This object must then be taken to the Cow King's Ghost, a spectral bovine found on Old Tristram Road, near the pit with the mysterious red glow in Act I. After a conversation with the Cow King's Ghost, the glow will change to a rainbow color, and it will become an active dungeon entrance. When you enter the secret Whimsyshire level, a Feat of Strength, Banner, and Sigil will be unlocked. 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 about as difficult as Act 4. The location of the required items to create the Staff Of Herding are as follows:
- Black Mushroom: Rarely found in a room in The Cathedral: Level 1 early in Act I. It is a interactive ground spawn called Black Mushrooms, but it does not always spawn. One way to farm for this is to load a later quest in Act I, and take the Cathedral Gardens waypoint, then proceed through Leoric's Passage to the Cathedral level.
- Wirt's Cowbell: Wirt's Bell is bought from Squirt the Peddler in the Caldeum Bazaar in Act II for 25,000 gold. It is under the "Miscellaneous" tab.
- Gibbering Gemstone: Randomly drops from Chiltara in Level 2 of Caverns Of Frost in Act III. It is in the Ballistae fight area. If you get the Ice Caverns exit out, try again. The mob is random.
- Plan- Staff Of Herding: Drops randomly from Izual in Act IV on any difficulty.
After acquiring the four items listed above, open your inventory, and select the pattern to learn it. You can now craft it under the weapon section for 50,000 gold. After creating the Staff Of Herding, players can use it an infinite number of times. You can make a staff for each difficulty. They are excellent for farming blues and rare items. To make the Nightmarish, Hell, and Inferno versions, you can find the plans at Gorell the Quartermaster at the east corner of Bastion's Keep Stronghold. He sells the plans for different prices depending on the difficulty you buy it for after you have killed Izual in Act IV.