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This article is about the regular snow golem. For the Minecraft Earth variant, see Melon golem.
Snow Golem
Snow Golem.pngSheared Snow Golem JE2 BE2.png
Health points

4♥♥

Behavior

Passive

Classification

Golem

Attack
strength

Only knockback
3♥♥ (Blaze only)

Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Height: 1.9 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks

In Bedrock Edition:
Height: 1.8 Blocks
Width: 0.4 Blocks

Spawn

Where created by the player or an enderman

Usable items

A snow golem is a snowman-like utility mob that helps defend against monsters.

Creation[]

Snow golem build configuration.
Jack o'lanterns can also be used.

Creating a snow golem requires the player to stack two snow blocks, then place a pumpkin[Bedrock Edition only], a carved pumpkin, or a jack o'lantern on top. A dispenser may also be used to place the pumpkin. The building pattern also works when arranged sideways or upside-down, as long as the pumpkin is the last block placed. In Java Edition, the player can also place the pattern in any order with an uncarved pumpkin, then use shears on the pumpkin to create a snow golem.

The snow golem spawns at the location of the pumpkin when created horizontally.

Snow golems search for the nearest monster and attack it until it dies.

Endermen are capable of creating snow golems by placing the necessary blocks, although this is an extremely rare event because they do not do so deliberately.[1]

Drops[]

Snow golems drop 0–15 snowballs upon death.

Behavior[]

Snow golems do not follow players. Snow golems have good path-finding skills; like most mobs, snow golems avoid cacti, fire, lava, and water. They avoid falling off cliffs, although they are immune to fall damage. Snow golems can be put on leads and tied to fences.

A snow golem after shearing the carved pumpkin from its head.

A snow golem wears its carved pumpkin as a helmet, just like the player does: its actual head is hidden beneath. Shearing a snow golem removes the pumpkin, revealing its face and making it drop the pumpkin. The pumpkin is stored using the Pumpkin tag instead of ArmorItems; a snow golem does not display its HandItems or its ArmorItems. After shearing the pumpkin, the player can give a snow golem a new pumpkin only by using a command, such as data.

Snow golems "melt" (take fire damage) in biomes with a temperature greater than 1.0, or dry/warm biomes like badlands, deserts, savannas and biomes in the Nether. The Fire Resistance effect allows them to survive in these biomes.‌[Java Edition only][2]

They also melt (take damage) when in contact with rain or water, or any water source block.

Snow golems do not take freezing damage from powder snow.

Uses[]

A group of snow golems throwing snowballs at a spider.

Snow golems move toward all monsters (except ghasts) and throw snowballs at them up to 10 blocks away, provoking them, regardless of whether they attack the player.[3] They throw one snowball per second. Thrown snowballs do not deal damage except to blazes and wolves,[4] but the snowballs knock back any mobs that they hit.

Additionally, snow golems never intentionally attack the player.

Snow golems also attack creepers, provoking them and causing them to explode.

A snow golem is not provoked by another golem (snow or iron) attacking it, although an iron golem that is hit accidentally by a snow golem's snowball attacks the snow golem.

The snow golem's snowballs can deal damage (other than knockback) if the shot flies through a lava block.‌[Bedrock Edition only]

Snow[]

As they move, they leave a trail of snow on the ground if the blocks can support it.[5] If a snow golem is on a hopper or if the mobGriefing game rule is false, a snow trail does not appear. They produce snow only in biomes having a temperature less than 0.81, which includes cold, snowy, and temperate biomes (including the End but not jungle).

Provocation by other mobs[]

The list below contains mobs (including players) that can have hostile interactions with snow golems. The snow golem also attacks neutral monsters or hostile mobs that attack the player such as spiders or zombified piglins.

