How to Build a Snow Golem in Minecraft

A snowy mountain in Minecraft is a sight to behold, especially if you have a good texture pack installed. But what’s a must whenever it’s snowing? A snowman, of course! Well, you can’t really have a snowman in the game. So, I think that a Snow Golem will suffice. Here’s how to build a Snow Golem in Minecraft.

What Is a Snow Golem in Minecraft

A Snow Golem Roaming Around

A Snow Golem is what you get when you combine the appearance of a snowman and the fearlessness of a tamed wolf (seriously, these guys will fight every mob in the game). Unlike the latter, though, a Snow Golem has one big disadvantage. It doesn’t do any actual damage. Instead, it throws snowballs toward hostile mobs, knocking them back.

Snow Golems are, unsurprisingly, a great source of snow, as they leave behind patches of it. But what I find unique about them is that, like Iron Golems and the Wither, you can actually build them yourself.

How to Make a Snow Golem in Minecraft

Making a Snow Golem in Minecraft

To make a Snow Golem in Minecraft, check out the screenshot shown above. All you need for this is the following:

  • 1 Carved Pumpkin
  • 2 Snow Blocks

Then, all you have to do is place the 2 Snow Blocks (which are equal to 8 snowballs), one on top of the other, followed by the Carved Pumpkin atop them. To get a Carved Pumpkin, you’ll need a fully-grown pumpkin and a pair of shears.

Remember to place the Carved Pumpkin last; otherwise, the Snow Golem won’t spawn.

Fun Fact: If you use a pair of shears on a Snow Golem, you’ll remove the pumpkin from its head, revealing its goofy face.

How to Use a Snow Golem in Minecraft

So, you now have your very own Snow Golem(s); it’s time to put them to use. Unless you keep them enclosed using a few fences, they will wander around and, eventually, get lost. So, keep this in mind whenever you spawn new ones. Now, back to their uses.

Base Defense

For me, Snow Golems have one purpose; they’re meant to be used as base defense. In fact, building a tower and placing a few of them inside will be a great way to keep hostile mobs occupied. If you’re feeling frisky, add a lava pit right below the tower so that zombies will get burnt when they approach.

Also, if you’re extra creative, you can build a snowball flamethrower using Snow Golems. While I don’t think this would work in real life, if you surround them with fire, they’ll throw fiery snowballs at the approaching horde. Check out this troubleshooting thread if you can’t get this to work.

Snow Farms

If you’re looking for a quick way to get lots of snow, consider building a snow farm. And, knowing that most of you are much better at redstone builds than me, you can even automate this!


And that’s how simple it is to build a Snow Golem in Minecraft. To some, a walking snow giant would seem terrifying, but that goofy face of theirs just makes them a fun companion. Have you made a huge tower defense Snow Golem build? Be sure to share it with us over on the Minecraft Forum!