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Not to be confused with Taiga or Snowy Taiga.

Old growth taigas are cold forested biomes covered with tall spruce trees. There are two variants in the biome family.

Description[]

As the name implies, an old growth forest includes trees that have attained a great age, and therefore height. Much as the normal taiga can be considered a colder counterpart of the forest biome, the old growth taigas can be considered a colder counterpart of the jungle biome. Similarly to jungle and dark forest biomes, these biomes generate at very high humidity values and are often surrounded by the regular taiga biome.

As with regular taigas, spruce grows all over the landscape, and most of them are the large 2×2 trees that grow significantly taller than regular spruce. Much of the grass blocks are replaced by large swaths of podzol and coarse dirt. Additionally, rocks made of mossy cobblestone frequently generate on the ground and dead bushes generate alongside the sweet berry bushes[JE only][1], ferns, large ferns and tall grass on the ground. Wolves, foxes and rabbits[JE only] may spawn here. As the climate here is cold, rainfall changes to snowfall above layer 200, though in the old growth spruce taiga variant, snowfall forms at layer 160. Because the snowfall line is so high up, snow rarely forms naturally as these biomes are usually replaced by groves when they generate in mountains or other steep terrain.

An old growth spruce taiga.

There are overall more trees in old growth taigas compared to normal taigas, leading to increased foliage density. This makes wood more abundant, though as a large portion of it grows as part of tall 2×2 spruce trees, it may be more difficult to obtain. Old growth taigas are slightly more difficult for survival than regular taigas for this reason, though aren't so bad once acclimated and strategies are used to clear the tall trees; they may offer more unique views compared to regular taigas as well.

Variants[]

Old Growth Pine Taiga[]

Old Growth Pine Taiga
Giant Tree Taiga.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.3

Structures

Forest rocks

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Mushrooms
Sweet Berry Bush[JE only][1]

Grass color


 #86B87F

Foliage color


 #68A55F

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #2D6D77
[BE only]

The standard biome variant, old growth pine taiga features the typical terrain covered by coarse dirt, podzol and both large 2x2 and normal-sized spruce trees, with the tall trees being mostly arrow shaped with few leaves at the top, as well as forest rocks. Wolves, foxes and rabbits‌[JE only] may spawn here.

In Java Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Underground water creature category
Glow Squid10102–4
Passive category
Sheep12604
Pig10604
Chicken10604
Cow8604
Wolf8604
Rabbit[note 1]4602–3
Fox[note 2]8602–4
Hostile category
Spider100541.254
Zombie100541.254
Skeleton100541.254
Zombie Villager25541.251
Creeper100541.254
Slime[note 3]100541.254
Enderman10541.251–4
Witch5541.251
Spider Jockey1541.251
Chicken Jockey0.25541.251
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. 50% of spawned rabbits are brown, 40% are salt and pepper, and 10% are black.
  2. The foxes are red foxes.
  3. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12662–3
Pig10661–3
Chicken10662–4
Cow8662–3
Wolf8664
Fox[note 1]8662–4
Glow Squid10662–4
Hostile category
Spider994951
Zombie94.254952–4
Zombie Villager54952–4
Skeleton804951–2
Creeper1004951
Slime[note 2]1004951
Enderman104951–2
Witch54951
Spider Jockey14951
Chicken Jockey0.754951
Ambient category
Bat10102
  1. The foxes are red foxes.
  2. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.


Old Growth Spruce Taiga[]

Old Growth Spruce Taiga
Giant Spruce Taiga.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.25

Structures

Forest rocks

Blocks

Grass Block
Podzol
Coarse Dirt
Mossy Cobblestone
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves
Fern
Large Fern
Dead Bush
Sweet Berry Bush[JE only][1]
Mushrooms

Grass color


 #86B783

Foliage color


 #68A464

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #2D6D77
[BE only]

The old growth spruce taiga variant resembles the regular old growth taiga at first glance, with the main difference being the shape of the giant trees. The giant trees in old growth spruce taigas have leaves surrounding much more of the tree trunk, the larger amounts of leaves increase the chances of saplings dropping when these trees are cut down, leading to easier sustainability. This variant is also slightly colder than the regular biome, which means that snowfall starts at layer 160 instead of layer 200.

In Java Edition, old growth spruce taigas use the same mob spawning chances as old growth pine taiga for passive and ambient categories. As for the others:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Spider100516.254
Zombie95516.254
Zombie Villager5516.251
Skeleton100516.254
Creeper100516.254
Slime[note 1]100516.254
Enderman10516.251–4
Witch5516.251
Spider Jockey1516.251
Chicken Jockey0.25516.251
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition, old growth spruce taigas use the same mob spawning chances as old growth pine taigas.

