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  • Beenade item spriteold Beenade item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Damage12 / 14 (Ranged)
Knockback1 (Extremely weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipExplodes into a swarm of bees
RarityRarity level: 0
Research99 required
Projectile created
  • Beenade
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 Bee10-3075%
Treasure Bag
(Queen Bee)
Treasure Bag (Queen Bee)Treasure Bag
(Queen Bee)

A beenade being used. Note the 4 groups of bees.

Beenades are consumable ranged weapons that can be dropped by the Queen Bee boss or crafted on the PC version PC version, Console version Console version, Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, Mobile version Mobile version, Old Chinese version Old Chinese version, tModLoader version tModLoader version, and tModLoader 1.3-Legacy version tModLoader 1.3-Legacy version using Grenades and Bee Wax. They act similarly to regular Grenades, but release 15–25 friendly bee projectiles upon exploding that home in on enemies. Each bee can attack or ricochet a total of 3 times and each bee hit inflicts the total Beenade damage.



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
BeenadeBeenade (Console versionOld-gen console versionMobile versionOld Chinese versiontModLoader versiontModLoader 1.3-Legacy version)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
total: 1 row(s)


  • Unlike some other bee-spawning items, the Hive Pack does not provide additional chances to spawn more bees for the Beenade.
  • Beenades that explode in water and lava will not spawn bees. Bees instantly despawn on contact with either. Bees do spawn in honey, though they move more slowly until they exit.
  • Bees spawned from Beenades act as entities, and therefore there can only be 400 in a world at any given time (likely fewer if there are other objects/coins floating around somewhere). Since each Beenade spawns 15–25 bees upon exploding, it would take 20 Beenades to completely exhaust the DPS output limit of bees, given that no other bee-spawning items are used, and given that there are no other entities in the world ((400-<number of loose entities>)/20=20).
  • Bees spawned from Beenades do not home in on players in PvP.


  • Beenades are perhaps best used in large, open spaces. Since tight spaces have a higher chance of having bees bouncing off surfaces, thereby reducing potential damage, the real damage is caused by the bee swarm.
  • Beenades are exceptionally effective against certain bosses. Against the Wall of Flesh, they swarm the Hungries, taking them out very quickly. It takes about 50–100 / 100–150 Beenades to kill the Wall of Flesh.
  • If there are a high number of loose entities in the world (objects/coins/blocks), be aware that spawning many bees can likely cause the oldest entities to despawn, causing the oldest objects to be lost forever. It may therefore be wise to collect all loose, valuable items before spamming bee-spawning items.
  • Equipping the Hive Pack will cause around half of the spawned bees to deal about 8% more damage and a small amount of knockback, in addition to flying noticeably faster.


  • Beenade is a portmanteau of bee and grenade.


  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PlayStation 4)
    • Can now be crafted.
    • Weapon type changed from Ranged to Throwing.