Queen Bee

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

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. Pc 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.
  • Additionally, the Nectar and Honeyed Goggles each have completely independent 6.7% and 5% chances of dropping, respectively.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Occasionally, a Hive will be large enough to possess 2 Larva. 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, Pc only.pngBiome Keys, or Console only.pngMobile only.pngBiome Key Molds.
  • The theme battle music is Boss 5 on the Pc 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, but be careful to avoid being knocked into it.
  • The bees do little damage, but can easily become an annoyance as they can push the player around. In the case that you don't have a Cobalt Shield or Obsidian Shield yet to avoid knockback, any Grappling Hooks can be used to anchor yourself 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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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

History[edit | edit source]

Characters: Blue Slime.png Pre-Hardmode Enemies • Pixie.png Hardmode Enemies • Goblin Warrior.png Event Enemies • Skeletron Head.png Bosses
Bunny.png Critters • Guide.png Friendly NPCs • Baby Dinosaur.png Familiars