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Snow biome

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See also: Underground Snow

The Snow biome is a biome that takes on an arctic theme, being primarily composed of Snow and Ice Blocks, and displaying a constant snowfall effect. Trees within Snow biomes have a snowy cover on them, and yield Boreal Wood instead of ordinary Wood. During rain, a Snow biome will undergo a blizzard instead, where snowfall increases, causing decreased visibility, and unique enemies to be able to spawn. Some NPCs will sell different items when situated in a Snow biome, including the Merchant, Painter, and Clothier.

On the Mobile only.png Mobile and 3DS logo.svg versions, normal sized worlds only have a 1/3 chance of containing a Snow biome.

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

Contents[edit | edit source]

Snow biome
Characters Unique Drops For Sale

During the day:

Ice Slime.png Ice Slime

During the night:

Zombie Eskimo.png Zombie Eskimo

During a Blood Moon:

Corrupt Penguin.png
Vicious Penguin.png

During Hardmode at night:

Ice Elemental.png Ice Elemental
Wolf.png Wolf

During Hardmode Blizzards:

Ice Golem.png Ice Golem


Penguin.png Penguin

From Zombie Eskimos:

Eskimo armor.png Eskimo armor

From Ice Golems:

Ice Feather.png Ice Feather
Frost Core.png Frost Core Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
Frost Staff.png Frost Staff

From Ice Elementals:

Frost Staff.png Frost Staff
Ice Sickle.png Ice Sickle

From any enemy in Hardmode:

Amarok Desktop only.png
(1/300 chance)
Frozen Key.png
Frozen Key 
(1/2500 chance)Desktop only.png
Frozen Key Mold.png
Frozen Key Mold 
(1/2500 chance)Mobile only.pngConsole only.png

From terrain:

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

From vegetation:

Boreal Wood.png Boreal Wood Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
Shiverthorn.png Shiverthorn Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
Shiverthorn Seeds.png

From fishing:

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

From Merchant:

Marshmallow.png Marshmallow

From Clothier:

Beanie.png Beanie

From Painter:

Cold Waters in the White Land.png

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Player-created Snow biomes are possible by placing at least 300 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 (or at) spawn.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • Evil Biome (The Corruption • The Crimson) • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Underground Snow • Desktop only.png Underground Desert • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Special Biomes Meteorite • Desktop only.png Granite Cave • Desktop only.png Marble Cave • Spider Nest • Bee Hive • Dungeon • Lihzahrd Temple
Other Living Tree • Desktop only.png Enchanted Sword Shrine • Floating Island • Underground Cabin • Chasm • Pyramid • Jungle Shrine • Desktop only.png Living Mahogany Tree • Mobile only.png Jungle Sanctum • Ruined House