How to Get Honeycomb in Minecraft


GamingHow to Get Honeycomb in Minecraft

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to collect Honeycomb in Minecraft. Honeycomb is one of Minecraft’s newest items, added with the 1.15 Bee Update. It’s main use is for crafting new Hives, but can also be used as a decorative block.

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How to Get Honeycomb in Minecraft

To Collect Honeycomb in Minecraft, all you have to do is use shears on a Beehive or Bee Nests. Bee Nests spawn naturally in the game world, Bee Hives are the exact same thing, but you craft them instead. When you have found one, interact with a Beehive whilst holding Shears for it to drop 3 Honeycomb.

using shears on a beehive
Using Shears on a Beehive

You can only harvest Honeycomb from a Beehive when it is at Level 5. Every time a Bee pollinates, goes inside the Hive and works, it increases the Level by 1. You will know when it’s at Level 5 as the appearance of the Hive will change to show it’s flowing with Honey.

What is Honeycomb Used For in Minecraft?

This first, and most important use for Honeycomb is to craft new Beehives. For every 3 Honeycomb, you can craft additional Hives, allowing you to have more Bees, resulting in more Honey. The recipe for this is 3 Honeycomb across the middle row in a Crafting Table, then surrounded by Wooden Planks.

Crafting Recipe for a Hive using Honeycomb

This is the only way to get additional Hives without finding them. The other use for Honeycomb is to use 4 of them to create a Honeycomb block which is purely a decorative item. 

Stop Bees Getting Aggressive

When you attempt to harvest a Bee Hive in Minecraft, whether it be for Honey Bottles or Honeycomb, Bee’s will become aggressive. All Bee’s that belong to that Hive will immediately start attacking you.

Placing a Campfire under a Hive prevents aggression

The only way to stop this is by placing a Campfire underneath a Beehive. As long as there isn’t a 5 block high gap between the Campfire and Hive, Bee’s won’t attack you for harvesting their honey.

How to Make Shears in Minecraft

The only item you’ll need to collect Honeycomb in Minecraft is Shears. Luckily, they’re super cheap and easy to create, all you’ll need is 2 Iron Ingots. In a Crafting Table, place the two Iron Ingots together in a diagonal layout, and you’ll receive some Shears.

Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!