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Bees provide important resources in Vintage story. Using simple methods, bees can be tended and their products harvested.


Finding Wild Bees

Finding wild bees can be difficult. Wild bees are a rare spawn in warm climates, but they don't spawn in climates that are too arid or too wet. The best way to find them is to turn the game sound all the way up and wander around until finding soybeans. Soybeans grow in similar environments that those where bees spawn. Bees are often heard before they are seen. At that point keep checking the trees in the area, because the wild hive can be inside or suspended from a log. If mushrooms, are nearby then the climate is too damp for bees, so look elsewhere.

Capturing Wild Bees (Populating a skep)

Once the wild hive is located, place an empty skep within seven blocks of the wild beehive. Also make sure there are five Flowers within seven blocks of the wild hive. (If there are no flowers near the wild hive, it's a good idea to bring some to plant around the empty skep) Press 'B' for block info to see the size of the hive and number of flowers in range, though know that it takes the bees some time to find the flowers. The hive must reach a large population before it will divide and populate the skep. This takes awhile, so it's best to go do other things while waiting. Once populated, pick up the skep (right mouse button) and carry it in an empty bag (portable container) slot, so make sure there is en empty container have space available. When the skep is picked up, it will be placed into the empty bag slot and can be carried home. Don't break the skep (left click), as this will destroy the skep and might spawn a swarm of be angry bees. upon returning home, place the populated skep in a prepared "apiary". To select the skep, hold Ctrl and scrolling with the mouse wheel until the skep is selected. Once selected, right click on a solid surface to place the populated skep. At this point, ensure there are lots of flowers close by. Bees search a range of seven blocks and need [5+3 X [number of other skeps within range] flowers] to reach a large population. It is a good idea to place other empty skeps by the populated skep. As the population of the original skep grows, the bees will divide to populate a nearby empty skep.

optimized tileable skep & flower arrangement

Harvesting Skeps

As the population grows, the entrance of the skep will turn from a dull yellow to a bright yellow as it fills with honeycomb. If a player examines the populated skep at that time the block information will show that the skep has become "harvestable". At this point, upon breaking the skep (left mouse button) will provide honeycomb and some of the cattails used to make the skep. There is also a chance that breaking the skep will spawn an angry bee swarm. One technique to avoid attacks from the angry swarm is to place straw dummies near the hives so the bees sting the decoys instead of players. Even if decoys are in place, when harvesting a skep, pick up the items and run inside to wait for the angry swarm to disperse/despawn. Be sure to close the door! Make sure the skeps are not placed near animal pens, as angry bees will attack any nearby living thing, even the animals players are currently domesticating.

Honey & Wax

Honeycomb can be processed into honey and wax. First, place an empty fired bowl or bucket on the ground. Next, while holding the honeycomb, aim the cursor at the empty bowl or bucket and right click to "squeeze" the honey from the comb. This action will fill the bowl or bucket with honey and the remaining wax will appear in the player's inventory. Each honeycomb yields 0.25 liters of honey and one wax. A bowl holds honey from one honeycomb portion, while a bucket holds honey from 40 honeycombs.

The honey, when eaten, restores 0.5 health points, and can also be used to make jam, added to meals like porridge, or to craft healing poultices. The wax (stacks to 32) can be used to seal food crocks for long term food preservation, and crafted into a candles by placing three wax in a column in the crafting grid. These candles can be placed on top of solid blocks and up to 9 candles can be placed on the same block. Each time a candle is added to the block, the light level increases. These candles never burn out and look quite nice. Candles are also used to craft lanterns.

Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content
Terrain blocks Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil Grid Blue clay.pngClay Grid Peat Brick.pngPeat Grid Rock granite.pngRock Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Grid Granite sand.pngSand
Construction Blocks Grid Cob.pngSoil Blocks Grid Blue clay bricks.pngCeramic Blocks Grid Oak plank.pngPlanks Grid Polished Granite.pngStone Blocks Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster Grid Glass.pngGlass
Functional Blocks Firepit lit.pngFirepit Grid Loot Vessel.pngLoot Vessels Grid Chest.pngContainers Grid Wooden bed.pngBed Grid Barrel.pngBarrel Grid Quern granite.pngQuern Forge.pngForge Grid Ore blasting bomb.pngOre blasting bomb
Decorative Blocks Grid Painting.pngPaintings
Metal Working Blocks and Items Grid Copper anvil.pngAnvil Bloomery.pngBloomery Grid Crucible burned.pngCrucible Ingot Mold Burned.pngMolds Forge.pngForge
Tools & Weapons Grid Copper axe.pngAxe Grid Bow.pngBow Grid Copper Chisel.pngChisel Grid Wooden club.pngClub Grid Copper hammer.pngHammer Grid Copper hoe.pngHoe Grid Copper knife.pngKnife Grid Copper pickaxe.pngPickaxe Grid Copper prospecting pick.pngProspecting Pick Grid Copper saw.pngSaw Grid Copper scythe.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Copper shovel.pngShovel Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Grid Copper sword.pngSword
Craftable Resources Grid Oak board.pngBoards Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Charcoal.pngCharcoal Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Grid Flax twine.pngLinen
Plants Grid Oak sapling.pngTrees Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerry Bushes link=Cooper%27s_Reed_(Cattail)Cooper's Reed (Cattail) Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlowers Flax.pngWild Foods Tallgrass-tall.pngGrass Tallfern.pngOther Plants
Mobs BeeMob.pngBees Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Pig.pngWild Pig Fox(Male).pngFox Hare.pngHare Hyena.pngHyena Wolf.pngWolf Normal Drifter.pngDrifter Locust.pngLocust
Grid Lore Scroll.pngStarter Guide Grid Lore Book.png Crafting Recipes Grid Ruins.pngRuins Grid Copper sword.pngCombat Heat Torch.pngLight sources Grid Charcoal.pngFuel Grid Copper hoe.pngFarming Grid Spelt bread.pngCooking Grid Empty skep.pngBeekeepingPig.pngAnimal Husbandry Grid Flint arrow head.pngKnapping Grid Blue clay.pngClay Forming Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Working Grid Copper Chunk.pngOre Deposits Grid Copper pickaxe.pngMining Grid Crucible burned.pngCasting Grid Copper anvil.pngSmithing