Snow biome

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See also: Underground Snow

A Snow biome is an area dominated by Snow Blocks and Ice Blocks, and displays a constant snowfall effect. Trees within Snow biomes have a snowy cover on them, and yield Boreal Wood, instead of ordinary Wood (Pc only.png Desktop version only). During rain, a Snow biome displays a blizzard instead, where snowfall increases and unique enemies spawn. Some NPCs will sell different items when situated in a snow biome, including the Merchant, Painter, and Clothier.

At Cavern depths, each Snow biome becomes an Underground Snow biome.

On the Mobile only.png mobile version, the Snow biome (And underground snow) will only be present in about 1 in 3 worlds.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Snow biome
Characters Unique Drops For Sale
Ice Slime.png Ice Slime

At night:

Zombie Eskimo.png Zombie Eskimo

During a Blood Moon:

Corrupt Penguin.png Corrupt Penguin

In Hardmode at night:

Ice Elemental.png Ice Elemental
Wolf.png Wolf

In Hardmode Blizzards:

Ice Golem.png Ice Golem


Penguin.png Penguin

From Zombie Eskimos:

Eskimo armor.png Eskimo armor
Zombie Eskimo Banner.png Zombie Eskimo Banner

From Ice Golems:

Ice Feather.png Ice Feather
Frost Core.png Frost Core Pc only.png
Frost Staff.png Frost Staff

From Ice Golems on
Console Console only.png and MobileMobile only.png only:

Frost Helmet.png Frost Helmet
Frost Breastplate.png Frost Breastplate
Frost Leggings.png Frost Leggings

From Ice Elementals:

Frost Staff.png Frost Staff
Ice Sickle.png Ice Sickle
Ice Elemental Banner.png Ice Elemental Banner

From Wolves:

Wolf Banner.png Wolf Banner

From terrain:

Snow Block.png Snow Block
Ice Block.png Ice Block
Purple Ice Block.png Purple Ice Block
Red Ice Block.png Red Ice Block
Pink Ice Block.png Pink Ice Block

From vegetation:

Boreal Wood.png Boreal Wood
Shiverthorn.png Shiverthorn

From fishing:

Atlantic Cod.png Atlantic Cod
Frost Minnow.png Frost Minnow

From any enemy in Hardmode:

Frozen Key.png Frozen Key
(1/2500 chance)Pc only.png
Frozen Key Mold.png Frozen Key Mold
(1/2500 chance)Mobile only.pngConsole only.png

From Merchant:

Marshmallow.png Marshmallow

From Clothier:

Beanie.png Beanie

From Painter:

Cold Waters in the White Land.png Cold Waters in
the White Land

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Dome shaped hills are commonly found in snow biomes, each one containing a cave that is similar in generation to Crimson Chasms.
  • Player-created Snow biomes are possible by placing Snow Blocks and/or Ice Blocks in an area.
  • Water does not turn into ice blocks in a Snow biome. Ice blocks are generated only on world creation.
  • Snow biomes are somewhat immune to surface Hallow and Corruption/Crimson spread, since snow blocks cannot be transformed. However, Ice Blocks are affected and will be transformed into Pink Ice Blocks (Hallow), Purple Ice Blocks (Corruption) and Red Ice Blocks (Crimson), which mostly affects the Underground Snow.
  • Grass will not grow on Dirt Blocks in a Snow biome.
  • From surface to underground, the snow biome will always generate in a shape similar to a trapezoid.
  • The Snow biome will always be located on the opposite side of the world as the Jungle. However, unlike the Jungle, it can be located very close to spawn.

History[edit | edit source]

  • 1.2.4: Snow trees now drop Boreal Wood.
  • Fixed random crashing when in a snow biome in multiplayer.
  • Snow particles will no longer spawn on backwalls.
  • 1.2:
    • Now generates in all worlds, instead of only 1/3 of worlds not generated during the Christmas season, and all worlds generated during the Christmas season.
    • Blizzard event.
    • New background.
    • New theme music.
    • Unique enemies.
    • Underground Snow biome added.
    • Snowy trees now drop acorns.
    • Can now be corrupted/hallowed.
    • Ice Blocks added.
  • 1.1.1: Introduced.
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • The Corruption • The Crimson • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Pc only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Floating Island • Pc only.png Granite Cave • Pc only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Pc only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Pc only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Ruined House