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Igloos are structures that are naturally generated in snowy biomes. They are round structures constructed primarily of snow blocks.

Generation[edit | edit source]

Igloos naturally generate in the Ice Plains and Cold Taiga biomes, but not in Ice Mountains, Ice Plains Spikes, Cold Taiga Hills, or other variants.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Igloos are composed of snow blocks, sheltering a carpeted interior containing a bed, furnace and crafting table.

In half of the igloos, a trapdoor can be found under the carpet, leading down a long ladder shaft to a basement. This passageway and the basement are built from stone brick, some of which are monster eggs. In this basement is a brewing stand, a cauldron, a chest, and beyond the far wall, behind iron bars in two different cages, are a villager priest and a zombie villager priest. The zombie villager can be cured with a golden apple and a splash potion of weakness, both found inside the igloo. No other types of villagers can be found in Java Edition. In Bedrock Edition, any types of villagers or zombie villagers can be found in the basement.

The cauldron is 23 full, and the brewing stand contains a splash potion of weakness.

Loot[edit | edit source]

See also: Chest loot

Each igloo chest contains 2 groups of 2–8 and 1 item stacks, with the following distribution:

Stack Size Weight # Items Chance # Chests
2–8× 2–8×

Golden Apple (Normal)




Gold Nugget

Rotten Flesh

Stone Axe


History[edit | edit source]

Official release
1.9 October 20, 2015Searge reveals he is working on a new structure to showcase the new 'loot table' feature.
15w43a Added igloos.
15w43b Golden apples in the igloo chests now have a 100% chance of appearing, where previously they would often not appear – it was moved from the structure file to the loot table.
Golden apples originally would always be found in the central slot when they were found at all; now they can be found in any slot.
15w43c Glass bottle was removed from brewing stand.
Cobweb is now found in the basement.
Sign in the basement previously read:
and now reads:
××××- ×××--
 --×× ×-×
 ×-×× -××
--××× ×××--
15w44a The red carpet in the basement now hides a block of polished andesite.
Sign in the basement changed to:
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Added igloos.
1.1 build 1 Igloos spawned in ice plains now have a white bed instead of red bed and igloos spawned in cold taiga now have brown bed instead of red bed, and igloos spawned in the stripe lands have a magenta bed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added igloos.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If you smelt a number of items in the igloo furnace, light generated by it will melt the igloo window, turning the ice into a water source block.[Java and Legacy Console editions only]
  • In real life, the name "Igloo" comes from the Inuit word Iglu, which means "house".
  • Igloos are internally classified as a temple.

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