Giant Tree Taiga

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The giant tree taiga is a rare cold biome. There are a total of four individual variants in the biome family.

Description[edit]

Much as the normal Taiga can be considered a colder counterpart of the Forest biome, the giant tree taiga can be considered a colder counterpart of the Jungle biome. Similarly to jungle and Badlands biomes, giant tree taiga biomes generate large in size, are rare, and are surrounded by a thin border of normal taiga to separate them from other biomes, excluding Snowy Taigas. The normal taiga biome that borders a giant tree taiga biome can generate variants of the former, and the former can also generate next to oceans, unlike the badlands' and jungle's respective border biomes.

Spruce trees grow all over the landscape, like regular taigas, but most of them are the large 2x2 variants that grow significantly taller than regular spruce trees. Much of the grass is replaced by large swaths of podzol and coarse dirt. Additionally, "boulders" made of mossy cobblestone frequently generate on the ground, and dead bushes generate alongside the ferns and tall grass on the ground. Wolves[JE only][upcoming: BE 1.16.0], foxes and rabbits[JE only] may spawn here, as they can in all taiga variants.

As the climate here is cold, rainfall changes to snowfall above Y=150, though in the Giant Spruce Taiga variant, snowfall forms at Y=120. Since the snowfall line is so high up, snow very rarely forms naturally, even in hilly variants. There are overall more trees in giant tree taigas compared to normal taigas, leading to increased foliage density. This makes wood more abundant, though as a large portion of it grows as part of tall 2×2 spruce trees, it may be more difficult to obtain. Giant tree taigas are slightly more difficult for survival than regular taigas for this reason, though aren't so bad once acclimated and strategies are used to clear the tall trees; they may offer more unique views compared to regular taigas as well.

Variants[edit]

There are a total of four different giant tree taiga biome variants.

Giant Tree Taiga[edit]

Giant Tree Taiga
Giant Tree Taiga.png
Data

dec: 32 hex: 20 bin: 100000

ID

§ Data values

Type

Cold

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.3

Structures

Moss stone boulders

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Mushrooms

The standard biome variant, Giant Tree Taiga features the typical podzol-covered, fairly flat terrain covered by both large 2x2 and normal-sized spruce trees, as well as mossy boulders. Wolves‌[JE only][upcoming: BE 1.16.0], foxes and rabbits‌[JE only] spawn here.

In Java Edition :

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12604
Pig10604
Chicken10604
Cow8604
Wolf8604
Rabbit[note 1]4602–3
Fox[note 2]8602–4
Hostile category
Spider1005404
Zombie1005404
Skeleton1005404
Zombie Villager255401
Creeper1005404
Slime[note 3]1005404
Enderman105401–4
Witch55401
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. 50% of rabbits will be brown, 40% will be salt and pepper, and 10% will be black.
  2. The foxes will be red foxes
  3. Spawn attempt only succeeds in slime chunks

In Bedrock Edition :

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12562–3
Pig10561–3
Chicken10562–4
Cow8562–3
Wolf8564
Fox[note 1]8562–4
Hostile category
Spider1004951
Zombie954952–4
Zombie Villager54952–4
Skeleton804951–2
Creeper1004951
Slime[note 2]1004951
Enderman104951–2
Witch54951
Ambient category
Bat10102
  1. The foxes will be red foxes
  2. Spawn attempt only succeeds in slime chunks


Giant Tree Taiga Hills[edit]

Giant Tree Taiga Hills
Giant Tree Taiga Hills.png
Data

dec: 33 hex: 21 bin: 100001

ID

§ Data values

Type

Cold

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.3

Structures

Moss stone boulders

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Mushrooms

Like all other hills biomes, Giant Tree Taiga Hills feature elevated, hillier terrain compared to the normal giant taiga, making the landscape less suitable for shelter. Podzol, coarse dirt, and boulders all still generate on the hills. Wolves‌[JE only][upcoming: BE 1.16.0], foxes and rabbits‌[JE only] spawn here.

Giant tree taiga hills use the same mob spawning chances as giant tree taigas.