Sounds[]

Music[]

These music tracks play while the player is in the Old Growth Taigas

Filename
in Minecraft
Gameplay Soundtrack Title Soundtrack Track preview Weight
piano1.ogg The Overworld "Dry Hands" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 12 3
piano2.ogg The Overworld "Wet Hands" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 13 3
piano3.ogg The Overworld "Mice on Venus" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 11 3
hal1.ogg The Overworld "Subwoofer Lullaby" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 3 3
hal2.ogg The Overworld "Living Mice" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 5 3
hal3.ogg The Overworld "Haggstrom" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 7 3
hal4.ogg The Overworld "Danny" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 21 3
calm1.ogg The Overworld "Minecraft" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 8 3
calm2.ogg The Overworld "Clark" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 14 3
calm3.ogg The Overworld "Sweden" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 18 3
nuance1.ogg The Overworld "Key" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 1 3
nuance2.ogg The Overworld "Oxygène" Minecraft - Volume Alpha No. 9 3
left_to_bloom.ogg Lush Caves, Meadow, and the Overworld "Left to Bloom" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 4 3
one_more_day.ogg Lush Caves, Meadow, Snowy Slopes, Frozen Peaks, and the Overworld "One More Day" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 6 3
comforting_memories.ogg Grove and the Overworld "Comforting Memories" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 9 3
floating_dream.ogg Lush Caves, Jagged Peaks, and the Overworld "Floating Dream" Minecraft: Caves & Cliffs (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 8 3
aerie.ogg Lush Caves, Forest, Dark Forest, Birch Forest, Jungle, Swamp, Old Growth Taiga "Aerie" Minecraft: The Wild Update (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 2 1
firebugs.ogg Lush Caves, Forest, Dark Forest, Birch Forest, Jungle, Swamp, Old Growth Taiga "Firebugs" Minecraft: The Wild Update (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 1 1
labyrinthine.ogg Lush Caves, Forest, Dark Forest, Birch Forest, Jungle, Swamp, Old Growth Taiga "Labyrinthine" Minecraft: The Wild Update (Original Game Soundtrack) No. 3 1

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Old Growth Pine Taigaold_growth_pine_taigabiome.minecraft.old_growth_pine_taiga
Old Growth Spruce Taigaold_growth_spruce_taigabiome.minecraft.old_growth_spruce_taiga

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID
[No displayed name]mega_taiga32
[No displayed name]redwood_taiga_mutated160

History[]

Java Edition
1.7.2August 7, 2013Jens tweeted the first image of a mega taiga, unofficially dubbed the redwood forest. The name was changed following 1.7's release.
13w36aMega taiga biome and variants added, along with many other biomes.
1.1318w16aRenamed Redwood Taiga Hills M to Mutated Redwood Taiga Hills.
18w19aRenamed Mega Taiga to Giant Tree Taiga.
Renamed Mega Taiga Hills to Giant Tree Taiga Hills.
Renamed Mega Spruce Taiga to Giant Spruce Taiga.
Renamed Mutated Redwood Taiga Hills to Giant Spruce Taiga Hills.
pre5Changed the ID redwood_taiga to giant_tree_taiga.
Changed the ID redwood_taiga_hills to giant_tree_taiga_hills.
Changed the ID mutated_redwood_taiga to giant_spruce_taiga.
Changed the ID mutated_redwood_taiga_hills to giant_spruce_taiga_hills.
1.15pre2Foxes and berry bushes can now spawn in Giant Tree Taigas.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Giant Tree Taiga hills and Giant Spruce Taiga hills no longer generate naturally.
experimental snapshot 6Giant Tree Taigas and their variants are no longer considered cold biomes in terms of biome placement.
21w40a"Giant Tree Taiga" has been renamed to "Old Growth Pine Taiga".
"Giant Spruce Taiga" has been renamed to to "Old Growth Spruce Taiga".
The ID giant_tree_taiga has been changed to old_growth_pine_taiga.
The ID giant_spruce_taiga has been changed to old_growth_spruce_taiga.
The giant tree taiga hills and giant spruce taiga hills biomes have been removed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
A block named "grassless dirt" generates in place of the current coarse dirt.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2Added coarse dirt, which can generate in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Added illager patrols, which can spawn in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can spawn in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.
1.16.0beta 1.15.0.51Wolves can now spawn in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 31.0.1Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
1.91 Added illager patrols, which can spawn in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added mega taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
1.5.25Added coarse dirt, which can generate in Old Growth Tree Taiga biomes.

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