Queen Bee

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Queen Bee
Queen Bee.png
Type Boss
Environment Beehive
AI Type Queen Bee AI
Damage 30
Max Life 3400
Defense 8
KB Resist 100%
Coins 10 Gold Coin

One of the first 3 items will always drop

Item (Quantity) Rate
Bee Gun.png Bee Gun 33.33%
Bee Keeper.png Bee Keeper 33.33%
Honey Comb.png Honey Comb 33.33%
Nectar.png Nectar 5%
Hive Wand.png Hive Wand 33.33%
Honeyed Goggles.png Honeyed Goggles 1%Pc only.png
Bee Hat.png Bee Hat 11.11%
Bee Shirt.png Bee Shirt 11.11%
Bee Pants.png Bee Pants 11.11%
Beenade.png Beenade (10-29) 75%
Queen Bee Mask.png Queen Bee Mask 14.29%Pc only.png
Queen Bee Trophy.png Queen Bee Trophy 10%
Bottled Honey.png Bottled Honey (5-15) 100%
Bee Wax.png Bee Wax (16-26) 100%Pc only.png
Internal NPC ID: 222

The Queen Bee is a Boss summoned by breaking the Larva inside Bee Hives 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:

  • 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 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 swooping at them.


  • Exactly one, and only one, of the Bee Keeper, Bee Gun, or Honey Comb will always drop upon defeating the Queen Bee. The Hive Wand has a separate 1/3 (33%) chance to drop in addition to one of those three items.
  • Occasionally, a 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.
  • 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 sometimes not despawn when all players are dead, and will pursue a player back to their spawn point.
  • Once the Queen Bee is defeated, the Witch Doctor will spawn if there is an available house.


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.


  • The theme music is the same as the music on consoles and mobile when fighting the Eye of Cthulhu or Ocram.
  • As of 1.2.4, the Queen Bee has the most unique drops of any boss in the game, with 14.


  • 1.2.4: New drops added.
  • 1.2.3: Fixed exploit where queen bee could get stuck in tiles and not move.
  • 1.2: Introduced.
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