Chilling in Minecraft’s Cold Biomes

By Jesse Stay, Thomas Stay, Jacob Cordeiro

Though snow may not always be the main feature of cold biomes in Minecraft, the terrain is reminiscent of any colder environment. Cold biomes are known for their evergreens, fewer trees, and lots of gravel, stone, and dirt. Here’s a description of the cold biomes:

1Extreme Hills

This exciting biome offers natural emerald ores and silverfish exclusively, thanks to its extensive tunnel system. However, your character is likely to die from fall damage from its numerous cliffs and ledges. This biome offers oak and spruce trees, snow, and monster eggs.

2Extreme Hills M

With higher peaks that touch the clouds, this variation of Extreme Hills offers fewer trees, more gravel, and snow.

3Extreme Hills+

This one truly mixes the two Extreme Hills biomes, providing high peaks and trees with plenty of stone and dirt.

4Extreme Hills+ M

Though this variation offers gravel mountains and even a small clearing of grass, it is, again, short on trees.

5Taiga

This biome boasts of plenty of spruce trees and ferns with wolves naturally running amok.

6Taiga M

This biome adds mountains, but no snow, and an abundance of sheep.

7Mega Taiga

This uncommon variation has spruce trees that are so tall and thick they practically become jungle trees. Podzol dirt (which is useful for growing giant mushrooms and other plants), moss stones, and wild brown mushrooms are also common.

8Mega Spruce Taiga

This one is similar to Mega Taiga, but with shorter spruce trees.

9Stone Beach

Also called Cliff biome, this one occurs whenever mountains meet the ocean, offering a large amount of stone.

10The End

Your world doesn’t naturally create this biome; instead, you must advance and create this dimension. Also called Sky biome, it’s where the ender dragon naturally spawns.