Bee Gun

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Bee Gun
  • Bee Gun item spriteold Bee Gun item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage9 (Magic)
Knockback0.25 (Extremely weak) (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 0 (No knockback) (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Critical chance4%
Use time12 (Very fast)
Velocity32 (effective)
TooltipShoots bees that will chase your enemy
RarityRarity level: 2
Sell2 GC (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 3 GC (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Bee
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Queen BeeQueen Bee.gifQueen Bee133%
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
(Queen Bee)
Treasure Bag (Queen Bee)Treasure Bag
(Queen Bee)
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
The Bee Gun attacking Target Dummies and a Skeleton.

The Bee Gun is a pre-Hardmode magic weapon that ordinarily fires 1-3 (1-6 with a Hive Pack(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) equipped) piercing bee projectiles per shot, with two independent 1/6 (16.67%) chances to fire an extra bee. The bees deal 100% of the weapon's base damage (9 base damage) and have a 1/2 (50%) chance to deal 1 extra damage. Bee projectiles home in on their closest target and pierce an unlimited number of enemies before dissipating after a 10-second duration, after ricocheting off solid blocks three separate times, or immediately upon contact with water or lava. The Bee Gun has a 1/3 (33.33%) chance to be dropped by the Queen Bee.

(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Its best modifier is Mythical.

(Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Its best modifier is Demonic or Deadly for damage output, or Mystic for mana conservation because it cannot get modifiers that affect knockback.


  • With the Hive Pack(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) equipped, all Bee projectiles have a 1/2 (50%) chance to be converted into Giant Bee projectiles that deal 1-3 extra damage, have a knockback of 0.5 (Extremely weak), can pierce enemies or ricochet off solid blocks four times in total, fly noticeably faster, and last for 11 seconds. Both kinds of bee projectiles dissipate immediately upon contact with water or lava.[1]
  • With the Hive Pack(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) equipped, the Bee Gun also gains an extra 1/3 (33.33%) chance to spawn another bee. The average amount of bees summoned is 2.32, or 2.66 with the Hive Pack equipped.
  • The Bee Gun is not affected by the Bee armor, despite the achievement.
  • Like all homing weapons, the bees will not attack players in PvP but will knock them back if they are hit directly.


Achievement Not the Bees!.png
Not the Bees! • Fire a Bee Gun while wearing a full set of Bee Armor.
Fire a Bee Gun while equipped in a full set of Bee armor. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • Despite having a base damage of only 9, the Bee Gun can easily overwhelm enemies if using the appropriate gear.
  • The Bee Gun provides excellent crowd control especially when focusing the bees against enemies in a confined space, such as the Dungeon.
  • It is effective for making money when combined with the Lucky Coin.
  • The Hive Pack(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) slightly increases the damage and knockback of the bees, possibly keeping the Bee Gun viable until Hardmode.
  • The Bee Gun can be convenient in the Underground Jungle because the bees clear vines when bouncing around, aiding player vision. Note that they will likely also break Bee Hives.
  • Due to the relatively low base damage of the Bee Gun, items that grant extra armor penetration, such as the Shark Tooth Necklace(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), or its upgrade, the Stinger Necklace(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can be extremely useful in conjunction with it.

See also


  • Desktop 1.4.4: Now has a token knockback value, allowing access to better modifiers.
  • Desktop 1.2.4:
    • Damage increased from 8 to 9.
    • Mana usage decreased from 6 to 5.
  • Desktop 1.2.3:
    • Damage increased from 7 to 8.
    • Sell price reduced from 7 GC to 3 GC.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, methods beeType() in Terraria.Player.cs, beeDamage() in Terraria.Player.cs, beeKB() in Terraria.Player.cs, SetDefaults() in Terraria.Projectile.cs, and ItemCheck_Shoot() in Terraria.Player.cs. Although the actual knockback of Giant Bees is 0.5 + Bee knockback × 1.1, all normal Bees have 0 base knockback, making the 1.1× multiplier never effective. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is