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Wilson Portrait
To bee or not to bee.

Wilson, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Willow Portrait
It's fat, but that stinger looks dangerous.

Willow, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wolfgang Portrait
Is fat and angry-looking.

Wolfgang, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wendy Portrait
I'd steer clear of that stinger.

Wendy, when examining a Bee (roaming)

WX-78 Portrait
A MINDLESS DRONE. I LIKE HIM.

WX-78, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wickerbottom Portrait
Apis mellifera. Quite large!

Wickerbottom, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Woodie Portrait
She's making the flowers grow.

Woodie, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Waxwell Portrait
They work so hard, the fools.

Maxwell, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wigfrid Portrait
Wee warriörs! I dön't knöw if I like them.

Wigfrid, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Webber Portrait
Always Be Pollinating.

Webber, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Walani Portrait
Well "bzz bzz" to you, too!

Walani, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Warly Portrait
Where there are bees, there is honey!

Warly, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Woodlegs Portrait
A honey-makin' devil.

Woodlegs, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Warbucks Portrait
They're rather busy!

Warbucks, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wilba Portrait
WHATFORE FOOLS THESE MORTAL BEES!

Wilba, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Winona Portrait
She's an incredible worker.

Winona, when examining a Bee (roaming)

Wilba Portrait
TWO BEES? NOPE, NOT TWO BEES

Wilba, when examining a Bee (item)

Bees are neutral Mobs that spawn from Beehives and Bee Boxes. While their aggressive variant - the Killer Bee - is charged with the protection of the nest, the primary function of these normally docile creatures is Honey production. If provoked however, they do join fights to defend the hive.

When killed, they drop either 1 Honey or Stinger and increase the player's naughtiness by 1 point. 

Killer Bee

Wilson Portrait
Oh no! It's a killer bee!

Wilson, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Willow Portrait
I like the cut of that bee's jib.

Willow, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wolfgang Portrait
Angry bee!

Wolfgang, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wendy Portrait
A bee without conscience.

Wendy, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

WX-78 Portrait
IT HAS A STINGER AND A BAD ATTITUDE

WX-78, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wickerbottom Portrait
It is especially venomous.

Wickerbottom, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Woodie Portrait
That bee doesn't seem as friendly.

Woodie, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Waxwell Portrait
What is that bee so angry about?

Maxwell, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wigfrid Portrait
A challenger!

Wigfrid, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Webber Portrait
Uh oh, run!

Webber, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Walani Portrait
It's badly BEEhaved.

Walani, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Warly Portrait
Almost not worth the honey!

Warly, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Woodlegs Portrait
Ye don't be lookin' very friendly.

Woodlegs, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Warbucks Portrait
Rather pokey insects.

Warbucks, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wilba Portrait
TO KILL BEE OR NOT TO KILL BEE?

Wilba, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Winona Portrait
Stay back, bug!

Winona, when examining a Killer Bee (roaming)

Wilba Portrait
CAN'ST MAKETH WILBA NUM NUMS

Wilba, when examining a Killer Bee (item)

Killer Bees are an aggressive variant of Bees that are immediately hostile towards the player or any other mob except flying Birds, Mosquito, Poison Mosquito and Butterfly. Their only function is protecting the hive. They spawn from regular Beehives, Killer Bee Hives, and Bee Boxes.

As with normal Bees, when killed, they drop either 1 Honey or Stinger and increase the player's naughtiness by 1 point. 

Brain Behavior

Bees are usually seen traveling between their nest and nearby Flowers during the day. They leave their nest in the morning one at a time at regular intervals and all return home at dusk or when they have collected pollen from 6 different sources. When they reach a Flower, they will usually land on it for a short time before moving on again. The closer the Flowers are to the nest, the faster the Bees will produce Honey; however, gathering rate only affects Honey contained in Bee Boxes, the amount is fixed at 3 in Beehives. If there are no Flowers nearby or if all Flowers are occupied, Bees will sometimes simply land on the ground and wait. Although they can fly over Walls when neutral, Bees cannot cross the Ocean.

