Snowy Taiga

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A snowy taiga biome in Java Edition.

A snowy taiga is an uncommon snowy biome, often generating adjacent to or within a snowy tundra biome. The biome family includes three individual biome variants.

Description[edit]

Snowy taigas are technically the coldest biomes in the game.

Snowy taigas are similar to their snowless variants, featuring large numbers of spruce trees, rabbits, white-coated foxes, and wolves. Aqua-colored plants like ferns and sweet berry bushes are less common compared to snowless taigas.

The main distinction are the snow layers that cover almost the entire landscape, save for the ground protected by the leaves of spruce trees. The terrain is also less flat than regular taigas; the gelid temperatures of the snowy taiga means that any exposed water freezes into ice, though lakes that generate within the taiga are often partially protected by the leaves of the trees, meaning lakes aren't usually completely frozen.

Occasionally, igloos may generate within the trees as in snowy tundras. Villages and outposts can't generate here.‌[JE only][1]

Bedrock Edition[edit]

Snowfall in Bedrock Edition

Most of the snow layers are stacked, the water has a purplish tone and the leaves of the trees become white as in Snowy Tundras during snowfalls. Villages and pillager outposts can generate as well.

Villages generated here use the same architecture as normal taiga villages, but all of the roofs are covered by stacked snow. The water in village farms is frozen, leading to the crops uprooting. Villagers wear the snowy tundra outfit.

Variants[edit]

There are a total of three different snowy taiga biome variants.

Snowy Taiga[edit]

Snowy Taiga
Snowy Taiga.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

-0.5

Structures

Igloos
Villages[BE only]
Pillager outposts[BE only]

Blocks

Grass Block
Snow
Grass
Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Large Fern
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Grass color

aqua

Water color

indigo

This is the standard and most common snowy taiga variant. Igloos can generate here, as can villages and outposts In Bedrock Edition.

Mobs[edit]

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
Spider1005154
Zombie955154
Zombie Villager55151
Skeleton1005154
Creeper1005154
Slime[note 3]1005154
Enderman105151–4
Witch55151
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. 80% of spawned rabbits are white and 20% are black and white.
  2. The foxes are snowy foxes.
  3. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12602–3
Pig10601–3
Chicken10602–4
Cow8602–3
Wolf8604
Rabbit[note 1]4602–3
Fox[note 2]8602–4
Hostile category
Spider1004951
Zombie954952–4
Zombie Villager54952–4
Skeleton804951–2
Creeper1004951
Slime[note 3]1004951
Enderman104951–2
Witch54951
Ambient category
Bat10102
  1. 80% of spawned rabbits are white and 20% are black and white.
  2. The foxes are snowy foxes
  3. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

Snowy Taiga Hills[edit]

Snowy Taiga Hills
Snowy Taiga Hills.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

-0.5

Structures

Villages[BE only]
Pillager Outposts[BE only]

Blocks

Grass Block
Snow
Grass
Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Large Fern
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Like all other hills biomes, Snowy Taiga Hills feature hillier, more erratic terrain. These hills are somewhat steeper than other hills biomes, making this variant difficult for survival mode. Pillager outposts and villages can generate in this biome‌[BE only], however, unlike the regular snowy taiga, igloos cannot generate here.

Snowy taiga hills use the same mob spawning chances as snowy taigas.

Snowy Taiga Mountains[edit]

Snowy Taiga Mountains
Snowy Taiga Mountains.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

-0.5

Blocks

Grass Block
Snow
Grass
Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Large Fern
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

The rare Snowy Taiga Mountains feature much steeper terrain than the hills. Similarly to the taiga mountains, this variant can reach high elevations, but the snowy taiga mountains go higher than regular taiga mountains. The steep elevations make this biome difficult for survival. Buildings do not generate here.

Snowy taiga mountains use the same mob spawning chances as snowy taigas.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Snowy Taigasnowy_taiga biome.minecraft.snowy_taiga
Snowy Taiga Hillssnowy_taiga_hills biome.minecraft.snowy_taiga_hills
Snowy Taiga Mountainssnowy_taiga_mountains biome.minecraft.snowy_taiga_mountains

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID
[No displayed name]cold_taiga 30
[No displayed name]cold_taiga_hills 31
[No displayed name]cold_taiga_mutated 158

History[edit]

An old Snowy Taiga in Pocket Edition Alpha 0.7.0
Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded biomes, including snowy taigas.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseDue to bugs in the new terrain generator, taigas are no longer snowy and therefore resemble the current snowless taigas.
Java Edition
1.111w48aThe bug in Beta 1.8 has been fixed, so taigas again generate with snow.
1.7.213w36aA new snowless taiga biome has been added, along with variants and many other biomes.
The snowless taiga has now become the new default taiga, and the old snowy taiga has been renamed "Cold Taiga" and are now much more rare.
1.1318w16aRenamed Cold Taiga M to Mutated Cold Taiga.
18w19aRenamed Cold Taiga to Snowy Taiga.
Renamed Cold Taiga Hills to Snowy Taiga Hills.
Renamed Mutated Cold Taiga to Snowy Taiga Mountains.
pre5Changed the ID taiga_cold to snowy_taiga.
Changed the ID taiga_cold_hills to snowy_taiga_hills.
Changed the ID mutated_taiga_cold to snowy_taiga_mountains.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added biomes, including snowy taigas.
0.9.0build 1Added snowless taiga and variants, making the snowy taiga much rarer.
Added wolves, which spawn in snowy taigas.
0.13.0build 1Added rabbits, which can spawn in snowy taigas.
0.15.0build 1Villages now generate in snowy taigas.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Added igloos that now generate in snowy taigas.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy taigas.
Added sweet berry bushes, which rarely generate in snowy taigas.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added illager patrols, which can spawn in snowy taigas.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can spawn in snowy taigas.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added (snowy) taigas.
TU5Biomes overhauled, removing (snowy) taigas.
TU9Re-added (snowy) taigas.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added snowless taiga and variants, making the snowy taiga much rarer.
1.91 Added pillager outposts, which can spawn in snowy biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which rarely generate in snowy taigas.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. MC-154837 resolved as "Works As Intended"