For the Ice Spikes variant of this biome, see Ice Plains Spikes Biome.
Ice Plains (Tundra)
Ice Plains in Minecraft'


On foot, or by other usual means of travel


Sheep, Cows, Chickens, Pigs, Spiders, Zombies, Skeletons, Creepers, Witches, Endermen, Strays, Polar Bears, and Wolves

Environmental Features:

Mix of flat and hilly areas covered in Snow and Ice, and there are few trees or wildlife


Dungeons, Strongholds, and Igloos

The Ice Plains biome (also referred to as the Tundra or the Snowy Plains) is a rare biome that is a blend between the Plains and Taiga biomes, and it is mainly snowy and nearly devoid of any peaceful mobs.


The Ice Plains is a near-inhospitable biome, having very few sources of Wood. What available wood there is comes from the minuscule trees that can be very uncommon. Ice Plains are also devoid of any grass, making wheat farming a struggle without having a steady supply of bonemeal to create grass.

Any water found in the Ice Plains is frozen into Ice, causing large ice caps that can spread out over the ocean for quite a vast distance. This also makes farming rather hard because the water will freeze if not properly protected. It is also to be noted that caverns seemingly generate less than other biomes. However, it is not uncommon to find above-ground entrances to small spaces or a single inter-linking cavern.

As of 1.7, spikes of packed ice may generate here, sometimes reaching up to 100 blocks tall.


Ice Plains biomes are nearly devoid of peaceful mob life, but they have the occasional cow, sheep, pig, or chicken. This can make obtaining food and other necessities difficult. Despite this, hostile mobs still spawn at a basic rate, although in smaller groups and more scattered. Because snow is white, it creates a great contrast between the ground and mobs making it easier to spot hostile and peaceful mobs alike from a farther distance.


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