Queen Bee

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Queen Bee
Queen Bee.png Expert Mode variant
Statistics
Type Boss
Environment Bee Hive
AI Type Queen Bee AI
Damage 30 / 54 Desktop only.png (melee)
22 / 44 Desktop only.png (stinger)
Max Life 3400 / 4760 Desktop only.png
Defense 8 / 8-20 depending on health Desktop only.png
KB Resist 100%
Inflicts debuff
Poisoned.png Poisoned 
100% chance
Debuff duration 10 seconds / 20 seconds Desktop only.png
(Stinger attack)
2 - 6 seconds Desktop only.png (On contact)
Debuff tooltip Slowly losing life
Immune to: Confused.png
Drops
Coins 10 Gold Coin
Item (Quantity) Rate
One of the first 3 items will always drop
Bee Gun.png Bee Gun 
33%
Bee Keeper.png Bee Keeper 
33%
The Bee's Knees.png The Bee's Knees Desktop only.png
33%
Honey Comb.png Honey Comb 
33%
Hive Wand.png Hive Wand 
33%
Bee Hat.png Bee Hat 
11%
Bee Shirt.png Bee Shirt 
11%
Bee Pants.png Bee Pants 
11%
Nectar.png Nectar 
6.7%
Honeyed Goggles.png Honeyed Goggles Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
5%
Beenade.png Beenade 
• 10-29
75%
Bottled Honey.png Bottled Honey 
• 5-15
100%
Bee Wax.png Bee Wax Desktop only.pngConsole only.pngMobile only.png
• 16-26
100%
Queen Bee Mask.png Queen Bee Mask 
14.29%
Queen Bee Trophy.png Queen Bee Trophy 
10%
Treasure Bag (Queen Bee).png Treasure Bag
(Queen Bee)
 
• in Expert Mode only
100% Desktop only.png

Map Icon Queen Bee.png
Map Icon
Internal NPC ID: 222
Queen Bee Trophy.png "The matriarch of jungle hives..." Queen Bee Trophy.png

The Queen Bee is a pre-Hardmode boss. It is summoned by breaking the Larva inside Bee Hives of the Underground Jungle, or using an Abeemination anywhere within the Jungle at either Day or Night. She is immune to the Confused debuff, and can inflict the Poisoned debuff. She is the fastest boss in-game.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

The Queen Bee has three distinct attack patterns:

  • She will level herself horizontally with the player and fly back and forth three times in an attempt to ram the player.
  • She will spawn Bees while hovering (which will include larger ones in Expert mode), which attack the player.
  • Similar to Hornets, the Queen Bee will rapidly fire poisonous stingers at the player. During this pattern, she will alternate between hovering above the player, and positioning herself to swoop in at the player from above.
  • In Expert Mode, the lower her health is, the faster she'll do these attack patterns. This is most notable with her first attack, where she charges super quickly at ~1/10 HP

Achievement[edit | edit source]

Achievement Sting Operation.png Sting Operation"Defeat the Queen Bee, the matriarch of the jungle hives."
Defeat the Queen Bee for the first time. Desktop only.png

Drops[edit | edit source]

  • Defeating the Queen Bee will yield one of three weapons: the Bee Keeper, Bee Gun, or The Bee's Knees. Each has an equal 33% chance of being dropped, but one will always be dropped when the boss is slain, and not all three at once.
  • The Hive Wand and Honey Comb each have independent 33% chances, respectively, to drop in addition to one of those three items (one may drop, both may drop, or neither may drop).
  • When the Hive Wand does not drop, there is a 50% chance that one piece of the Bee costume will drop.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Occasionally, a Bee Hive will be large enough to possess 2 Larvae. If a player is using a bouncing weapon such as the Water Bolt, they need to be wary of the second Larva, lest they be set upon by another Queen Bee.
  • The Larva can be broken by any damaging weapon, similar to a Pot, so many actions such as the Orichalcum armor's set bonus or a Star Cloak can break the Larva, causing the Queen Bee to be unintentionally spawned.
    • This is especially common if there are remaining larva within the Jungle late into the game, when it is possible to hit things anywhere on the screen, even behind solid blocks.
  • Once the Queen Bee is defeated, the Witch Doctor NPC will spawn if there is a vacant house.
  • Bees don't drop Souls of Light, Souls of Night, Biome Keys Desktop only.png, or Biome Key Molds Console only.pngMobile only.png.
  • The theme battle music is Boss 5 on the Desktop only.png Desktop version and Boss 4 on Console only.pngMobile only.png Console and Mobile versions (see also: Music Boxes).

Tips[edit | edit source]

For more elaborate strategies on defeating Queen Bee, including Weapon and Arena recommendations, see Guide:Queen Bee strategies.

  • The Honey naturally found in Bee Hives can be used to craft Bottled Honey or provide passive health regeneration mid-fight. The Honey will slow down the player's movement, so it's best not to be in the Honey for too long.
  • The Bees do little damage, but can easily become an annoyance as they can push the player around. If the player doesn't have a Cobalt Shield or Obsidian Shield to avoid knockback, any grappling hook can be used to anchor the player to blocks.
  • Well placed Platforms and using Shurikens makes killing the Queen Bee fairly easy.
  • Using a Thorn Chakram or Blade of Grass can poison her, and can kill her easily. Most players defeat this boss late in pre-Hardmode, around the time when these weapons become obtained.
  • Bees spawned by the player will still attack the Queen Bee.
  • Water Bolt is very effective at taking down the Queen Bee as the Bee Hive is shaped very easily for the projectiles to bounce around a lot.
  • Unlike other bosses, Queen Bee will not despawn if the player dies.
  • If the player inadvertently breaks a Larva, and is unprepared for the fight, they can use a Magic Mirror or Recall Potion to teleport back to spawn. The Queen Bee will follow, but the player may have enough time to grab some Healing Potions and other supplies. It would be advisable to keep a campfire and Heart Lantern (and for magic users, a Star in a Bottle) near spawn, as well as a chest full of emergency supplies.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Queen Bee has the 2nd largest number of unique drops of any boss in the game, with 14, one less than Plantera.
  • In real life, queen bees are able to sting repeatedly without dying.

History[edit | edit source]

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