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

The Queen Bee is a pre-Hardmode boss. It does not need to be killed to progress the game, but it has some useful drops and the Witch Doctor NPC will spawn when it is killed.

Queen Bee
Queen Bee.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Queen Bee.png
Map Icon
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
AI TypeQueen Bee AI
Damage30/54/81 (contact)
224466 (Queen Bee's Stinger)[1]
Max Life3400/4760/6069
Defense88–28 (depending on health)[1]
KB Resist100%
Immune toPoisonedConfused
Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
Duration10 seconds2–20 seconds2.5–25 seconds (Queen Bee's Stinger)
2–8 seconds (contact)2.5–10 seconds (contact)
Coins5 GC12 GC50 SC
  • Queen Bee's Stinger
    Queen Bee's Stinger
Killed (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Killed (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Summoned (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Queen Bee's Stinger
Charge (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Charge (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)

Spawning Conditions

Queen Bee can be spawned by fulfilling any of these conditions:

It must be inside the jungle at the moment of spawning, and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) enrages if removed from the Jungle.

The fight

Queen Bee is capable of causing PoisonedPoison if you get touched by it or by its stingers. While losing 2 health per second doesn't look like much, it can be significant over time. It's also important to not get poisoned because it halts Health regeneration, thus be always ready to heal with your Potions.

The Queen Bee has 3 distinct attack patterns:

  1. It will fly left or right to you and charge three times;
  2. It will hover above you and spawn tiny BeeBee minions;
  3. It will behave like a normal hornet and fly around, shooting poisoning stingers at you.

When it charges you, use platforms and/or a double jump or better to dodge upwards. You can stand perfectly still upon landing which gives you a short moment to regenerate health faster. If you can Dash, you can stand in its path and charge it just before it reaches you. You can also fire slow or lingering weapons directly into her path, like the Diamond Staff or a Boomerang.

When it summons its bees, use a weapon that can pierce targets and aim for its backside to stop the bees the moment they spawn. If any bees manage to escape then use a Sword with a large swing to clear them out. The Queen is at its most vulnerable in this state, so use powerful weapons to deal significant amounts of damage.

If it's using the stinger-shooting phase, keep moving back and forth. If you do get hit by a stinger, the Poisoned debuff will last longer than when you touch with Queen Bee, so make sure to dodge it. Use a melee weapon, and try to track her movements by aiming where it's going to move.

If you're low on health and are still in the Hive, remember to make use of the honey below you, which increases health regeneration, which will always stack with other regeneration buffs like Regeneration potions.

Expert Mode

As the Queen Bee's health goes down, she will become a lot more aggressive, shooting more stingers and having much faster charges. Her defense will also increase, making weapons with low base damage values like the MinisharkMinishark much weaker. She will also inflict PoisonedPoison on contact, and its duration from the stingers will double.

Dodging the charges is much harder when the Queen is at low health, since she'll move too fast to be able to move out of the way. However, the Shield of CthulhuShield of Cthulhu(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) makes this part of the fight a lot easier: Successfully dashing into an enemy gives the player brief invincibility frames, so if timed right, the charge attacks can be completely neutralized.

General Strategies

General Tips

This content is transcluded from Guide:Practical tips § Combat.

