Snowy Tundra

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The snowy tundra is an uncommon snowy and icy biome, typically generating near other snowy or cold biomes such as the snowy taiga. The biome family has a total of three individual variant biomes.

Description[edit]

The tundra is vast and covered with snow layers, which are often stacked in Bedrock Edition. Spruce trees, tall grass, dandelions, and poppies generate infrequently, breaking the snow layers. The exposed grass and leaves take an aqua tone. Lakes generate more or less frequently, though freeze over soon after generation due to the temperature if not exposed to light; thus, any sugar cane that generates alongside these lakes uproot themselves shortly after. In the rare Ice Spikes variant, packed ice generates naturally. Lava lakes that generate within the tundra melt the snow layers around them.

River biomes that cut through tundra are partially frozen, if not fully frozen in the case of the variant Frozen River biome.

Like in snowy taigas, igloos are found. They are difficult to spot in the tundra, due to the snow blocks camouflaging among the snow layers. Villages that generate in the tundra are made of spruce wood, snow blocks, blue ice and packed ice. Unique to the tundra, along with frozen rivers and ice spikes, are polar bears and strays, variants of skeletons that shoot arrows of Slowness.

Survival in the tundra is quite difficult due to the sparseness of the biome and the lack of animals; only polar bears and rabbits may naturally spawn here, though cows, sheep, pigs and horses may spawn as part of villages. Infrequent spruce trees are the only natural source of wood in this biome, and maintaining water sources can be tough due to water in this biome freezing into ice, if it is not protected by light or a roof. Strays often spawning in place of skeletons can make dealing with hostile mobs even more difficult, due to their slowness arrows, and aggravating polar bears, or even coming near one, if accompanied by cubs, can lead to fatal consequences if unprepared. However, the tundra can be valuable to late-game players due to the occurrence of ice spikes towers generating in the Ice Spikes variant that can be used for a base. As the tundra is a snowy biome, it snows rather than rains, so lightning never strikes in these biomes.

Variants[edit]

There are a total of three snowy tundra biome variants.

Snowy Tundra[edit]

Snowy Tundra
Snowy Tundra.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.0

Structures

Igloos
Villages
Pillager outposts

Blocks

Snow
Grass Block
Ice
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 12 hex: C bin: 1100

Biome ID

This is the standard and most abundant Snowy Tundra variant. It features characteristically flat snow-covered plains and sparsely scattered spruce trees, with the occasional igloos, villages, and pillager outposts. Polar bears, rabbits and strays are able to spawn here. In Bedrock Edition, no hostile mobs other than strays and skeletons can naturally spawn here, excluding spawners, raids, and zombie sieges.

Snowy Mountains[edit]

Snowy Mountains
Snowy Mountains.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.0

Blocks

Snow
Grass Block
Ice
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 13 hex: D bin: 1101

Biome ID

These hills are taller than most other hill biomes in the game, with heights comparable to the mountains biome, though with a less erratic terrain generation. No structures generate in this biome, though polar bears, rabbits and strays still spawn. Caves frequently generate on the sides of the mountains. In Bedrock Edition, no hostile mobs other than strays and skeletons may naturally spawn here.

Ice Spikes[edit]

Ice Spikes
Ice Spikes.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.0

Structures

Ice spikes

Blocks

Packed Ice
Snow Block
Snow
Dirt
Ice

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 140 hex: 8C bin: 10001100

Biome ID

This rare variant features large numbers of packed ice spikes across its landscape. Additionally, all grass blocks are replaced with snow blocks, and glaciers of packed ice generate as well instead of lakes. The spikes come in two sizes: a short, wide spike, and a tall, thin spike. The short spikes generate more often than the tall spikes. Short spikes are about 15 blocks tall, while tall spikes can be over 50 blocks tall. Prior to the Update Aquatic, this biome was the only source of packed ice in the game. No buildings may generate in this biome, though polar bears, rabbits and strays still spawn.

In addition to the ice spikes, the terrain in this biome is more erratic and taller than the regular tundra, comparable to the snowy mountains. Trees do not generate in this variant either. Snow layers still form atop the snow blocks, making them seem taller than they actually are.

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Snowy Tundra snowy_tundra
Snowy Mountains snowy_mountains
Ice Spikes ice_spikes

Bedrock Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Snowy Tundra ice_plains
Snowy Mountains ice_mountains
Ice Spikes ice_plains_spikes

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4Added Winter Mode.
Maps now have a snowy or grassy theme randomly determined when creating the world.
v1.2.0previewAdded biomes, including tundras and frozen deserts.
Java Edition Beta
1.8?Biomes have now recieved an overhaul, removing the tundra. See here for more details.
Java Edition
1.0.0September 15, 2011Notch teased a screenshot of what he called "snow biomes".[1][2]
?Tundras have now been re-added.
Tundras have now been renamed to ice plains.
1.7.213w36aAn ice plains spikes variant has now been added, along with many other biomes.
1.915w43aAdded igloos, which now generate in ice plains and cold taigas.
1.1016w20aPolar bears and strays have now added; both now spawn in ice plains and variants.
Ice plains, ice plains spikes and ice mountains no longer spawn most passive mobs.
1.1318w19aRenamed Ice Plains to Snowy Tundra.
Renamed Ice Mountains to Snowy Mountains.
Renamed Ice Plains Spikes to Ice Spikes.
pre5Changed the ID ice_flats to snowy_tundra.
Changed the ID ice_mountains to snowy_mountains.
Changed the ID mutated_ice_flats to ice_spikes.
1.1418w49aVillages can now spawn in snowy tundras.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added biomes, which includes snowy tundras.
0.9.0build 1Added the ice spike biome and many other biomes.
0.13.0build 1Added rabbits, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes.
0.14.0build 1Chickens, cows, pigs and sheep now rarely spawn in snowy tundras.
0.15.0build 1Added strays, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Villages can now generate in snowy tundra biomes.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Added igloos, which can now generate in snowy tundras.
Added polar bears, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Bedrock Edition
?Chickens, cows, sheep, and pigs no longer spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Zombies, creepers, spiders, endermen, and witches no longer spawn in snowy tundra and snowy mountains biomes.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy tundra biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.00Patch 1Added the ice plains biome, along with changes to many other biomes.
TU7Tundras have now been re-added.
Tundras have now been renamed to ice plains.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added igloos and polar bears, which are both features of ice plains.
TU46CU361.38Patch 15Added strays, which can now spawn in ice plains.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Added pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy tundra biomes.

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