Bee Hive (biome)

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For the background object, see Bee Hive. For the block, see Hive.

A Bee Hive is a mini-biome located in the Underground Jungle. The hive itself is made from Hive blocks; on the interior, it contains pools of honey and typically one Larva. Destroying the Larva summons the Queen Bee. Any projectile, tool, weapon, or enemy will destroy the Larva with a single hit, so caution should be taken around the Larva if the player is not ready to fight the Queen Bee.

The number of Bee Hives per world is dependent on world size: there are usually 6–8 hives in Small or Medium worlds, and 11–16 hives in Large worlds.[1]


From destroying Hive blocks:
Unique Drops
From Queen Bee:
From terrain:


  • In Drunk worlds, Bee Hives are significantly larger, have irregular outlines, and often contain multiple Larvae. Because of this, the amount of Bee Hives per world are typically less than normal.


Achievement Where's My Honey?.png
Where's My Honey? • Discover a large bee's hive deep in the jungle.
Discover your first Bee Hive. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Explorer Explorer
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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)
Category: Slayer Slayer


  • Honey and Honey Blocks naturally spawn in small amounts in the Underground Jungle, however, contrary to popular belief, this is not a sign that a Bee Hive is nearby.
  • The bottom of the hive will be filled with honey. Standing in the honey provides a regeneration buff, but greatly slows the player's movement, which makes dodging difficult. If a player is stuck in the honey pool when they accidentally spawn Queen Bee, they will be acutely vulnerable and likely take many hits before they can escape. Placing platforms can help avoid falling into the honey pool. Care should be taken not to place platforms or anything else on a Larva, as that will break it.
  • A Larva can be hidden under the surface of the honey. If a hive seems not to have a visible Larva (or a large hive has only one) the player should be very cautious about using weapons in the honey or shooting into it, lest they face a surprise attack from the Queen Bee.
  • Any water poured onto the honey will create Honey Blocks. If a Larva is partly submerged or just under the surface, the forming blocks will break the Larva, summoning Queen Bee as usual.
  • If a hive is large enough, it can be made into a decent arena by (optionally) clearing the walls of the hive and adding platforms. This is not only useful for the Queen Bee fight, but also for the Plantera fight.
  • Wearing Chlorophyte armor or Orichalcum armor in the Underground Jungle is risky; either set bonus can accidentally break a Larva somewhere in the distance, setting off an unexpected Queen Bee fight. At this point the player should be fairly well equipped with Hardmode gear, but even so, a player can be caught off-guard.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) Should the player be staying in a Bee Hive for extended periods of time, such as when building arenas for future battles against the Queen Bee, it may prove difficult or even life-threatening to survive due to the large numbers of Hornets that frequently accumulate within Bee Hives. For dealing with multiple Hornets, ranged weapons such as the Musket, Undertaker, or gem staves can be useful for eliminating them quickly, as well as equipping a Bezoar, submerging in honey to get its regeneration buff, and placing Hornet Banners around the hive. The player should also try to place blocks around the Larvae to avoid accidentally awakening the Queen Bee by firing arrows or bullets at them. Weapons that can pierce enemies or travel through blocks such as whips, the Vilethorn, and the Gray Zapinator should be avoided or used extremely carefully within the hive's enclosed spaces.


  • Bee Hives usually have one Larva, but larger hives can contain two Larvae, and smaller hives have a low chance of not containing any Larva.
  • Very rarely, two Bee Hives can overlap, making one giant Bee Hive.
  • Larva can be painted like any other block.
  • In Not the bees worlds, larva can spawn on any blocks. That means you can replace the blocks under the larva and it will not break. It will not break even with unique blocks, such as spikes from the Dungeon.


  • Desktop 1.2.4: Increased chances of generating more at world creation.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method GenerateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs. The relevant part is generation pass "Hives". Note that it is possible, but very unlikely, that some worlds may have fewer than the listed amounts; also, some special world seeds have unusual amounts, sizes, and shapes of hives. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is