The Bee Queen is a Boss Monster exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in A New Reign. She has the appearance of a gigantic Bee with two large wings, a stinger, black and yellow stripes on her thorax and a beehive on her abdomen. The Bee Queen is spawned after a Gigantic Beehive is Hammered sufficiently. She will emerge from the hive, leaving a honey blotch behind. She immediately spawns Grumble Bees, and will auto-target any player that approaches.
If left alone long enough without being attacked, the Bee Queen will return to her patch and replant herself. The Gigantic Beehive can be immediately hammered again to respawn her.
She attacks by initially spawning 4-5 Grumble Bees at a time. Grumble Bees attack the player, with the Bee Queen in pursuit. In close range, the Bee Queen can stab the player with her stinger, dealing 60 damage. Since she is considered a bee, the damage she deals is reduced by a Beekeeper Hat.
The amount of Grumble Bees she spawns will increase as her health decreases, reaching up to 8 at a time in the second half of the fight. She will additionally start boosting her minions by screeching. Boosted Grumble Bees attack much faster and are challenging to kite in larger groups.
At 100% to 75% health (22500 to 16875 hp), she spawns a first batch of Grumble Bees. During this part of the fight, only 3 to 6 bees can be present at a time (unless the Bee Queen strays too far from her current bees). Between 75% to 50% health (16875 to 11250 hp), she will spawn another batch of bees, increasing the number of grumble bees to 6 to 9. From 50% to 25% health (11250 to 5625 hp), she will begin screeching. The screeches in this phase usually have a decent amount of time between them, appearing to be around 30 seconds. The number of minion bees still stays at 6-9. Below 25% health (5625 to 0 hp), she will screech almost constantly, with a time of around 5 seconds before each bout. She will attempt to melee the player with her stinger more frequently while screeching, and the number of minion bees stays at 6-9.
Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Bee Queen when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.
|250 (150 )|
|379 - 757|
|520 (312 )|
One of the most common, yet also VERY resource intensive tactics used to defeat the Bee Queen is to construct around 20-30 Rabbit Hutches. Construct them near the Gigantic Beehive so they will engage her when she wakes up. You will want to arm at least 15 with Beekeeper Hats to significantly reduce the damage they take. The Bunnymen will help take out the Grumble Bee minions allowing for you take focus your damage on the Bee Queen herself. If using this tactic, be sure to use only non-meat healing items such as Blue Caps. It is important that the healing items are not meat-based because if they are, the Bunnymen will be aggressive towards you.
Another tactic that is easier on resources is to build a large wall with a Wood Gate in the middle of it. Make sure to leave openings at both ends. Whenever the Bee Queen spawns Grumble Bees go through the gate to the other side of the wall and quickly close the gate before Grumble Bees can come through. Grumble Bees CAN fly over walls, but due to their pathfinding they prefer to go through an opening in the wall before choosing to fly over. Due to the openings at the ends of the walls, they will choose to take the long way around the wall instead of flying as long as you close the gate after passing. The longer the wall, the more time it will take for the Grumble Bees to get to you. Once the Grumble Bees eventually do get to you or the Bee Queen spawns more, simply go to the other side of the wall (making sure to close the gate behind you again).
If you or somebody in the server is playing as Wendy, you may not have to use the previous 2 tactics to fight the Bee Queen effectively and therefore save a lot of resources. This is because Abigail's area attack can deal with the Grumble Bees quite effectively. You may want to use the Nightshade Nostrum elixir (crafted exclusively by Wendy) on Abigail if you aren't fighting at night to allow Abigail to do significantly more damage. Try to keep Abigail alive throughout the fight so she can continue dealing with the Grumble Bees, while you can focus on the Queen Bee herself.
For each of these strategies be prepared with armor and food to mitigate the amount of damage the Bee Queen and Grumble Bees will do to you, as it is quite difficult to kite her and you will likely want to tank the damage instead. It is recommended to wear the Beekeeper Hat as it provides the same amount of defense as a Football Helmet while having more than triple the durability.
She leaves behind a trail of honey as she moves that slows down the player, making it potentially difficult to chase her. The honey will eventually disperse. Walking around it relieves the speed drop.
- The Bee Queen was introduced in the Cute Fuzzy Animals update.
- The Bee Queen is the second boss to have her own battle music, the first being Toadstool. Her first battle song later became Dragonfly's, a second song was later added just for her.
- Her screech attack will also scare Pigs.
- Bee Queen and her Grumble Bees appear to follow blooming Wormwood's flower trail.
|The Bee Queen's battle theme.|