Bee Keeper

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Bee Keeper
  • Bee Keeper item spriteold Bee Keeper item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage30 / 22 (Melee)
Knockback5.3 (Average)
Critical chance4%
Use time20 (Very fast)
TooltipSummons killer bees after striking your foe
Small chance to cause confusion
RarityRarity level: 3
Research1 required
Inflicts Debuff
Debuff tooltipMovement is reversed
Duration2 seconds
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
(Queen Bee)
Treasure Bag (Queen Bee)Treasure Bag
(Queen Bee)
The Bee Keeper attacking a Target Dummy, while inflicting the Confused debuff and summoning bees upon hitting a Skeleton.

The Bee Keeper is a pre-Hardmode broadsword that has a 90*9/10 (90%) chance of inflicting the Confused debuff to damaged enemies for a 2-second duration and summons 1–3 friendly bee projectiles per enemy struck.[1] The bee projectiles deal 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) of the weapon's base damage ( 10 / 7 base damage), and have an additional 50*1/2 (50%) to deal 1 extra damage. Friendly bees will 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 Keeper has a 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) chance to drop from the Queen Bee.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
ZenithZenithMythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil


  • With the Hive Pack equipped, there is a 33.33*1/3 (33.33%) chance for one extra Bee to spawn, and all Bee projectiles have a 50*1/2 (50%) chance to be converted into Giant Bee projectiles, which always deal 1–3 extra damage, have a knockback of 0.5 (Extremely weak), can pierce enemies or ricochet off solid blocks 4 times in total, fly noticeably faster, and last 11 seconds. Both kinds of bee projectiles will dissipate immediately on contact with water or lava.[2]
  • Armor penetration effects (from both the Shark Tooth Necklace and the Sharpening Station) also affect the damage done by the summoned bees, granting bonus damage to all hits from them too.
  • The Bee Keeper is capable of autoswinging.


  • Using the Bee Keeper on worm enemies will release many bees if they move right through the sword's swinging area.
  • The Bee Keeper can be useful even in Hardmode because of its ability to inflict Confused and deal decent damage at the same time, especially with the bees.
  • The friendly bees are very helpful for crowd control, as they can not only finish off enemies damaged by the sword but severely hurt or kill any other enemies in the vicinity.


  • The Bee Keeper is the only pre-Hardmode weapon that is capable of inflicting the Confused debuff. While the Brain of Confusion can also inflict the debuff, it is an accessory.
  • The Bee Keeper's name is a play on the real-life profession of the beekeeper.
  • Despite the item tooltip stating the sword has a small chance of causing confusion, it has a 90*9/10 (90%) chance to do so, which is comparably large.
  • The Bee Keeper's Confused debuff strangely works on other players, despite most weapon-inflicted debuffs normally being disabled in PvP.
  • Despite the Falcon Blade having a higher rarity, the Bee Keeper is superior to the Falcon Blade in all ways, including sell price.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Damage increased from 26 to 30.
    • Sprite updated and size increased.
  • Desktop 1.4.1:
    • Damage increased from 24 to 26.
    • Use time decreased from 22 to 20.
    • Knockback increased from 5 to 5.3.
    • Now autoswings again.
  • Desktop
    • Sprite updated. Old sprite was Bee Keeper (
    • Damage decreased from 26 to 24.
    • Use time increased from 20 to 22.
    • Knockback decreased from 5.3 to 5.
    • Is no longer autoswing.
    • Sell value increased from 54 to 2.


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