How to Tame Bees in Minecraft

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Bees are a new mob added in Minecraft 1.15. When they have a Beehive to work at, they’ll produce Honey which has many uses. Although when you try to harvest Honey, they will become aggressive and attack you.

Even if you tame a Bee and it lives in your Hive, it will always attack, as they have no loyalty to the player. Bees work in a similar way to passive Minecraft mobs, in which they will never actually like you and willingly follow or attack for you.

Below, we’ve put together a quick guide for Taming Bees and making them follow you in Minecraft. For more Guides & Best-of content, make sure to check out our dedicated area here!

How to Tame Bees

Taming a Bee in Minecraft will make them follow you, in a similar way to Cows, Sheep and Chickens. To tame a Bee, hold any type of flower on your hot-bar, this will cause any Bees in the surrounding area to start following you passively. Just make sure you keep hold of the flower, otherwise they’ll lose interest.

Taming Bees using a lead

Alternatively, you can use a Lead to tie Bees up and force them to follow you back to base. You can tie up multiple Bees at once. You can find Leads in chests mostly, with them having around a 25% chance of spawning in Woodland Mansion chests. Otherwise, they can be crafted using 4 String and a Slimeball.

How to House Tamed Bees

After you have brought Bees back to your base, they will need a Hive to work at. If you don’t have a Hive ready, then you are best locking the Bees in a room, or keeping them tied up to a fence to stop them flying away.

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Crafting Recipe for a Hive using Honeycomb

You can craft a Beehive using 3 Honeycomb and 6 Wooden Planks in Minecraft. If you don’t have Honeycomb already, you can harvest it from an existing Hive that naturally spawns using Shears. Using Shears on a Hive will cause it to drop 3 Honeycomb. However a Hive must be at Level 5, and full of Honey to harvest it.

Once the Bees find a Hive to work at, they will automatically choose to live there and start producing Honey. Just make sure they don’t attack you when you harvest them.

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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!