The Cold Desert is a biome that replaced the Arctic Biome as of 1.8.8. Unlike the Arctic biome, however, it has patches of Hardened Ice, snow, gravel and stone. It has cobblestone boulders dotting the land. Since 1.9.4, shallow water lakes appear across the biome inplace of what was previously normal ice blocks. In 1.10.2 and above, Polar Bears scatter across the biome.