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Snowy Taiga

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A snowy taiga in Bedrock Edition.

Snowy taigas are uncommon snowy biomes, often generating adjacent to or within snowy tundra biomes. 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.

Snowy taigas are one of the only biomes where both wolves and foxes can spawn. 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
Data

dec: 30 hex: 1E bin: 11110

ID

§ Data values

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.

Mobs[edit]

In Java Edition:

Snowy taiga mobs
Mob Spawn chance Group size
Passive category
Sheep 1260 4
Pig 1060 4
Chicken 1060 4
Cow 860 4
Wolf 860 4
Rabbit[note 1] 460 2–3
Fox[note 2] 860 2–4
Hostile category
Spider 100515 4
Zombie 95515 4
Zombie Villager 5515 1
Skeleton 100515 4
Creeper 100515 4
Slime[note 3] 100515 4
Enderman 10515 1–4
Witch 5515 1
Ambient category
Bat 1010 8
  1. 80% of rabbits will be white 20% will be black and white.
  2. The foxes will be snowy foxes
  3. Spawn attempt only succeeds in slime chunks

In Bedrock Edition:

Snowy taiga mobs
Mob Spawn chance Group size
Passive category
Sheep 1260 2–3
Pig 1060 1–3
Chicken 1060 2–4
Cow 860 2–3
Wolf 860 4
Rabbit[note 1] 460 2–3
Fox[note 2] 860 2–4
Hostile category
Spider 100495 1
Zombie 95495 2–4
Zombie Villager 5495 2–4
Skeleton 80495 1–2
Creeper 100495 1
Slime[note 3] 100495 1
Enderman 10495 1–2
Witch 5495 1
Ambient category
Bat 1010 2
  1. 80% of rabbits will be white 20% will be black and white.
  2. The foxes will be snowy foxes
  3. Spawn attempt only succeeds in slime chunks

Snowy Taiga Hills[edit]

Snowy Taiga Hills
Snowy Taiga Hills.png
Data

dec: 31 hex: 1F bin: 11111

ID

§ Data values

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
Data

dec: 158 hex: 9E bin: 10011110

ID

§ Data values

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 very difficult for survival. Buildings do not generate here.

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

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Snowy Taiga snowy_taiga
Snowy Taiga Hills snowy_taiga_hills
Snowy Taiga Mountains snowy_taiga_mountains

Bedrock Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Snowy Taiga cold_taiga
Snowy Taiga Hills cold_taiga_hills
Snowy Taiga Mountains cold_taiga_mutated

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 now 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 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.
1.1318w16aRenamed 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
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.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Added 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"