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The Cow is a herdable animal in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Mythology, and Age of Empires III. It appears as Cattle in Age of Empires IV.

AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires II[]

Introduced in The Forgotten, Cows yield 150 food, similarly to Water Buffalo (which in turn appear in Rise of the Rajas). They appear primarily on European maps.

The Cow has 14 hit points, the same as the Water Buffalo, whereas the other herdable animals have 7 hit points. Consequently, Scout Cavalry and Militia in the Dark Age will find it harder to deprive a player of Cows (and Water Buffalo). The Cow is the only herdable that has a slower speed - their speed is 0.65 whereas all other herdable animals have 0.7 speed.

In the Honfoglalás scenario, players can train Cows for 35 food at the Town Center. Players can also train Sheep there, but Cows are a bit more cost-efficient.

In the Definitive Edition, Cows appear now in four different variants known as Cow A, Cow B, Cow C, and Cow D. These variants are listed as different units in the Scenario Editor and are not different sprites of the same unit, like the variants in Age of Empires III. All four cows are identical except in coat: A is black and white (like the old Cow), B is all black, C is brown and white, and D is all brown. All variants have the same icon.

This animal is also available in the Age of Empires game mode in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Return of Rome with the same attributes.

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Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

Cows

In Age of Mythology, the Cow can be found in the wild on several Norse-themed maps such as Midgard and Jotunheim, though on fewer maps than Pigs and Goats. Cows fatten over time, at a base rate of 18.6 food per minute; their maximum yield is 400 food, that is, 100 more food than Pigs and Goats.

History[]

Scientific name -- Bos taurus
Size -- varies, but about 5' at the shoulder and 1000 lbs. (1600 lbs. for bulls)
Diet -- grasses

Domestic cattle were descended from the aurochs in Europe and the guar in Asia. Cattle were first domesticated between 5000-6000 years ago as beasts of burden, or to provide meat, milk and leather. Raising cattle for meat was likely uncommon; the animal was eaten only if it died or was no longer useful for draft or milk. Unlike goats, they can also serve as beasts of burden, but they require more forage than goats. Cattle were thought to be superior to horses until relatively recently, as they were calmer, less expensive, and less prone to disease, as well as better to eat.
—In-game History section

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

Cows sacred field

Cows tasked to a Sacred Field

In Age of Empires III, the Cow is a much more effective livestock animal than the Sheep. Stray Cows can be found on the Texas and Painted Desert maps and can be obtained from Treasures. Every European civilization but the Dutch, can send a shipment of 7 Cows. Alternatively, all European civilizations save the Spanish and Portuguese can send the Ranching Home City card, which grants the ability to produce Cows from the Livestock Pen. They are excellent herdables, costing 80 food, and, when fully fattened, granting 500.

The Naturalist is a politician available to all European civilizations except the Italians that gives the player two semi-fattened Cows, when picking her for advancing into the Commerce Age.

In The Asian Dynasties, the Indians cannot kill Cows (or any other herdables) for food. Instead, they get experience points slowly as the time passes. They get XP faster when Cows are tasked on a Sacred Field. They are known as Sacred Cows when captured/trained by Indians. The Japanese cannot gather food from herdables either. Instead, they can task them to Shrines to increase that Shrine's gather rate.

In the Definitive Edition, the Mexicans start with one Cow, can train them at no cost at Haciendas, and they can work at Haciendas for generating resources, more Cows, Settlers, Chinacos, or Cuatreros (these last two requires specific shipments). The Spanish can get Haciendas with the Viceroyalty of New Spain shipment and train Cows there like the Mexicans. Some revolutionary units (such as Morochucos, Llaneros, Cowboys Cuerudos, Californios, Gauchos, and Jagunços) are able to train Cows and gather food from them. The Argentina Revolution ships 10 Cows.

In The African Royals, the Hausa and Ethiopians can sell cows for obtaining wood, coin or influence at the Livestock Market. They have their own cow variant, Sanga Cattle and Zebu Cattle.

