Minecraft gets bees and honey farming

The latest update for Minecraft: Java Edition adds what Mojang calls “a large bug” – but don’t worry, it’s just an adorable honey bee. The new mobs are spawning as of the 19W34A snapshot, and they open up a whole bunch of possibilities for collecting honey and building a bee-powered farm.

Bees are neutral mobs that will keep to themselves unless you mess with them or their nests – if you get stung, the bee will lose its stinger and eventually die. Bee nests will naturally spawn in flower forests, plains, and sunflower plains biomes, and bees will seek out flowers, grab some pollen, and add a level of honey to the nest every time they return.

You can use a bottle on a nest to get honey, or you can construct your own bee hives using honeycombs and wood planks to build a honey farm wherever you want it. You can keep bees calm with smoke by placing a campfire near a nest or hive.

Also, these bees are adorable. And giant. Just look at them!

You can get the full rundown of the new update on the official site.

Those bees will look even better with the official addition of ray tracing to Minecraft – not a bad trade for that cancelled graphics pack, all things considered.

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