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A moon cow is a variant of a cow that spawns on the moon. They function similar to the cow, except they walk backwards and wear glass.


Moon cows spawn in the surface of cheese blocks in the the moon dimension.


An adult moon cow drops:

Killing a calf yields no items nor experience.



Main article: Breeding

A moon cow follows a player who holds wheat but stops following if separated from the player by at least six blocks.

Adult moon cows enter love mode and pair off to create calves after they are given wheat, granting the player one to seven experience orbs. The parent cows have a cooldown of five minutes before they can breed again and the growth of calves can be accelerated using wheat; each use reduces the remaining growth duration by 10%.

Baby moon cows take 20 minutes to grow up and follow adult cows, preferring them instead of a player holding wheat. The moon calf that results from breeding attempts to go to the nearest available block to its parent, even if no path can be found. A moon calf pathfinds to other adult cow if it is separated from its parent by more than 24 blocks. Earthen calves seem to also follow moon cows, but moon calves don't seem to follow earthen cows.


Like regular cows, moon cows can be fed air to turn them into balloon cows and go back to the Earth. The glass bottles dropped by them allow the player to craft new air if they run out of it. After reaching Y=689, the cow explodes with a firework blast and gives the player Nausea II and Levitation II for 20 seconds.


Moon cows use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Cow moosFriendly CreaturesRandomlyentity.cow.ambientsubtitles.entity.cow.ambient0.40.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Cow diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a moon cow diesentity.cow.deathsubtitles.entity.cow.death0.40.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Cow hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a moon cow is damagedentity.cow.hurtsubtitles.entity.cow.hurt0.40.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Cow gets milkedPlayersWhen a moon cow is milkedentity.cow.milksubtitles.entity.cow.milk1.01.016
FootstepsFriendly CreaturesWhile a moon cow is walkingentity.cow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016


Java Edition
23w13a_or_bMoon CowAdded moon cows.


  • Moon cows walking backwards is a reference to the dance move moonwalk, where through a visual trick a dancer appears to walk backwards.
  • Moon cows have their own spawn egg, but they're only obtainable through commands or the spawn_egg_chance Vote.
  • Moon cows are unable to breed when the condition that allows craft able air blocks is enabled, as they will be mounted instead of fed when right clicked with wheat.