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- For strategies on how to defeat Queen Bee, see Guide:Queen Bee strategies.
The Queen Bee may be summoned by breaking the Larva inside a Bee Hive of the Underground Jungle or using an Abeemination anywhere within the Jungle. She is immune to the Confused debuff.
The Queen Bee has three distinct attack patterns.
- The Queen Bee will repeatedly fly back and forth, ramming into the player. Note that just before the Queen Bee does this, she will try to even herself with the player.
- Similar to the Eye of Cthulhu, the Queen Bee spawns bees (as a replacement of Eyes) while hovering above the player.
- Similar to Hornets, the Queen Bee will rapidly fire poisonous stingers at the player.
- While the Queen Bee is charging at you, focus on dodging rather than dealing extra damage.
- Multi-hit, piercing magic, such as Water Bolt or Book of Skulls, or piercing ranged attacks, such as Meteor Shot, are very effective against the Queen Bee especially during her second attack pattern.
- The bees do little damage, but can easily become an annoyance as they can push the player around if a Cobalt, Obsidian or Ankh Shield isn't equipped. The bees can be killed, and have a chance of dropping a heart or a star. A Crimson Rod can be extremely useful for both destroying the bees and doing a steady trickle of damage to the Queen Bee.
- In the case that you don't have a Shield yet to avoid knockback, a Grappling Hook or, if you have been stocking up on materials, an Ivy Whip can be used to cling onto a spot, avoiding knockback entirely. The Ivy Whip is superior for this, allowing you to grapple 3 different areas in order to "float" in midair. While sacrificing mobility, it may be a better choice than being knocked around and possibly into (deep) honey if you were not prepared.
- Equipping a Bezoar can eliminate the residual effects from the poisonous stingers.
- Using an item that deals damage when you take it, such as a Thorns Potion or Star Cloak, along with high defense, can make the boss easy to kill, given that the bees will do minimum damage to you while dealing damage to the boss itself. This tactic is also easier to use if in the hive where the Queen spawns, as you can use the honey for extra health regeneration.
- Occasionally dipping your character in honey along with full Crimson Armor can help as the health regeneration is quite generous while your character is stationary
- The music played for the Queen Bee is the same as the music on consoles when fighting the Eye of Cthulhu or Ocram.
- Despite the drop for the Bee Keeper, Bee Gun, and Honey Comb all being 33.33%, the player can only acquire one per killed Queen Bee, and they will always receive one of the three upon defeating the Queen Bee.
- Occasionally, a Hive will be large enough to possess 2 Larvae. If a player is using Water Bolt or other bouncing magic weapon, they need to be wary of the second Larva, lest they be set upon by another Queen Bee.
- A World can possess multiple beehives, and multiple bees.
- Orichalcum armor's set bonus can break the Larva, causing the Queen Bee to be unintentionally spawned.
- Sometimes the Star Cloak will destroy the Larva, causing the Queen Bee to be spawned.
- Queen Bee will charge at you, which causes more damage than her other attacks.
Sometimes the Queen Bee follows the player back to the surface when they die.
Sometimes the Queen Bee can spawn as soon as you start a brand new world because the Larva spawns inside the wall.
Sometimes two Queen Bees can spawn at the same time.