  • For nocturnal bosses, starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat the boss. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone and their upgrades are also useful at night.
  • Boss battles can be won or lost before the battle ever starts. Choose your equipment and have it ready; find and/or make potions and placed buffs; use the highest-tier food you have available; set up an arena appropriate to the boss; learn the strategies for the boss you're facing.
  • Prepare your Boss-fighting arena with adequate lighting, CampfireCampfires and Heart LanternHeart Lanterns for health regeneration, and Star in a BottleStars in Bottles for mana regeneration if you use magic. Bast StatueBast Statues(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden Gnomes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) (if underground) proper torch placement will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. The Torch God's Favor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
  • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy!Happy!(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff to nearby players, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
  • Always carry around a stack of the highest-tier healing potion available, as relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea. Depending on the game stage, this can include items such as Lesser Healing PotionLesser Healing Potions or HoneyfinHoneyfins. On the Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile versions, Restoration PotionRestoration Potions are healing potions with a shorter cooldown.
  • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's Blessing(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) buff, which increases your defense and provides you with a thorns-like effect, while the latter can heal and remove debuffs instantly, at the cost of some Silver Coincoins.
  • Bosses are displayed on the Minimap: Follow the boss's icon to track it when you're struggling to find it. You can identify the boss icons by checking their respective wiki pages.
  • Once you have freed the MechanicMechanic in the Dungeon, you can use WireWire to enhance your arena with Dart TrapTraps and helpful Heart StatueHeart and Star StatueStar Statues. The former helps to damage the enemies, though be careful to set them up correctly in order not to hurt yourself during the battle. The latter will spawn heart and star pickups, respectively. Connect these devices to 1 Second Timertimers to activate them infinitely.
  • In Hardmode, the Brand of the InfernoBrand of the Inferno(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and Sergeant United ShieldSergeant United Shield(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can be used to parry incoming contact damage.
  • It may be useful to summon and kill the Eye of Cthulhu or King Slime before summoning any harder boss in order to spawn an extra one-use pool of Hearts. Note that this will prevent any Heart Statues from spawning new Hearts.
  • Remember to use the Sharpening StationSharpening Station(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo BoxAmmo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), War TableWar Table(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Slice of CakeSlice of Cake(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to have, with the first five being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpened(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ammo Box (buff)Ammo Box(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitched(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), StrategistStrategist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and Sugar RushSugar Rush(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), respectively.

Terrain Preparation

Even if you summon the Queen Bee by breaking a Larva, you do not need to stay in the hive to fight it - you can get out of the hive and fight it in the wide-open areas of the Underground Jungle if you'd prefer. However, most Hives offer an easy arena: a decent amount of space is already carved out, and the pool of Honey at the bottom provides a health-regenerating buff which stacks with other buffs.

If you're fighting the Queen Bee in the hive, be mindful of the honey and water in the hive. They can be useful (such as using honey for regeneration) or interfere with the fight, such as removing the On Fire! debuff from Queen Bee if using a weapon that inflicts it. As with most bosses, Wood Platforms are vital. Having them every 5 blocks is an optimal height but if your jump height is boosted in some way, you can increase the number of spaces between platforms which can save you materials.

A rope can be used to dodge Queen Bee charges if sufficient movement accessories aren't available.

Solid blocks can help to block the stingers.

Gearing Up

It's recommended to have at least 300 Health before you try to beat Queen Bee.


  • A full set of at least Gold HelmetGold armor or Platinum HelmetPlatinum armor should be acquired, but better armor is always an option. Other armor sets with set bonuses can be effective as well.
  • Fossil HelmetFossil armor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or Necro HelmetNecro armor are the only armor sets available for rangers, with Necro armor obtainable in the Dungeon.
  • Crimson HelmetCrimson armor is excellent due to the high defense values and increased damage. Shadow HelmetShadow armor is good too, providing boosts to movement and (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) critical chance / (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) melee speed.
  • The Wizard HatWizard set, with magic-boosting or defense-boosting leg armor, provides the most damage for magic users. If defense is preferred, Jungle HatJungle armor or Meteor HelmetMeteor armor can be used.
    • Meteor armor's set bonus can make Space Gun and Gray Zapinator much more effective against Queen Bee since it reduces Space Gun's and Gray Zapinator's mana usage to 0.
  • Obsidian Outlaw HatObsidian armor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is the best summoner armor set at this point in the game. The Flinx Fur CoatFlinx Fur Coat(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is a weaker alternative.
  • Molten HelmetMolten armor is the best pre-hardmode armor set for melee classes, although it requires a visit to the Underworld and a pickaxe that can mine Hellstone.


