Want to know how to harvest Minecraft honey? Perhaps you’ve already tried and have been stung. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, harvesting honey from protective bees in Minecraft is a delicate business. The sweet, sugary substance and its marvellous makers were added to Minecraft back in 2019, with more uses for their creations added since, so there are plenty of reasons to become a beekeeper with your very own Minecraft apiary.
Minecraft honey and its byproducts, such as honeycomb and honey blocks, provide a multitude of services in the sandbox game, including replenishing your health and hunger, crafting Minecraft candles, and reducing fall damage. You can even use honey as a decorative block, so whether you’re a builder or survivalist first, you might want to know how to harvest honey and craft these items – without upsetting any Minecraft bees.
How to harvest honey in Minecraft
Similar to a cauldron, a bee nest fills up in levels, up to a max of five, however, you can’t harvest the honey until the nest or hive is completely full, meaning five bees must enter and exit the hive. You’ll know the honey is ready to be harvested when you can see the liquid spilling from the hive, as you can see on the right hand side of the image above.
The other main thing to bear in mind when harvesting honey – be it a honey bottle or honeycomb – is that taking the efforts of their hard work will anger bees unless you calm them first. Therefore, you must place a campfire beneath a beehive or nest before breaking it, or trying to harvest it for resources.
We recommend placing the campfire in the ground with one or two air blocks between it and the hive, and then placing a carpet over it (moss carpet blends in well with grass) so the bees don’t hurt themselves.
With a campfire in place beneath the hive, using shears on a bee nest when it is at honey level five produces three honeycomb. For an automated farm, a powered dispenser with shears inside can be used to obtain the honeycomb, and won’t anger the bees.
Honeycomb is used in a variety of crafting recipes, and is also required for waxing Minecraft copper blocks, which protects the mineral from oxidation.
Combine a piece of honeycomb with a string to form a candle. You can then add a dye to the candle to change its colour, but this must be done after first producing the candle itself.
Place three honeycomb in the centre row of a 3×3 crafting grid, and fill the remaining spaces with any wooden planks to craft a beehive. A beehive is essentially the man-made alternative to a bee nest, working in the same way.
Placing four honeycomb together in a 2×2 pattern in a crafting grid will produce a Honeycomb block, which is mainly used as a decorative item since it looks pretty cool. Not sure what to make the floor of your Minecraft house from? Why not try a honeycomb block?
Minecraft honey bottle
Using an empty glass bottle on a hive or bee nest that is full of honey produces a honey bottle. You can use the honey bottle as a food item to restore six hunger, or to remove the poison status effect without removing any other status effects you might have applied. As with honeycomb, using a dispenser with glass bottles inside can produce honey bottles without angering the beehive’s residents.
Honey bottles can also be used in crafting, with one honey bottle producing three sugar – though it might be easier to just use sugar cane if you have some. The main crafting recipe for a honey bottle, though, is the honey block, which can only be obtained from combining four honey bottles in a crafting interface.
How to use Minecraft honey blocks
As mentioned above, Minecraft honey blocks can be crafted by using four honey bottles, and they have a wide range of uses.
- Reduce fall damage: Honey blocks significantly reduce fall damage (by 80%).
- Reduces speed: Sprinting across honey blocks will greatly reduce speed. This doesn’t just apply to you, but also to items skimming the side of a honey block wall.
- Sticks to other blocks: Honey blocks stick to all other blocks, even slime.
- Reduces jump height: You’ll still be able to grace the air, just not quite as high – you won’t be able to jump up a standard block. Put this to great use by creating traps.
- Transportation: Yes, that’s right, you can use honey blocks to create a working conveyor belt. If a honey block is pushed by a piston, you’ll stick to the block. This also applies to mobs. Redstone engineers can even use honey blocks to produce flying machines.
- Guiding mobs: Other Minecraft mobs aren’t a fan of walking on honey blocks, so they’ll avoid them if possible – this includes animals, monster mobs, and Minecraft village dwellers.
- Decorative block: Of course, as with all blocks in Minecraft, honey blocks can be purely decorative! Just consider the properties above when using it in your cool Minecraft builds, though.
That’s everything we know about honey blocks in Minecraft, which appear in both Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition. If you’re looking for the best Minecraft seeds to compliment your honey builds, experiment with your honey in some Minecraft mods, or show off to your beehive with a swanky set of Minecraft Netherite armour, we’ve got you covered.