Snow Golem

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Snow Golem
Snow Golem.png
Health points

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

0 (Empty Heart.svg) (only pushes mobs back)
3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to Blaze


Where created by the player

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Network ID


Savegame ID


Snow Golems are utility mobs.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Snow golem build configuration.
Jack o'lanterns can also be used.

To create a snow golem, the player must vertically, or horizontally, stack two snow blocks on the ground and then place a pumpkin or jack o'lantern on top of them (or at one extremity if stacked horizontally). The pumpkin must be placed last in order for the golem to spawn. They can also be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser.

Endermen are capable of creating snow golems by placing the necessary blocks, although this is an extremely rare event because they do not do so deliberately.[1]

Drops[edit | edit source]

Snow golems drop up to 15 snowballs upon death. In Pocket Edition, shearing one will remove its pumpkin.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Snow golems have good path-finding skills, and will not jump off cliffs or into lava. They do not take fall damage.

Snow golems "melt" (by taking fire damage) in biomes with a temperature greater than 1.0, or dry/warm biomes (including the Nether). They also will melt when in contact with rain or water.

Snow golems can be put on leads and tied to fences.

Combat[edit | edit source]

A group of snow golems throwing snowballs at a spider.

Snow golems move towards hostile mobs and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them.[2] The thrown snowballs do not do any damage, except to blazes and the ender dragon. They do not purposely attack aggressive wolves, but they will attack zombie pigmen regardless of whether they attacked the player (but will not aggravate any others in the area). Snow golems do not follow the player.

Snow[edit | edit source]

See also: Tutorials/Snow farming

As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it.[3] They will only produce snow in biomes with a temperature less than 0.8, which includes cold, snowy, and some medium biomes (including the End).

Pocket Edition[edit | edit source]

A shorn Snow Golem

In Pocket Edition you can use a Shear to remove the Pumpkin head which will reveal its face texture, however the Pumpkin will not be dropped.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Snow golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is SnowMan.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

September 21, 2011 Snow golems were first mentioned by Notch on Reddit and were stated to appear in Beta 1.9.
Notch originally planned to call this mob Snowmen. However, very soon after revealing the name, Reddit user Cuttleman stated he would call them Snow Golems, a name Notch approved of and made official.[4]
December 22, 2012 In The Story of Mojang, Notch briefly mentioned adding “snowmen that throw snowballs."
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Snow golems were added.
During the Beta release candidates, snow golems would attack players holding wheat.
1.2.1 12w06a Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and will form a wall to attack mobs.
12w07a Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether, and when in contact with rain and water.
1.8 14w04a Snow golems can be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.
14w26c Jack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build snow golems.
? Snow golems now attack creepers, provoking them.
1.8.1 1.8.1-pre1 Jack o'lanterns can be used to build snow golems again.
1.9 15w31c Snow golems can no longer damage Ender dragons.
15w46a Snow golems will no longer create a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 build 1 Added snow golems.
build 2 Snow golems now spawn wearing a pumpkin.
build 3 Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears. This is version exclusive.
build 9 Snow golems now leave a trail of snow in plains.
Console Edition
TU7 Added snow golems.
TU11 Increased the limit for snow golems in a world.
TU12 Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and will form a wall to attack mobs.
Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether, and when in contact with rain and water.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Snow Golem” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Iron golems can be agitated if the snow golem accidentally hits one or a villager while aiming at another mob. The same applies for wolves.
  • Snow golems wear their pumpkin as a helmet just like the player does. Their actual snowman-type head is hidden beneath it. If the player occupies the same space as a snow golem, its pumpkin helmet will be seen through, revealing their snowman-style face. The player can also go into spectator mode to see their snowman face.
  • Snow golems cannot be made by pistons because the code for generating snow golems are found in the pumpkin`s "OnBlockPlace" (when placed by a player) event, and also pumpkins (or jack o'lanterns) will be dropped as an item when pushed by a piston.
  • Since snow golems take fire damage in hot biomes, a splash potion of fire resistance thrown immediately after the creation of one will make it survive.

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