Home City Cards[]

Click here for a list of Home City Cards related to the Cow
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
All
Card Description Age
British Home City 3 (Ranching) Ranching Livestock Pens can train Cows
Age I tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 4 (Stockyards) Stockyards Livestocks fatten 30% faster when tasked to Livestock Pens, Farms, and Villages
Age I tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 1 (7 Cow) 7 Cows Ships 7 semi-fattened Cows
Age II tech tree aoe3
Ranching is available to the Native American civilizations except the Inca, the European civilizations except the Portuguese and Spanish, and the United States.
Stockyards is available to the Chinese, Haudenosaunee, American civilizations, and the European civilizations except the Dutch and Portuguese.
7 Cows is available to the United States and the European civilizations except the Dutch and Portuguese.
Argentina
Card Description
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Gaucho, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
Argentina Home City (Granaderos) Granaderos Ships 10 Cows and 10 Mounted Granaderos; Cow train limit +10; Mounted Granaderos can be trained at Stables, Forts, Tavern, and Galleons; Incendiary Grenades available at Arsenal
Brazil
Card Description
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Jagunço, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
Brazil Home City (Jaguncos) Jagunços Ships 10 Cows and 10 Jagunços; Cow train limit +10; Jagunços can be trained at Stables, Forts, Galleons/Fluyts, and Tavern, costs 120 food, uses 1 population, and can build Livestock Pens, train Cows, and gather from livestock
British
Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 1 (Wool Staple Ports) TEAM Wool Staple Ports Livestock fattens 20% faster; Indian livestock generate +20% XP; Japanese livestock contributes 20% more to Shrines' resource/XP trickle
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
California
Card Description
Federal card guadalajara ranching California Ranching Ships 2 semi-fattened Cows for every Home City shipment sent before this one
Germans
Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 1 (7 Cow) 7 Cows Ships 7 Cows +2 Uhlans
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Gran Colombia
Card Description
Brazil Home City (Jaguncos) Llaneros Ships 10 Cows and 10 Llaneros; Cow train limit +10; Llaneros can be trained at Stable, Fort, Galleon, and Tavern, costs food instead of coin, and can build Livestock Pens, train Cows, and gather from livestock
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Llanero, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
Haudenosaunee
Card Description Age
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Hausa
Card Description Age
Hausa Home City 4 (Kilishi Jerky) Kilishi Jerky Large livestock food capacity +100; Small livestock food capacity +60
Age I tech tree aoe3
Hc moroccan leather Moroccan Leather Livestock gives influence when harvested (50 for large ones, 30 for small ones)
Age I tech tree aoe3
Indians
Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 4 (Goraksha) Goraksha Livestock generates +80% XP and Sacred Cows cost -20% +1 Hindu Villager
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
Mexicans
Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 1 (San Marcos Fair) San Marcos Fair Ships 3 semi-fattened Cows and 3 more for every 5 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes; Market food sell factor +50%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Mexican Home City 4 (Barbacoa) Barbacoa Haciendas automatically gathers up to 2 fattened livestock in a radius of 16; Cows fatten 25% faster when tasked to Haciendas
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexico card TEAM Alta California TEAM Alta California Territory Ships 1 Hacienda Wagon and 7 semi-fattened Cows; Hacienda build limit +1
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card guadalajara ranching Guadalajara Ranching Ships 2 semi-fattened Cows for every Home City shipment before this one
Imperial Age
Guadalaraja Ranching is available upon selection Jalisco as the Imperial Age Federal State.
Mexico
Card Description
Mexico Home City (Vaqueros Cows HomesteadWagon) 10 Cuerudos, 10 Cows, 1 Homestead Wagon Ships 10 Cows, 10 Cuerudos, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +10
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Cuerudos, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
Peru
Card Description
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Comanchero, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
Brazil Home City (Jaguncos) Morochucos Ships 10 Cows and 10 Morochucos (Comancheros with a ranged attack firing in bursts, cost 120 food, uses 1 population, can build Livestock Pens, train Cows, and gather from livestock); Upgrades Comancheros to Morochucos and allows them to be trained at Stable, Fort, Galleon, and Tavern; Cow train limit +10
South Africa
Card Description
South Africa Home City (Xhosa Foods) Xhosa Foods Ships 900 food, 3 Cows, 3 Goats, 3 Sheep, and 1 Homestead Wagon
Spanish
Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
United States
Card Description Age
Federal card fertile lowlands Fertile Lowlands Ships 6 semi-fattened Cows and 2 Homestead Wagons
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Ships 1 Carbine Cavalry for every shipment that had been sent by the player, including this one; Unit train time, technology research time, and age-up time -10%; Costs 500 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card florida cowhunters Florida Cowhunters Ships 2 semi-fattened Cows for every Home City shipment that had been sent including this one
Imperial Age
Fertile Lowlands is available upon selecting Delaware as the Commerce Age Federal State.
Indiana Mobilization is available upon selecting Indiana as the Fortress Age Federal State.
Florida Cowhunters is available upon selecting Florida as Imperial Age Federal State.
United States (revolutionary)
Card Description
Mexico Home City (Cattle Drivers) Cattle Drivers Ships 8 semi-fattened Cows, 1 Comanchero, and 1 Homestead Wagon; Cow train limit +8
United States Home City (Cowboys) Cowboys Ships 10 Cows and 10 Cowboys (Comancheros with a ranged attack firing in bursts, costs 120 food, uses 1 population, can build Livestock Pens, train Cows, and gather from livestock); Upgrades Comancheros into Cowboys, and allows them to be trained at Stable, Fort, Galleon/Fluyt, and Tavern; Cow train limit +10

