The Alps consist of a single mountainous landmass composed of stone and topped by a thick layer of snow. Small/medium frozen pools of water appear on top of it. On rare occasions, Spring Water can spawn in tiny pools under the Alps' surface. Biomes that are adjacent to the Alps generally slope upwards as a part of their transition. The Alps have a subbiome known as the Alps Foothills.
The Alps soar much higher than the cloud layer, at around y=200, though they are flat on the top. It is a cold biome, water will freeze, and has snow instead of rain. If you want to make a farm, you'll need to cover up your water and have a heat source.
- Because of the extreme altitude of the Alps, the transition between a biome and the Alps can result in terrain generation glitches depending on the type of biome or its composition.
Survival Tactics Edit
Suggested Resources/Tools Edit
- Stone (or better) Pickaxe - You'll be using Stone a lot, as you'll need to conserve wood early on.
- Ladders (Decent Amount) - Climbing the Alps takes a while/is impossible without ladders due to the amount of ledges. Use these if the going gets rough.
- Wood - You're going to need wood for pickaxe or tool replacements, as well as torches. Getting wood takes very long due to trees never/rarely spawning on the Alps, so bring wood (enough for a crafting table, as well as a LOT of sticks). If you are lucky, an Alps Foothills sub-biome may spawn somewhere on the Alps.
- Seeds/Crops/Animals - A food source is a must-have if you're living in the Alps. If you figure out a way to bring animals up, great! Seeds and crops, however, are more efficient and more reliable. You'll just need to bring some dirt and water.
Suggested Method Edit
- Build everything underground, and use stone to create it. Use your sticks to create torches, and create a warm room to store your growing crops/breeding animals. Gain most of your resources from mining.
- Conserve wood. Smelt with coal instead, and only create new tools/torches when you need them.
- Make occasional trips down the mountain (still got those ladders?) to gather more wood if your supply runs low. Consider creating a more efficient way down (e.g. Ladder-chute, stairs, or waterfall).
- Only use your weapons when mining. If you're attacked by mobs above-ground, lead them to the edge of the mountain and knock them off, but be careful not to run over a cliff.
Additional Tips Edit
- It's recommended that you do not live in the Alps if you are an inexperienced survivor. Even knowledgeable players can struggle here.
- Alps Foothills biomes can spawn; they are the equivalent of a desert oasis in the Alps, as they provide some much-needed wood and exposed stone.
- In real life, the European Alps are one of the great mountain range systems of Europe. The highest peaks of the Alps are higher than 4,000 meters (the highest peak is the Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco with its 4,810 meters high).
- There is also a mountain range in New Zealand called the Southern Alps, because of the resemblance to the European Alps. It was the filming location of the Misty Mountains scene from the live-action film adaptation of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Some other biomes can be as high or almost as high (crag, mesa) as the alps biome, though are not covered with snow.
- The Biome ID before 1.8 was 173
- The old appearance of the Alps consisted of a stone mountain with a thin layer of snow at the top. They often were crowned by trees.