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Not to be confused with Snowy Taiga or Old Growth Taiga.

The taiga is a biome which comprises a grassland forested with ferns and spruce trees.


The surface of taiga biomes is a grassland with a large number of ferns, large ferns, and spruce trees, forming a forest. The vegetation also includes grass, dandelions, poppies[Java Edition only] and sweet berry bushes and takes an aqua hue. The water coloration has an unique dark-turquiose tone in in Bedrock Edition.


A taiga biome in Bedrock Edition.

Only spruces are natural to taigas, compared to oak and birch trees in regular forests. Due to the structure of spruce trees, more tall than wide, the foliage is less dense, but still dense enough to possibly get players lost.

Taigas are most commonly bordered by old growth taigas, forests, snowy taigas, groves, and regular swamps, and often separated from meadows by rivers.

Rainfall changes to snowfall above layer Y=160±8 within taigas due to the cold climate.

Outposts, villages and trail ruins generate in taigas occasionally; villages are made of spruce wood appropriately and often contain pumpkin farms. Villages can also serve as a handy refuge and as a trading post should one be found.

Wolves, foxes and rabbits spawn in taigas, though rabbits are not often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them.

Taigas are one of the most preferred biomes to start out in Survival mode. The abundance of wood, grassy terrain and useful passive mobs make this biome easy for players. 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.

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
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]1004951
Zombie Villager54952–4
Creature category
Glow Squid10752–4
Ambient category
  1. Spawn attempt succeeds only in slime chunks.

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID
[No displayed name]taiga5


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 the 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.
Added the taiga mountains biome, a steeper variety of taiga hills. It was known as "taiga M" or "mutated taiga".
Both types of taigas now generate with ferns and the new large fern.
1.814w27aAdded rabbits, which spawn in taigas.
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 ID mutated_taiga has been changed 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 may generate in taiga biomes.
18w49aAdded sweet berry bushes, which commonly generate in taiga biomes.
19w07aAdded foxes, which spawn in taigas.
1.18Experimental Snapshot 1The taiga hills and taiga mountain biomes no longer generate.
21w40aThe taiga hills and taiga mountain biomes have been removed after a merge with the normal taiga.
1.2023w12aAdded trail ruins, which can generate in taigas.
23w17a"A Familiar Room" can now be played in taiga.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.9.0build 1Added snowless taiga and variants (older taigas were all snowy), along with many other biomes.
v0.13.0build 1Rabbits were added, they can spawn in taigas.
v0.15.0build 1Villages built with spruce wood can now generate in taiga biomes. This was a exclusive feature.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta pillager outposts, which may generate in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly generate in taigas.
1.13.0beta foxes, which can spawn in taigas.
??The taiga hills and taiga mountain biomes no longer generate without add-ons.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.00 Patch 11.0.1Added (snowy) taigas.
TU5The biomes were overhauled, removing (snowy) taigas.
TU9Re-added (snowy) taigas. They can contain hills.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Added snowless taigas and their mountainous variants, along with many other biomes.
1.91 Added pillager outposts, which may generate in taiga biomes.
Added sweet berry bushes, which commonly generate in taigas.

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