History[]

Scientific Name: Bos taurus
Approx. Size: 5 ft. at the shoulder, 1,200 lb.
Diet: Grasses

Cattle accompanied Europeans to the Americas. Spanish expeditions often traveled with herds of oxen, cattle, sheep, and pigs in tow. The famous Texas Longhorn was bred from Spanish cattle brought from Santo Domingo, though who brought them is unclear. The original herd is said to have accompanied a viceroy, Gregorio de Villalobos, but other Spanish longhorn cattle drives are attributed to Coronado and even Christopher Columbus.

Most of the cattle that lived in the central plains of North America, the herds that sparked range wars and gave birth to cowboys, came from the breeding of these Spanish longhorns and the northern European cattle brought east by other settlers.

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Animals in Age of Empires
Until Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
HuntablesReturn of rome gazelle Gazelle · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant
PredatorsAlligatorAOEIcon Alligator · Returnofrome lion icon Lion · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile
Marine creaturesAoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · Aoede whale icon Whale
Animal KingsReturnofrome lion icon Lion (Alpha) · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile (Alpha) · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle (Alpha) · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant (Alpha)
OtherReturnofrome lion icon Lion (tame)
DecorativeAoEDE Eagle icon Bird · Dragon Icon updated nuRoR Dragon
CutHorse icon AoE Horse · Goat Goat
Including AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
HuntableAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
HerdableCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
PredatorAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
CivilianBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Returnofrome horse icon Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
DecorativeBactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Returnofrome horse icon Wild Horse
Marine animalsAoE2 DE box turtles icon Box Turtles · AoE2 DE dolphin icon Dolphin · AoE2 DE dorado icon Dorado · AoE2 DE marlin icon Marlin · AoE2 DE perch icon Perch · AoE2 DE snapper icon Snapper
Animals in Age of Empires II
Herdable animalsCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
Timid huntablesAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
Aggressive huntablesElephant aoe2DE Elephant · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar
Wild animalsAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · Gator aoe2DE Crocodile · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · Lion aoe2DE Lion · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
Marine animalsAoE2 DE box turtles icon Box Turtles · AoE2 DE dolphin icon Dolphin · AoE2 DE dorado icon Dorado · AoE2 DE marlin icon Marlin · AoE2 DE perch icon Perch · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · AoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE snapper icon Snapper · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna
Civilian animalsBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Horse aoe2DE Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
