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The snowy plains is a snow-covered grassland biome in the Overworld that usually generates near other snowy biomes.

Description[]

Snowy plains are grasslands covered with snow layers, which are often stacked in Bedrock Edition. Spruce trees, tall grass, dandelions and poppies generate infrequently. The exposed grass and leaves take an aqua tone. Aquifers and springs freeze over soon after generation due to the temperature if not exposed to light; thus, any sugar cane that generates alongside water sources uproot themselves shortly after. In the even rarer ice spikes variety, packed ice generates naturally in form of an ice spike or ice lake. Lava lakes that generate within the tundra melt the snow layers around them. River biomes that cut through tundra are frozen.

Pillager outposts and Igloos are also found. Igloos are difficult to spot in the plains, due to the snow blocks camouflaging among the snow layers. Villages that generate in snowy plains are made of spruce wood, snow blocks, ice, blue ice and packed ice. Polar bears and strays spawn here, the latter a variant of the skeleton that shoot arrows of Slowness.

Survival in snowy plains is quite difficult due to the sparseness of the biome and the lack of animals; only polar bears and rabbits may naturally spawn here, though cows, sheep, pigs and horses may spawn as part of villages. Infrequent spruce trees are the only natural source of wood in this biome and maintaining water sources, for farming crops for exemple, can be tough due to water in this biome freezing into ice, if it is not protected by light or a roof. Strays often spawning in place of skeletons can make dealing with hostile mobs even more difficult, due to their slowness arrows and aggravating polar bears, or even coming near one, if accompanied by cubs, can lead to fatal consequences if unprepared. The ice spikes variety can be valuable to late-game players due to the occurrence of ice spikes towers that can be used for a base. As the snowy plains is a snow-covered biome, lightning never strikes in these biomes.

In Bedrock Edition, no hostile mobs other than strays and skeletons can naturally spawn here, excluding spawners, outposts and raids. As strays can only spawn on surfaces exposed to sky, it leaves caves underneath devoid of hostile mobs other than those spawned by spawners and slimes.

Variants[]

For variants exist before 1.18, see Biome/Before 1.18.

There are two snowy plains biome variants (snowy plains and ice spikes), with one removed variant (snowy mountains) in previous versions.

Snowy Plains[]

Snowy Plains
Snowy Plains.png
Type

Snowy

Rarity

Uncommon

Temperature

0.0

Structures

Igloos
Villages
Pillager outposts

Blocks

Snow
Grass Block
Ice
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Grass color


 #80B497

Foliage color


 #60A17B

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #14559B
[BE only]

This is the standard snowy plains variant.

In Java Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Rabbit[note 1]10112–3
Polar Bear1111–2
Hostile category
Spider100516.254
Zombie95516.254
Stray80516.254
Creeper100516.254
Slime[note 2]100516.254
Skeleton20516.254
Enderman10516.251–4
Witch5516.251
Zombie Villager5516.251
Spider Jockey1516.251
Chicken Jockey0.25516.251
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. 80% of spawned rabbits are white and 20% are black and white.
  2. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Stray962201–2
Skeleton242201–2
Slime[note 1]1002201
Passive category
Rabbit[note 2]452–3
Polar Bear151–2
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.
  2. 80% of spawned rabbits are white and 20% are black and white.

Ice Spikes[]

Ice Spikes
Ice Spikes.png
Type

Snowy

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.0

Structures

Ice spikes
Ice Patch

Blocks

Packed Ice
Snow Block
Snow
Dirt
Ice

Grass color


 #80B497

Foliage color


 #60A17B

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #14559B
[BE only]

This rarer variety features large numbers of packed ice spikes dotting across its landscape. Additionally, all grass blocks are replaced with snow blocks and ice patches generate as well. The spikes come in two sizes: a short, wide spike, and a tall, thin spike. The short spikes generate more often than the tall spikes. Short spikes are about 15 blocks tall, while tall spikes can be over 50 blocks tall. No buildings may generate in this biome, though polar bears, rabbits and strays still spawn. Trees do not generate in this variant either. Snow layers still form atop the snow blocks, making them seem taller than they actually are.

