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The taiga is a cold forested biome. There are three variants in the biome family, though there are also two other closely related families; snowy taigas and giant tree taigas.

TaigaBE.png

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. In Bedrock Edition, taiga is one of biomes where wolves can spawn, the other being snowy taiga. Rabbits additionally spawn in taigas, though are not often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them. Foxes[JE & BE only] and sweet berry bushes can also be found in taiga biomes. Villages occasionally generate within the taiga and are appropriately made of spruce wood. Due to the cooler climate, rainfall changes to snowfall above layer 120 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. This biome and its variants also generate as border of giant tree taiga biomes, except if generate next to snowy taiga. Taigas are commonly found next to mountain biomes, plains, and forest biomes, and much less commonly next to snowy taigas.

Like forest and jungle, taiga also generate unique shallow lakes.

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

Villages
Pillager outposts

Blocks

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

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

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 and outposts may generate here, and wolves and foxes‌[JE & BE only] can spawn here.

Taiga Hills[edit]

Taiga Hills
Taiga Hills.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.25

Structures

Villages[BE only]
Pillager Outposts[BE only]

Blocks

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

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

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 and outposts do not generate in this biome‌[Java Edition only], though wolves and foxes‌[JE & BE only] still spawn.

Taiga Mountains[edit]

Taiga Mountains
Taiga Mountains.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.25

Blocks

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

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 133 hex: 85 bin: 10000101

Biome ID

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 and outposts do not generate here, though wolves and foxes‌[JE & BE only] may still spawn.

Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Taiga taiga
Taiga Hills taiga_hills
Taiga Mountains taiga_mountains

Bedrock Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Taiga taiga
Taiga Hills taiga_hills
Taiga Mountains taiga_mutated

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded true biomes, including taigas.
All taigas are currently snowy.
Taigas were defined by having a rainfall value of over 20% and a temperature value between 10% and 50%.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Oak trees no longer generate in taigas.
1.8?Due to bugs in the new terrain generator, taigas now generate without snow.
Java Edition
1.1?The bug from 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 is now much more rare.
1.1318w16aRenamed TaigaHills to Taiga Hills.
Renamed Taiga M to Mutated Taiga.
18w19aRenamed Mutated Taiga to Taiga Mountains.
pre5The changed the ID mutated_taiga to taiga_mountains.
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 are to be added to the biome in Java Edition 1.14.[1]
1.1418w47aAdded pillager outposts, which can spawn in taiga biomes.
18w49aAdded sweet berry bushes, which commonly spawn in taigas.
19w07aAdded foxes, which spawn in taigas.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added biomes, including snowy taigas.
0.9.0build 1Added snowless taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
0.13.0build 1Rabbits now spawn in taigas.
0.15.0build 1Villages can now generate in taiga biomes.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can generate in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly generate in taigas.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can spawn in taigas.
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.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.91Added pillager outposts, which can spawn in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly spawn in taigas.

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