Java Edition[]
Entity Snow golem attacks the mob? Attacks the snow golem? Notes
Blaze Yes When attacked, group retaliates
Chicken Jockey Yes When attacked Snow golems attack the rider, but the golem can accidentally hit the chicken. The rider attacks the golem.
When a zombified piglin rider is attacked, the group of zombified piglins retaliate.
Creeper Yes When attacked
Ender Dragon Yes Accidentally[verify] When in near vicinity, snow golems try to attack the ender dragon, although they are rarely able to.
Enderman Yes No Unlike when a player looks at an enderman, an enderman is not provoked by a snow golem looking at it.
Endermite Yes When attacked, group retaliates
Ghast Accidentally Accidentally Fireballs can hit snow golems, dealing damage and setting them on fire.
Giant[unused mob] Yes No Giants cannot move or attack due to lacking AI.
Goat No Randomly
Guardian
Elder Guardian
Yes No
Hoglin Yes When attacked, group retaliates A group of hoglins does not retaliate if babies are attacked.
Illagers:

Evoker
Illusioner[unused mob][Java Edition only]
Pillager
Ravager
Vex
Vindicator

Yes When attacked Snow golems also attack unarmed pillagers, despite them being passive in Java Edition.
Iron Golem Accidentally When attacked
Killer Bunny Accidentally When attacked
Llama
Trader Llama
Accidentally When attacked A snow golem attacks a llama that accidentally hits the golem with its spit. After being hit by the golem, the llama deliberately attacks the golem.
Magma Cube Yes No
Phantom Yes No
Piglin Yes When attacked, group retaliates Snow golems also attack baby piglins, despite them being passive.
Piglin Brute Yes When attacked, group retaliates
Player No At player's discretion Unlike iron golems, snow golems are passive to the player.
Polar Bear Accidentally When attacked
Pufferfish No Defensive
Shulker Yes When attacked, group retaliates
Silverfish Yes When attacked, group retaliates
Skeleton
Skeleton Horseman
Stray
Wither Skeleton
Yes When attacked Snow golems attack Skeletons riding skeleton horses, but the golem can accidentally hit the skeleton horse.
Slime Yes When attacked
Spider
Cave Spider
Spider Jockey
Yes When attacked
Warden
[upcoming: JE 1.19]
Yes When attacked or noticed Snow golems always attack wardens that are in range.
Witch Yes When attacked
Wither Yes Yes Snow golems always attack withers, even when the attacks do no damage while the wither is generating health after being summoned.
Wolf (wild) Accidentally When attacked, group retaliates
Wolf (tamed) When attacked In defense of owner Tamed wolves attack the snow golem if the owner attacks the golem. When attacked by the wolf, the golem retaliates.
Zoglin Yes Yes Unlike hoglins, a group does not attack the golem if the golem attacks one zoglin.
Zombie variants:

Drowned
Husk
Zombie
Zombie Villager

Yes When attacked Swimming drowned do not attack any mob that is not touching water during daytime.
Zombified Piglin Yes When attacked, group retaliates
All other mobs Accidentally No
Bedrock Edition[]
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Sounds[]

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Snow Golem dies??entity.snow_golem.deathsubtitles.entity.snow_golem.death??16
Snow Golem hurts??entity.snow_golem.hurtsubtitles.entity.snow_golem.hurt??16
Snowball flies??entity.snow_golem.shootsubtitles.entity.snowball.throw??16

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Snow Golemsnow_golementity.minecraft.snow_golem

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Snow Golemsnow_golem21entity.snow_golem.name

Entity data[]

Snow golems have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  Pumpkin : 1 or 0 (true/false) - whether or not the Snow Golem has a pumpkin on its head.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.

Video[]

History[]

