Wild bee hive

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Wild bee hive
A Wild bee hive

This item cannot be crafted.


Wild bee hive

Skill and improvement


A structure, built into a tree, in which some honey bee species of the subgenus Apis live and raise their young.

A wild bee hive is a randomly spawned item that appears on the side of trees (birch, cedar, fir, linden, maple, pine, willow). They appear in the spring, and vanish at the end of the Wurm year, in autumn and winter.

When a player is in the vicinity of a hive, a message in the event window will indicate this.

You hear bees, maybe you are getting close to a hive.
The bees noise is getting louder, maybe you are getting closer to their hive.

There is also a message when the player leaves the vicinity.

The sounds of bees decreases as you move further away from the hive.
The sounds of bees disappears in the distance.


Wild hive on a branch

Wild bee hives are spawned in different locations each year.

  • They are found on the side of trees (except on fruit, chestnut, or walnut trees)

Wild bee hives will not spawn...

  • Next to structures
  • Close to existing hives


  • A wild bee hive produces honey and beeswax over time.
    • The amount produced is dependent on nearby flowers, fields, and trees.
      • Flowers are the best in helping the production increase.
    • If surrounding tiles don't produce enough nectar to feed the bees, nothing is produced.
      • Higher quality hives look at a larger area of tiles.
  • The quality of honey and bees wax is the same as the hive quality.


A wild bee hive is spawned containing one queen bee.

  • A second queen bee can appear in the hive once every Wurm month.
    • There must be a minimum amount of 1 kg of honey in the hive for a new queen to arrive.

A wild hive with two queen bees has a chance to migrate to a domestic hive.

The wild hive may have an attached descriptor to their name when you hover over it, which gives a clue to the status:

  • Dormant (domestic bee hive only) - this shows in the winter only. This means the hive has one queen, and will reactivate in the spring.
  • Empty - there is no queen in the hive.
  • Noisy - the hive has two queens.
  • Active - the hive has one queen, and is active.


Bees can migrate to a domestic bee hive if certain conditions are met. There are also some things a player can do to increase the chances.

If a wild hive has one queen bee, the domestic hive must be of a higher quality than the wild hive.

  • The higher the quality of the domestic hive, the higher the chance of migration.
  • The closer the domestic hive is to the wild hive, the higher the chance of migration.
    • The distance and quality of the domestic hive from the wild hive both combine to effect the odds that a migration will occur.
  • The migration will bring the queen and the swarm to the domestic hive.

If a wild hive has two queen bees, the hive quality will not affect the chances of migration.

  • A domestic bee hive will have a higher chance of migration the closer it is to the wild hive.
  • The migration will bring the second queen to the domestic hive.

If a wild hive's queen(s) have all migrated, the wild hive will be removed.

Opening a Hive

Wild hive's contents

When opening a hive, the bees will sting you, dealing poison damage, unless you have a lit bee smoker.

  • Note: When opening a hive with a lit bee smoker in the inventory, all produced honey and bees wax within the hive has a chance to be removed.
  • Bees will not sting anyone simply passing by.
  • Bees will sting players attempting to cut down the tree containing their wild hive (unless they carry a lit bee smoker in their inventory).
    • Note: the hive will be destroyed if their tree is cut down.

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