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Beehives are horizontally striped blocks that are found in various colors. Each hive will drop a princess and possibly a drone and/or a honeycomb appropriate to the type of hive. Hives are biome dependent and spawn only during world generation. They are the primary source of Princesses and Drones for Bee Breeding.
To collect a hive's bees, a Scoop must be used. Breaking a hive with most other tools will drop only one corresponding Honey Comb, or sometimes even nothing. Most block-destroying machines, such as the Quarry or Block Breaker, are capable of harvesting beehive blocks and collecting the resulting bees. Since Princesses do not stack, it is necessary to bring along some form of extra storage such as an Apiarist's Backpack, an Ender Pouch attached to a self-emptying sorting system, or Canvas Bags when embarking on a long bee collection excursion. Unless the portal gun mod is installed, there is no way to acquire the beehive block itself without the use of Creative/cheats. It is possible to get the hives themselves by picking them up with the portal gun and dropping them on a torch or rails.
Most wild hives emit a low light level, making them easier to spot at night, especially with the use of Rei's Minimap. In wide open biomes, it's sometimes also possible to spot hives on the map during the day, if they have a contrasting color such as Meadows hives. There is a small chance (~5%) of receiving a Valiant Bee instead of the usual Princess or Drone from any wild hive. Water, Rock and Nether hives do not drop combs, while the standard Forestry hives will, ~80% of the time. The odds of getting a drone as well as a princess are also about 80%.
|250:1||Forest Hive||Forest Princess (always), Forest Drone (often), Honey Comb (often)||Forest, Autumn Woods, Forested Hills, Birch Forest, Pine Forest||Attached to Trees||Yes|
|250:2||Meadows Hive||Meadows Princess (always), Meadows Drone (often), Honey Comb (often)||Meadow, Plains, Mountains, Shrubland, Forest, Forested Hills, Green Hills, Extreme Hills, Birch Forest, Pine Forest,||On Ground||Yes|
|250:3||Desert Hive||Modest Princess (always), Modest Drone (often), Parched Comb (often)||Desert, Mountain Desert||On Ground||Yes|
|250:4||Jungle Hive||Tropical Princess (always), Tropical Drone (often), Silky Comb (often)||Rainforest, Extreme Jungle, Mini Jungle, Jungle||Attached to Trees*||Yes|
|250:5||End Hive||Ender Princess (always), Ender Drone (often), Mysterious Comb (often)||The End||On Ground||Yes|
|250:6||Snow Hive||Wintry Princess (always), Wintry Drone (often), Frozen Comb (often)||Taiga, Mountain Taiga, Snowy Rainforest, Snow Forest, Tundra, Ice Plains, Ice Mountains||On Ground*||Yes|
|250:7||Swamp Hive||Marshy Princess (always), Marshy Drone (often), Mossy Comb (often)||Swampland, Green Swamplands, Redwood Lush, Rainforest, Green Hills, Marsh, River||On Ground||Yes|
|960||Water Hive||Water Princess (always), Water Drone (often)||Any Underwater - River, Ocean most common but other biomes with water are possible||Under Water||No|
|960:1||Rock Hive||Rocky Princess (always), Rocky Drone (often)||Any Overworld||Embedded in Stone*||No|
|960:2||Nether Hive||Embittered Princess (always), Embittered Drone (often)||Nether||Embedded in Netherrack||No|
|960:3||Marble Hive||Marbled Princess (always), Marbled Drone (often)||In all biomes, including the Twilight Forest, with the ExtraBees mod. Deprecated and no longer spawns or releases bees when broken.||On the ground||No|
|1754:1||Unusual Hive||Unusual Princess, Unusual Drone||Jungle and Plains (possibly more)||On ground||Yes|
|1754:6||Curious Hive||Mystical Princess, Mystical Drone||Forest and Plains (possibly more)||Attached to trees||Yes|
|1754:2||Resonating Hive||Sorcerous Princess, Sorcerous Drone||Desert (possibly more)||On ground||Yes|
|1754:3||Deep Hive||Attuned Princess, Attuned Drone||Mountains, Extreme Hills, Ominous Woods||Burried below layer 15, usually embedded in patches of redstone||Yes|
|1754:4||Infernal Hive||Infernal Princess, Infernal Drone||Nether ; below layer 14 under certain Overworld biomes of BoP, like Ominous Woods, Mystic Grove, encased in Glowstone||Embedded in Netherrack, especially in Nether-Quartz-Clusters||Yes|
|1754:5||Oblivion Hive||Oblivion Princess, Oblivion Drone||The End- On the underside of the main island, on the top-side of the Obsidian pillars ; below layer 12 under certain Overworld biomes of BoP, like Ominous Woods, Mystic Grove, encased in Endstone||Yes|
- Jungle Hives can be extremely high up and difficult to spot due to their low contrasting color with leaves.
- Snow Hives are often covered with snow - if a glowing spot with no apparent light source is found, it may be a buried beehive.
- Rock Hives can spawn completely encased in stone, but are most easily found while caving or by scanning ravines/cliffs.
- An alveary with an active Swarmer can cause Swarm Hives to spawn in the area around the alveary. These will drop a clone of the queen installed in the alveary (with a negative trait causing them to often fail to produce a princess offspring).
- The Infernal Hive and the Oblivion hive can be found underground, below level 12, in the Overworld in magical biomes. The Infernal hive will be encased in a patch of glowstone, and the Oblivion one in a patch of Endstone, making these resources available in the Overworld.