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Queen Bee
Queen Bee.gifOld-gen console version and 3DS version
Map Icon Queen Bee.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Statistics
Type
Environment
AI TypeQueen Bee AI
Damage30/54/81 (melee)
22/44/66 (stinger)[1]
Max Life3400/4760/6069
Defense8/8-28 (depending on health)[1]
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfused
Inflicts debuff
DebuffPoisonedPoisoned
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Chance33.33%/100%
Duration10 seconds/2-20 seconds/2.5-25 seconds (stinger)
/2-8 seconds (melee)/2.5-10 seconds (melee)
Drops
Coins50000*5125000*1250

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

Queen Bee is a pre-Hardmode boss. She is summoned by breaking the Larva inside Bee Hives of the Underground Jungle, or by using an Abeemination anywhere within the Jungle. She is immune to the Confused debuff, and can inflict the Poisoned debuff.

While Queen Bee is alive, the music Boss 5 will play.

Desktop Version When Otherworldly music is enabled, the track Boss 1 (Otherworldly) will play.

Attacks[edit | edit source]

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. During this time the variables for how many bees she summons could be 6, 12 or 18.
  • Similar to Hornets, 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 ModeDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions, the speed of these attacks increases as Queen Bee takes damage.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • In Expert Mode, Queen Bee's charges increase both in speed and number.
    • At low HP, Queen Bee can do up to six charges in a row before changing her attack.
  • 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 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. It is also possible early in the game if using a whip, which can break things behind solid blocks.
  • Queen Bee enrages when fought outside of the Underground Jungle. When enraged, Queen Bee's movement is more aggressive and she fires stingers at a much faster rate.
    • Queen Bee will enrage further when brought outside the jungle biome herself. This leads to her moving at blistering speeds & summoning upwards to 24 bees in chain during the stand still, paired with her much faster & more dead accurate stinger attack.
  • Once Queen Bee is defeated, the Witch Doctor NPC will spawn if there is a vacant house.
  • Bees do not drop Souls of Light, Souls of Night, Biome KeysDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions, or Biome Key MoldsOld-gen console version3DS Version.
  • In Multiplayer, Queen Bee appears not to despawn upon the death of players, and will follow them all the way back to the spawn.
  • 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 targeted by the newly summoned, second Queen Bee.
  • As of 1.4.0.1Desktop Version, Queen Bee doesn't despawn when she's far away from the player.

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, Console, and Mobile Versions

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. However, standing in Honey will slow down the player.
  • The Bees do little damage, but can easily become an annoyance as they can push the player around. If the player does not have a Cobalt Shield or Obsidian Shield to avoid knockback, any grappling hook can be used to anchor the player to blocks.
    • On desktop, in Classic difficulty, a spinning Flail is sufficient to kill any incoming Bees before they can reach the player.
    • On desktop, Bees will target other enemies if they are closer than the player and can thus be distracted with statue spawned mobs or other trapped monsters.
    • In Expert and Master Mode, Bees are much tougher and can easily kill the player if ignored.
  • Queen Bee can be a viable source of money, dropping 50000*5 upon death and being comparably simple to summon.
  • On desktop, Queen Bee is part of the same enemy group as the Bees spawned from Beehives and mining Hive blocks, and will damage and take damage from most other enemies.
    • Queen bee will only actively target players, however.
  • Queen Bee's dash is quick enough that if the player is to dash with the Shield of Cthulhu in the same direction as her when she is near she will make contact with the player near the end of their dash and they will bounce through Queen Bee without taking damage.
  • Queen Bee should be farmed by summoner class players to craft a set of Bee armor, which is the only pre-Hardmode summoner armor set.
  • The amount of bees Queen Bee can summon is not infinite, 173 bees is the max amount of bees that can be active at once.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Queen Bee concept art.png
Early concept art
  • Queen Bee has the largest number of drops of any pre-Hardmode boss in the game at 15. Furthermore, she has the second-most drops of any boss, surpassed only by Plantera (a boss that is also spawned in the Underground Jungle), who has 16.
  • Strangely, although being able to inflict the Poisoned debuff, Queen Bee is not immune to it herself.
  • Although rare, it is possible to obtain the YeletsDesktop, Console, and Mobile Versions from Queen Bee if she is defeated after one of the Mechanical Bosses has been killed.
  • The 1.2 concept art of Queen Bee looked vastly different than the actual sprite that was implemented, and more resembled a Hornet compared to the final sprite.
  • Queen Bee is the only boss that cannot be fought an infinite number of times per world, due to her summons being non-renewable. There is a limited number of both larvae to directly summon the boss and Hive blocks to craft the Abeemination.
  • Queen Bee is one of the 6 bosses with exclusive music, the others being Queen Slime, Empress of Light, Moon Lord, Plantera, and Duke Fishron.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for Queen Bee: "This highly aggressive monstrosity responds violently when her larva is disturbed; the honey-laden hives are her home turf."

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.2.3: Fixed exploit where Queen Bee could get stuck in tiles and not move.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 source code, method AI() in Terraria.NPC.cs (under aiStyle == 43). Note that several of Queen Bee's stats, including stinger damage and defense, are hard-coded there.
  2. 2 will drop from the Expert Mode Treasure Bag.