Igloo

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

Generation[edit]

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]

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 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]

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 minecraft.jar. To do so, set a structure block to Load mode, enter igloo/structure_name, and press LOAD. The individual structures are igloo_bottom, igloo_middle and igloo_top[until 1.13] (bottom, middle and top[upcoming 1.13]).

Loot[edit]

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
1 11 1.000 100.0% 1.0

Coal
1–4 1563 2.976 70.4% 1.4

Apple
1–3 1563 2.381 70.4% 1.4

Wheat
2–3 1063 1.984 55.3% 1.8

Gold Nugget
1–3 1063 1.587 55.3% 1.8

Rotten Flesh
1 1063 0.794 55.3% 1.8

Stone Axe
1 263 0.159 14.7% 6.8

Emerald
1 163 0.079 7.6% 13.1

History[edit]

Official release
1.9 October 20, 2015 Searge 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 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.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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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