When their link to a Beehive is severed (either through catch-and-release or by destroying the hive) a Bee will gain the ability to spawn a new Flower after pollinating a minimum of 6 different Flowers. They can't be forced to spawn Flowers like captive Butterflies, but will do so every once in a while on their own. Evil Flowers can also be spread in this manner if a Bee pollinates 6 of them. Hiveless Bees will pollinate Flowers through dusk since they have no hive to go home to during that time.

Icon Fight Combat

Both types of Bees attack in response to a "cry for help" from a member of their own hive; this occurs when a Killer Bee or worker Bee is attacked or caught with a Bug Net. Bees already outside engage from about a screen afar while those still inside all leave the hive immediately and attack regardless of distance (though they give up the chase after 8 seconds if they can't reach their target). Bees belonging to different hives do not cooperate with each other at all. However, hiveless Bees do assist any hive as if they belonged to it and vice versa; any hive will aid a hiveless Bee for up to 10 members combined.

Bee

  • Unlike Killer Bees, proximity to other creatures does not trigger aggression.
  • They ignore all attacks against their home. Regular Beehives will respond to threats with Killer Bees, the player can not attack Bee Boxes, and there are no workers in Killer Bee Hives. Fire is a special case that doesn't drive the hive to attack even if the player directly hits their home with a Fire Dart for example. Instead, Beehives and Bee Boxes eject all those inside as worker Bees while Killer Bee Hives spawn Killer Bees.
  • When harvesting Honey from a Bee Box, Bees still inside emerge as workers and attack while those already outside ignore the intruder and continue their normal behavior unless the player fights back. This means that it's perfectly safe to harvest a Bee Box if all the Bees are outside.

Killer Bee

Killer Bees are hostile towards almost all creatures except flying Birds, Mosquito, Poison Mosquito and Butterfly. Normally, they remain inside their hive if there is no threat to fight. The following scenarios describe their combat behavior:

  • Killer Bees will attack anything that wanders too close to them. Other Bees will not assist, unless their target fights back. The distance at which they are provoked is about a quarter of a screen's length.
  • Killer Bees will attack anything that damages a Beehive or a Killer Bee Hive. All Bees, inside the hive, emerge as Killer Bees and attack, but any Killer Bees that were not in the hive will ignore the threat unless the target fights back.

Spear Hunting

Bees can be found anywhere near a Beehive (which are marked on the map). The easiest way to deal with them is to use the Bug Net. When caught, the Bee will turn into an item in the player's inventory, which stacks up to 20. Captured Bees can be used to build Bee Boxes and Bee Mines, or Murdered by right-clicking them in inventory to produce a Honey or Stinger. Killer Bees cannot be used for crafting.

Beekeeper Hat may be worn to decrease the damage taken from either type of Bee. When hit, Bees will become "stun-locked" and spin around for a moment before recovering. Movement is essential when engaging Bees with melee weapons as hive swarms will follow the player for a reasonable distance before giving up.

Abigail's AoE attack is extremely efficient at taking out Beehives, especially during dusk or night, since her attack stun-locks bees in her vicinity before eventually killing them. Bees killed by Abigail will not increase the player's naughtiness level.

Killer Bee

Killer Bees can also be caught with a Bug Net, becoming an item in the inventory (stacks to 20). Each Killer Bee can be Murdered for one (1) Stinger or one (1) Honey, but they cannot be used to build Bee Boxes or Bee Mines. If they are released, they will attack any nearby Mobs.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill Bees and Killer Bees when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing RodBug Net Lucy the Axe Shovel Pitchfork Hammer Torch Umbrella Walking Cane Willow's Lighter Axe Pickaxe Luxury Axe Opulent Pickaxe Boomerang PickSlashAxe Spear Bat Bat Ham Bat Morning Star Tentacle Spike Thulecite Club Dark Sword Slurtle SlimeBattle Spear Blow Dart Gunpowder Old Bell
No. of hits for
BeeKiller Bee
24 8 6 4 3 2-4 2-3 2 1

Bees and Killer Bees take one blast from the Ice Staff to be frozen and one Sleep Dart to be put to sleep.

