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Released on 11 December to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions of Minecraft, the major update Buzzy Bees has brought swarms of bees to the ever-popular game to wreak havoc upon villagers and players alike. Well, only if they’re provoked.
The update, noted as Java Edition 1.15 and Bedrock Edition 1.14.0, brings in many fixes to existing bugs as well as a load of new blocks, items, and, of course, a new mob: bees. While the bees are the main attraction, Minecraft players will undoubtedly enjoy experimenting with the almighty honey blocks.
New additions to Minecraft with the Buzzy Bees update
The first thing that Minecraft players need to know about the update is the behaviour of the bees. They are a new mob, but they are passive creatures in the game. That can change very quickly, however, if they’re attacked. One bee can call upon a bunch more bees to seize their new foe, using potentially fatal attacks.
On medium and hard difficulty, players can get poisoned if stung by a bee. When the bee stings you, it leaves its stinger and then dies, but doesn’t drop any loot – so there’s little sense in trying to beat up a bunch of bees. They can be commonly found in flower forests, with trees used to house their homes (bee nests) and the activity of the bees being centred around finding flowers, collecting pollen, and then returning to their homes.
Bees will avoid water, including the rain, and won’t come out at night. While they are out and about, they spill pollen where they fly, which can help to grow crops. In Minecraft, bees can be housed by crafting a beehive (any planks and honeycomb) and bred by using flowers.
The new bee nests are the naturally generated blocks that house bees in the wild, which can fill up with honey. Other new blocks to the game are the decorative honeycomb blocks, the player-crafted beehives, and honey blocks – which we’ll get to shortly.
As for new items, honeycombs can be collected by shearing either your beehive or a wild bee nest – but be careful not to agitate bees while shearing. By using a bottle on a bee nest or beehive, you can also create honey bottles, which are the antidote to the poisoning created by a bee sting.
Bees are great, but the most exciting aspect of the Buzzy Bees update in Minecraft is the honey blocks.
How to use honey blocks in Minecraft
Honey blocks boast many special functions which are already being put to good use by the creative minds in Minecraft. The new blocks are sticky to the touch, which stops entities from jumping up from them but also allows them to slide down them slowly. Proper placement of honey blocks can help to reduce or entirely prevent fall damage.
Along with not sticking to slime, items being able to pass through the blocks, and them not being whole blocks, there are many new ways to utilise honey blocks, including:
- To create a safe landing by stacking honey blocks at the base of a drop.
- Putting the honey blocks one-block down from your ground level to create a moat that monsters can’t jump up from – allowing you to pick them off.
- The same utility explained above can also be applied to your farms, stopping animals from escaping.
- Sticky walls to allow wall running for tricky or speedy access around a building.
- As honey doesn’t stick to slime, there are many new ways to utilise redstone creations, such as by making an item-carrying conveyor belt.
- As honey blocks aren’t whole blocks, you could hide secret buttons behind a honey block to activate with a bow and arrow, or you yourself could hide behind a honey block trap, ready to fire arrows on anything that enters.
The bees and the honey blocks are grand editions to the decade-old title, making the world of Minecraft that even more diverse, exciting, and creative.