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Bees,[1] also known as Hornets,[citation needed] are recurring enemies and Bugs in the The Legend of Zelda series.

They are usually hidden in trees and occasionally grass, and emerge when Link disturbs their territory, but they are easily defeated with almost any weapon.


A Link to the Past

Bees appear from cut grass and will attack Link once they appear in A Link to the Past. They can be caught using the Bug Catching Net and kept in an empty Bottle. The Bee can then be unleashed to attack nearby enemies and deal a small amount of damage. There is also a variation called the Good Bee, which stays by Link's side for longer. In the Game Boy Advance version of A Link to the Past, the Good Bee is called the Golden Bee. Link can sell it in Kakariko Village, after which he can buy more from there.

Link's Awakening

Bees make a brief appearance in one of the trees in Ukuku Prairie in Link's Awakening. They swarm around the Honeycomb, which is part of the Trading Sequence. When Tarin knocks down the Bees' hive using the Stick, a swarm of angry Bees emerge and chase him away.

Majora's Mask

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?

Giant Bee

That's a Giant Bee. Don't ask me! You can either fight or run... It's up to you.
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Giant Bees appear as enemies in Majora's Mask. They are mostly located in the Southern Swamp, but can also be found in Snowhead and the Pirates' Fortress. They appear from hives and will emerge if they are hit with Arrows. They will attack Link if he gets too close. In the Swamp Spider House, their hives are scattered throughout the ceilings of various rooms, and if destroyed, will sometimes reveal a Gold Skulltula. In Snowhead, they appear around the flowers that bloom once spring returns. In the Pirates' Fortress, Link can shoot at their hives to make them swarm out and scare away all the Gerudo Pirates in the room.

Four Swords Adventures

Bees in Four Swords Adventures

Bees can be found in the Lost Woods in Four Swords Adventures. A group of seven Bees will emerge from infested trees should the four Links approach them. After a three-second delay, the Bees will swarm over and damage the Links. The Sword is ineffective against them, but the Bees will gather around a thrown Bomb, probably attracted to the burning fuse, and will perish when it explodes. The Bees will also leave the screen if they manage to attack the Links five times successfully. There are no visible indicators as to which trees are infested.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Bees, also known as Hylian Hornets,[2] attack Link to protect their Bee Larvae, which can be used for fishing or to restore health. They are found at the Fishing Hole, Ordon Village, and within several caverns.

Phantom Hourglass

A Beehive in Phantom Hourglass

In Phantom Hourglass, Bees are found swarming around hives in a few places, such as Cannon Island. They will buzz around Link suspiciously if he gets close, or swarm around him and attack if he destroys their hive. They can be defeated using most weapons.

Spirit Tracks

In Spirit Tracks, Bees are very similar to their appearance in Phantom Hourglass. They are harmless until Link disturbs their hive, which will anger them. Angry Bees will chase after Link, however, in this game they cannot be attacked. They will eventually break off their pursuit, or can be avoided entirely if Link enters a house or leaps into deep water.

Skyward Sword

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In Skyward Sword, Deku Hornets appear. They can be found in Faron Woods, Deep Woods and at Bug Heaven. They will attack Link if he comes too close or if he attacks their nest. They can easily be caught by using the Bug Net. Link can obtain Hornet Larvae by destroying their hive. Link can sell Deku Hornets to Strich depending on the mood he is in.[3]

A Link Between Worlds

In A Link Between Worlds, Bees appear identically to their incarnation of A Link to the Past. They appear from cut grass and are at first hostile towards Link, but will become friendly to him and even attack his enemies once he obtains the Bee Badge. They can be kept in an empty Bottle with the use of the Bug Net, and be released again to attack nearby enemies. Golden Bees reappear as well, and are rarely found in grass. A Golden Bee must be given to the Bee Guy to receive the Bee Badge.

Breath of the Wild

In Breath of the Wild, Bees attack anyone who comes too close to their nest. Link can use this to his advantage in certain situations by stealthily shooting an arrow at a beehive from a distance, causing the disturbed bees to attack and distract his enemies. Their nest contains Courser Bee Honey, which Link can obtain by using a Torch to smoke the Bees out, causing them to depart peacefully. However, he must be careful not to burn the hive itself, as it will disintegrate. He may also obtain it by fighting off the Bees with a Weapon. They will take three hits before giving up and leaving. Courser Bee Honey is used in many sweet recipes, such as Honeyed Fruits and Honey Crepes.

Other Appearances

Cadence of Hyrule

Bees appear as enemies in Cadence of Hyrule, where they appear after destroying a beehives or cutting down bushes.[4] They can be caught in a Empty Bottle and used to assist Link, Zelda and Cadence in battle.[5][6] Alternatively, Link can use the Ice Rod to turn the bee into an ice block to solve puzzles.

Phantom Hourglass Manga

While following a path to Eddo's Garage, Link sees a sign that says "This tree is lucky."[7] Ciela suggests the tree might grow honey,[8] so Link kicks the trunk.[9] A beehive falls from the tree, causing the Bees to swarm and attack Link.[10] Ciela tells Link to run into the nearby cave.[11] As the Bees repeatedly sting him and his face begins to swell, Link says too many stings may cause him to die.[12] Eddo himself appears and sprays the Bees with bug spray.


  • Deku Hornets' nests are one of the few objects that can be grabbed by the Hook Beetle, and dropped onto enemies. However, the Hornets cannot defeat enemies, though they will distract them for a few moments before flying away.


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Language Name
Bee Giant Bees
Japan Japanese ハチ (Hachi) ジャイアントビー
Netherlands Dutch Bij (BotW)
Canada FrenchCA Abeille géante (MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Abeille Bee
Federal Republic of Germany German Biene Triforce piece.png Monsterbiene
Italian Republic Italian Ape (ALBW)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Abeja Abejas Gigantes (MM)
Abeja gigante (MM3D)



  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 116 (ALttP | ALBW)
  2. "The moaning and groaning doesn't end there either! The family cat hasn't come home since yesterday, and Sera's in a bad mood. Hanch is thinking the Hylian Hornets might help his situation, as he can at least return to Sera with Bee Larva. Use your free-look and check out the hive." (Twilight Princess Premiere Edition Game Guide (Gamecube Version) (Prima Games), pg. 35)
  3. "Link, here's the plan. If you find a bug, come sell it to me. When it comes to bugs, Rupees are no object. I won't just buy any bug, though. What I buy depends on the mood I'm in." — Strich (Skyward Sword)
  4. "Did you see that? I got stung by a bee from these bushes!" — Kakariko Villager (Cadence of Hyrule)
  5. "I once had a bee for a friend! She defended me from monsters! I'm not lying!!" — Kakariko Villager (Cadence of Hyrule)
  6. "Use this to release a bee to attack your enemies!" — Inventory (Cadence of Hyrule)
  7. "It says, "This tree...Is lucky."" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 65)
  8. "Maybe it grows honey!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 65)
  9. "Yeah, maybe! Hyaah!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 65)
  10. "Gyaah! Bees!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 66)
  11. "Link! Run into the cave!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 66)
  12. "Too many stings...And I might die!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 66)