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The defining feature of a typical ice plains spikes biome is a group of spikes made out of packed ice. Like the ice plains, the ice plains spikes biome has very little grass, which means that not only will a player struggle to gather seeds for wheat in this biome, but they will also struggle to gather food from animals. Another difficulty this biome has, one that is common to all snowy biomes, is that if water is unprotected, then it will freeze. This has the effect of drying out farmland, which makes it hard to grow crops in this biome. There are two different sizes of ice spikes in this biome. The most common size an ice spike can be in is a short and wide spike. Very tall and thin ice spikes with a little point at the end, which makes it look like a spear, is the less common size ice spikes may come in.
- This biome is popular with those playing Minecraft in a nomadic style because the ice spikes can serve as a temporary resting place for the night.
- Torches can be used to keep water from freezing in this biome.