Snowy Taiga

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Snowy Taiga biomes are rare snowy/icy biomes, often generating adjacent to or within snowy tundra biomes. The biome family includes three individual biome variants.

Description[edit]

Snowy taigas are quite similar to their snowless variants, featuring large numbers of spruce trees, rabbits and wolves. The main distinction, as the name implies, are the (stacked [Bedrock Edition only]) 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, being hillier and more reminiscent of forest biomes. The cold temperatures of the snowy taiga means any exposed (purple [Bedrock Edition only]) water will freeze 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, making snowy taiga variants the only other biomes aside from snowy tundras where igloos may generate.

Survival in snowy taiga biomes can be difficult, as the copious amounts of snow can overwhelm beginners. This, coupled with hillier terrain compared to regular taigas, can make these biomes tough to survive in.

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

Rare

Temperature

-0.5

Structures


Igloo
s

Blocks


Grass Block


Snow


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 30 hex: 1E bin: 11110

Biome ID
snowy_taiga

This is the standard and most common Snowy Taiga variant. Igloos may generate here.

Snowy Taiga Hills[edit]


Snowy Taiga Hills
Snowy Taiga Hills.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

-0.5

Blocks


Grass Block


Snow


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 31 hex: 1F bin: 11111

Biome ID
snowy_taiga_hills

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 more difficult for survival. Igloos will not generate in this biome, unlike the regular snowy taiga.

Snowy Taiga Mountains[edit]


Snowy Taiga Mountains
Snowy Taiga Mountains.png
Type

Snowy/Icy

Rarity

Very rare

Temperature

-0.5

Blocks


Grass Block


Snow


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 158 hex: 9E bin: 10011110

Biome ID
snowy_taiga_mountains

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

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 ?Added true biomes, including snowy taigas.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 ?As part of a biome overhaul, taigas are now no longer snowy.
Java Edition
1.1 ?Snow has now been re-added to taigas.
1.7.2 13w36a A new snowless taiga biome has now 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 now been renamed "Cold Taiga" and are now much more rare.
1.13 18w16a Several biome names have now been cleaned up, mainly by adding missing spaces and changing "Biome M" for "Mutated Biome".
18w19a The names of several biomes have now been changed. The exact name changes are listed here.
pre5 Several biome IDs have now been changed, mostly to comply with their names, listed here.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added biomes, including snowy taiga.
0.9.0 build 1 Added snowless taiga and variants, making the snowy taiga much rarer.
0.13.0 build 1 Added rabbits, which can now spawn in snowy taigas.
Pocket Edition
1.0 alpha 0.17.0 Added igloos, that can now generate in snowy taigas.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.00Patch 1Biomes overhauled, removing taigas.
TU9(Snowy) taigas have now been re-added.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added snowless taiga and variants, making the snowy taiga much rarer.

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