Gift Icon Downloadable Content

In Reign of Giants (RoG) and Shipwrecked (SW) DLCs, all worker Bees will appear red (like Killer Bees) and become hostile during Spring (RoG) and Monsoon Season (SW), though not as hostile as Killer Bees. These red Bees can still be caught for use in crafting recipes. Bees and Killer Bees inside the player's inventory will starve in 2 days unless fed. They can be fed with anything edible for the player, including Mandrakes, Deerclops Eyeballs, Rot, etc.

In RoG, Bees also have a chance to spawn when harvesting Tumbleweeds. Additionally, Bee Boxes spawn Bees or Killer Bees when in Caves or Ruins, making mass production of Honey possible underground.

Icon Tools Usage

Inventory slot backgroundBee

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Inventory slot background HoneycombInventory slot backgroundBoardsInventory slot backgroundBoardsScience MachineInventory slot backgroundBee Box
Inventory slot backgroundBee

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Inventory slot background BoardsInventory slot backgroundFlintScience MachineInventory slot backgroundBee Mine

Prototype Tips

  • Bee Boxes and Bee Mines require normal Bees to craft. Killer Bees cannot be used in crafting.
  • In combat, Killer Bees are actually weaker than normal Bees, as they have a lower attack speed.
  • Releasing large amounts of Killer Bees can be effective against Hounds or single targets.
    • Kiting a swarm of Killer Bees to a group of Pengulls can also be effective. Most likely, the Pengulls will kill the Bees. The Pengull Eggs can also be collected during the distraction.
  • Bees will still land on Flowers even if the Flowers are on fire.
  • Despite Wickerbottom's examination quote, Killer Bees do not cause Poisoning in Shipwrecked DLC.
  • A large group of Bees or Killer Bees can easily be eliminated using a Lureplant. Leading a number Bees to an active Lureplant will have them eaten by the plant in seconds. However, players should keep in mind that killing the Lureplant before it digests the Bees will unleash living Bees, therefore this method does not allow acquiring Bee drops.

Placeholder Trivia

  • In the game files, the Killer Bee Hive is called a Wasp Nest, possibly suggesting Killer Bees were originally meant to be wasps.
  • The Bees in Don't Starve can sting many times in-game, but in real-life, Bees (specifically Honey Bees) will die after stinging, as their stingers will be stuck in the skin along with their digestive tract and muscles. This may be due to their larger size or they may be quite similar to Bumble Bees, which don't die after they sting.
  • Wickerbottom refers to normal Bees as Apis mellifera, or the Western/Euoropean Honeybee, and comments that they are rather large.
    • While the scientific name of Killer Bees is not specifically mentioned, the existence of the "Apidae Maxwellius Red" Silk Loungewear skin suggests that Apidae Maxwellius is the proper name for them. Apidae is the family for bees, and Maxwellius most likely refers to Maxwell's role in their creation.
  • When WX-78 examines a Bee, they will refer to it as a "drone" and as a male. This is incorrect, as real Honey Bee drones don't have stingers and don't collect pollen or participate in making honey. Instead, their role is to mate with the Queen Bee. Real worker bees are female and have the stingers. Woodie gets this fact right as he says "She's making the flowers grow".
  • A real killer bee is a hybrid of the African honey bee and the European honey bee. It is an invasive species in North America.

Mosquito Bugs

  • Both Bees and Killer Bees can still be "caught" after they've been killed, if a Bug Net is used while close to the Bee's corpse, though it will disappear from the inventory soon after (unless there is at least one (1) Bee or Killer Bee in the inventory before capturing the corpse).
  • A Bee or Bees sometimes get stuck in one spot during dusk and night, when they are supposed to hide in their Hives or Bee Boxes. This can sometimes occur when a wall is in the Bee's way (even when there's an opening somewhere).

