Harlequin cows are the shiny breed of cows that may be raised on the player-owned farm. It can be obtained by breeding two cows in the breeding pen or by trading with another player. As an item it will appear as one of the normal cow variants, and will only appear as a harlequin cow when added to a pen.
Even though they are called harlequin cows, a bull can also grow up to be of the harlequin breed if they are shiny.
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- patch 4 February 2019 (Update):
- Shiny animals now count as a wildcard for trait requests when selling to player owned farm NPC buyers, on top of the existing breed wildcard.
- Both harlequin cows and bulls share the same model, meaning that both the cow and bull will have udders. However in reality only the females have udders.
- Upon the release of the Archaeology skill, harlequin cows become highly sought after as a necessary item to complete the Gemini Zodiac step in the Infernal Source Contract Claws mystery which must be completed to access the Ancient Summoning aspect of the skill. The street price of a harlequin cow soared to exorbitant prices in the range of several tens of millions of coins during the first few days following the skills release as a direct result of this requirement. Due to player feedback, Jagex later hotfixed this issue by giving players the option to sacrifice one Strawberry cow, one Vanilla cow, and one Chocolate cow together in place of sacrificing a harlequin cow.