Queen Bee

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Queen Bee
Queen Bee.gifOld-gen console version and Nintendo 3DS version
Map Icon Queen Bee.png
Map Icon
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.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
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
Inflicts debuff
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
Projectile created
Projectile created
Projectile created
  • 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)
Map Icon Queen Bee.png“The matriarch of the jungle hives.”Map Icon Queen Bee.png

The Queen Bee is a pre-Hardmode boss. She is summoned by breaking the Larva inside Bee Hives in the Underground Jungle, or by using an Abeemination anywhere within the Jungle. Fighting the Queen Bee is not required for game progression, but defeating her rewards the player with useful items and weapons and allows the Witch Doctor NPC to move into an available vacant house upon defeating her for the first time.

While the Queen Bee is alive, the music Boss 5 will play. When Otherworldly music (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) is enabled, the track Boss 1 (Otherworldly) will play instead.


The Queen Bee has three distinct attack patterns:

  • The Queen Bee levels herself horizontally with the player before flying back and forth three times in an attempt to ram the player. Upon being summoned, she will always use this attack first.
  • The Queen Bee will spawn Bees while hovering (which will include larger ones in Expert Mode), which pursue and attack the player. During this time, the variables for how many bees she summons could be 6, 12, or 18.
  • The Queen Bee rapidly fires large yellow stingers at the player which visibly pulsate to indicate their location, similarly to Hornets. The stingers have a 1/3 (33.33%) / 100% chance of inflicting the Poisoned debuff for 10 / 2–20 / 2.5–25 seconds. The Queen Bee will alternate between hovering above the player and positioning herself to swoop in at the player from above during this attack.

In Expert Mode(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), the speed of these attacks increases as the Queen Bee's health lowers and her charges increase both in speed and number. At low enough health, the Queen Bee can perform up to six charges in a row before switching to a different attack. The Queen Bee's defense also increases up to a maximum of 28 depending on how much of her health has been depleted.[1] Additionally, she will inflict the Poisoned debuff upon direct contact with the player for 2–8 / 2.5–10 seconds.

(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) When fought outside of the Underground Jungle, the Queen Bee enrages, causing her movements to become more aggressive and firing stingers at a much faster rate. When fought on the Surface Jungle, the Queen Bee will still enter an enraged state with faster and more aggressive attacks. However, this enraged state is less aggressive than if the player were to fight her in any other surface biome, such as the Forest or Ocean.


  • Different from most other bosses, the Queen Bee does not despawn when far away from the player and will move towards the player instead.
    • This means if a player were to use a Magic Mirror or any of its variants, the Queen Bee will chase them back to their spawn point no matter the distance and depending on the spawn point location, she will most likely enrage and very likely kill the player.
    • In multiplayer, if all players currently fighting the Queen Bee die at the same time and any other players are alive at the time, the Queen Bee will pursue the other players even if they are hundreds or thousands of blocks away and will only swap aggro to a different player on the death of her current target.
      • The only way to properly despawn the boss outside of killing it is for all players in the world to die at once.
  • The Larva can be broken by any damaging weapon, similar to a Pot, so many actions such as the Orichalcum armor's set bonus or a Star Cloak can break the Larva, causing the Queen Bee to be unintentionally spawned.
    • This is especially common if there are remaining Larvae within the Jungle late into the game when it is possible to hit anything anywhere on the screen, even behind solid blocks. It is also possible early in the game if the player is using a whip, which can break things behind solid blocks.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, Bees spawned from Bee Hives, from mined Hive blocks, and from the Queen Bee herself will actively target other enemies and deal damage to them while also taking damage from them. When at least one Bee exists, the Queen Bee will also be able to damage and take damage from other enemies. The Queen Bee will only actively target players, however.
  • Bees do not drop Souls of Light, Souls of Night, Biome Keys(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), or Biome Key Molds(Old-gen console and 3DS versions).
  • In Multiplayer, the Queen Bee will despawn upon the death of players just like any other boss, and will not follow them all the way back to their spawn points.
  • Occasionally, a Bee Hive will be large enough to possess two or more Larvae, especially in Drunk world(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) secret seeds. If a player is using bouncing weapons such as the Water Bolt, they must be wary of the additional Larvae, lest they be targeted by more newly summoned Queen Bees.
  • The amount of bees the Queen Bee can summon is not infinite, as 173 bees are the maximum amount of bees that can be alive at once.


Achievement Sting Operation.png
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
Achievement Slayer of Worlds.png
Slayer of Worlds • “Defeat every boss in Terraria.”
Defeat every boss in the game. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Challenger Challenger


For more elaborate strategies on defeating Queen Bee, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Queen Bee strategies.
  • The Honey naturally found in Bee Hives can be used to craft Bottled Honey, provide passive health regeneration mid-fight, and help to negate the potency of being afflicted by Poisoned. However, standing in Honey will slow down the player significantly, so prolonged submersion is not recommended.
  • Equipping a Bezoar can help the player avoid taking large amounts of damage from being afflicted with Poisoned, especially in Expert and Master Mode due to its significantly extended duration, where it can reach upwards of 25 seconds.
  • The Bees do little damage, but can easily become an annoyance as they can push the player around. If the player does not have a Cobalt Shield or Obsidian Shield to avoid knockback, any grappling hook can be used to anchor the player to blocks.
  • The Queen Bee can be a viable source of money, dropping 5 GC upon death and additional profit from her drops, as well as being comparably simple to summon.
  • (Old-gen console version) The Queen Bee should be farmed by summoner class players to craft a set of Bee armor, which is the only pre-Hardmode summoner armor set.
    • (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) The Obsidian armor is a better choice for summoners looking to focus on whips.
  • If the Shield of Cthulhu's dash is timed well, the Queen Bee's ramming attack can be blocked.
  • For ranged players, any bow in combination with piercing arrows (such as Jester's Arrows) can be a good choice for quickly dispatching the summoned bees.


Queen Bee concept art.png
Early concept art of the Queen Bee.[2]
  • The Queen Bee has the largest number of drops of any pre-Hardmode boss in the game at 15. Furthermore, she has the second-most drops of any boss, surpassed only by Plantera (a boss that is also spawned in the Underground Jungle), who has 16.
  • Assuming that the player is 5′ 9″ (1.75 m) in terms of height, the Queen Bee would be about 7′ 10½″ (2.41 m) tall and wide.
  • If the player moves too far from the Queen Bee, she will charge until she reaches them.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Strangely, although being able to inflict the Poisoned debuff, the Queen Bee is not immune to it.
  • Although rare, it is possible to obtain the Yelets(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) from the Queen Bee if she is defeated after one of the mechanical bosses has been killed.
  • The concept art of the Queen Bee from prior to her introduction looks vastly different than the sprite that was implemented. It bears resemblance to a Hornet.
  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) The Queen Bee is the only boss that cannot be fought an infinite number of times per world, due to her summons being non-renewable. There is a limited number of both larvae to directly summon the boss and Hive blocks to craft the Abeemination.
  • The Queen Bee is one of seven bosses with exclusive boss music, the others being Deerclops, Queen Slime, Empress of Light, Plantera, Duke Fishron, and Moon Lord.
  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Queen Bee: "This highly aggressive monstrosity responds violently when her larva is disturbed; the honey-laden hives are her home turf."


  • Desktop 1.4.4: Now has her own summon, charge, and death sound effects.
  • Desktop 1.2.3: Fixed exploit where the Queen Bee could get stuck in tiles and not move.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, method 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
  2. The History of Terraria 1.2 (5 year Anniversary) by ChippyGaming September 30, 2018