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Not to be confused with Plains.

The snowy plains biomes are snow-covered flat biomes in the Overworld that usually generates near other snowy biomes.


Snowy plains are flatlands covered with snow layers, which are often stacked in Bedrock Edition. Aquifers and springs freeze over soon after generation due to the temperature if not exposed to light; thus, sugar cane that generates alongside water sources often uproot themselves shortly after. Lava lakes and lava springs that generate within the snowy plains biomes melt the snow layers around them. Polar bears, rabbits and strays spawn here; the latter is a variant of the skeleton that shoot arrows of Slowness.

Snowy plains are most commonly bordered by snowy taigas, snowy beaches, snowy slopes, and groves. Regular snowy plains are often separated from ice spikes or snow taigas by frozen rivers.

Survival in snowy plains biomes 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 the regular snowy plains biome and maintaining water sources, for farming crops for example, can be tough due to water in this biome freezing into ice, if it is not protected by light or a roof. Strays often spawn in place of skeletons which 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 the player is unprepared. The ice spikes variety can be valuable to late-game players due to the occurrence of ice spikes that can be used for a base or as a source of packed ice blocks.

As the snowy plains is a snow-covered biome, lightning never strikes in these biomes.


There are two snowy plains biome variants.

Snowy Plains[]

Snowy plains are grasslands covered with snow layers. Spruce trees, tall grass, dandelions and poppies generate infrequently. The exposed grass and leaves take an aqua tone.

Villages that generate in snowy plains are made of spruce wood, snow blocks, ice, blue ice and packed ice. 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.

The following mobs are naturally spawned here:

In Java Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1005154
Zombie Villager55151
Ambient category
Creature category
Polar Bear1111–2
Underground water creature category
Glow Squid14–6
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.
In Bedrock Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Slime[note 1]1002201
Creature category
Glow Squid10152–4
Polar Bear1151–2
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

Ice Spikes[]

See also: Ice spike

This rarer variety ice spikes biome features large numbers of ice spikes and ice patches dotting across its landscape. Additionally, all grass blocks are replaced with snow blocks so that no trees nor other vegetations can generate. Snow layers still form atop the snow blocks, making them seem taller than they actually are. No buildings may generate in this biome.

In Java Edition, the ice spikes biome uses the same mob spawning chances as the regular snowy plains.

In Bedrock Edition
MobSpawn weightGroup size
Monster category
Zombie Villager55352–4
Creature category
Glow Squid10152–4
Polar Bear1151–2

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Snowy plainssnowy_plainsbiome.minecraft.snowy_plains
Ice spikesice_spikesbiome.minecraft.ice_spikes

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID
[No displayed name]ice_plains12
[No displayed name]ice_plains_spikes140


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, 2011Markus Persson 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 longer contain oak trees. 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 snowy 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. These villages can be composed of packed ice and blue ice.
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.
1.2023w17a"A Familiar Room" can now be played in snowy plains and ice spikes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.1.0Added biomes, which includes small tundras without trees or tall grass.
v0.9.0build 1Added the ice plains and ice plains spikes biomes and many others.
Added tall grass and spruce trees to ice plains.
v0.13.0build 1Added rabbits, which can now spawn in snowy plains biomes.
v0.14.0build 1Chickens, cows, pigs and sheep now rarely spawn in snowy plains.
v0.15.0build 1Added strays, which can now spawn in snowy plains biomes and variants.
Villages can now generate in snowy plains biomes.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha igloos, which can now generate in snowy plains.
Added polar bears, which can now spawn in snowy plains biomes and variants.
Bedrock Edition
?Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs no longer spawn in snowy plains biomes and variants.
Zombies, creepers, spiders, endermen, witches and spider jockeys no longer spawn in snowy plains and snowy mountains biomes.
1.10.0beta pillager outposts, which can generate in snowy plains biomes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU5CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added the tundra biome, along with changes to many other biomes.
TU7Tundras 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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