This section is missing information about 1.14 changed pumpkins multiple times. 
Please expand the section to include this information. Further details may exist on the talk page.
Java Edition
1.0.0September 21, 2011Snow golems were first showcased by Notch on Twitter as a new mob[6] that is "craftable, is friendly, and throws snowballs at enemies. Also melts in hot biomes."[7] and that it would "spread snow by walking around."[5]
They were stated on Reddit to appear in Beta 1.9.[8]
Notch originally planned to call this mob Snowmen. However, soon after revealing the name, Reddit user Cuttleman stated he would call them Snow Golems, a name Notch approved of and made official.[9]
Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow Golem JE1 BE1.png Added snow golems.
Snow golems flee when attacked.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Snow golems can be bred with wheat and attack other snow golems nearby.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Reverted the above changes.
?During the Beta release candidates, snow golems attack players holding wheat. However, they do not attack immediately.
1.2.112w06aSnow golems have a new path-finding AI and can form a wall to attack mobs.
Snow golems now takes damage from rain and water.
12w07aSnow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether.
1.814w04aSnow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.
14w05bSnow golems' pumpkin heads are no longer visible when they have the Invisibility effect.
14w25aSnow golems can now be built sideways and upside-down instead of just upright.
14w26cJack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build snow golems.
14w33aSnow golems now attack creepers, provoking them.
1.8.1pre1Jack o'lanterns can now be used to build snow golems again.
1.915w31cSnow golems can no longer cause damage to ender dragons.
15w46aSnow golems no longer create a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
15w49aSheared Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
15w50aAdded sounds entity.snowman.ambient, entity.snowman.hurt, and entity.snowman.death.
1.1116w32aSnow golems now use a byte data tag Pumpkin to determine whether they have a pumpkin head, allowing sheared snow golems to save and reload in their sheared state.
The entity ID has been changed from SnowMan to snowman.
1.13pre5The entity ID has been changed from snowman to snow_golem.
1.1418w43aSnow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem JE2 BE2.png The textures of snow golems have been changed.
1.1620w07aSnow golems now drop a pumpkin when sheared.[10]
20w15aSnow golems can now be sheared by dispensers.
pre1Snow golems are now damaged by splash water bottles and lingering water bottles.
1.1721w13aSnow golems are now immune to freezing.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.12.1build 1Sheared Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Added snow golems.
build 2Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Snow golems now spawn wearing a pumpkin.
build 3Sheared Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Snow golems' pumpkin can now be removed with shears.
build 9Snow golems can now leave a trail of snow in plains biomes.
v0.14.0build 1Snow golems can now be created by dispensing the pumpkin from a dispenser atop two snow blocks.
v0.16.0build 5Added sounds entity.snowman.ambient, entity.snowman.hurt, and entity.snowman.death.
Pocket Edition
1.0.5alpha 1.0.5.0Snow golems are no longer able to leave a trail of snow layers, if the gamerule mobGriefing is set to false.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has been changed from snowgolem to snow_golem.
Bedrock Edition
?The health of snow golems has been reduced from 10 to 4.
1.2.0beta 1.2.0.2The snow golem's face can now be seen only after shearing it.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Snow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem JE2 BE2.png The textures of snow golems have been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Snow golems now take damage from walking over campfires.
1.16.100beta 1.16.100.51Snow golems now drop a pumpkin when sheared.[11]
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.54Snow golems are now immune to freezing.
beta 1.17.0.52Snow golems are now damaged by splash water bottles and lingering water bottles.
Legacy Console Edition
TU7CU1 1.0 Patch 1Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Sheared Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Added snow golems.
TU11The limit for snow golems in a world has been increased.
TU12Snow golems have a new path-finding AI and can form a wall to attack mobs.
Snow golems now take damage in deserts, jungles, the Nether, and when in contact with rain and water.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Added sounds for snow golems.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Snow Golem.png Sheared Snow Golem JE2 BE2.png The textures of snow golems have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Sheared Snow Golem JE1 BE1.png Added snow golems.

Issues[]

Issues relating to "Snow Golem" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[]

  • Snow golems cannot be made by pistons because the code for generating snow golems are found in the pumpkin’s OnBlockPlace ("placed by a player") event.
  • Snow golems rarely spawn naturally in snow biomes; if two snow blocks happen to spawn naturally with a patch of pumpkins, a snow golem may spawn naturally.‌[Bedrock Edition only]
  • They could also spawn in versions prior to 17w47a if a patch of carved pumpkins spawned in a snow biome, or if an enderman placed a carved pumpkin next to two blocks of snow. The chances of this are 1 in 5,000,000,000,000 (one in five trillion).

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