Igloos naturally generate in the snowy tundra and snowy taiga biomes, but not in snowy mountains, ice spikes, snowy taiga hills, or other variants.
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. 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.
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
A dropped cactus and dropped potion of weakness also generate inside of the igloo.
|Structure name||Description||Consists of||Images|
|top||The above-ground room of the igloo, made of snow blocks.||94 Snow Block,
9 White Carpet,
1 Oak Trapdoor,
1 Red Bed,
|middle||The stone tunnel that connects the room above with the basement.||12 Stone Bricks,
|bottom||The basement, made of various stone blocks and infested stone blocks, containing a villager and a zombie villager.||104 Stone Bricks,
4 Iron Bars,
2 Red Carpet,
1 Oak Sign,
1 Spruce Slab,
Professions of villagers and zombie villagers
In Java Edition, the generated villager is always unemployed, 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|
|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 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 |
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Added igloos.|
|1.1.0||alpha 188.8.131.52||Igloos 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.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Igloos now generate with a red bed.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added igloos.|
- 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.[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.
The trapdoor revealed in an igloo; get in by taking out carpet.
The igloo basement intersecting a dungeon, missing one of the jail cells.
- resolved as "Works as Intended"