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A taiga biome.

The taiga is a cold forested biome. There are three variants in the biome family, though there are also two other closely related families; snowy taigas and giant tree taigas.

Description[]

A taiga biome in Bedrock Edition

Taiga biomes are essentially a colder counterpart to the lush forest biomes. Only spruce trees may grow in taigas, compared to oak and birch trees in forests. Due to the structure of spruce trees, being more tall than wide, the foliage has an aqua tone and is somewhat less dense than in forests, but still dense enough to possibly get players lost. Wolves spawn commonly in all taiga variants, making wolves a common mob here. Rabbits additionally spawn in taigas, though are not often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them. Foxes, ferns and sweet berry bushes can also be found in taiga biomes. Villages occasionally generate within the taiga and are appropriately made of spruce wood. Due to the cold climate, rainfall changes to snowfall above layer 120 within taigas; however, this rarely happens within the normal taiga, as the terrain is not usually steep enough to reach the snowfall line.

Like forest, taigas are one of the most preferred biomes to start out in. The abundance of wood, mild terrain and useful passive mobs make this biome easy for players. Generated villages can also serve as a handy refuge and as a trading post should one be found. Taigas share the same dangers of forests, however; a player can get lost within the trees easily if they don't mark their trails, and the foliage can lead to obstructed vision, especially at night. This biome and its variants also generate as border of giant tree taiga biomes, except if generated next to snowy taiga. Taigas are commonly found next to mountains, plains and forest biomes, and much less commonly next to snowy taigas.

Like forests and jungles, taigas also generate unique shallow lakes. Fish do not spawn in these lakes.

Variants[]

There are a total of three different taiga biome variants.

Taiga[]

Taiga
Taiga.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.25

Structures

Villages
Pillager outposts

Blocks

Grass Block
Grass
Fern
Large Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Grass color


 #86B783

Foliage color


 #68A464

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #287082
[BE only]

Taiga is the standard taiga biome variant, featuring a forest of spruce trees. Here, villages and outposts may generate, and wolves and foxes may spawn.

In Java Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12604
Pig10604
Chicken10604
Cow8604
Wolf8604
Rabbit[note 1]4602–3
Fox[note 2]8602–4
Hostile category
Spider1005154
Zombie955154
Zombie Villager55151
Skeleton1005154
Creeper1005154
Slime[note 3]1005154
Enderman105151–4
Witch55151
Ambient category
Bat10108
  1. 50% of spawned rabbits are brown, 40% are salt and pepper, and 10% are black.
  2. The foxes spawn as red foxes.
  3. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

In Bedrock Edition:

MobSpawn chanceGroup size
Passive category
Sheep12602–3
Pig10601–3
Chicken10602–4
Cow8602–3
Wolf8604
Rabbit[note 1]4602–3
Fox[note 2]8602–4
Hostile category
Spider1004951
Zombie954952–4
Zombie Villager54952–4
Skeleton804951–2
Creeper1004951
Slime[note 3]1004951
Enderman104951–2
Witch54951
Ambient category
Bat10102
  1. 50% of spawned rabbits are brown, 40% are salt and pepper, and 10% are black.
  2. The foxes spawn as red foxes.
  3. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.


Taiga Hills[]

Taiga Hills
Taiga Hills.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Common

Temperature

0.25

Structures

Villages[BE only]
Pillager Outposts[BE only]

Blocks

Grass Block
Grass
Fern
Large Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Grass color


 #86B783

Foliage color


 #68A464

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #236583
[BE only]

Taiga Hills, like all other hills biomes in the game, feature steeper terrain compared to the base taiga biome. Villages and outposts do not generate in this biome‌[Java Edition only], though wolves and foxes still spawn.

Taiga hills use the same mob spawning chances as taigas.

Taiga Mountains[]

Taiga Mountains
Taiga Mountains.png
Type

Cold

Rarity

Rare

Temperature

0.25

Blocks

Grass Block
Grass
Fern
Large Fern
Sweet Berry Bush
Spruce Log
Spruce Leaves

Grass color


 #86B783

Foliage color


 #68A464

Water color


 #3F76E4
[JE only]

 #1E6B82
[BE only]

The rare Taiga Mountains variant are much steeper than the taiga hills, with peaks occasionally crossing the snowfall line. The steep terrain makes this a more difficult version of the regular taiga. Like the hills, villages and outposts do not generate here, though wolves and foxes still spawn.

Taiga mountains use the same mob spawning chances as taigas.

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Taigataigabiome.minecraft.taiga
Taiga Hillstaiga_hillsbiome.minecraft.taiga_hills
Taiga Mountainstaiga_mountainsbiome.minecraft.taiga_mountains

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID
[No displayed name]taiga5
[No displayed name]taiga_hills19
[No displayed name]taiga_mutated133

History[]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0previewAdded taigas along with true biomes. however, the biome was completely different to their modern counterpart. a notable difference was the use of oak trees as spruce had yet to be added. All taigas are currently snowy and were defined by having a rainfall value of over 20% and a temperature value between 10% and 50%.
Java Edition Beta
1.2Spruce and pine trees now generate instead of oak trees.
1.4Wolves can now be found here.
1.6Test Build 3Tall grass can now generate.
1.8Pre-releaseDue to bugs in the new terrain generator, taigas now generate without snow.
Java Edition
1.111w48aChanged temperature value from 0.3 to 0.05, so taigas can again generate with snow.
12w01aAdded Taiga Hills biome.
1.7.213w36aThe default taiga biome now generates without snow.
A dedicated snowy taiga biome has been added, known as "Cold Taiga" and is now much rarer.
Both types of taigas now generate with ferns.
1.1016w20aVillages made of spruce wood now generate in the taiga biome.
1.1318w16aRenamed TaigaHills to Taiga Hills.
Renamed Taiga M to Mutated Taiga.
18w19aRenamed Mutated Taiga to Taiga Mountains.
pre5The changed the ID mutated_taiga to taiga_mountains.
September 29, 2018During MINECON Earth 2018, the community voted on which biome to update next. The taiga biome was the most voted biome; therefore, foxes, campfires, and berries are to be added to the biome in Java Edition 1.14.[1]
1.1418w47aAdded pillager outposts, which can spawn in taiga biomes.
18w49aAdded sweet berry bushes, which commonly spawn in taigas.
19w07aAdded foxes, which spawn in taigas.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1Removed Taiga Hills and Taiga Mountains.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Added snowless taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
v0.13.0build 1Rabbits now spawn in taigas.
v0.15.0build 1Villages can now generate in taiga biomes.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which can generate in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly generate in taigas.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can spawn in taigas.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added (snowy) taigas.[verify]
TU5Biomes overhauled, removing (snowy) taigas.
TU9Re-added (snowy) taigas.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added snowless taiga and variants, along with many other biomes.
1.91 Added pillager outposts, which can spawn in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly spawn in taigas.

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