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== Finding Wild Bees ==
 
== Finding Wild Bees ==
  
Finding wild [[Bees|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 your sound all the way up and wander around until you find soybeans. Soybeans grow in similar environments that bees spawn in. You'll often hear the bees before you see the bees. At that point keep checking the trees in the area, because the wild hive can be inside or suspended from a log.  If you see mushrooms, then you are in a climate that is too damp for bees, so look elsewhere.
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Finding wild [[Bees|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) ==
 
== Capturing Wild Bees (Populating a skep) ==
  
Once you have found bees, you'll want to place an [[Cattails_(Reeds)|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 with you and plant them around the location where you place the empty skep) If you press B for block info, you will be able to see the size of the hive and number of flower in range, though 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 stuff while this is going on. Once populated, you can pick up the skep (right click) and carry it in an empty bag (portable container) slot, so make sure you have space available. When you pick the skep up it'll go into your empty bag slot and you can carry it back home. Don't break the skep (left click), as this will destroy the skep and you might be attacked by angry bees.  When you return home, you can place the populated skep. To select it, hold Ctrl and scrolling with your mouse wheel until you have the skep selected. Once selected, right click on the block where you want to place the populated skep. At this point, you'll want make sure 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. You will also want 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.
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Once the wild hive is located, place an [[Cattails_(Reeds)|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.
 
[[File:SkeptLayout.png|300px|link=main page|thumb|floatright|optimized tileable skep & flower arrangement]]
 
[[File:SkeptLayout.png|300px|link=main page|thumb|floatright|optimized tileable skep & flower arrangement]]
  
 
== Harvesting Skeps ==
 
== 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 you examine the populated skep at that time you'll see the skep has become "harvestable". At this point, when you break the skep (left click) it will drop honeycomb and you will also recover some of the cattails you 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 you. Even if you have decoys in place, when you break a skep, pick up the items and run inside while you wait for the angry swarm to disperse/despawn. Be sure to close the door behind you! Make sure you do not keep the skeps near animals you don't want hurt or killed, as angry bees will attack any nearby living thing.
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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 ==
 
== Honey & Wax ==
  
Once you have honeycomb, you can process it into honey and wax. First, place an empty fired bowl or bucket on the ground. Next, while holding the honeycomb, aim your 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 your 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.  
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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) and 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 you add a candle to the block, the light level increases. These candles never go out and look quite nice. Candles are also used to craft [[Crafting_Recipes#Light_Sources|lanterns]].
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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 [[Crafting_Recipes#Light_Sources|lanterns]].
  
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:57, 16 January 2020

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

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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
Guides
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