According to rumors, there are no cow levels in Diablo 3. But I heard rumors about another lovely place called Whimsyshire, filled with rainbows, chubby unicorns, fluffy clouds and cuddly bears. Mmmmm unicorn slaughter!
After some multiplayer slaughter and mayhem, a party member asked me if I wanted to come see the secret level. I was thrilled! After some simple instructions to leave the current game session, I got an invitation and teleported to the inviting player.
Before us stood a bovine creature, named the Cow King, which told us he was udderly pleased and invited us into the level of sparkling happiness and rainbows.
If you want to see how deep the rainbow hole goes, continue reading!
Clop clop clop! Time to slay some unicorns and loot some happy clouds! But first you have to go through several steps in order to gain access. This guide shows you the fastest way to getting the Staff of Herding – the key to enter the magical secret level in Diablo 3.
In order to craft the Staff of Herding, you will need 5 items, the crafting plan and a little gold. You will need to gather a Black Mushroom, Leoric‘s Shinbone, a vial of Liquid Rainbow, Wirt‘s Bell and a Gibbering Gemstone. After that, you will need to get the Plan: Staff of Herding. The plan is a random drop from Izual in Act IV.
- Get a Black Mushroom
- Get Leoric’s Shinbone
- Get a Liquid Rainbow
- Get a Gibbering Gemstone
- Get the Plan: Staff of Herding
- Go to Ghost of the Cow King
- Profit from slaying unicorns and cuddly bears!
- Yes, you can go to Whimsyshire over and over again, as long as you have the staff in your inventory. (DO NOT MISTAKE IT FOR TRASH!).
- Once upgraded to Nightmarish Staff of Herding, you can still use it to obtain access to Normal mode
- A full run with no modifying armor (+Gold find/+Magic find) in Nightmare mode yielded 12K gold after magic items were sold to vendors, and 5 rare items + the regular potions, gems et cetera.
The Black Mushroom can be found in the Cathedral in Act I. It is a random spawn, and you will most likely have to reset a few times in order to get it. If it has spawned, it will be in a special looking room, on the floor, just like a clickable corpse.
For the quicked way to get to the Black Mushroom, select normal difficulty Act I: 2. The Legacy of Cain – Explore Cellar. Select the waypoing named The Old Ruins and run up right. Run through the cellar and continue up to the front door of the Cathedral and jump down to Level 1. This will save you at a checkpoint here and will be a timesaver when you reset later on.
Many of the map layouts in Diablo 3 are dynamically generated from a set of rooms, not every kind of room and entrances are generated every layout. This is why you might have to reset the game a few times to find these items.
The mushroom will always be in a room with two columns supporting the NW wall, and bricks falling out of the wall between the columns. See following pictures for what room you are looking for. If you find the mushroom: Success! Move along to the next item!
If you have explored the whole map of Level 1 with no mushroom room, do not enter Level 2 (it does not matter if you go close to the entrance and get saved to that point, you will just have to use that as point of origin the next attempt). Press Escape, then Leave Game, and then Resume Game to get a new generated level and go mushroom hunting again.
Select Act 1: The Imprisoned Angel – Begin Quest, and use the waypoint to Leoric’s Manor. Run inside and check the room on the right of the king’s throne. If there is no item in the fireplace, leave game, and resume. Rinse & repeat until you find the shinbone in the fireplace.
Another tasty item for you to find, this time in the Dahlgur Oasis in Act 2. In one of 2 locations in the Oasis, Zaven the Alchemist can spawn. He is a rare spawn, so again in most cases you will have to reset a few times to get to him.
Select Act II: 7. Blood and Sand – Begin Quest, and take the waypoint portal to Path to the Oasis. Run east, check south on first location. If he is not there – save time by resetting the game. Alternatively you can do this by selecting the waypoint Dahlgur Oasis, but it will spawn in random locations, so the route south can be different every time. Once you see Zaven, fight off the creatures around and he will open the cave for you. Inside the cave, you must look for a Mysterious Chest containg the vial of Liquid Rainbow. If it’s not inside the cave, reset the game and try again.
Obtaining the Gibbering Gemstone can take a couple of hours. It’s a drop from a rare spawn named Chiltara, which can only spawn in Cavern’s of Frost in the Fields of Slaughter in Act III. There can be 2 caves in the Field of Slaughter, either Icefall Caves or Caverns of Frost. If you find the Icefall Caves, reset the game.
So, head to Act III: 5. Machines of War – Destroy Ballistae. Select the waypoint The Bridge of Korsikk and start looking for a cave entrance. If you find the Icefall Caves, reset and try again. Once inside the Caverns of Frost, look for an elite mob named Chiltara. She is a rare spawn, and you will stumble across many other yellow mobs inside the caves before you find Chiltara. Be sure to explore both levels of the Caverns of Frost completely. Rembember that even if there is another yellow mob, she can still spawn. If you reach the portal stone after exploring all of Level 2, reset the game and try again.
Needs more cowbell? This is the easiest item to obtain. It is a bit pricey though, a mere 100.000 gold. But once you have obtained the four other items, you should have more than enough gold to buy the bell. Head to Act II: 1. Shadows in the Desert – Iron Wolf Jarulf, and enter the Caldeum Bazaar. There you will find Squirt the Peddler, which sells this expensive bell from the deceased Wirt.
Ok, got all the five items now? Head over to Act IV – it’s time to slay Tyrael’s former friend, Izual the Fallen, over and over again, until the plan for the staff fall out from his mauled corpse.
Plan: Staff of Herding
The plan is a random drop from Izual the Fallen. Some have killed him over 30 times before the plan has dropped of his dead corpse. Head over to Act IV: 4. Prime Evil – Begin Quest. Select the waypoint The Crystal Colonnade. Take the gateway to The Silver Spire, cross the Great Span, ignore Leah. Enter The Silver Spire Level 1. Ignore Mira and continue running until you find the portal to The Great Span.
Enter the Great Span. Kill Izual. Slay Izual. Once slain, your progress will be saved to a new checkpoint, so if you were not lucky with the loot, you will have to select Act IV: 4. Prime Evil – Begin Quest one again in order for you to kill him.
Crafting the Staff
When you got the plan and all the five items needed for crafting the staff, you must head back to Haedrig Eamon, your blacksmith friend. Right click him, and then right click the plan teach him how to craft the staff. If you do this without the blacksmith window open, you will just get an error message.
Once learened, you will find it listed under Forge Weapons -> Staff. Did you think 100.000 gold was enough for getting the staff which will take you to fairyland? Guess again. Haedrig Eamon wants 50.000 for crafting it, but after all this farming for the required items, you should have plenty of gold.
Going to the shire
After all this work is over, you can finally head to Whimsyhire and have a joyful time slaugthering Cuddle Bears, Chubby Pink Unicorns, Twinkleroots and loot Happy Clouds. For getting to the level of sparkling happiness and rainbows, Select Act I: 2. The Legacy of Cain, go outside the gates, head north and find the cow skeleton. The Ghost of the Cow King will appear in front of you, and show you how far the rainbow hole goes.
Once inside, remember to clear the whole map (dynamically generated). Elites can spawn, and they can drop legendary items.
Upgraded versions of the staff
Once you have reached Act IV: 4. Prime Evil (but not yet completed) on Nightmare mode, you can buy Plan: Nightmarish Staff of Herding from Gorell the Quartermaster in the Bastions Keep Stronghold. It will only set you back 1 gold, but Haedrig Eamon wants another 200.000 gold to craft the staff.