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, also known as the Tundra, is a biome that takes on an arctic theme, being primarily composed of Snow and Ice Blocks, and displaying a constant snowfall effect regardless of weather elsewhere. Trees within Snow biomes have a snowy cover on them and yield Boreal Wood instead of ordinary Wood. Shiverthorns can be found regularly across the surface in the Snow. During rain, a Snow biome will undergo a blizzard instead, where snowfall increases, causing decreased visibility and the Ice Golem rarely spawning (in Hardmode). The Clothier, Merchant, and Painter NPCs each sell a unique item when in the Snow biome. The Snow biome will always spawn on the same side as the Dungeon and the opposite side of the Jungle and Underground Desert.

Snow biomes can become infected by the Corruption/Crimson and Hallow, either upon world generation or by sped up biome spread in Hardmode. However, only Ice Blocks can be infected.

In pre-Hardmode, only two enemies show up in the Snow biome regularly: the Ice Slime and the Frozen Zombie. The only critter is the Penguin, which regularly appears throughout the biome, and gets turned into a Corrupt/Vicious Penguin during a Blood Moon.

In Hardmode, the Snow biome gets a bit of a boost. At night, Ice Elementals and Wolves begin to spawn often. During Blizzards, Ice Golems have a rare chance to spawn and drop useful items, though note that it is quite difficult to fight due to its Frost Beam attack inflicting the Chilled debuff (slowed movement speed) for 45 seconds/90 seconds and the Frozen debuff (completely frozen, 20% chance of being inflicted) for 1 second/2 seconds. Any enemy killed in the Snow biome in Hardmode also has a 1 in 300 chance of dropping the Amarok yo-yo, which is quite powerful and inflicts the Frostburn debuff to hit enemies.

The Snow biome has its own biome chest in the Dungeon which can be opened by a Frozen Key after Plantera is defeated. Any enemy defeated in the Snow biome has a 1 in 2,500 chance (0.04%) of dropping the Frozen Key (on the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions) or the Frozen Key Mold (on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console and 3DS version3DS), which is crafted into the Frozen Key). The Frozen Chest contains the Staff of the Frost Hydra, a sentry summon weapon.

Fishing in the Snow biome has a chance of yielding Atlantic Cod, Frost Daggerfish, and Frost Minnow. Atlantic Cod is used to craft Cooked Fish and Frost Minnow is used to craft Warmth Potions, which reduces damage from cold-themed enemies by 30% and is very useful in the Snow biome. Frost Daggerfish are actually ranged weapons (on Desktop version Desktop and Mobile version Mobile versions)/throwing weapons (on Console version Console) and can be useful at the beginning of the game. Frozen Crates and Boreal Crates can also be caught in the Snow biome in pre-Hardmode and Hardmode, respectively, and always include one item from Frozen Chests (alongside other loot).

Under the Snow Biome is the Ice biome, which starts at Underground depths and ends at the lower Cavern layer where lava begins to appear.

Stepping in water in the Snow Biome in Expert and Master Mode will inflict the player with the Chilled debuff when and for 5 seconds after they are in the water.

Contents[edit | edit source]

See Ice biome for the content found in and under the Cavern layer.

NPC happiness Desktop and Mobile versions[edit | edit source]

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For more information, see NPC happiness.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop and Mobile versions If the player has consumed the Torch God's Favor, they can toggle Biome torch swap to place Ice Torches instead of regular torches if they try to place regular torches when in the Snow biome.
  • On the 3DS version 3DS version, normal sized worlds only have a 1/3 chance of containing a Snow biome.
  • Player-created Snow biomes are possible by placing more than 1,500 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 resistant 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 Ice biome.
  • 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 Underground Desert and the Jungle. Both the Snow Biome and Jungle can generate near or in spawn.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Snow Flinx and Penguin frying a Marshmallow on a Stick, displayed on the Official Terraria Forums (Snow style).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

This content is transcluded from Biome backgrounds § Snow Biome.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.3.3: Added a new, more detailed visual for the Blizzard that drastically decreases visibility.