Blueprint Gallery

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (RedBlue) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (Crocodog (BlueYellow) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon) (Ancient SpiritGiant GrubGnat SwarmHanging VineIron HulkMantMasked PigPoison DartfrogScorpionSnaptoothSpider MonkeyVampire BatViperWeevole Hamlet icon) (Clay HoundClay VargEwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don't Starve Together icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon) (BFBQueen WomantPugalisk Hamlet icon) (Bee QueenKlausReanimated SkeletonToadstool Don't Starve Together icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CormorantCrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon) (Dung BeetleKingfisherPangoldenPeagawkRo BinThunderbird Hamlet icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed DeerWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon)
Traders Pig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon) (BankerBeauticianCollectorEruditeFarmerFloristHatmakerHunterMinerMayor TrufflestonPig QueenProfessorShopkeepUsherWorker Hamlet icon) (Antlion Don't Starve Together icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwell
(Maxameleon Hamlet icon) (Bernie Don't Starve Together icon)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorInfernal SwineclopsMagma GolemPit PigRhinocebroScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder
Items and Structures dropped by Mobs
Edible Items Batilisk WingButterButterfly WingsDeerclops EyeballDrumstickFrog LegsGuardian's HornGlow BerryHoneyLight BulbMandrakeMeatMonster MeatMorsel
(Electric MilkGlommer's Goop Reign of Giants icon) (BananaBlubberCoconutDead DogfishDead JellyfishDead Rainbow JellyfishDead SwordfishDead WobsterDragoon HeartEye of the Tiger SharkFish MorselRaw FishTropical FishShark Fin Shipwrecked icon) (Flytrap StalkNectarPoison Dartfrog Legs Hamlet icon) (Leafy MeatPhlegmRoyal Jelly Don't Starve Together icon)
Crafting Resources AshesAzure FeatherBeard HairBeefalo HornBeefalo WoolBlue GemBunny PuffCharcoalCrimson FeatherFlintGearsHound's ToothJet FeatherLiving LogMosquito SackNightmare FuelPig SkinPurple GemRed GemRocksSilkSlurtle SlimeSlurper PeltSpider GlandStingerTentacle SpotsThulecite FragmentsWalrus Tusk
(Cat TailDown FeatherGlommer's WingsScalesThick FurVolt Goat Horn Reign of Giants icon) (Dorsal FinDoydoy FeatherDubloonsEmpty BottleHornMagic SealObsidianQuacken BeakShark GillsSnakeskinTurbine BladesVenom Gland Shipwrecked icon) (ChitinHippopotamoose AntlerIron OrePeagawk PlumePlatapine QuillPig Skin?Thunder FeatherWeevole Carapace Hamlet icon) (Cut GrassDesert StoneFur TuftSaffron FeatherShroom SkinSteel Wool Don't Starve Together icon)
Loot Blow DartFleshy BulbKrampus SackOrnate ChestSpider EggsShelmetSnurtle Shell ArmorSpiderhatTam o' ShanterTentacle Spike
(Webber's Skull Reign of Giants icon) (Booty BagChest of the DepthsEyeshotHarpoonIron KeySnake OilTarnished CrownYellow Mosquito Sack Shipwrecked icon) (Bandit Stash MapHalberdRoyal CrownSnake BoneSwashy HatTorch Hamlet icon) (Bee Queen CrownBlueprintBone HelmBone ArmorChilled LavaeDeer AntlerFossil FragmentsLavae EggRoseShadow AtriumShadow ThuribleSketchStag Antler Don't Starve Together icon)
Indirect BeeBeefalo WoolButterflyCrowFirefliesGuanoManureRedbirdSeedsSnowbirdRabbitMosquito
(Glommer's GoopMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (Bile-Covered SlopBioluminescenceCormorantCrabbitJellyfishParrotParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishRoeSeagullToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon) (Gold NuggetKingfisherOrange PikoPigeonPiko Hamlet icon) (CanaryCut Grass Don't Starve Together icon)

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    • you could turn off the killer bees and just keep the rgular bees, you can still get stingers from them
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