  • Swords can be surprisingly effective, doing the most damage when Queen Bee is releasing bees or when charging you.
  • Thorn ChakramThorn Chakram, TrimarangTrimarang(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or FlamarangFlamarang are good at killing Queen Bee, due to their long range.
  • Flails are good choices for when the Queen is firing Bees at you, as they will pierce through the bees and hit the Queen too. A Blue MoonBlue Moon, Ball O' HurtBall O' Hurt or The MeatballThe Meatball are good, and the SunfurySunfury is excellent. They can be difficult to aim during other portions.
  • For Yoyos, the AmazonAmazon(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and the Code 1Code 1(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) are good options. The ValorValor(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is slightly better than these, but it requires beating Skeletron and finding one in the dungeon. The CascadeCascade(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is better than the Valor and is possible to obtain before defeating Queen Bee, but is difficult to obtain.
  • Bow users should use a Demon BowDemon Bow Tendon BowTendon Bow or Molten FuryMolten Fury if they've got it.
  • Blood Rain BowBlood Rain Bow(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is an effective choice but requires a big arena to be used properly. It works best with Unholy ArrowUnholy Arrows or Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrows if obtained. Keep another weapon to get rid of the bees.
  • A MusketMusket or The UndertakerThe Undertaker are decent and the MinisharkMinishark can also be used. The BoomstickBoomstick is also a very powerful choice. Desktop version Desktop, Console version Console, and Mobile version Mobile users that have already beaten Skeletron can get the Quad-Barrel ShotgunQuad-Barrel Shotgun(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions). However, it is very inaccurate, so staying close to the boss is mandatory if using this.
    • Note that MinisharkMinishark is much less effective in Expert Mode, especially in the latter stages of the battle, unless paired with the Shark Tooth Necklace.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Meteor Shot can pierce through the bees or bounce once off the wall in an enclosed space, making them ideal for the fight.
    • Silver BulletSilver Bullets/ Tungsten BulletTungsten Bullets(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)are the preferred bullets to use with the guns mentioned above. Meteor ShotMeteor Shots can cause invincibility frames caused by piercing attacks, so aren't recommended for multi-bullet guns like the Boomstick.
  • If Deerclops is defeated, the Pew-matic HornPew-matic Horn(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is one of the strongest pre-Hardmode guns.
  • The Star CannonStar Cannon's infinite piercing and high DPS makes this the strongest ranged weapon, however, its ammo requires the user to take ammo conservation measures. Similarly, the SandgunSandgun does high damage but makes a huge mess.
  • Oddly, Heart Arrows(3DS version) perform their initial stopping ability, then permanently slow the queen, making them a great way to kill her, assuming the Valentine Event is happening.
  • The Space GunSpace Gun is a good weapon, especially when combined with Meteor armor. Its piercing effect will help with taking out the bees.
  • Gray ZapinatorGray Zapinator(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is also an excellent weapon, thanks to its high damage output, especially with Meteor armor.
    • Make sure that there are no larva within the vicinity of the arena, as to not accidentally break a larva, summoning another Queen Bee.
  • The Ruby StaffRuby Staff or Diamond StaffDiamond Staff are both decent choices due to their low mana cost and decent piercing damage.
  • Crimson worlds will benefit from having the Crimson RodCrimson Rod, as you can fire it once and then switch to another weapon, increasing damage output. The Weather PainWeather Pain(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) performs a similar function, and can home into the boss.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The Water BoltWater Bolt is a fantastic weapon if you're fighting inside of the Hive, due to how many times it can ricochet off walls. Additionally, it can be helpful for taking out bees due to how many times it can pierce.
  • The VilethornVilethorn is perfect for dealing with the bees she shoots at you.
    • This weapon should not be used on Expert and Master Mode, as her massive defense will significantly reduce damage taken.
  • Magic MissileMagic Missile and its upgrade, FlamelashFlamelash can be used to quickly and repeatedly strike her with great accuracy.
  • The Demon ScytheDemon Scythe is a very strong option, while more difficult to obtain. If the Queen Bee uses its charge attack, it can potentially take several hits from a single scythe projectile. It also helps kill the summoned Bees. However, The Underworld must be visited.
  • The Book of SkullsBook of Skulls is a decent option due to its homing and piercing capabilities.