Giant Spruce Taiga[edit]

Giant Spruce Taiga
Giant Spruce Taiga.png
Data

dec: 160 hex: A0 bin: 10100000

ID

§ Data values

Type

Cold

Rarity

Very rare

Temperature

0.25

Structures

Moss stone boulders

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Mushrooms

The rare Giant Spruce Taiga variant resembles the regular giant taiga at first glance, although it has more leaves in the treetops. The giant trees in the regular giant taiga usually have small amounts of leaves covering their tops, while the giant trees in mega spruce taigas usually have leaves surrounding much more of the tree. The larger amounts of leaves increases the chances of saplings dropping when these trees are cut down, leading to easier sustainability. The terrain is otherwise the same as the normal giant taiga, with podzol, coarse dirt, boulders. Wolves‌[JE only][upcoming: BE 1.16.0], foxes and rabbits‌[JE only] spawn here.

In Java Edition, giant spruce taigas use the same mob spawning chances as giant tree taigas for passive and ambient categories. As for the others:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Spider1005154
Zombie955154
Zombie Villager55151
Skeleton1005154
Creeper1005154
Slime[note 1]1005154
Enderman105151–4
Witch55151
  1. Spawn attempt only succeeds in slime chunks

In Bedrock Edition, giant spruce taiga use the same mob spawning chances as giant tree taigas.

Giant Spruce Taiga Hills[edit]

Giant Spruce Taiga Hills
Giant Spruce Taiga Hills.png
Data

dec: 161 hex: A1 bin: 10100001

ID

§ Data values

Type

Cold

Rarity

Very rare

Temperature

0.3

Structures

Moss stone boulders

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Mushrooms

Giant Spruce Taiga Hills is a variant intended to be a more mountainous version of the giant spruce taiga. However, in Java Edition, due to a likely error in the way terrain height is calculated, there is no difference in the terrain between Giant Spruce Taiga and Giant Spruce Taiga Hills. Specifically, the game uses internal values known as setBaseHeight and setHeightVariation when generating hills biomes, but these values are the same for both giant spruce taiga and giant spruce hills, resulting in no actual difference between the two. This is the only hills biome in the game with this issue.[1] There are no wolves in this biome.

In Bedrock Edition, this biome generates as a hillier version of the giant spruce taiga, however, this biome generates the same trees as giant tree taiga hills tree type (not giant spruce tree type) resulting in no actual difference between giant tree taiga hills and giant spruce taiga hills (except water color).

Giant spruce taiga hills use the same mob spawning chances as giant spruce taigas.

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Giant Tree Taiga giant_tree_taiga
Giant Tree Taiga Hills giant_tree_taiga_hills
Giant Spruce Taiga giant_spruce_taiga
Giant Spruce Taiga Hills giant_spruce_taiga_hills

Bedrock Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Giant Tree Taiga mega_taiga
Giant Tree Taiga Hills mega_taiga_hills
Giant Spruce Taiga redwood_taiga_mutated
Giant Spruce Taiga Hills redwood_taiga_hills_mutated

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.7.2August 7, 2013Jens tweeted the first image of a mega taiga, unofficially dubbed the Redwood Forest. The name was changed following 1.7's release.
13w36aMega Taiga biome and variants added, along with many other biomes.
1.1318w16aRenamed Redwood Taiga Hills M to Mutated Redwood Taiga Hills.
18w19aRenamed Mega Taiga to Giant Tree Taiga.
Renamed Mega Taiga Hills to Giant Tree Taiga Hills.
Renamed Mega Spruce Taiga to Giant Spruce Taiga
Renamed Mutated Redwood Taiga Hills to Giant Spruce Taiga Hills.
pre5Changed the ID redwood_taiga to giant_tree_taiga.
Changed the ID redwood_taiga_hills to giant_tree_taiga_hills.
Changed the ID mutated_redwood_taiga to giant_spruce_taiga.
Changed the ID mutated_redwood_taiga_hills to giant_spruce_taiga_hills.
1.15pre2Foxes and berry bushes can now spawn in giant tree taigas.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0build 1Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Added coarse dirt, which can generate in giant tree taiga biomes.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added illager patrols, which can spawn in giant tree taiga biomes.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can spawn in giant tree taiga biomes.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta 1.15.0.51Wolves can now spawn in giant tree taiga biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Added illager patrols, which can spawn in giant tree taiga biomes.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
1.5.25Added coarse dirt, which can generate in giant tree taiga biomes.

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