Snow biome

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This article is about the snow-themed biome. For the block, see Snow Block. For the weather event, see Rain.

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 version Mobile version and 3DS version 3DS version, 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.

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Snow biome
Characters Unique Drops For Sale

During the day:

Ice Slime.pngIce Slime

During the night:

Zombie Eskimo.pngZombie Eskimo

During a Blood Moon:

Corrupt Penguin.png
Vicious Penguin.png

During Hardmode at night:

Ice Elemental.pngIce Elemental

During Hardmode Blizzards:

Ice Golem.pngIce Golem



From Zombie Eskimos:

Eskimo armor.pngEskimo armor

From Ice Golems:

Ice Feather.pngIce Feather
Frost Core.pngFrost CoreDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Frost Staff.pngFrost Staff

From Ice Elementals:

Frost Staff.pngFrost Staff
Ice Sickle.pngIce Sickle

From any enemy in Hardmode:

Amarok Desktop VersionConsole Version
(1/300 chance)
Frozen Key.png
Frozen Key 
(1/2500 chance)Desktop Version
Frozen Key Mold.png
Frozen Key Mold Old-gen console versionMobile Version3DS version
(1/2500 chance)Mobile VersionConsole Version

From terrain:

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

From vegetation:

Boreal Wood.pngBoreal WoodDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Shiverthorn.pngShiverthornDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version
Shiverthorn Seeds.png

From fishing:

Atlantic Cod.pngAtlantic Cod
Frost Minnow.pngFrost Minnow

From Merchant:


From Clothier:


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.

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History[edit | edit source]

Biomes and Structures
Surface Layers Forest • Desert • Ocean • Snow • Jungle • Mushroom • Evil Biome (The Corruption • The Crimson) • The Hallow • Space
Underground Layers Underground • Cavern • Dungeon • Underground Snow • Underground DesertDesktop VersionConsole Version • Underground Jungle • Underground Mushroom • Underground Corruption • Underground Crimson • Underground Hallow • The Underworld
Mini-Biomes Bee Hive • Granite CaveDesktop VersionConsole Version • Lihzahrd Temple • Marble CaveDesktop VersionConsole Version • Meteorite • Spider Nest
Structures and Other Biomes Chasm • Enchanted Sword ShrineDesktop VersionConsole Version • Floating Island • Heart ShrineMobile Version • Jungle Shrine/Jungle SanctumMobile Version • Living Tree (Living Mahogany TreeDesktop VersionConsole Version) • Pyramid • Ruined House • Underground Cabin
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