Queen bee

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For a list of all arthropods, see list of arthropods.

queen bee yQueen bee.png
HP 25-52
HD 7
XP 304
Speed 10
AC 10
EV 10
Will 20
Attack1 20 (sting: poison)

Resistances None
Vulnerabilities Poison
Habitat Land
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Little
Type killer bee, queen bee
Flags Flying
No skeleton
A ruler of a swarm of bees, even larger and more dangerous than her many offspring.

Useful Info

Queen bees are the massive insect leaders of bee hive vaults. Slow and somewhat poisonous, their prefer to let their hordes of berserk killer bees and meliai handle you. They only appear in bee hive vaults, which mostly appear around Dungeon and Lair. If you see a lone queen bee, it's likely a shapeshifter.


Spell set I
Slot1 Berserk Other Natural flag

Tips & Tricks

  • While queen bees aren't very dangerous on their own, they are always found with a swarm of killer bees. Queen bees can berserk other bees nearby, making them much more dangerous. When encountering a bee hive, lure the killer bees away a few at a time and try not to wake up the queen. If she does start pursuing you, keep out of her line of sight as best you can until you've trimmed away her allies.
  • Like most insects, queen bees and killer bees are vulnerable to poison. Hitting them with Poisonous Vapours / Olgreb's Toxic Radiance and Ignite Poison a couple times will eradicate them, while Mephitic Cloud will turn them against each other.