Snow Golem

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Snow Golem
Snow Golem.pngPumpkinless Snow Golem.png
Health points

4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

0 (Empty Heart.svg) (only pushes mobs back)
3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) to Blaze


Height: 1.9 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks


Where created by the player

First appearances

See History

Common drops


Internal ID

JE: 97
BE: 21

Entity ID

JE: snowman
BE: snow_golem

A snow golem (also known as snowman) is a utility mob that helps defend against hostile mobs.

Creation[edit | edit source]

Snow golem build configuration.
Jack o'lanterns can also be used.

To create a snow golem, the player must stack two snow blocks and then place or dispense/grow a pumpkin on the top. The building pattern can also work when arranged sideways or upside-down, as long as the carved pumpkin is placed last in order. Jack o'lantern can also be used in place of the carved pumpkin.

Endermen are capable of creating snow golems by placing the necessary blocks, although this is an extremely rare event because they do not do so deliberately.[1]

A carved pumpkin stem can create a snow golem if the pumpkin grows in the right place near snow blocks, and naturally-generating carved pumpkin patches in areas with snow blocks, such as Ice Spikes biomes, can create snow golems as the world generates.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Snow golems drop up to 15 snowballs upon death.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Snow golems do not follow players. Snow golems have good path-finding skills; like most mobs, snow golems will not jump off cliffs, go into cactus and fire or fall into lava or water. They do not take 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 (including the Nether). They also will melt when in contact with rain or water. Since snow golems take fire damage in hot biomes, a splash potion of fire resistance will allow it to survive.

Snow golems wear their carved pumpkin as a helmet, just like the player does: their actual head is hidden beneath it. Shearing a snow golem will remove the pumpkin, revealing its face. It will not drop 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.

Uses[edit | edit source]

A group of snow golems throwing snowballs at a spider.

Snow golems move towards hostile mobs and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them.[2] Thrown snowballs will not do any damage except to blazes, but the snowballs will still knock back any mob that they hit. With the exception of wolves, polar bears and llamas, snow golems will also attack any neutral mobs regardless of whether they attacked the player or not.

Snow[edit | edit source]

See also: Tutorials/Snow farming

As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it.[3] They will only produce snow in biomes with a temperature less than 0.8, which includes cold, snowy, and some medium biomes (including the End).

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Snow golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is snowman.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

September 21, 2011Snow golems were first mentioned by Notch on Reddit and were stated to appear in Beta 1.9.
Notch originally planned to call this mob Snowmen. However, very soon after revealing the name, Reddit user Cuttleman stated he would call them Snow Golems, a name Notch approved of and made official.[4]
December 22, 2012In The Story of Mojang, Notch briefly mentioned adding “snowmen that throw snowballs."
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Snow golems were added.
During the Beta release candidates, snow golems would attack players holding wheat.
1.2.1 12w06a Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and will 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 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 1.8.1-pre1 Jack o'lanterns can be used to build snow golems again.
1.9 15w31c Snow golems can no longer damage Ender dragons.
15w46a Snow golems will no longer create a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
15w49a Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
15w50a Added sounds entity.snowman.ambient, entity.snowman.hurt, and entity.snowman.death.
1.11 16w32a Snow golems now use a byte data tag Pumpkin to determine whether they have a pumpkin head, allowing sheared snow golems to save and reload in their sheared state.
Changed entity ID SnowMan to snowman.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1 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 now leave a trail of snow in plains.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from snowgolem to snow_golem.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Added snow golems.
TU11Increased the limit for snow golems in a world.
TU12Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and will form a wall to attack mobs.
Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether, and when in contact with rain and water.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added sounds for snow golems.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Snow Golem” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Iron golems will get 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.
    • Also, pumpkins and jack o'lanterns drops as an item when pushed by a piston.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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