Taiga

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Taiga biomes are common cold biomes. There are three variants in the biome family, though there are also two other closely related families; snowy taigas and giant tree taigas.

Description[edit]

Taiga biomes are essentially a colder counterpart to the lush forest biomes. Only spruce trees may grow in taigas, compared to oak and birch trees in forests. Due to the structure of spruce trees, being more tall than wide, the foliage is somewhat less dense than in forests, but still dense enough to possibly get players lost. The terrain is flatter than in forests, though still slightly hilly. Wolves spawn in all taiga variants, and at slightly higher rates than in forests, making wolves generally more plentiful in taigas. Rabbits additionally spawn in taigas, though aren't often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them. Villages occasionally generate within the taiga and are appropriately made of spruce wood. Due to the cooler climate, rainfall changes to snowfall at higher elevations within taigas; however, this rarely happens within the normal taiga, as the terrain is not usually steep enough to reach the snowfall line.

Like forests, taigas are one of the most preferred biomes to start out in. The abundance of wood, mild terrain and useful passive mobs make this biome easy to adapt to for beginners. Generated villages can also serve as a handy refuge and as a trading post should one be found. Taigas share the same dangers of forests, however; a player can get lost within the trees easily if they don't mark their trails, and the foliage can lead to obstructed vision, especially at night.

Variants[edit]

There are a total of three different Taiga biome variants.

Taiga[edit]


Taiga
Taiga.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.25

Structures


Village
s

Blocks


Grass Block


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 5 hex: 5 bin: 101

Biome ID
taiga

Taiga is the standard taiga biome variant, featuring relatively even terrain forested entirely by spruce trees. Villages may generate here, and wolves can spawn.

Taiga Hills[edit]


Taiga Hills
Taiga Hills.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.25

Blocks


Grass Block


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 19 hex: 13 bin: 10011

Biome ID
taiga_hills

Taiga Hills, like all other hills biomes in the game, feature steeper terrain compared to the base taiga biome. The increased elevation makes snowfall more likely to appear within this variant, typically at the tops of trees or tall peaks. Villages do not generate in this biome, though wolves still spawn.

Taiga Mountains[edit]


Taiga Mountains
Taiga Mountains.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.25

Blocks


Grass Block


Grass


Fern


Large Fern


Spruce Log


Spruce Leaves

Data value

dec: 133 hex: 85 bin: 10000101

Biome ID
taiga_mountains

The rare Taiga Mountains variant are much steeper than the taiga hills, with peaks frequently crossing the snowfall line. The steep terrain makes this a more difficult version of the regular taiga. Like the hills, villages will not generate here, though wolves may still spawn.

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0 ?Added true biomes, including taigas.
All taigas are currently snowy.
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 is 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.
September 29, 2018During MINECON Earth 2018, the community voted on which biome to update next. The taiga biome was the most voted biome; therefore, foxes, campfires, and berries will be added to the biome in 1.14.[1]
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added biomes, including snowy taigas.
0.9.0 build 1 Added snowless taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
0.13.0 build 1 Rabbits will now spawn in taigas.
0.15.0 build 1 Villages can now generate in taiga biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.00Patch 1Biomes have now been overhauled, which has now removed taigas.
TU9(Snowy) taigas have now been re-added.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added snowless taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.

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