Snow mages were featured as part of the 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2016 Christmas events. They can also be spawned by Jagex Moderators with the use of a Rotten potato.
A snow mage could be created during the 2007 Christmas event. A total of 30 snowballs were needed to construct an unfinished snowman. A Winter Staff, given by a Snow Imp would then be used with the unfinished snowman to bring the snowman to life. It could only be created within the Land of Snow.
Once complete, these Snowmen would become level 29 (regardless of the maker's combat level) with a maximum hit of 4 damage (equivalent to 40 life points), and would try to attack other snowmen. It could not be attacked by players. However, players could throw a snowball at one to regenerate its health by one point (equivalent to 10 life points).
A snow mage fighting a snow ranger.
The combat snowmen returned in 2011, there was a snowman battle between Wizard Whitezag/Grayzag and Wizard Frumscone, players could help one of them by building snowmen on one of the snowman patches that were on each side of the battlefield by adding snow to them. Snow could be collected from the pile of snow (or with a Snow globe if they had one), they could choose what snowman they wanted to make, a warrior, a ranger or a mage, when the player added enough snow their team's wizard would bring it to life. A Winter Staff is not needed. The goal of this minigame was to let your team's snowmen reach the other side of the field. But the other team could also build snowmen and when the snowman faced each other they would fight, you could help your snowmen by pelting them with Snowballs to heal them. When one of the snowmen died the others could walk further, when a snowman reached the other side your team would gain a point. They have 300 life points.
Like the Snow warrior and Snow ranger, it abides by the rules of the combat triangle, as it will most likely melt a warrior, but not a ranger.
During random times in the day, it will be announced (in your Runescape chat box in yellow writing) that Snow mages (also rangers and warriors) have been dispatched to any given location (such as the Lumbridge cow fields). Killing them results in minimal experience and some drops (such as 3 noted chocolate bars). However since the release of Evolution of Combat it can be difficult to receive credit for a kill as a player must be the first to attack and damage the Snow mage. This can be made difficult due to the popularity of the holiday event; particularly when players bring a Dwarf multicannon.
During Episode 3: License to Chill of the 2015 Christmas event, the player and the Queen of Snow build a snow ranger, a snow mage, and a snow warrior to defeat the penguins. The player must pelt the snowmen with enchanted snowballs to keep them alive.
In the 2016 Christmas event, Snow mages served the same role as they did in the original 2007 event, with the addition of the ability to make them for Construction and Magic experience after the miniquest.
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- A few days before the release of the 2011 Christmas event a Jagex moderator was spawning a few at the Grand Exchange along with the other two types. Players could attack them and when killed they would drop 5 Snowballs.