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Snow Golem

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Snow Golem
Snow Golem.pngSheared Snow Golem.png
Health points

4♥♥

Attack strength

0♥ (deals only knockback)
3♥♥ to Blaze

Size

Height: 1.9 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

Spawn

Where created by the player or an enderman

Common drops
Experience

0

Internal ID

JE: 97
BE: 21

Namespaced ID

snow_golem

A snow golem is a snowman-like utility mob that helps defend against hostile mobs.

Creation[edit]

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, dispense, or grow a carved pumpkin, a jack o'lantern, or in Bedrock Edition an uncarved pumpkin, on the top. The building pattern can also work when arranged sideways or upside-down, as long as the pumpkin is the last one placed.

Snow golems search for the nearest monster, and continue attacking until, in this case, the witch dies.

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]

Drops[edit]

Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.

Behavior[edit]

Snow golems do not follow players. Snow golems have good path-finding skills; like most mobs, snow golems avoid cactus, 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 or the Nether. The Fire Resistance effect allows it to survive in these biomes.

They also melt (take damage) when in contact with rain or water.[verify]

A snow golem wears its 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 does 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]

A group of snow golems throwing snowballs at a spider.

Snow golems move toward hostile mobs and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them.[2] Thrown snowballs do not deal damage except to blazes, but the snowballs still knock back mobs that they hit. With the exception of wolves, polar bears, llamas, pandas, dolphins, and bees[upcoming: JE 1.15 & BE 1.14]. Snow golems also attack any neutral mobs regardless of whether they attacked the player.

Additionally, snow golems will never intentionally attack the player.

Snow[edit]

As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it.[3] They produce snow only in biomes having a temperature less than 0.81, which includes cold, snowy, and some medium biomes (including the End).

Sounds[edit]

Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
N/A No subtitle entity.snow_golem.ambient (Empty sound event) N/A N/A N/A N/A
Snow Golem dies entity.snow_golem.death subtitles.entity.snow_golem.death ? ? ? 16
Snow Golem hurts entity.snow_golem.hurt subtitles.entity.snow_golem.hurt ? ? ? 16
Snowball flies entity.snow_golem.shoot subtitles.entity.snowball.throw ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

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

Video[edit]

History[edit]


September 21, 2011Snow golems were first showcased by Notch on Twitter as a new mob[6] that is "craftable, is friendly, and throws snowballs at enemies. Also melts in hot biomes."[7] and that it would "spread snow by walking around."[8]
They were stated on Reddit to appear in Beta 1.9.[4]
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.[5]
December 22, 2012In Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, Notch briefly mentioned adding "snowmen that throw snowballs."
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow Golem Revision 1.png Sheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Added snow golems.
During the Beta release candidates, snow golems will attack players holding wheat.
1.2.112w06aSnow golems have a new path-finding AI and can form a wall to attack mobs.
12w07aSnow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether and when in contact with rain and water.
1.814w04aSnow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.
14w05bSnow golems' pumpkin heads are no longer visible when they have the Invisibility effect.
14w25aSnow golems can now be built sideways and upside-down instead of just upright.
14w26cJack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build snow golems.
14w33aSnow golems now attack creepers, provoking them.
1.8.1pre1Jack o'lanterns can now be used to build snow golems again.
1.915w31cSnow golems can no longer cause damage to ender dragons.
15w46aSnow golems no longer create a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
15w49aSheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
15w50aAdded sounds entity.snowman.ambient, entity.snowman.hurt, and entity.snowman.death.
1.1116w32aSnow 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.
The entity ID has now been changed from SnowMan to snowman.
1.13pre5The entity ID has now been changed changed from snowman to snow_golem.
1.1418w43aSnow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem.png The textures of snow golems have now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.12.1build 1Sheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Added snow golems.
build 2Snow Golem Revision 1.png Snow golems now spawn wearing a pumpkin.
build 3Sheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
build 9Snow golems can now leave a trail of snow in plains biomes.
0.14.0build 1Snow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.
0.16.0build 5Added sounds entity.snowman.ambient, entity.snowman.hurt, and entity.snowman.death.
Pocket Edition
1.0.5alpha 1.0.5.0Snow golems are no longer able to leave a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has now been changed from snowgolem to snow_golem.
Bedrock Edition
?The health of snow golems has now been reduced from 10 to 4.
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2The snow golem's face can now be seen only after shearing it.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Snow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem.png The textures of snow golems have now been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Snow golems now take damage from walking over campfires.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU11.0Patch 1Snow Golem Revision 1.png Sheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Added snow golems.
TU11The limit for snow golems in a world has now been increased.
TU12Snow 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.
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added sounds for snow golems.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Snow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem.png The textures of snow golems have now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snow Golem Revision 1.png Sheared Snow Golem Revision 1.png Added snow golems.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • 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 were the first utility mobs to be added to the game.
  • Snow golems can be created by endermen, albeit this is incredibly rare without the guidance of players.

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