Giant Bee

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Giant Bee
Dossier Bee.png
Dossier Bee.png
These values may differ with what you see in-game or written elsewhere. But that is what the dossier says.
Common Name
Giant Bee
Apis lithohermaea
Time Period
Middle Miocene
Logo Steam.png 257.0
May 5, 2017
Logo Xbox One.svg 754.0
May 17, 2017
Logo PS4.svg 507.0
May 17, 2017
Spawn Command
admincheat summon Bee_Queen_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Bee/Bee_Queen_Character_BP.Bee_Queen_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
Variant Drone Bee
admincheat summon Bee_Character_BP_C
admincheat SpawnDino "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Dinos/Bee/Bee_Character_BP.Bee_Character_BP'" 500 0 0 35
XP For Kill
2 XP
Feces Size

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You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
 Very Common
 Very Rare

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them

This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them
This creature is missing habitat information.
You can help by finding its map locations in-game and updating them

The Giant Bee (jai-ahnt-bee) is one of the Creatures in ARK: Survival Evolved.

Basic Info[edit | edit source]

Dossier[edit | edit source]

This dossier section is intended to be an exact copy of what the survivor Helena, the author of the dossiers has written. There may be some discrepancies between this text and the in-game creatures.


In the wild, Apis Lithohermaea Drones never stray far from their nests, which they build high in the Island’s Redwood trees or on rocky cliffsides. Apis Drones can be seen swarming around the nest in groups, but to get a look at the Queen Apis, one would need to crack open the nest itself. Speaking from experience, this is not a pleasant task, as the untameable Apis Drones are quite territorial. I probably should have seen that one coming, in hindsight. Take caution: Apis stings will significantly weaken any creature which suffers them, and because its stinger is not barbed, Apis can sting multiple times without its stinger being ripped away.


A tamed Apis Queen will lay new drone eggs, and construct a nest that survivors can farm for honey, so long as they remember to wear specialized bee-keeping gear. Said honey is not only sweet and delicious, but laced with scents that land mammals find irresistible. Many hunters use it to bait their traps. Apis Drones will also follow their Queen into battle, so they can be used for self-defense in a pinch.

~ Helena

Behavior[edit | edit source]

General: The entity that is the Giant Bee consist of the Queen Bee and the drone (called Giant Bee in game).

Queen: The Queen Bee is the center of the Giant Bee entity. She is the larger of the two that players will encounter. When she spawns into the world, she automatically becomes a hive. Note that the Queen may despawn shortly after spawning in and turning into a hive, even when she is spawned in by a player. Wild Queens will spawn drones to protect her while she flees from the recently destroyed hive, and will keep spawning then after tamed. Once tamed, she can be interacted with like other pets but she does not gain XP and cannot level up past the post tame additional levels. (+2 max on private game) She tends to spawn at level 5. She has an inventory that can have items placed in it, and a food bar but it does not drain very fast. From tests, she can eat both raw meat and Rare Flowers, but seems to require hand feeding. The Queen will continuously spawn drone that seem to not count towards the player's tame count, as they do not show up as red in the kill feed if killed by the owning player or fellow tribe members.

Drones: Drones are smaller of the two Giant Bees. They will spawn from inside a wild hive and will swarm any attackers. Once the Queen is tamed, they can be interacted with with the exception of having an inventory or a progression system. They can and will protect the player if their aggression is not set to Passive. They can also follow the player, but only a certain distance before returning to the Queen. Giant Bee drones can be uploaded to a beacon or Obelisks, and can be redownloaded. If they are downloaded, they will be severed from the Queen and can be used as guard dogs. However, like a Forcetamed Titanoboa, they cannot be fed, leveled up, and will despawn when the player reloads the same world. Drones cannot be acquired from a tamed hive, and are only produced by a tamed Queen. She will only produce a certain amount, and the Drones seem to have life spans. Sometimes they will live for 30 minutes or so and sometimes they will die en masse within a few seconds of spawning.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Color Scheme and Regions

Displayed are the Queen Bee's natural colors. The drone bees it spawns have different colorization.


This section displays the Giant Bee's natural colors and regions. For demonstration, the regions below are colored red over an albino Giant Bee. The colored squares shown underneath each region's description are the colors that the Giant Bee will randomly spawn with to provide an overall range of its natural color scheme. Hover your cursor over a color to display its name and ID.

Server admins can use this region information in the Console Command "cheat SetTargetDinoColor <ColorRegion> <ColorID>".
For example, "cheat SetTargetDinoColor 0 6" would color the Giant Bee's "head, stripes, and setae (hair)" magenta.

Giant Bee PaintRegion0.jpg
Region 0:
Head, Stripes, and Setae (Hair)
X mark.svg

Region 1 is not used
for this Creature.

Giant Bee PaintRegion2.jpg
Region 2:
Leg Highlights
X mark.svg

Region 3 is not used
for this Creature.

X mark.svg

Region 4 is not used
for this Creature.

Giant Bee PaintRegion5.jpg
Region 5:
Legs, Stripes, Antennae, and Mandible

Drops[edit | edit source]

Base Stats and Growth[edit | edit source]

Giant Bee

Note that creatures will have different stats in Survival of the Fittest

Basic Stats
Attribute Amount at Level 1 Increase per point Taming Bonus
Wild Domesticated1 Add Mult
Health.png Health 80 +16 +5.4% 0.07
Stamina.png Stamina 200 +20 +10%
Oxygen.png Oxygen 150 +15 +10%
Food.png Food 450 +45 +10%
Weight.png Weight 150 +3 +4%
Melee Damage.png Melee Damage 82 +0.4 +1.7% 7% 17.6%
Movement Speed.png Movement Speed 100% N/A3 +2.5%
Torpor.png Torpor 400 +24 N/A4 0.5

1Percentages are based on the value of the stat the moment the creature was tamed (after taming effectiveness)
2The absolute Base Damage is shown here instead of the percentage.
3Wild creatures do not level up movement speed
4Torpor increases every level on wild creatures, but can not be increased once they are tamed.

