Probably not the most exciting of Easter Egg finds or the newest, but an Egg that nonetheless has some history in Blizzard games. This Egg is so easy to find that I can’t believe I’ve only discovered it in Heart of the Swarm, it was the same process in Wings of Liberty to find too. When you first login to the game client, you have your main menu displaying campaign, matchmaking, etc.. and above this area there is a Star Craft II logo. Simply click the logo 10 times in a row, and you will be entered into a chat room called ‘The Cow Level”, don’t get it? If you haven’t followed Blizzard’s games for awhile, don’t check message boards, or don’t randomly spam click in the UI, then you are probably scratching your head at this. Maybe you vaguely remember it as the cheat code to skip a campaign level in Star Craft I, but its origins actually start at Diablo 1.
It got its name from how it originally came about, and that was by clicking on a randomly spawned cow several times until it redirected you to a secret area. Attempts to recreate the end results of getting to this secret area proved to be hard, in fact impossible, and eventually it became evident that there was no cow level. I don’t know how, but the Blizzard North team developing Diablo 1&2 heard of this hilarious community rumor, and decided to make it a reality in Diablo 2. With a bit more of a process than just spam clicking a cow, you were able to transport yourself to a real tangible cow level. It was such a popular discovery that it actually became one of the highest played areas in Diablo 2, but mostly due to its lucrative payouts. Personally, I think it’s odd to have a bonus area overshadow the main content of the game, but the idea of dueling cows with battle axes is pretty entertaining. If this Egg were to come out today it would probably be a zombies area, so points for originality Blizzard! I wish there was footage of the Blizzard North team recording the cow sound effects, what a session that would be.
Blizzard has planted this hilarious community rumor in almost all their games, but it was something I needed to do my research on, as my first encounter with Blizzard games was Star Craft I. In War Craft 3: Frozen Throne there was a secret sheep area, and once again there is a bonus cow level in Diablo 3. Again, not the most exciting of Easter Eggs in Heart of the Swarm, but one that should make you laugh if you’ve ever heard the cows from Diablo 2.