Bee (The Legend of Zelda franchise)

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General information
Characteristics Stinger
Powers Swarm attack (Breath of the Wild)
Weaknesses Most appearances:
Sword, bodies of water
Breath of the Wild:
Remote Bombs
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
Other games Link's Awakening
Four Swords Adventures
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
A Link Between Worlds
Breath of the Wild

Bees (ハチ Bachi?) are a recurring type of enemy in The Legend of Zelda series. They first appear in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.


The Legend of Zelda series

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Bees are usually found in bushes. When Link destroys a bush, an angered bee will appear and attack him. Some lone trees found in Hyrule contain unseen beehives; when Link dashes into one of the trees with the Pegasus Boots or uses the Quake Medallion while near one of the trees, an entire swarm of bees appears. Bees can be defeated with the sword; but since bees are relatively hard to hit due to their size, Spin Attacks prove more effective.

Bees can be caught and stored in bottles by using the Bug-Catching Net. Once released from the bottle, a bee will attack enemies on Link's behalf; however, it will fly away after a while if Link does not catch it again in time. If Link sprinkles a bee with Magic Powder, it will turn into a fairy. A unique bee, known as the Good Bee, can attack enemies indefinitely and can be found in certain areas.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a group of Bees appears surrounding a Honeycomb in Ukuku Prairie. During the quest for the Magnifying Lens, Link encounters Tarin, who is attempting to knock down the Honeycomb. If Link gives Tarin the Stick, he will successfully knock down the Honeycomb; however, the threatened Bees will attack Tarin, causing him to run away, leaving Link free to pick up the Honeycomb. Tarin may be encountered back in his home in Mabe Village, having suffered several bee stings.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, when the Links approach specific trees, several Bees will emerge and attack the heroes. The bees cannot be hit by the sword and can be damaged only by Bombs.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Bees appear on Cannon Island and Dee Ess Island. Bees appear flying around on Cannon Island and will swarm around Link if he disturbs a Beehive. Bees will appear on Dee Ess Island only if Link digs in a hole that has a beehive in it.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Bees cannot be defeated and will chase Link if he hits the tree in which their hive is situated. They will stop chasing Link if he jumps into Water or walks inside a building. Their hive often holds Bee Larvae.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Bees can be randomly found through tress and grasses. Once found, they will attack Link. A sword or any other weapon can defeat the bees. They can be caught by a Bug-Catching Net and stored into a Bottle.

If the Golden Bee is caught or bought, Link can give the bee to the Bee Guy in Kakariko Village, who will reward him with the Bee Badge which will make all bees friendly towards its user and attack other foes nearby.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bees appear in various areas of Hyrule such as the Great Plateau, East Necluda, Fort Hateno, Hyrule Field, and Tabantha Frontier. They are attached to Beehives, which Link can collect to obtain Courser Bee Honey. Despite technically being enemies, bees themselves may also be used by Link as a weapon against Bokoblins as they will run when menaced by nearby bees due to their lack of protective clothing according to a loading screen tip.

However like past games, bees will swarm attack Link if he comes near them or attacks their hives making collecting their honey difficult. However Link can easily kill all bees by using a Remote Bomb which will kill the bees and knock down the hive allowing Link to collect it to obtain Courser Bee Honey (as Link uses their beehives as a container for Courser Bee Honey). Link is unable to collect bees in Breath of the Wild and they do not have an entry in the Hyrule Compendium though Courser Bee Honey does. Unlike most enemy wildlife, Link can actually can drive bees off by attacking them with any weapon such as Swords, Spears, Hammers, Boomerangs, Axes, or Arrows. Their beehives often appear suspended from trees though they can occasionally be found in caves or even on the ground. Spears are useful for knocking down both their hives and killing bees as they allow Link to attack while keeping his distance.

Honeyvore Bears are apparently the natural enemy of bees due to the Honeyvore Bears' love of Courser Bee Honey. In fact, Link can find a beehive on the ground inside a cave where two Honeyvore Bears often appear near. Interestingly the bees are still found within the hive. Honeyvore Bears occasionally drop Courser Bee Honey hives when killed as a rare drop.

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