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Whimsyshire is the Diablo III Secret Level, a humorous area that's a direct homage to the Diablo II Secret Cow Level. It requires the Staff of Herding to enter, a special object that can only be assembled from multiple legendary materials and a special crafting recipe.


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The entrance to Whimsyshire.












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[edit] Secret Level?

Rainbow portal to Whimsydale.

This area was a complete secret during Diablo 3's development, though fans were not that surprised to see it when it was first found shortly after launch, since it was clearly evolved from the Diablo 2 secret cow level + the Diablo 3 "too colorful" art controversy.

Reaper of Souls desegregated Whimsyshire via Nephalem Rifts. In those randomly-generated Rifts it is possible to get the cute Whimsyshire monsters in normal game tilesets, and/or normal game monsters in the Whimsyshire tileset.

Patch 2.1 further opened up the secret level, with the introduction of ultra-rare Rainbow Treasure Goblins who opened up portals to Whimsydale[1] (identical to Whimsyshire and renamed only for technical reasons).

  • These rainbow goblins and their portals were inspired by the Patch 2.1 addition of Greed's Domain, reached via yellow portals from treasure goblins.


[edit] Whimsyshire Overview

The secret level is a fully-playable area of the game. There are monsters (cute ones), gold and item drops, health orbs (which look like giant pink cupcakes), random and elite bosses, and even an amazing, baby's-blanket looking minimap.

Though the area is accessed through Act One, the difficulty is balanced to be equivalent to late Act Four. Thus a low level character will be slaughtered instantly, even in the normal difficulty version of Whimsyshire.

The secret level is not going to be a major portion of the gameplay; it's a fun treat and an amusement, but the developers didn't want to recreate the Diablo II Secret Cow Level, which was literally the most profitable area to play in during some early game patches.


[edit] Items found in Whimsyshire

Monsters in the secret level drop just like any other monsters in the game. Prior to the difficulty-scaling added in D3v2 the monsters in Whimsydale were equivalent to Act Four, making them considerably higher level than any enemies in Act One.

There are a number of special features and visuals in Whimsyshire, most of them clickbles:

  • Presents - Often empty, seem to have less of a drop rate for items than chests.
  • Pot o' Gold - A golden pot that, when clicked, drops gold and possibly other items.
  • Smiling Couds - When clicked on, your character does an animation that appears to be a fist bump to the air above your head, and the clouds drop items and bounce with bigger smiles on their faces. They also giggle.
  • Pinata - the Whimsyshire version of a Resplendent Chest. Random spawn chance.


[edit] Monsters

Twinkleroot - Killer flowers on a rampage. Do not underestimate them. They cannot be knocked back and have no special animation on death. Cuddle Bear - Pink teddy bears, also out to kill you. They die in a much messier way than a Twinkleroot. Chubby Pink/Purple Unicorns - Unicorns, typically pink but also occurring in purple, that charge and attempt to trample you. They are the largest beings in Whimsyshire, and are also the messiest when they die.

All these... horrors can spawn in elite packs. There are a few special unique bosses that can spawn that are similar in function to most other random purple-named monsters in the game.


[edit] How to Enter

To gain access to Whimsyshire requires five special ingredients, and a Plan to teach the Blacksmith how to craft them into the Staff of Herding. This object must be taken to the Cow King's Ghost, a spectral bovine located on Old Tristram Road, near that pit with the mysterious red glow from within.

After the Cow King's Ghost conversation, the glow changes to a rainbow color and it becomes a clickable dungeon entrance. As was the case with the Diablo II Secret Cow Level, characters must have defeated that difficulty level to enter the secret level, which is balanced to be about as difficult as Act 4.


[edit] Required Ingredients

Players must assemble the five ingredients and the Staff of Herding plan to enter the level.



Once the Staff is created, it can be upgraded to the Nightmarish Staff of Herding, Hellish Staff of Herding, or Infernal Staff of Herding via Gorell the Quartermaster, an NPC merchant found in the town section of Bastion's Keep.


[edit] Diablo 3 Console Differences

Whimsyshire works just the same for the Diablo 3 console, but the materials required to gain entrance are different. Leoric's Shinbone and the Liquid Rainbow are not found in the console version and are not required to create the Staff of Herding.

Blizzard has not given an explanation for this simplification.


[edit] Videos

Two videos showing off the level in action.

Video with cow king and whimsyshire play footage


This video shows the Cow King's ghostly conversation, then footage of the early battles in the level.

[edit] Screenshots

Various screenshots showing off portions of Whimsyshire.


[edit] Whimsyshire's Music

The music played in the level is a famous piece of classical music for the piano, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit - Le Gibet. (Video of that composition here.) This was first revealed in the following video; the backwards playing begins around the 0:38 mark.