Igloos naturally generate in the Snowy Tundra and Snowy Taiga biomes, but not in Snowy Mountains, Ice Spikes, Snowy Taiga Hills, or other variants.
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 infested blocks. In this basement there is a brewing stand, a cauldron, a chest, and beyond the far wall, behind iron bars in two different cages, are a villager and a zombie villager. The zombie villager can be cured with a golden apple and a splash potion of weakness, both found inside the igloo. In Java Edition, these are always priests and zombie priests,[Java Edition only] and in Bedrock Edition, they can be any type of villager or zombie villager.[Bedrock Edition only]
One may access the individual structures of an igloo by using structure blocks to manually load them from the
/data/structures/igloo folder in minecraft.jar. To do so, set a structure block to Load mode, enter
igloo/structure_name, and press LOAD. The individual structures are
- See also: Chest loot
Each igloo chest contains items drawn from 2 pools, with the following distribution:
|Stack Size||Weight||# Items||Chance||# Chests|
|1.9||October 20, 2015||Searge reveals he is working on a new structure to showcase the new 'loot table' feature.|
|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:
|1.13||?||In the structure block's data folder for the igloo the names of the parts of the structure
|1.0||build 1||Added igloos.|
|1.1||build 1||Igloos generated in ice plains now have a white bed instead of red bed, those generated in cold taiga have a brown bed, and those generated in the stripe lands have a magenta bed.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added igloos.|
- 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.
- The igloo is the first structure to use signs.