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


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, and in Bedrock Edition, they can be any type of villager or zombie villager.

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

One may access the individual structures of an igloo by using structure blocks to manually load them from the /data/structures/igloo folder in version.jar. To do so, set a structure block to Load mode, enter igloo/structure name, and press [LOAD]. The individual structures are bottommiddletop.


See also: Chest loot

Each igloo chest contains items drawn from 2 pools, with the following distribution:

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

Golden Apple




Gold Nugget

Rotten Flesh

Stone Axe



Java Edition
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:
1.13 ?In the structure block's data folder for the igloo the names of the parts of the structure igloo_bottom, igloo_middle and igloo_top have been changed to bottom, middle and top.
Pocket Edition
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
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added igloos.


Issues relating to "Igloo" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • 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.