It's been 20 years since the ultimate video game devil breached the fabric of our reality, finding a fiendish form in Blizzard's celebrated RPG. The Diablo series is celebrating its anniversary and the festivities aren't limited to the Diablo games, but are spreading to all of Blizzard's franchises.
And while Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch mark the anniversary in small and symbolic fashion, #WoW players can look forward to a more elaborate event regarding the birthday of the lord of terror. And they can especially get themselves excited about the chance to once again stand face to face with one of the true terrors of the Diablo series.
We're of course talking about the dreaded Cow King, who has relocated to Duskwood during the anniversary. And, like in Diablo 2 and Diablo 3, he brings plenty of exclusive loot if you manage to defeat him and his minions. Which apparently is ridiculously easy as long as you're level 110.
How To Find & Kill Diablo 3's Cow King
First you have to find your way to the cow level, which involves killing off a Treasure Goblin (brutal Blizzard, what did those goblins do to you?) that upon death spawns a portal to the infamous bovine field. They also have a chance of dropping an epic 28 slot bag called a Horadric Satchel, which is definitely a lot cooler than whatever tailor-made bag you're currently carrying around.
The Treasure Goblins can spawn all around the Broken Isles, down in the Dalaran Sewers and at the end of an instance run. So make sure to take an extra look around after you loot the final bosses for the next week.
The Right Amount Of Mooh
The Cow Level itself is a gloomy rotten orchard where you'll find both corrupted cows and taurens. The authentic moohing is present, and the Cow King wears some kind of electric headpiece which allows him to spew lightning and channel it into the ground. Something that proves that this exact cow really has been in contact with the dark powers, and it's perfectly justifiable to slay him.
The Cow King's loot is thematically based upon Diablo and includes town portal scrolls, different kinds of charms and a Twelve-String Guitar. The town portals act like one-use Hearthstones, but 10 of them can be combined into a Tome of Town Portal, which is like an extra Hearthstone for the duration of the event. The charms grant your character a small buff during the festivities just by staying in your backpack, and the Twelve-String Guitar will finger pick haunting tunes from the Diablo soundtrack and grant you the Diablo's 20th Anniversary achievement.
On top of this—and this might actually be the best part of the event—Wild Imps summoned from various spells and other sources now use the Mini Diablo model. The very same model that was used for the pet players were awarded in the original World of Warcraft Collector's Edition. Considering the age of the game, the vanity pet is a rare sight and its model's brief return to the game is pure nostalgia.
Are you planning on making a trip to the Cow Level and slay an ungodly amount of demon cows?