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Queen Bee Trophy.png "The matriarch of jungle hives..." Queen Bee Trophy.png

The Queen Bee is a pre-Hardmode boss. It does not need to be killed to progress the game, but it has some useful drops and the Witch Doctor NPC will spawn when it is killed.

Queen Bee
Queen Bee.png   Queen Bee2.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentBee Hive
AI TypeQueen Bee AI
Damage30 / 54 (melee)
22 / 44 (stinger)
Max Life3400 / 4760
Defense8 / 8-20 (depending on health)
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffPoisonedPoisoned
100% chance

Debuff duration10 seconds / 20 seconds (Stinger attack)
2 - 6 seconds (On contact)
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Immune toConfused
Drops
Coins 10 Gold Coin
Map Icon Queen Bee.png
Map Icon

Spawning Conditions[edit | edit source]

Queen Bee can be spawned by fulfilling any of these conditions:

It must be inside the jungle at the moment of spawning. It can be lured into a safer environment.

The Fight[edit | edit source]

Queen Bee is capable of causing PoisonPoison if you get touched by it or by its stingers. While losing 2 Health a second isn't much, it can be more significant over time. It's also important to not get poisoned because it halts Health regeneration, thus be always ready to heal with your Potions.

The Queen Bee has 3 distinct attack patterns:

  1. It will fly left or right to you and charge three times;
  2. It will hover above you and spawn tiny BeeBee minions;
  3. It will behave like a normal hornet and fly around, shooting poisoning stingers at you.

When it charges you, use platforms and/or a double jump or better to dodge upwards. You can stand perfectly still upon landing which gives you a short moment to regenerate health faster. If you can Dash, you can stand in its path and charge it just before it reaches you.

When it summons its bees, use a weapon that can pierce targets and aim for its backside to stop the bees the moment they spawn. If any bees manage to escape then use a Sword with a large swing to clear them out. The Queen is at its most vulnerable in this state, so use powerful weapons to deal significant amounts of damage.

If it's using the stinger-shooting phase, keep moving back and forth. If you do get hit by a stinger, the Poisoned debuff will last longer than when you touch with Queen Bee, so make sure to dodge it. Use a ranged weapon, and try to track her movements by aiming where it's going to move.

If you're low on health and stayed in the Hive, remember to make use of the honey below you, which increases health regeneration, which will always stack with other regeneration buffs like Campfires.

Expert Mode[edit | edit source]

As the Queen Bee's health goes down, she will become a lot more aggressive, shooting more stingers and having much faster charges. Her defense will also increase, making weapons with low base damage values like the Minishark much weaker. She will also inflict the Poisoned Debuff on contact, and its duration from the stingers will double.

Dodging the charges is much harder when the Queen is at low health, since she'll move too fast to be able to move out of the way. However, the Shield of Cthulhu makes this part of the fight a lot easier: Successfully dashing into an enemy gives the player brief invincibility frames, so if timed right, the charge attacks can be completely neutralized.

General Strategies[edit | edit source]

General Tips[edit | edit source]

This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical Tips#Combat.

  • Starting the battle as soon as the sun sets (at 7:30 p.m.) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses. This also means that the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone can be used if the player has obtained it from Werewolves or Vampires, respectively, providing a combat advantage.
  • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfiresCampfires and Heart LanternsHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Stars in BottlesStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic.
  • Desktop VersionConsole Version SunflowersSunflowers provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
  • Always carry at least one stack of the highest-tier healing potion available (LesserLesser, NormalNormal, GreaterGreater, or Super Healing PotionsSuper Healing PotionsDesktop VersionConsole Version). Relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
  • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's BlessingDesktop VersionConsole Version buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some coinscoins.
  • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
  • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with TrapsTraps and helpful HeartHeart and Star StatuesStar Statues. The former help to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to timerstimers.
  • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of hearts.
  • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening StationDesktop VersionConsole Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, and Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop VersionConsole Version before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give class-specific boosts that are useful to take. They give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop VersionConsole Version, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, and BewitchedBewitchedDesktop VersionConsole Version, respectively.

Terrain Preparation[edit | edit source]

Even if you summon the Queen Bee by breaking a Larva, you do not need to stay in the hive to fight it - you can get out of the hive and fight it in the wide-open areas of the Underground Jungle if you'd prefer. However, most Hives offer an easy arena: a decent amount of space is already carved out, and the pool of Honey at the bottom provides a health-regenerating buff which stacks with other buffs.

As with most bosses, Wooden Platforms are vital. Having them every 5 blocks is an optimal height but if your jump height is boosted in some way, you can increase the number of spaces between platforms which can save you materials.

Gearing Up[edit | edit source]

It's recommended to have at least 300 Health before you try to beat Queen Bee.

