scattered throughout Sanctuary and pay a lot of hundred thousands of gold for some of the items.

In addition, the player has to create a staff from Plans: Staff of Herding with the help of Haedrig Eamon (Blacksmith).

The first step is to find the items required to build the Staff of Herding. Check out the screenshots and step-by-step guide for each item by clicking the item names below.

Act I

Act II


Act IV

After you gather all these items, you can now create the Staff of Herding at the Blacksmith Haedrig Eamon.

Secret Cow Level - Wimsyshire

After creating the Staff of Herding, leave the game. Click the Change Quest button located at the character screen.

Make sure the Normal Difficulty is set at the bottom-left. Otherwise use the dropdown menu.

Choose Act I chapter 3: A Shattered Crown. Select Begin Quest (beneath A Shattered Crown).

Start the game. Your character spawns at the New Tristram. Go to the waypoint and teleport to Old Tristram.

Remember that big hole on the ground with a weird ilumination located between Old Tristram and New Tristram? That's where you must go. Nearby is the skeleton of a cow. With the Staff of Herding in your inventory, the Ghost of the Cow King will hover above the bones. A yellow exclamation mark appears on his head. Click him to start the dialogue.

Check out the last step of how to access the Secret Cow Level: Whimsyshire:

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  • Eldorian

    It’s spelled Whimsyshire.

  • Thanks for the guide, I’ve been looking for this! 🙂

  • Eldorian

    I have a video guide I am almost finished with I’ll be posting this weekend… MD just beat me to the punch.

  • That’s great man. I’ve only found fragmented information out there, and this is a tiny bit more complicated than just keeping Wirt’s leg and opening a portal to the secret cow level.

    Another cool thing is that now we know what that frakking red glow was. 🙂

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  • I have “rinsed” and “repeat”ed fucking 6 times and still can’t find the mushroom…

  • Got liquid rainbow first try!

  • QUICK TIP: After finding starting the quest as they describe above, FIND the “Forgotten Ruins” entrance. It is sometimes almost right north of the “penninsula” they describe, and sometimes just west of it. Makes getting there a WHOLE let easier, cutting down each trip’s time.

  • “Be careful where you place your weapons in case you accidentally sell or –worse case scenario — disenchant.”

    Yet: “The Staff of Herding cannot be sold.”

    Otherwise, thanks for the guide!

  • A friend told me that you can loot this in “Normal” mode, and he was right. I found it from first try !

  • I’be been trying for 5 hours… -.-‘

  • I’be been trying for 5 hours… -.-‘, and that is only when i’m trying to find the rainbow s**t..