Hero animalsHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
Decorative animalsAoE2 DE hawk icon Bird · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog · Bactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Horse aoe2DE Wild Horse
Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn
Animals in Age of Empires III
Land
HerdablesCow aoe3de Cow · Goat aoe3de Goat · Llama aoe3de Llama · Cow aoe3de Sacred Cow · Sanga aoe3de Sanga Cattle · Sheep aoe3de Sheep · Water buffalo aoe3de Water Buffalo · Yak portrait aoe3de Yak · Aoe3de zebu Zebu Cattle · Sanga aoe3de Big Benny
HuntablesBighorn sheep aoe3de Bighorn Sheep · Bison aoe3de Bison · Capybara aoe3de Capybara · Caribou aoe3de Caribou · Deer aoe3de Deer · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Elk aoe3de Elk · Gazelle portrait Gazelle · Giant salamander aoe3de Giant Salamander · Giraffe portrait Giraffe · Guanaco aoe3de Guanaco · Ibex aoe3de Ibex · Marco polo sheep aoe3de Marco Polo Sheep · Moose aoe3de Moose · Musk deer aoe3de Musk Deer · Musk ox aoe3de Musk Ox · Nilgai aoe3de Nilgai · Ostrich portrait aoe3de Ostrich · Pronghorn aoe3de Pronghorn · Rhea aoe3de Rhea · Saiga aoe3de Saiga · Serow aoe3de Serow · Tapir aoe3de Tapir · Turkey aoe3de Turkey · Zebra portrait aoe3de Zebra
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Baboon · Black bear aoe3de Black Bear · Black panther aoe3de Black Panther · Beast portrait Beast · Beast portrait Beast of Gévaudan · Grizzly aoe3de Brown Bear · Cougar aoe3de Cougar · Pet wolf aoe3de Coyote · Alligator aoe3de Crocodile · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Ethiopian Wolf portrait Ethiopian Wolf · Grizzly aoe3de Grizzly Bear · Hippo portrait Hippo · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Hyena portrait aoe3de Hyena · Jaguar pet aoe3de Jaguar · Jaguar pet aoe3de Leopard · Lion aoe3de Lion · Liontailed macaque aoe3de Lion-Tailed Macaque · Guardian dog portrait Mad Dog · Monitor lizard aoe3de Monitor Lizard · Orangutan portrait aoe3de Orangutan · Panda portrait aoe3de Panda · Polar bear aoe3de portrait Polar Bear · Rhino aoe3de Rhinoceros · Snow leopard aoe3de Snow Leopard · Snowmonkey aoe3de Snow Monkey · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Tibetan Macaque · Tiger icon aoe3de Tiger · Warthog portrait Warthog
Unknown-exclusiveAoe3de zebu Cash Cow · Aoe3de zebu Wood Cattle
MilitaryWar dog aoe3de Dog · Turkey scout portrait aoe3de Intrepid Turkey Scout · Sheep aoe3de Lamb of the Creator · Pet wolf aoe3de Tengri Wolf
Water
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Hippo portrait Hippo · Greatwhiteshark aoe3de Great White Shark · Orca aoe3de Orca · White tiger aoe3de White Tiger · Warthog portrait Wild Boar · Pet wolf aoe3de Wolf
FishBass aoe3de Bass · Carp portrait aoe3de Carp · Catfish portrait aoe3de Catfish · Cod portrait aoe3de Cod · Mahi portrait aoe3de Mahi-mahi · Mola mola portrait aoe3de Mola Mola · Salmon aoe3de Salmon · Sardine portrait aoe3de Sardines · Squid portrait aoe3de Squid · Tarpon portrait aoe3de Tarpon · Tuna aoe3de Tuna
WhalesBeluga whale portrait aoe3de Beluga Whale · Whale humpback portrait aoe3de Humpback Whale · Minke whale portrait aoe3de Minke Whale
Air
Bird · Bird unit icon AoE3DE Bird (unit)
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