Armor[edit | edit source]

  • A full set of at least Gold Armor should be acquired, but better armor is always an option. Other armor sets with set bonuses can be effective as well.
  • If one is offensively minded they can use armors that boost the damage of their weapons, such as Necro armor for rangers and Jungle armor for mages.
  • Crimson armor is excellent due to the high defense values and increased damage. Shadow armor is good too and suits a melee playstyle.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

For Melee users:

  • For swords, the best sword would be the Blade of GrassBlade of Grass; despite inflicting it, the Queen Bee is not immune to the Poisoned debuff.
  • Thorn ChakramThorn Chakram or FlamarangFlamarang are good at killing Queen Bee, due to their long range.
  • Flails are good choices for when the Queen is firing Bees at you, as they will pierce through the bees and hit the Queen too. A Blue Moon or The Meatball are good, and the Sunfury is excellent.
  • For Yoyos, the AmazonAmazonDesktop VersionConsole Version and the Code 1Code 1Desktop VersionConsole Version are a good option.

For Ranged users:

  • Bow users should use a Demon BowDemon Bow or Tendon BowTendon Bow. You can also use a Molten FuryMolten Fury if you've got it.
  • A MusketMusket or The UndertakerThe Undertaker are decent and the MinisharkMinishark can also be used. The BoomstickBoomstick is also a very powerful choice.
    • Note that Minishark is much less effective in Expert mode, especially in the latter stages of the battle.
  • Silver BulletsSilver Bullets are the preferred bullets to use with the guns mentioned above. Meteor ShotsMeteor Shots work better with the former two, since they don't have problems with the invincibility frames caused by piercing attacks.
  • A BlowpipeBlowpipe with Poison DartsPoison Darts is a cheap secondary weapon to apply Poison for a little extra damage, while still providing a fair amount of damage from the darts themselves.
  • Mobile version Mobile Oddly, Heart Arrows perform their initial stopping ability, then permanently slow the queen, making them a great way to kill her on, assuming the Valentine Event is happening.

For Magic users:

  • Crimson worlds will benefit from having the Crimson RodCrimson Rod, as you can fire it once and then switch to another weapon, increasing damage output.
  • The Space GunSpace Gun is an excellent weapon, especially when combined with Meteor armor. Its piercing effect will help dealing with the bees.
  • A Ruby StaffRuby Staff or Diamond StaffDiamond Staff will are decent choices with low mana cost and decent piercing damage.
  • The Water BoltWater Bolt is a fantastic weapon if you're fighting in the Hive, due to how many times it can ricochet off walls.
  • The VilethornVilethorn is perfect for dealing with the bees she shoots at you.
    • This weapon should not be used on Expert mode, as her massive defense will significantly reduce damage taken.
  • Magic MissileMagic Missile can be used to quickly and repeatedly strike her with great accuracy.

For Summoners:

Once again, Summoners can't make use of any of its tools to kill Queen Bee, as it lacks gear of doing so. Meanwhile, you can use the already mentioned tips for now, until you receive your first decent Summon gear (Queen Bee drops all the items you need to start to mess with this class).

  • The earliest minion Summoning weapon is the Slime StaffSlime Staff, which is unfortunately very rare and weak.
  • You could try to farm The Underworld for Hellstone to get the Imp StaffImp StaffDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version, which is also the only good choice on expert mode, as the Slime Staff does not have enough base damage.

For Throwing users:

  • Grenades deal high amounts of damage, but you should be mindful of taking damage yourself. Combining this with gel will make Sticky Grenade which will be helpful for defeating the boss.
  • Molotov CocktailMolotov CocktailDesktop VersionConsole VersionOld-gen console versionMobile Version are good choices which deal On Fire! to the Queen.
  • Poisoned KnivesPoisoned Knives can poison the Queen, increasing your DPS.
  • Bone JavelinsBone JavelinsDesktop VersionConsole Versions stick to the queen and deal 3 damage every second. The more you throw into her, the higher the sticking damage becomes.
  • Spiky BallsSpiky Balls are useful against the Queen Bee since she will take damage while dashing through the platforms.

Accessories[edit | edit source]

  • Anything that increases your vertical mobility is a godsend. The Cloud in a Bottle is good, but better choices would be the Blizzard in a Bottle or the Sandstorm in a Bottle. Having a Shiny Red Balloon will also greatly help as it will increase your jump height, it will be better if The Shiny Red Balloon is combined with any of the Cloud in a Bottle type accessory. You can also use the Rocket Boots for flight, and the Spectre Boots for flight and speed.
  • The Shark Tooth Necklace is a very good increase to DPS, especially on Expert Mode.
  • Hopefully, you have managed to find a Bezoar. While equipped, it removes the Poisoned debuff; if you are short on accessory slots, you can equip it for a moment whenever you get poisoned.
  • If you are going for a melee approach, the Magma Stone is a slight increase to your DPS.
  • Anything that reduces damage is very helpful, including Expert Mode-exclusive Worm Scarf and defensive reforges on accessories.
  • As mentioned above, the Shield of Cthulhu can negate damage taken from the charges while also being a very useful to dodge her stingers.

Potions[edit | edit source]