A beehive containing honeycomb in Minecraft.

Bees and honeycombs are additions to Minecraft that fans immediately welcomed and loved. These added so much more to Minecraft’s core gameplay and enabled players to do so much more than they already did.

With honeycomb in Minecraft, players can craft other items such as beehives, candles, honeycomb blocks, and waxed coppers. However, farming honeycombs in the game can be tricky, even harmful, if you’re unaware of what you’re doing. That said, here are the proper steps you should take to get honeycomb in Minecraft.

Shear a Beehive or Beenest

First things first, if you want to get honeycomb in Minecraft, you’ll need a shear. Crafting a shear in the game is simple. You’ll need two iron ingots, which you’ll get by smelting iron ores in a furnace.

In the crafting grid, place one iron ingot in the middle grid and the other in the bottom left.

With that out of the way, the next step is to look for a beehive or a bee nest. You’ll easily find these when there are trees around. You’ll know you’re nearing one when you hear bees buzzing.

However, you can’t just shear any beehive or bee nest. They need to be at level 5 for them to drop honeycombs. A level 5 beehive will drop three honeycombs.

A beehive’s honey level increases whenever a bee returns to it after gathering pollen. You’ll know a hive or nest is ready for shearing when you see honey leaking from its surface.

Protection Against Bees

Before you start shearing beehives or bee nests, take note that after you do so, the bees inside them will leave their nest and start chasing you until you get stung.

To counteract this, place a campfire, or light any fire, no more than five blocks away from the beehive or bee nest. As long as you do this, the bees will not leave their nest when you shear it. If you’re playing in Bedrock Edition, be sure to extinguish the fire afterward.

To build a campfire, you’ll need 3 sticks, 3 wood blocks or logs, and 1 charcoal or coal. Arrange them in the crafting grid in the same pattern as the image below.

Farming Honeycomb in Minecraft

As long as the bees are kept safe after you hear a beehive or bee nest in the game, they’ll keep scrounging for pollen and the hive or nest will eventually return to level 5. This means you can return to them as soon as they’re ripe for shearing.

Better yet, you can use the honeycombs you collect to build your own beehive. You can then lure nearby bees to your hives and essentially have your own honeycomb farm.

To craft a beehive, you’ll need 6 planks and 3 honeycombs. Any type of plank will do. Then, in the crafting grid, place the planks in the top and bottom rows, then the honeycombs in the middle.

Bees will eventually find their way to any vacant beehive. However, you can also lure them by holding a flower. Bees will approach you when you hold one. Then, simply run to your beehive and bees will make it their home.

One beehive holds a maximum of three bees only. Be sure to craft as many beehives as you can if you want your honeycomb farm to supply more honeycombs.

Aside from beehives, the following are the items you can craft with honeycombs.

  • Candle
  • Honeycomb Block
  • Waxed Block of Copper
  • Waxed Exposed Copper
  • Waxed Weathered Copper
  • Waxed Oxidized Copper
  • Waxed Cut Copper
  • Waxed Exposed Cut Copper
  • Waxed Weathered Cut Copper
  • Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
  • Waxed Cut Copper Slab
  • Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Slab
  • Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Slab
  • Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
  • Waxed Cut Copper Stairs
  • Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Stairs
  • Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Stairs
  • Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs

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