How to Get and Use Honeycomb in Minecraft (2023)

Beeware of the buzz!

Dylan Crosbie
Dylan Crosbie - Minecraft Expert
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Bees were added to Minecraft in the Java 1.15 / Bedrock 1.4 update. Since these flying bundles of pollen entered the game, their honey has been highly sought after. Players can use honeycomb to wax seal copper and craft candles. But how do you find bees in Minecraft and get honeycomb?

The easiest way to get honeycomb in Minecraft is to use sheers on a bee nest or hive full of honey. Doing so will drop 3 honeycombs which you can use in various bee-related crafting recipes. However, collecting the honeycomb will aggravate the bees if you don’t place a campfire nearby – turning them into flying hostile mobs.

To start, you’ll need to find a bee nest in the wild.

How to Get Honeycomb From a Bee Nest in Minecraft

Using sheers to get honeycomb sounds simple right? Just like sheering a sheep. However, doing so will cause the bees inside to become hostile – they aren’t so ready to say goodbye to their honey. But don’t fear; there’s a way around having to fight a swarm of bees.

But before you even think about fighting bees, you’ll need to find a bee nest. You’ll find them by exploring the following biomes:

  • Meadows (100% spawn chance)
  • Mangrove Swamps (5% spawn chance)
  • Plains (5% spawn chance)
  • Sunflower Plains (5% spawn chance)
  • Flower Forests (3% spawn chance)
  • Forests (0.2% spawn chance)
  • Birch Forests (0.2% spawn chance)

Next, you’ll need to wait for the nest to be full of honey before you collect the honeycomb. You’ll know that the nest is full when it starts dripping honey. At this point, you can use sheers to collect honeycomb or a glass bottle to collect honey.

It’s important to note that without a bee nest, you won’t be able to find honeycomb in survival Minecraft. Exploring your world and finding the above biomes is your best chance to find a bee nest. If you’re starting a new world, try these world seeds to find a bee nest quickly.

Luckily, once you have honeycomb, you can craft a beehive, allowing you to keep bees at home.

Alternatively, you can grow saplings hoping that a bee nest will spawn. To do so, plant a birch or oak sapling within two blocks from a flower. The tree then has a 5% chance of growing with a bee nest attached.

Bees collect pollen and return to their nest.
Bees collect pollen and return to their nest.

What’s the Difference Between a Bee Nest and a Beehive in Minecraft?

Simply put, a bee nest spawns in the wild, and a beehive is a crafted block. Once you’ve found a wild bee nest, you can use the honeycomb to craft a beehive. At the crafting bench, place three planks in the top row, three honeycombs in the middle and another row of planks at the bottom.

Having a beehive means you can keep bees at home without running to the nearest nest to collect honeycomb. Keeping bees at your base has a couple of benefits:

  • Your buzzing friends will pollinate your crops
  • They produce honey and honeycomb
  • Aesthetically, they’re nice to have in crop or flower fields

How to Harvest Honeycomb in Minecraft

Remember us mentioning how bees go hostile when trying to get honeycomb? Well, let’s address that. Bees have attack damage of 2 hearts on easy and normal and 3 hearts on difficult. Additionally, they have 10 health points. As a result, underestimating bees can be fatal in your early game.

To avoid running from a swarm of bees, you’ll need to calm the bees before harvesting honeycomb. Then, once the bees are docile, you can use your sheers to collect the honeycomb or a glass bottle to collect honey.

Step 1 – Craft Your Sheers

If you don’t already own a sheep farm or prefer killing sheep to obtain wool, you’ll need to craft a set of sheers. Luckily, it only takes two iron ingots and a crafting table.

Craft sheers using a crafting table and two iron ingots

Open the crafting table and follow the recipe below to craft your set of sheers. Sheers can also be used on wool, grass, flowers, and leaves. But most applicable, honeycomb.

Step 2 – Locate a Bee Nest or Hive

Next, by following the section above on how to find bee nests, go out adventuring and locate one. As mentioned, your best bet would be to find a meadow, as bee nests have a 100% chance of spawning there.

Step 3 – Place a Campfire Under the Hive

To make the bees docile, place a campfire under the nest. Like in real life, the smoke will cause the bees to become ‘sleepy’ and won’t attack you. To ensure the bees don’t get hurt by the flame, place the campfire one block into the ground and cover it with carpet.

Place a carpet over a campfire to protect nearby bees

Step 4 – Collect the Honeycomb With Your Sheers

Lastly, use your sheers to collect the honeycomb. A nest full of honey will provide you with three honeycombs.

Alternatively, you can use a glass bottle to collect honey from the nest. Honey is a consumable and replenishes 3 chunks of hunger.

Step 5 – Wait Before Harvesting Again

However, you’ll need to choose to collect honey or honeycomb from a full hive. Harvesting will cause the hive to empty, and you’ll have to wait for the bees to fill the hive again.

Use sheers to collect honeycomb
Use sheers to collect honeycomb

How Long Does it Take to Get Honeycomb in Minecraft?

Getting Honeycomb in Minecraft takes anywhere between 2 – 5 Minecraft days. But how does it work, and when do you know when it’s ready for harvest?

Each time a bee returns to the nest/hive covered in pollen, it will increase the honey by one level. So, 5 levels of honey are needed for the hive to be full. Bees return to the hive at night, and in the morning, they’ll fly out in search of more pollen.

Having more bees in your hive is how you get honeycomb quicker. Beehives and bee nests can house up to three bees at a time.

You’ll know the hive is full when the holes turn a yellow-orange colour. However, this depends on the shader pack you’re using. But generally, there’s a dripping animation that you can look for when the hive is full.

Minecraft Honeycomb Uses

There are various usages for honeycomb in Minecraft, from making candles and coating copper to changing a note block’s instrument. Here are the blocks you can craft using honeycomb:


As mentioned before, you can use honeycomb to craft beehives. Beehives can be used for both practical and aesthetic. Each hive can contain up to three bees and will show a dripping animation when full.

Make a beehive to keep bees at your base.
Make a beehive to keep bees at your base.


In the 1.17 update, Mojang introduced candles to Minecraft. These new light sources are lit using flint and steel and made from string and honeycomb. You can also add dye to the recipe to change the candle’s colour.

String and honeycombs make candles.
String and honeycombs make candles.

Honeycomb Blocks

Other than being used as a building block, honeycomb blocks cause the instrument to change when placed under a note block (Bedrock Edition Only).

Bees will fly towards honeycomb blocks and "munch" on them.
Bees will fly towards honeycomb blocks and “munch” on them.

Coating Copper Blocks

Lastly, honeycomb can be used to coat any copper block. Regardless of the oxidation phase of the copper, waxing the block will seal it – preventing it from oxidizing further.

Use honeycomb to make waxed blocks of copper.
Use honeycomb to make waxed blocks of copper.

Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve answered all your Minecraft honeycomb questions – from getting honeycomb to using it. While it’s not one of Minecraft’s most popular blocks, it has been used more and more since it was introduced.

Its popularity has grown from being used solely to make beehives to now making candles and sealing copper.

What are your thoughts on Minecraft’s honeycomb? Do you use it often, or is it something you’ve never sought? Let us know in the comments below.

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By Dylan Crosbie Minecraft Expert
Dylan is an avid Open World and Strategy game fan. His favorite content to cover include Minecraft and The Sims. His gaming interests along with his journalistic background, allows him to bring the best gaming content to your screens.
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