Birch Forest

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Birch Forests are common lush biomes, usually generating near other lush biomes. There are four variants in the biome family.

Description[edit]

Birch forest biomes are quite hilly, featuring a vast amount of only birch trees across the landscape. They generate densely, but not densely enough to cast sufficient shadows to allow hostile mobs to spawn in daytime. Rose bushes, lilacs and peonies generate in these biomes relatively commonly, as well as the usual dandelions, poppies, tall grass, and rarely, pumpkins. Like almost every other land biome in the game, water and lava lakes can generate here, which may cause fast-spreading fires due to the density of flammable trees. The grass and foliage color is a dull green/turquoise hue, much like the rivers that often run across this biome, which makes them hard to distinguish from the main birch forest biome. No unique mobs or structures are found in this biome.

These biomes provide a decent source of wood and animal food, much like the main forest. Survival here is a bit tricky, however, due to the low visibility between birch trees and because mobs like skeletons and zombies are able to protect themselves in daytime by hiding under leaves, then appearing and attacking the player unawares. Building shelter here can also be frustrating, due to having to clean up the zone before, and because of the reduced block palette that this biome offers compared to other biomes.

Variants[edit]

There are a total of four distinct birch forest biome variants.

Birch Forest[edit]

Birch Forest
Birch Forest.png
Type

Medium/Lush

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.6

Blocks

Grass Block
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley[upcoming 1.14 & BE 1.9]

Data value

dec: 27 hex: 1B bin: 11011

Biome ID
birch_forest

Birch Forest is the standard and most common birch forest biome variant, with slightly hilly, forested terrain and normal-height birch trees.

Birch Forest Hills[edit]

Birch Forest Hills
Birch Forest Hills.png
Type

Medium/Lush

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.6

Blocks

Grass Block
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley[upcoming 1.14 & BE 1.9]

Data value

dec: 28 hex: 1C bin: 11100

Biome ID
birch_forest_hills

Birch Forest Hills, like other Hills biomes, features even hiller, rougher terrain than regular birch forests, being identical to them in every other aspect.

Tall Birch Forest[edit]

Tall Birch Forest
Tall Birch Forest.png
Type

Medium/Lush

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.6

Blocks

Grass Block
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley[upcoming 1.14 & BE 1.9]

Data value

dec: 155 hex: 9B bin: 10011011

Biome ID
tall_birch_forest

The Tall Birch Forest features birch trees that generate significantly taller than normal. This makes harvesting wood more difficult, but allows more wood to be collected in the long run.

Tall Birch Hills[edit]

Tall Birch Hills
Tall Birch Hills.png
Type

Medium/Lush

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.6

Blocks

Grass Block
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley[upcoming 1.14 & BE 1.9]

Data value

dec: 156 hex: 9C bin: 10011100

Biome ID
tall_birch_hills

Like the other hills biomes, the Tall Birch Hills biome has hillier, rougher terrain, along with the taller-than-normal birch trees of the Tall Birch Forest variant.

History[edit]

Java Edition
1.7.2 13w36a Birch forests and flower forests added, along with their variants and many other biomes.
1.13 18w16a Renamed Birch Forest M to Mutated Birch Forest.
Renamed Birch Forest Hills M to Mutated Birch Forest Hills.
18w19a Renamed Mutated Birch Forest to Tall Birch Forest.
Renamed Mutated Birch Forest Hills to Tall Birch Hills.
pre5 Changed the ID mutated_birch_forest to tall_birch_forest.
Changed the ID mutated_birch_forest_hills to tall_birch_hills.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.9.0 build 1 Added birch and flower forests, along with many other biomes.
0.11.0 build 1 Added Birch Forest M and Birch Forest Hills M.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.9 beta 1.9.0.0 Added lily of the valley which can be found in birch forest biome.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added birch and flower forests, along with many other biomes.

See also[edit]