0 () (only pushes mobs back)
Height: 1.9 Blocks
Snow golems are snowman-like utility mobs that help defend against hostile mobs.
To create a snow golem, the player must stack two snow blocks and then place or dispense/grow a carved 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.
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 will not jump off cliffs, go into cacti and fire or fall into lava or water. 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 Mesas, Deserts, or Savannahs (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.
Snow golems move towards hostile mobs and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them. 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, llamas, and dolphins, snow golems will also attack any neutral mobs regardless of whether they attacked the player or not.
As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it. 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).
Snow golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is
|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, very 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||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||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 |
|15w49a||Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.|
|15w50a||Added sounds |
|1.11||16w32a||Snow golems now use a byte data tag |
|Changed entity ID |
|1.13||pre5||The entity ID is changed from |
|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.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Snow golems can be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.|
|0.16.0||build 5||Added sounds |
|1.0.5||alpha 126.96.36.199||trail of snow layers, if the gamerule |
|1.1||alpha 188.8.131.52||The entity ID is changed from |
|?||reduce snow golem health from 10 to 4.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU7||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added snow golems.|
|TU11||Increased the limit for snow golems in a world.|
|TU12||Snow 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.|
|TU43||CU33||1.36||Patch 13||Added sounds for snow golems.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added Snow Golem.|
- 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.
A snow golem riding in a minecart.