On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, summoners have very few options to use against Queen Bee, as most summoning gear drops from her.

  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The earliest minion Summoning weapon is the Slime StaffSlime Staff. The slime staff is extremely rare, and this weapon is very weak.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) You could try to farm The Underworld for Hellstone to get the Imp StaffImp Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions), which is the only good choice on Expert Mode, as the Slime Staff does not have enough base damage.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, summoners have access to the Flinx Fur CoatFlinx Fur Coat(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), whips, and several summon weapons, not to mention even stronger equipment such as Obsidian Armor.

  • Summoners should use the Flinx StaffFlinx Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) or, preferably, the Vampire Frog StaffVampire Frog Staff(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), together with one of the early Whips. If the Brain of Cthulhu/Eater of Worlds has been defeated, the Imp StaffImp Staff(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) is also available.
  • The SnapthornSnapthorn(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) combined with the Spinal TapSpinal Tap(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) can deal tremendous amounts of damage, otherwise, the Snapthorn itself can be used.
  • The Houndius ShootiusHoundius Shootius(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is the strongest pre-Hardmode sentry. Alternatively, the sentries sold by the Tavernkeep are available if the Old One's Army event has been beaten at least once. These sentries can be used to kill the bees that she releases.


  • Anything that increases your vertical mobility is a godsend. The Cloud in a BottleCloud in a Bottle is good, but better choices would be the Blizzard in a BottleBlizzard in a Bottle or the Sandstorm in a BottleSandstorm in a Bottle. Having a Shiny Red BalloonShiny Red Balloon will also greatly help as it will increase your jump height, it will be better if The Shiny Red Balloon is combined with any of the Cloud in a Bottle type accessory. The Bundle of BalloonsBundle of Balloons would be a great addition. You can also use the Rocket BootsRocket Boots for flight, and the Spectre BootsSpectre Boots for flight and speed.
  • The Shark Tooth NecklaceShark Tooth Necklace(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is a very good increase to DPS, especially on Expert Mode.
  • The BezoarBezoar, while equipped, removes the Poisoned debuff; if you are short on accessory slots, equip it whenever you get poisoned.
  • If you are going for a melee approach, the Feral ClawsFeral Claws and Magma StoneMagma Stone enables autoswing and increases DPS respectively.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Feral Claws also enables autoswing for whips, making it a viable choice for summoners.
  • Anything that reduces damage is very helpful, including Expert Mode-exclusive Worm ScarfWorm Scarf(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), and defensive reforges on accessories.
  • The Shield of CthulhuShield of Cthulhu(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) 's dash is essential throughout the fight.


Specific Strategies

Magic Mirror Strategy

Queen Bee is one of the few bosses that does not despawn when the player teleports away. To take advantage of this, set up a Bed and create a spawn point near your arena. Use a Magic Conch or Teleporter to teleport away when injured, and then use a Magic Mirror to return to the arena after healing.

Statue Enemy Strategy

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, the Queen Bee will take damage from other enemies if at least one Bee is alive. This strategy requires a bit of setup, namely through acquiring wire, enemy-spawning statues, and at least one placeable Bee Hive. This strategy does not require the player to defeat Skeletron and unlock the Mechanic, as they can still find naturally-generated wired traps throughout the Underground Jungle that can be used.

This strategy requires building two long, horizontal hollowed-out rectangular boxes, one for placing the Bee Hive and the other for spawning enemies from statues. Unicorn, Medusa, and Chest Statues are ideal since they are Hardmode enemies that have high health and damage but cannot pass through blocks. The player must spawn as many enemies from statues as possible, and then break the Bee Hive to spawn Bees before summoning the Queen Bee, and then must themselves in between both boxes. As the Queen Bee charges into the player, she will end up taking large amounts of damage from the statue-spawned enemies. The player may need to invest in some defense or health upgrades to minimize the risks of taking excessive damage from the Queen Bee's horizontal charge attacks, but she will end up dying extremely quickly regardless, including in Expert Mode or Master Mode, which also boosts the statue-spawned enemies damage further.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, 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. There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is