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In Bedrock Edition:
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A snow golem is a snowman-like utility mob that helps defend against hostile mobs.
To create a snow golem, the player must stack two snow blocks, and then place, or dispense, a carved pumpkin, a jack o'lantern or an uncarved pumpkin[Bedrock Edition only]. The building pattern can also work when arranged sideways or upside-down, as long as the pumpkin is the last one placed. The player can also place the pattern in any order with an uncarved pumpkin, then use shears on the pumpkin to create a snow golem.
Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.
Snow golems do not follow players. Snow golems have good path-finding skills; like most mobs, snow golems avoid cacti, fire, lava, and water. They avoid falling off cliffs, although they are immune to fall damage. Snow golems can be put on leads and tied to fences.
Snow golems "melt" (take fire damage) in biomes with a temperature greater than 1.0, or dry/warm biomes like badlands, deserts, savannas and in the Nether biomes. The Fire Resistance effect allows them to survive in these biomes.[Java Edition only]
They also melt (take damage) when in contact with rain or water.
A snow golem wears its carved pumpkin as a helmet, just like the player does: its actual head is hidden beneath. Shearing a snow golem removes the pumpkin, revealing its face. It drops the pumpkin. The pumpkin is not part of its
ArmorItems; a snow golem does not display its
HandItems or its
ArmorItems. The player cannot give a snow golem a new pumpkin after shearing it off.
Snow golems move toward hostile mobs and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them. Thrown snowballs do not deal damage except to blazes and wolves, but the snowballs still knock back mobs that they hit. With the exception of wolves, polar bears, llamas, pandas, dolphins, and bees, snow golems also attack any neutral mobs regardless of whether they attacked the player.
Additionally, snow golems never intentionally attack the player.
As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it. If a snow golem is on a hopper, a snow trail does not appear. They produce snow only in biomes having a temperature less than 0.81, which includes cold, snowy, and temperate biomes (including the End though not jungle).
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Translation key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation|
|-||None[sound 1]||?||Randomly plays, but empty||None[sound 1]||?||?||?|
|Snow Golem dies||?||?||?||?||16|
|Snow Golem hurts||?||?||?||?||16|
- Empty events do not have this parameter set.
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|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
Snow golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.
|September 21, 2011||Snow golems were first showcased by Notch on Twitter as a new mob that is "craftable, is friendly, and throws snowballs at enemies. Also melts in hot biomes." and that it would "spread snow by walking around."|
|They were stated on Reddit to appear in Beta 1.9.|
|Notch originally planned to call this mob Snowmen. However, soon after revealing the name, Reddit user Cuttleman stated he would call them Snow Golems, a name Notch approved of and made official.|
|December 22, 2012||In Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, Notch briefly mentioned adding "snowmen that throw snowballs."|
|1.0.0||Beta 1.9 Prerelease||Added snow golems.|
|During the Beta release candidates, snow golems attack players holding wheat.|
|1.2.1||12w06a||Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and can form a wall to attack mobs.|
|12w07a||Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether and when in contact with rain and water.|
|1.8||14w04a||Snow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.|
|14w05b||Snow golems' pumpkin heads are no longer visible when they have the Invisibility effect.|
|14w25a||Snow golems can now be built sideways and upside-down instead of just upright.|
|14w26c||Jack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build snow golems.|
|14w33a||Snow golems now attack creepers, provoking them.|
|1.8.1||pre1||Jack o'lanterns can now be used to build snow golems again.|
|1.9||15w31c||Snow golems can no longer cause damage to ender dragons.|
|15w46a||Snow golems no longer create a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule |
|15w49a||Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.|
|15w50a||Added sounds |
|1.11||16w32a||Snow golems now use a byte data tag |
|The entity ID has been changed from |
|1.13||pre5||The entity ID has been changed from |
|1.14||18w43a||The textures of snow golems have been changed.|
|1.16||20w07a||Snow golems now drop a pumpkin when sheared.|
|20w15a||Snow golems can now be sheared by dispensers.|
|pre1||Snow golems are now damaged by splash water bottles and lingering water bottles.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.12.1||build 1||Added snow golems.|
|build 2||Snow golems now spawn wearing a pumpkin.|
|build 3||Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.|
|build 9||Snow golems can now leave a trail of snow in plains biomes.|
|v0.14.0||build 1||Snow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.|
|v0.16.0||build 5||Added sounds |
|1.0.5||alpha 18.104.22.168||Snow golems are no longer able to leave a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule |
|1.1.0||alpha 22.214.171.124||The entity ID has been changed from |
|?||The health of snow golems has been reduced from 10 to 4.|
|1.2.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The snow golem's face can now be seen only after shearing it.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||The textures of snow golems have been changed.|
|1.11.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Snow golems now take damage from walking over campfires.|
|1.16.100||beta 220.127.116.11||Snow golems now drop a pumpkin when sheared.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU7||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added snow golems.|
|TU11||The limit for snow golems in a world has been increased.|
|TU12||Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and can form a wall to attack mobs.|
|Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether, and when in contact with rain and water.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for snow golems.|
|PlayStation 4 Edition|
|1.90||The textures of snow golems have been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added snow golems.|
- Iron golems become agitated and attack if a snow golem accidentally hits them or a villager while aiming at another mob.
- Snow golems cannot be made by pistons because the code for generating snow golems are found in the pumpkin’s
OnBlockPlace("placed by a player") event.
- Snow golems can be created by endermen, albeit this is incredibly rare without the guidance of players.
- It is impossible for a snow golem to exist in the same dimension as a piglin, piglin brute or hoglin for a prolonged period of time (at least without an endless, quickly-replenishing supply of healing potions), due to either the snow golem melting or the other mob transforming.
First screenshot of a snow golem, released by Notch on September 21, 2011.
A large group of snow golems in a lake.
Three snow golems that were built by endermen.
A snow golem riding in a minecart.
A sheared snow golem.