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  • Queen Bee Trophy.png "The matriarch of 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 3DS version
    Map Icon Queen Bee.png
    Map Icon
    Classic mode icon.png Classic
    Expert mode icon.png Expert
    Master mode icon.png Master
    Statistics
    Type
    Environment
    AI TypeQueen Bee AI
    Damage30/54/81 (melee)
    224466 (stinger)[1]
    Max Life3400/4760/6069
    Defense88-28 (depending on health)[1]
    KB Resist100%
    Immune toPoisonedConfused
    Inflicts debuff
    Inflicts debuff
    Inflicts debuff
    DebuffPoisonedPoisoned
    Debuff tooltipSlowly losing life
    Chance33.33%100%
    Duration10 seconds2-20 seconds2.5-25 seconds (stinger)
    2-8 seconds (melee)2.5-10 seconds (melee)
    Drops
    Coins51250

    Spawning Conditions[]

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

    It must be inside the jungle at the moment of spawning. It can be lured into a safer environment.

    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 4 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.
    4. It will gain defense and speed in expert mode

    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.

    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 stayed 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 CthulhuDesktop, 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.

    • Starting the battle just after the sun sets (7:30 PM) will provide the maximum amount of time to defeat nocturnal bosses. In Hardmode, the Moon CharmMoon Charm and/or Moon StoneMoon Stone and their upgrades are also useful at night.
    • 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 StatuesDesktop and Mobile versions will provide a significant defensive boost. Garden GnomeGarden GnomesDesktop and Mobile versions and (if underground) proper torch placementDesktop and Mobile versions will reduce damage taken and increase damage dealt due to the luck. Note Torch God's Favor helps with this. HoneyHoney pools can also be used for extra health regeneration.
    • Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions SunflowerSunflowers provide the Happy! buff to players within a 50-tile radius, which grants a +10% movement speed bonus and 17% reduction in enemy spawn rate.
    • Always carry around one stack of the highest-tier healing potion available (Lesser Healing PotionLesser, Healing PotionNormal, Greater Healing PotionGreater, or Super Healing PotionSuper Healing PotionsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions). Relying only on natural Health Regeneration is not a good idea.
    • It is suggested to build houses for the DryadDryad and the NurseNurse NPCs in your arena. The former casts the Dryad's BlessingDryad's BlessingDesktop, 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 3 Second Timertimers.
    • 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 StationDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo BoxAmmo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, Crystal BallCrystal Ball, Bewitching TableBewitching TableDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Slice of CakeSlice of CakeDesktop and Mobile versions before you go to explore or battle bosses/invasions. These will give boosts that are useful to take, with the first four being class-specific. They give SharpenedSharpenedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, Ammo Box (buff)Ammo BoxDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, ClairvoyanceClairvoyance, BewitchedBewitchedDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions, and Sugar RushSugar RushDesktop 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.

    As with most bosses, Wooden 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.

    Solid blocks can help to destroy the stingers.


    Gearing Up[]

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

    Armor[]

    • A full set of at least Gold Armor should be acquired, but better armor is always an option. Other armor sets with set bonuses can be effective as well.
    • If one is offensively minded they can use armors that boost the damage of their weapons, such as Necro armor for rangers and Jungle armor for mages.
    • Crimson armor is excellent due to the high defense values and increased damage. Shadow armor is good too and suits a melee playstyle.
    • The Wizard set, with magic-boosting or defense-boosting leg armor, provides the most damage for magic users.
    • Desktop versionThe Obsidian armor is the best summoner armor set at this point in the game
    • Molten armor is the best pre-hardmode armor you can obtain if the Eater of Worlds or the Brain of Cthulhu have already been defeated (You may skip Brain of Cthulhu spawning the boss and just killing the Creepers it spawns).

    Weapons[]

    For Melee users:

    • For swords, a solid choice would be the Blade of GrassBlade of Grass; However, Queen Bee is immune to the Poisoned debuff.
    • Thorn ChakramThorn Chakram 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 or The MeatballThe Meatball are good, and the SunfurySunfury is excellent.
    • For Yoyos, the AmazonAmazonDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions and the Code 1Code 1Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions are a good option. The ValorValorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions is slightly better than these, but it requires beating Skeletron and finding one in the dungeon. The CascadeCascadeDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions is better than the Valor and is possible to obtain before defeating Queen Bee, but it is pretty difficult.

    For Ranged users:

    • Bow users should use a Demon BowDemon BowTendon BowTendon Bow or Molten FuryMolten Fury if they've got it.
    • Blood Rain BowBlood Rain BowDesktop and Mobile versionsis an effective choice but requires a big arena to be used properly. It works best with Unholy arrows or Hellfire 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 and Mobile version Mobile users that have already beaten Skeletron can get the Quad-Barrel ShotgunQuad-Barrel ShotgunDesktop 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.
    • Silver BulletSilver Bullets/ Tungsten BulletTungsten BulletsDesktop and Mobile versionsare the preferred bullets to use with the guns mentioned above. Meteor ShotMeteor Shots work better with the former two, since they don't have problems with the invincibility frames caused by piercing attacks.
    • Console and Mobile versions A BlowpipeBlowpipe with Poison DartPoison Darts is a cheap secondary weapon to apply Poison for a little extra damage, while still providing a fair amount of damage from the darts themselves.
    • Oddly, Heart Arrows3DS version perform their initial stopping ability, then permanently slow the queen, making them a great way to kill her on, assuming the Valentine Event is happening.

    For Magic users:

    • 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 Space GunSpace Gun is an excellent weapon, especially when combined with Meteor armor. Its piercing effect will help with taking out the bees.
    • The Ruby StaffRuby Staff or Diamond StaffDiamond Staff are both decent choices due to their low mana cost and decent piercing damage.
    • 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 mode, as her massive defense will significantly reduce damage taken.
    • Magic MissileMagic Missile or 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.

    For Summoners: In the Console version Console version, Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and 3DS3DS version version, summoners can't make use of any of its tools to kill Queen Bee, as it lacks gear of doing so. Meanwhile, you can use the already mentioned tips for now, until you receive your first decent Summon gear (Queen Bee drops all the items you need to start to mess with this class).

    • Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version The earliest minion Summoning weapon is the Slime StaffSlime Staff. The slime staff is extremely rare, and this weapon is very weak.
    • Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version You could try to farm The Underworld for Hellstone to get the Imp StaffImp StaffDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions, which is also the only good choice on expert mode, as the Slime Staff does not have enough base damage.

    In the Desktop version Desktop version, summoners have access to the Flinx Fur CoatFlinx Fur CoatDesktop version, whips, and several summon weapons, not to mention even stronger equipment such as Obsidian Armor.

    Console Version For Throwing users:

    • GrenadeGrenades deal high amounts of damage, but you should be mindful of taking damage yourself. Combining this with gel will make Sticky GrenadeSticky GrenadesDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions which will be helpful for defeating the boss.
    • Molotov CocktailMolotov CocktailDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions are good choices which deal On Fire! to the Queen.
    • Poisoned KnifePoisoned Knives can poison the Queen, increasing your DPS.
    • Bone JavelinBone JavelinsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions stick to the queen and deal 3 damage every second. The more you throw into her, the higher the sticking damage becomes.
    • Spiky BallSpiky Balls are useful against the Queen Bee since she will take damage while dashing through the platforms.

    Accessories[]

    Potions[]

    1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.4.0.5 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 1.4.2.3.