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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 all igloos, an oak trapdoor can be found under the carpet (the third white carpet straight ahead from the doorway), 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 plains‌[JE only]/snowy‌[BE only] villager and a plains zombie villager.[1] The zombie villager can be cured with a golden apple and a splash potion of weakness, both found inside the igloo. However, this may make the zombie villager lose its profession.

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

Igloos that generate without a basement have a snow block in place of the trapdoor.

One may access the individual structures of an igloo by using structure blocks to manually load them from the /data/minecraft/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.

A dropped cactus and dropped potion of weakness also generate inside of the igloo.[2]

Structure name Description Consists of Images
top The above-ground room of the igloo, made of snow blocks. 94 Snow Block,

9 White Carpet,

3 Light Gray Carpet,

2 Ice,

1 Crafting Table,

1 Furnace,

1 Oak Trapdoor,

1 Red Bed,

1 Redstone Torch

Igloo Top.png
middle The stone tunnel that connects the room above with the basement. 12 Stone Bricks,

3 Ladder

Igloo Middle.png
bottom The basement, made of various stone blocks and infested stone blocks, containing a villager and a zombie villager. 104 Stone Bricks,

17 Mossy Stone Bricks,

11 Stone,

8 Cracked Stone Bricks,

7 Chiseled Stone Bricks,

6 Infested Stone Bricks,

4 Iron Bars,

4 Ladder,

3 Torch,

2 Infested Chiseled Stone Bricks,

2 Red Carpet,

2 Spruce Stairs,

1 Infested Mossy Stone Bricks,

1 Polished Andesite,

1 Cauldron,

1 Chest (1 Golden Apple),

1 Cobweb,

1 Potted Cactus,

1 Oak Sign,

1 Spruce Slab,

1 Brewing Stand with a Splash Potion of Weakness,

1 Villager,

1 Zombie Villager.

Igloo Bottom.png

Professions of villagers and zombie villagers[edit]

In Java Edition, the generated villager is always unemployed[3], even though there are some job site blocks like brewing stand or cauldron around. However, if the player breaks the iron bars in front of the villager, it finds one of the job site blocks and changes its profession to cleric or leatherworker. The generated zombie villager always has the profession of cleric.

In Bedrock Edition, the villager is with a random profession while the zombie villager is unemployed, although it can change its profession to cleric or leatherworker after being cured, due to the presence of the brewing stand and cauldron.


In Java Edition, 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 1111.000100.0%1.0
Coal 1–415632.97670.4%1.4
Apple 1–315632.38170.4%1.4
Wheat 2–310631.98455.3%1.8
Gold Nugget 1–310631.58755.3%1.8
Rotten Flesh 110630.79455.3%1.8
Stone Axe 12630.15914.7%6.8
Emerald 11630.0797.6%13.1


Java Edition
1.9October 20, 2015Searge reveals he is working on a new structure to showcase the new 'loot table' feature.
15w43aAdded igloos.
15w43bGolden 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.
15w43cGlass bottle was removed from brewing stand.
Cobweb is now found in the basement.
Sign in the basement previously read:
and now reads:
××××- ×××--
 --×× ×-×
 ×-×× -××
--××× ×××--
15w44aThe red carpet in the basement now hides a block of polished andesite.
Sign in the basement is back to its old form:
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
1.0.0alpha igloos.
1.1.0alpha generated in ice plains now have a white bed instead of a red bed, those generated in cold taiga have a brown bed, and those generated in the stripe lands have a magenta bed.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta now generate with a red bed.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added igloos.


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


  • If a number of items in the igloo furnace are smelted, the light generated melts the igloo window, turning the ice into a water source block. This is intentional.[4][Java Edition only]
  • Igloos are internally classified as a temple.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • The igloo is the first structure to use signs.
  • As of Village and Pillage, igloos with basements are registered as villages, due to having one villager and beds. Additionally, basements also generate brewing stands and cauldrons, which count as job site blocks.
  • It is possible for an Igloo to generate on a cliff or other incline, causing its secret area to be wholly or partially exposed.



  1. MC-147273
  2. MC-125055
  3. MC-150296
  4. MC-100036 resolved as "Works as Intended"