The Bee's Knees

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The Bee's Knees
  • The Bee's Knees item sprite
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Statistics
TypeWeaponDrop
Damage26 Ranged
Knockback3 (Very Weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time22 Fast
Velocity8
TooltipWooden arrows turn into a column of bees
RarityRarity Level: 3
Sell54 Silver Coin

The Bee's Knees is a bow that has a 33% (1/3) chance of being dropped by Queen Bee. When fired using Wooden Arrows, the bow instead emits a special projectile resembling a line of bees. On impact with an enemy or solid block, the projectile breaks apart, spawning 3 to 5 bees that quickly break formation and begin to home in on nearby enemies. Similar to Meteor Shot, the individual bees can each pierce one enemy or ricochet off a solid block once, but not both.

Its best Modifier is Unreal.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The Bee's Knees firing a line of bees
  • Because of how closely the burst of bees are packed and how quickly they move, an enemy will almost never take damage from all five in the first shot. Passing through an enemy in this way will not count as a piercing shot, but the bees will still scatter and begin homing.
  • This is a very powerful weapon for archers, and it can be obtained fairly quickly even if you don't get it first try.
  • Like other bee-based weapons, bees fired by this weapon dissipate immediately on contact with water or lava, and are affected by the Hive Pack.
  • Because of their more limited number of ricochets, the individual bees fired from The Bee's Knees generally have less longevity than the other bee weapons. However, the weapon's main shots deal much more damage in comparison.
  • When shooting at a 1-tile thick wall on your left, or 1-tile thick floor above you, one bee from the initial burst will usually pass through the block and roam free on the other side until it dissipates. Bees will never pass through blocks to the right or below them, however.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The Bee's Knees works well with the Endless Quiver.
  • Unlike many bows that convert arrows for special shots, The Bee's Knees can be used to fire special arrows normally. In this capacity, it is an above-average bow, second only in pre-hardmode to the Molten Fury but accessible much earlier. However, its special shots can never inherit the higher damage of a superior arrow type.
  • In close quarters, The Bee's Knees can be used to do trick shots, striking the projectile against a surface to send bees into an area without requiring the player to leave cover. However, bees will ricochet more often in confined spaces as well, causing them to die off faster and deal less damage overall.
  • The bees the bow summons are able to deliver near-constant damage to enemies, essentially stun-locking them through knockback. This makes The Bee's Knees viable even into early Hardmode.
  • The Bee's Knees is a great weapon against the Wall of Flesh due to the fact that the bees can easily take care of The Hungry in a short amount of time and build a swarm to take out the Wall of Flesh itself.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop VersionConsole versionMobile Version3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, resulting in a grammatically incorrect name, such as "Legendary The Bee's Knees". It shares this trait with all other items that can possess Modifiers and whose names begin with "The". This error is not present in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version.
  • The name refers to the phrase "bee's knees", which means something excellent or outstanding.
  • This weapon is a part of the set of bee-related weapons, all connected to Queen Bee and Bee Hive.
  • Despite the tooltip saying that the arrows turn into columns of bees, they can also be rows, should the Bee's Knees be fired horizontally.
  • If the player is moving in any direction whilst firing, The Bee's Knees appear to vibrate. This may be an allusion to the fact that bees buzz when they move.

History[edit | edit source]