Snowy Taiga biomes are rare cold biomes, often generating adjacent to or within snowy tundra biomes. The biome family includes three individual biome variants.
Snowy taigas are quite similar to their snowless variants, featuring large numbers of spruce trees, rabbits, foxes[upcoming: JE 1.14] 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. Foxes that spawn here will have a white coat, as to resemble the real-life arctic fox. Villages generated here using same architecture as regular taiga but all roof covered by snow, which is hard to see when viewed from the sky
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.
Snowy Taigas are technically the coldest biomes in the game. Plants like ferns and sweet berry bushes are less common compared to snowless taigas. In Bedrock Edition, Illager patrol can spawn in these biome.
There are a total of three different snowy taiga biome variants.
This is the standard and most common snowy taiga variant. Igloos, outposts and villages can generate here.
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. Buildings like igloos and villages will not generate in this biome, unlike the regular snowy taiga.
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. Buildings will also not generate here.
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.2.0||preview||Added biomes, including snowy taigas.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.8||?||As part of a biome overhaul, taigas are now no longer snowy.|
|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||Renamed Cold Taiga M to Mutated Cold Taiga.|
|18w19a||Renamed Cold Taiga to Snowy Taiga.|
|Renamed Cold Taiga Hills to Snowy Taiga Hills.|
|Renamed Mutated Cold Taiga to Snowy Taiga Mountains.|
|pre5||Changed the ID |
|Changed the ID |
|Changed the ID |
|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.
|Added wolves, which spawn in snowy taigas.|
|0.13.0||build 1||Added rabbits, which can now spawn in snowy taigas.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Villages can generate in snowy taiga.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Added igloos, that can now generate in snowy taigas.|
|1.10.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Added pillager outpost which can generate in snowy taiga.|
Added sweet berry bush which rarely generate in snowy taiga.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.11.0||beta 220.127.116.11||Added Illager patrol which can spawn in snowy taiga.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU5||CU1||1.00||Patch 1||Biomes overhauled, removing taigas.|
|TU9||(Snowy) taigas have now been re-added.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||Added snowless taiga and variants, making the snowy taiga much rarer.|
An igloo in a snowy taiga, along with a begging wolf.
Another view of snowy taiga mountains.
A large overhang, with a cave and a frozen lake underneath it, that generated as part of snowy taiga mountains.