Cow

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This article is about the cows that players can attack. For other uses, see Cow (disambiguation).
For the elite version, see Super Cow.
Cow chathead.png
A cow-powered mill at Zanaris.

Cows are a bovine monster that is often killed for their hide, and new players may find useful to train on. They are one of the first monsters new players can encounter around Burthorpe. Cows in the Burthorpe field will grant 7 experience while the regular cows located everywhere else grant 35 experience when killed in combat. Along with cows, players can also find weaker cow calves and non-attackable dairy cows.

In the cow field located north-east of Lumbridge Castle or the field in Taverley, players can easily make money. At current Grand Exchange rates, players can make 1,447 coins per cow, providing that they sell the Raw Beef, Cowhide, and Bones from a cow, so they would make 13,023 coins per inventory from all drops.

When a cow dies, it drops raw beef (which gives Cooking experience when cooked), a cowhide (which players can sell for profit or turn into leather items for Crafting experience) and bones (which players can bury for Prayer experience). The vast majority of cows drop nothing beyond bones, raw beef, and cowhide.

Zanaris, a different realm to RuneScape, is the only place with talking cows. The cows of Zanaris seem to dislike the sheep as well as other players, and are apparently unaware of their ability to talk. There is also a windmill that is powered by a cow in lieu of the wind, which technically makes it a "cowmill". Also, when walking around or being attacked, the cow will often say "Moo" as if it had been typed by a player. A cow is also one of the possible NPCs players can talk to using the NPC Contact spell.

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Lumbridge farm
  • North of the windmill north-west of Lumbridge (around Beefy Bill). This spot is perhaps the quickest way to get cowhides; simply take the obtained cowhides from the killed cattle and give them to Beefy Bill to transport to your bank (with a commission).
  • Zanaris (level 1)
  • Yanille
  • Sinclair Mansion
  • Around the west and south sides of the Crafting Guild
  • South of Falador at the cabbage patch. The closest bank is in Falador (run time 28 seconds) where you can deposit the drops. Although, if you have the explorer's ring 3 and ring of kinship, you could teleport to Daemonheim and bank your drops (short run). Then teleport back to the cabbage patch and climb over the small stile directly to the cow field. Or home teleport to Port Sarim and run north, slightly east.
  • Taverley cow pens. One is found west of the Stone Circle, and the other west of the Pet Shop. These cows are level 1, and unlike other cows, respawn extremely quickly, taking only roughly 3 seconds. This makes it a good spot for new players to train.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Bones.png: Cow drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1BonesF2P icon.png1Always1970
Cowhide.png: Cow drops Cowhide with rarity Always in quantity 1CowhideF2P icon.png1Always4470
Raw beef.png: Cow drops Raw beef with rarity Always in quantity 1Raw beefF2P icon.png1Always78935

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
95%0.8–0.9%4%0.2–0.3%0–0.1%
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 69,952 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Chargebow.png: Cow drops Chargebow with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1ChargebowF2P icon.png1Uncommon141Not alchemisable
Staff of air.png: Cow drops Staff of air with rarity Rare in quantity 1Staff of airF2P icon.png1Rare2,056900

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Spirit sapphire.png: Cow drops Spirit sapphire with rarity 5/2000 in quantity 1Spirit sapphire (m)P2P icon.png15/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Spirit emerald.png: Cow drops Spirit emerald with rarity 3/2000 in quantity 1Spirit emerald (m)P2P icon.png13/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Spirit ruby.png: Cow drops Spirit ruby with rarity 2/2000 in quantity 1Spirit ruby (m)P2P icon.png12/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: Cow drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Key token.png: Cow drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: Cow drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare12,352Not alchemisable

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Cows have been given lessons so they can moo properly.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When the cow says "Moo", the sound of a moo can usually be heard from the speakers.
  • If you attempt to talk to a cow in Zanaris, it will prompt the message: "Hmm, interesting, there appears to be a human trying to talk to me. Is it aware that cows can't talk I wonder? Maybe if I just ignore it, it might go away."
  • If you use an item on a cow or calf a message will appear saying "The cow doesn't want that."
  • The cows used to have horns.
  • There is a signpost outside of the Lumbridge cow pen that says the number of cows killed in the world the player is in.
  • On 28 August 2018, cows outside of Zanaris were temporarily replaced with strawberry, vanilla and chocolate cows as a teaser for the upcoming Player-owned farm update. The standard cows returned to their spots when the player-owned farm was released on 3 September 2018.