In Java Edition, ice spikes use the same mob spawning chances as snowy plains.

In Bedrock Edition, ice spikes use the same mob spawning chances as snowy plains for passive categories. As for the others:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Hostile category
Spider100536.251
Stray96536.251–2
Zombie95536.252–4
Skeleton24536.251–2
Creeper100536.251
Slime[note 1]100536.251
Enderman10536.251–2
Zombie Villager5536.252–4
Witch5536.251
Spider Jockey1536.251
Chicken Jockey0.25536.251
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Snowy plainssnowy_plainsbiome.minecraft.snowy_plains
Ice spikesice_spikesbiome.minecraft.ice_spikes

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID
[No displayed name]ice_plains12
[No displayed name]ice_mountains13
[No displayed name]ice_plains_spikes140

History[]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.4Added Winter Mode.
Maps now have a snowy or grassy theme randomly determined when creating the world.
v1.2.0previewAdded biomes, including tundras with oak trees and frozen deserts.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseBiomes have now recieved an overhaul, removing the tundra. See here for more details.
Java Edition
1.0.0September 15, 2011Notch teased a screenshot of what he called "snow biomes".[1][2]
Beta 1.9 PrereleaseTundras have been re-added.
Tundras have been renamed to ice plains.
Ice plains contain tall grass.
1.7.213w36aIce plains no loger contain oak tress. Instead, spruce trees generate.
An ice plains spikes variant has been added, along with many other biomes. Prior to the Update Aquatic, this biome was the only source of packed ice in the game.
In addition to the ice spikes, the terrain in this biome is more erratic and taller than the snowy mountains, comparable to the mountains.
This biome now tends to generate near snowy and cold biomes.
1.915w43aAdded igloos, which now generate in ice plains and cold taigas.
1.1016w20aPolar bears and strays have now added; both now spawn in ice plains and variants.
Ice plains, ice plains spikes and ice mountains no longer spawn most passive mobs.
1.1318w19aRenamed Ice Plains to Snowy Tundra.
Renamed Ice Mountains to Snowy Mountains.
Renamed Ice Plains Spikes to Ice Spikes.
pre5Changed the ID ice_flats to snowy_tundra.
Changed the ID ice_mountains to snowy_mountains.
Changed the ID mutated_ice_flats to ice_spikes.
1.1418w49aVillages can now spawn in snowy tundras.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Snowy mountain and ice spike biomes no longer generate.
experimental snapshot 2Ice spike biomes generate once again.
?This biome now tends to generate near other snowy biomes.
21w40a"Snowy tundra" has been renamed to "snowy plains".
The ID snowy_tundra has been changed to snowy_plains.
The snowy mountain biome has been removed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Added biomes, which includes tundras without trees or tall grass.
v0.9.0build 1Added the snowy tundra and ice spikes biomes and many others.
Added tall grass and spruce trees to snowy tundras.
v0.13.0build 1Added rabbits, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes.
v0.14.0build 1Chickens, cows, pigs and sheep now rarely spawn in snowy tundras.
v0.15.0build 1Added strays, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Villages can now generate in snowy tundra biomes.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Added igloos, which can now generate in snowy tundras.
Added polar bears, which can now spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Bedrock Edition
?Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs no longer spawn in snowy tundra biomes and variants.
Zombies, creepers, spiders, endermen, witches, spider jockeys and chicken jockeys no longer spawn in snowy tundra and snowy mountains biomes.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy tundra biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added the ice plains biome, along with changes to many other biomes.
TU7Tundras have been re-added.
Tundras have been renamed to ice plains.
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Added igloos and polar bears, which are both features of ice plains.
TU46CU36 1.38 Patch 15Added strays, which can now spawn in ice plains.
1.91 Added pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy tundra biomes.

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