Forest

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A forest biome as seen from above.

Forests are temperate forested biomes. There are a total of three variants in the biome family.

Description[edit]

Forest biomes are very common and densely wooded with oak and birch trees. The flowers lily of the valley, lilacs, rose bushes, and peonies are found alongside the traditional dandelions and poppies.

In Java and Legacy Console editions, wolves spawn in forests, making this the only other biome aside from taigas where wolves can spawn.

Lakes are frequent. Like the jungle biomes, forest and flower forest also generate unique, shallow lakes that are much larger than small ponds generated in other biomes.

Forests may also generate in patches within plains; these patches are only a couple hundred blocks in size, making forests some of the smallest biomes. Forests and their variants sometimes generate on islands within deep oceans.

Forests are one of the most preferred biomes to start a survival world, serving abundant amounts of wood, grass and flowers, water, and passive mobs, and they do not have many dangers aside from the usual hostile mobs.

Tamed wolves can help fight against hostile mobs, making them especially useful for when players lack resources for armor.

The density of the trees, however, can obstruct night vision and get a player lost quickly; random surface-level lava pools are possible, albeit rare.

Variants[edit]

The main forest biome has two additional variants, for a total of three different forest biomes. Not included here are dark forests and birch forests. They're considered completely separate biomes.

Forest[edit]

Forest
Forest.png
Type

Lush/Temperate

Rarity

Very common

Temperature

0.7

Blocks

Grass Block
Oak Log
Oak Leaves
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 4 hex: 4 bin: 100

Biome ID
forest

Forest is the standard forest biome variant and the most common biome in Minecraft. Along with plains, it was one of the first biomes in the game. In Java and Legacy Console editions, wolves may spawn here. Shallow lakes sometimes generate found here.

Wooded Hills[edit]

Wooded Hills
Wooded Hills.png
Type

Lush/Temperate

Rarity

Very common

Temperature

0.7

Blocks

Grass Block
Oak Log
Oak Leaves
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Rose Bush
Lilac
Peony
Lily of the Valley

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 12 hex: C bin: 1100

Biome ID

Wooded Hills are similar to forests, though the terrain is hillier and generally more erratic, making it less suitable for shelter. In Java and Legacy Console editions wolves may still spawn in the hills.

Flower Forest[edit]

Flower Forest
Flower Forest.png
Type

Lush/Temperate

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.7

Blocks

Grass Block
Oak Log
Oak Leaves
Birch Log
Birch Leaves
Bee Nest[upcoming: JE 1.15 & BE 1.14.0]
Allium
Lily of the Valley
Various other flowers

Sky color

?

Fog color

?

Grass color

?

Foliage color

?

Water color

?

Underwater fog color

?

Underwater fog distance

?

Water surface transparency

?

Data value

dec: 132 hex: 84 bin: 10000100

Biome ID
flower_forest

The Flower Forest variant has fewer trees than the regular forest, but boasts countless numbers of flowers across its landscape. Like in plains, large oaks replace 33% of small oaks, rather 10% in other forests.

Every type of flower, except for sunflowers and blue orchids, generates in the flower forest; in fact, beside in woodland mansion, allium flowers may only generate here. The vast numbers of flowers makes this variant an excellent source of dye.

The terrain here is more erratic and mountainous than the regular forest, similar to the wooded hills. Wolves do not spawn here, but rabbits can. Bees and bee nests spawn in this biome.‌[upcoming: JE 1.15 & BE 1.14] along with more mountainous terrain, terrain in this biome also often goes below sea level, making shallow lakes much more common than in regular forest.



Data values[edit]

Java Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Wooded Hills wooded_hills

Bedrock Edition:

Biome Namespaced ID
Wooded Hills forest_hills

History[edit]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded true biomes, including forests and several variants.
Forests were defined by having a rainfall value of 35% or greater and a temperature value between 50% and 70%.
Java Edition
1.3.1?Hills in forests are now taller.
1.7.213w36aFlower forests have now been added, along with many other biomes.
1.8Rabbits are now found in flower forests.
1.1318w16aRenamed ForestHills to Forest Hills.
18w19aRenamed Forest Hills to Wooded Hills.
pre5Changed the ID forest_hills to wooded_hills.
Changed the ID mutated_forest to flower_forest.
1.1418w43aCornflower & Lily of the valley now generates in flower forest.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1519w34aFlower forests now have bees and bee nests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Added biomes, including forests.
0.9.0build 1Added flower forests, along with many other biomes.
0.13.0build 1Rabbits can now spawn in flower forests.
Bedrock Edition
1.9.0beta 1.9.0.0Added lily of the valleys, which generate in forest and flower forest biomes.
Added cornflowers, which generate in flower forest biomes.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta 1.14.0.1Flower forests now have bees and bee nests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU11.00Patch 1Some forest variants have now been removed from the base game.
TU141.04Hills in forests are now taller.
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added flower forests, along with many other biomes.

Trivia[edit]

  • Regular forests biome also generates in patches within plains and regular deep ocean biomes, similar to how 'Hills' biomes generate within their respective base biomes.
  • Forest hills biome also generate within plains biome as its 'Hills' biomes.

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See also[edit]