Movement Speed
Movement Type Base Speed Sprinting Stamina Used
Wild Domesticated
Walking 67 67 100.5 5
Swimming 200 N/A N/A N/A
Flying 300 300 450  ?

Attack Values
Bite (Drone Bee) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The bee drones (not the Queen) bite the target.
0 65 0 100
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 8
Sting (Drone Bee) Stamina Cost Attack Range Description
Base Minimum Activation The bee drones (not the Queen) sting the target. This attack will remove players from their mounts.
0 65 0 100
Attack Type Damage Projectile Values Torpor Values Status Effect: Stamina Status Effect: Torpidity
Life Impulse Radius Base Mult Duration Damage Mult Amount Duration Damage Mult Amount
Melee 8

Wild Stats Level-up

Type in values of a wild creature to see on which stats it's emphasized. Green values on a high-level creature are very good for breeding. If you have already tamed your creature you can try to recover the breeding-stats with an external tool.[1]

Giant Bee
The stat-calculator does not work in the mobile-view, see here for alternatives: Apps

Note that after the creature is tamed it gets bonuses on some stats depending on the taming effectiveness. This makes it hard to retrieve the levels on a tamed creature, so this tool is only for wild ones, but gives a first impression, how well the stats are distributed.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This section describes how to fight against the Giant Bee.

General[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Performing a barrel roll with a Pteranodon is a relatively safe way to destroy the hive without wasting too many resources such as bullets. If the barrel roll is aimed correctly, the Pteranodon damages the hive with more damage than its regular attack, and the barrel roll also allows the rider to move past the hive fast enough in order to not get stung by the Drones.

Weaponry[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons and pikes or spears are effective against the drones.

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Stings will dismount riders and slow players, making them easy targets for the swarm. Their small size makes them difficult to hit at times, and move at a fair pace allowing them to chase any assailant attempting to raid the hive.

Weakness[edit | edit source]

The drones are fairly slow and have low health, making them easy targets for ranged weapons.

Taming[edit | edit source]

Giant Bee.png Level 1 Feeding Interval Time
Giant Bee.png Level 30 Feeding Interval Time
Giant Bee.png Level 60 Feeding Interval Time
Giant Bee.png Level 90 Feeding Interval Time
Giant Bee.png Level 120 Feeding Interval Time
Giant Bee.png Level 150 Feeding Interval Time

Note that the values are for optimal cases, always bring extra supplies!
For a level-dependent count of resources needed, try an external taming calculator.

Ingredients for Kibble.png Kibble (Ichthyornis Egg): 1 × Ichthyornis Egg.png Ichthyornis Egg , 1 × Rare Flower.png Rare Flower , 1 × Savoroot.png Savoroot , 2 × Mejoberry.png Mejoberry , 3 × Fiber.png Fiber , 1 × Water.png Water

Taming Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Giant Bee is a passive tame. You have to crack open the hive to get to the queen, then feed it Kibble.png Ichthyornis Kibble or Rare Flower.png Rare Flowers. She will also eat raw and cooked mutton

Some hives are empty though. If the hive is occupied, a swarm of Giant Bees will come out and attack the person who damaged it. Only occupied hives have a Queen - empty ones just have some honey to harvest every 15 minutes (press E, Xbox: Y, PS4: Triangle on the hive).

Use a dino or shoot the nest until it breaks. The Queen will slowly descend towards the ground where you can begin taming. You can use a Quetzal or another flying mount, but be warned, if it gets stung you will get dismounted. A quetzal with a platform saddle is the best option due to its high AoE, and you won't be thrown far if your're dismounted. Try not to accidentally kill the queen. Sometimes the queen gets stuck in the tree and will not move from where her hive was destroyed.

Use a Ghillie Chestpiece.png Ghillie Suit and to prevent stings, as well as Bug Repellant.png Bug Repellant to get close enough. Feeding your dino Bug Repellant does work in combination with your repellant. This allows you to get close enough without angering the drones. However, if you get too close or touch the queen, the drones will become angry and attack regardless.

On Scorched Earth, they are found exclusively on the walls of the canyon that runs through the middle of the High Desert, near Canyon Cave.

Utility[edit | edit source]

Giant Bee Hives
  • Beehive: When tamed, There is a prompt displayed over the queen bee: "press E, Xbox: Y, PS4: Triangle to obtain hive". When doing so, a Bee Hive.png Bee Hive is being placed in your inventory and the queen bee disappears. The hive can then be placed like smithy or other structures and produces Giant Bee Honey.png Giant Bee Honey. Be sure to be wearing a full Ghillie Chestpiece.png Ghillie Suit, with nothing in your off-hand slot, while touching the nest, otherwise you will be stung. The hive needs Rare Flower.png Rare Flower to "stay healthy". When destroyed, the bee that was used to build it will respawn which allows you to replace the beehive. When harvesting honey, be sure to use Bug Repellant to avoid the stinging debuff.

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Dino Dossier revealed on 09/20/2016.[2]
  • The Giant Bee's scientific name Apis lithohermaea is that of an actual species of giant bee that dwelled in Miocene Japan. Of course, the real animal was much smaller at only 18 millimeters.[3]
  • The giant bee is the third creature to have a queen, with the first being Araneo (Broodmother Lysrix), and the second being Titanomyrma, although the Titanomyrma queen is not currently in-game.
  • The dossier may reference possible apiarist armor in a future update.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ARK Smart Breeding
  2. Introducing the Giant Bee!
  3. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations on The giant honey bee