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

The taiga is a cold biome forested with ferns and spruce trees.

Description[]

Taiga biomes are grasslands with ferns, large ferns and spruce trees. Taigas are essentially a colder counterpart to the temperate forest biomes. Only spruces are natural to taigas, compared to oak and birch trees in forests. Due to the structure of spruce trees, more tall than wide, the foliage is somewhat less dense than in forests, but still dense enough to possibly get players lost. The vegetation takes an aqua hue, albeit it is dull. Tall grass, dandelions, poppies and sweet berry bushes generate fairly commonly in taigas. Pumpkin and red or brown mushroom patches are also possible to be found as well in small proportions, just like other forested biomes. In Bedrock Edition, the water coloration has an unique dark-turquiose tone. Due to the cold climate, rainfall changes to snowfall above layer 150 within taigas; however, this rarely happens outside of amplified worlds, as this biome gets replaced by mountain groves in large mountains and rarely generates in steep terrain. Wolves, foxes and rabbits spawn in taigas, though rabbits are not often seen due to wolves chasing after them and killing them. Outposts and villages generate in taigas ocasionally; villages are made of spruce wood appropriately and often contain pumpkin farms.

A taiga biome in Bedrock Edition.

Like in forests, 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. 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. Taigas are most commonly found next to forests, snowy taigas and old growth taigas.

Variants[]

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

Although this biome currently has only a single variant, two removed variants, taiga hills and taiga mountains, could be found in previous Minecraft versions.

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]

This is the standard taiga variant. 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
Spider100516.254
Zombie95516.254
Zombie Villager5516.251
Skeleton100516.254
Creeper100516.254
Slime[note 3]100516.254
Enderman10516.251–4
Witch5516.251
Spider Jockey1516.251
Chicken Jockey0.25516.251
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
Spider100496.251
Zombie95496.252–4
Zombie Villager5496.252–4
Skeleton80496.251–2
Creeper100496.251
Slime[note 3]100496.251
Enderman10496.251–2
Witch5496.251
Spider Jockey1496.251
Chicken Jockey0.25496.251
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.

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameResource locationTranslation key
Taigataigabiome.minecraft.taiga

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID
[No displayed name]taiga5

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 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.
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 1.10.0.3Added pillager outposts, which may 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.
??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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