How to get Honeycomb in Minecraft: Locations, items & how to harvest it

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Honeycomb in Minecraft can be used to craft many items of value such as candles, waxed copper and beehives. Here’s how to harvest it.

Bees were added to Minecraft in the Java 1.15 and Bedrock Edition 1.14 updates. Since then, the cute yet stingy creatures have helped to make gameplay for players much easier thanks to their many uses, one of which is honeycomb.

Similar to real life, their hives or nests yield a substance called honeycomb, and it is extremely useful in order to craft different items in Minecraft.

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If you’re wondering how to get honeycomb in Minecraft, our handy guide has got everything you need.


What items do you need to get Honeycomb in Minecraft?

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Iron Ingot can be crafted by melting raw iron.

Before you head out in search of beehives to collect honeycomb, ensure that you’ve got the following items in your inventory:

  • Campfire
  • A pair of shears

The shears are needed to harvest the honeycomb from a beehive, while the campfire is to ensure that you don’t aggravate the bees.

You can also bring some spare Iron Ingots are used to craft shears if you forgot some or they break. Now let’s take a look at some of the best locations to find beehives in the game.

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Where can you find beehives in Minecraft?

If you want to collect honeycomb, you’ll first need to head off to biomes with a lot of bees. These buzzing critters are attracted to biomes with lots of flora, so check out these biomes to locate beehives:

  • Plains
  • Flower Forests
  • Sunflower Plains

Once you’ve landed on these biomes, look around to find birch and oak trees; the beehives should be located on them. Their blocky nests can be easily distinguished and are often found with a couple of bees buzzing around them.

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Beehives of level 5 produce honeycombs.

Once you’ve located them you can harvest the honeycomb with the Shears when a hive has reached level 5. You’ll know the hive has reached the right level when you see honey dripping out of the holes.

However, if the hive isn’t dripping with honey you’ll also need to ensure that it’s daytime and not raining when you harvest, otherwise you’ll be out of luck. Bees won’t go out to gather more pollen unless it’s daytime and dry.

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How do you harvest honeycomb in Minecraft?

Before you take your shears to the beehive, though, make sure to take a moment to get set up.

You see, things can get really rough when you try to interfere with the bees’ lives, as they will become aggressive towards the player. This is where the campfire comes to the rescue.

If you set the campfire directly below the hive, its smoke will calm the bees and will prevent them from attacking you. At this point, you can safely use the shears to harvest the honeycomb by right-clicking on the beehive.

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Once you’ve harvested honeycomb, the honey level of the hive will again fall back to zero. Don’t worry, though, as it will continue to go up as long as the bees in the area are alive and their hive is intact.

What can you use honeycomb for?

As we mentioned earlier, honeycomb is used to craft several items in the game. Some of these items include:

  • Beehives
  • Candles
  • Honeycomb Block
  • Waxed Blocks of Copper
  • Waxed Copper stairs

While crafting beehives helps you to make a bee farm, candles either help you to illuminate dark places or can serve as decorative items. On the other hand, if you put wax on blocks of copper, you can prevent the oxidization of the metal (chemistry lessons flashback).

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So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know on how to get Honeycomb in Minecraft.

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