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Killer Bee Queen

Last updated: X.15.0.0
Killer Bee Queen

The Killer Bee Queen is the boss of The Nest.

The Realm Eye says:
Possibly the greatest mistake out of the entire pantheon of great mistakes made by Dr. Terrible was the creation of the Killer Bee Queen.
Tasked with making Hives more impenetrable from adventurers, he had experimented with Pure Evil, the concentrated darkness that inundated the Void.
The Queen Bee, consumed by Pure Evil, became the puppet of a much greater diabolical force.

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Stats

HP: 150,000 (+20% [30,000 HP] per player in dungeon)
DEF: 50
EXP: 50,000
Location: The Nest

Immune to Stasis
Immune to Paralyze
Levitates off of ground
Level 1 Quest


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Combat

Attacks

Aesthetics
Damage
Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Comments
EH Queen Red Stinger Small
100
8.5
9.5
Armor Piercing
Pierces through targets
EH Queen Red Stinger Large
130
Exposed for 10s
7.5
9.75
Armor Piercing
EH Queen Yellow Stinger Small
100
Paralyzed for 1.4s
7.5
9.75
Pierces through targets
EH Queen Yellow Stinger Large
140
Dazed for 3s
5.5
7.15
Armor Piercing
EH Queen Blue Stinger Small
100
Silenced for 4s
8.5
11.05
EH Queen Blue Stinger Large
120
Pet Stasis for 4s
8
10.4
EH Red Glaive
0
Armor Broken for 7s
14
9.8
Pierces through targets
EH Blue Ball
0
Pet Stasis for 3s
3
10.5
EH Blue Ball
90
Pet Stasis for 4s
6
10.5
Pierces through targets
EH Yellow Ball
90
Paralyzed for 0.8s
4.5
9
Pierces through targets
EH Yellow Glaive
70
Paralyzed for 0.8s
Dazed for 3s
2.5
10.63
Pierces through targets
EH Red Glaive
90
Armor Broken for 6s
4
9
Armor Piercing
Pierces through targets
EH Blue Glaive
80
Quiet for 2s
Pet Stasis for 6s
6
9.54
Pierces through targets
EH Red Ball
80
Curse for 5s
5.5
11
Pierces through targets
EH Hive Spiral Shot
200
8
9.6
Armor Piercing
Pierces through targets
EH Hive Range Shot
120
Pet Stasis for 5s
Weak for 3s
4
10
Pierces through targets
EH Hive Shot
150
Dazed for 3s
8
9.6
Pierces through targets
EH Queen Blue Stinger Small
100
Silenced for 4s
7
9.1
Pierces through targets
EH Yellow Ball
90
Paralyzed for 0.6s
5
10
Pierces through targets
EH Blue Ball
90
Pet Stasis for 4s
4
6
Armor Piercing
Pierces through targets
EH Queen Red Stinger Large
130
Exposed for 10s
3.5
10.5
Armor Piercing
EH Queen Yellow Stinger Small
100
Paralyzed for 1.4s
4.5
9
Pierces through targets
EH Queen Red Stinger Large
100
Exposed for 10s
5
11
EH Bee Shot
130
Slowed for 0.8s
5
10
Armor Piercing
Pierces Players
Red Bomb
White Bomb
100
Dazed for 2s
Radius: 2
White Bomb
120
Dazed for 2s
Radius: 3
White Bomb
175
Dazed for 3s
Radius: 2
Blue Bomb
80
Quiet for 1s
Radius: 2

Beehavior

The Killer Bee Queen is found in a circular room with a pool of Killer Honey in the middle and Maggot Eggs along the edges. She is initially protected by a squad of assorted Killer Bees, and any Bees that enter the room will abandon their normal behavior to protect the Queen, orbiting her while healing her and attacking enemies. Once approached, she will begin attacking. She has short periods of invincibility between phases.

Awakening Phase

The Queen switches between circling the room and circling the pond of Killer Honey in the middle, throwing radial spreads of Quieting Blue Bombs around it while throwing targeted Dazing White Bombs at players. In addition, it fires directed spreads of Large Blue/Red Stingers and Small Yellow Stingers at nearby players. Watch out, as it may sometimes look like the Queen is firing only 3 stingers, but in fact that is 9 shots with each color stinger stacked ontop of each other.
Note that the Queen is vulnerable to Stun for the duration of this phase.

After taking enough damage, she switches into her first phase.

Phase 1

At this point, the bridge to the boss room becomes flooded with Killer Honey which also floods the outer areas of the room, limiting the ground to a small ring around the Queen.

The Queen then alternates between the following attacks:

  • After flashing red, she chases players quickly while firing multi-directional spreads of Small Red Stingers and single directed Large Red Stingers. All the while, she tosses radial bursts of Red Bombs.
  • After flashing blue, she chases players while firing directed spreads of Large Blue Stingers and spirals of Small Blue Stingers. She also fires a messy omnidirectional spray of Blue Balls along with radial bursts of Blue Bombs that Quiet.
  • After flashing yellow, she fires 3-way spreads of Large Yellow Stingers and a messy spiral of Yelow Balls, all while tossing a large number of White Bombs that Daze around her.

For each color, she also spawns in a number of the respective Killer Bees, which despawn when she switches attacks. Also, in between attacks she is invulnerable.

Phase 2

The Queen despawns all Killer Bees and moves to the center of the room. She then begins firing a messy omnidirectional barrage of Red, Blue, and Yellow Balls along with Slowing bees, occasionally lobbing White Bombs along the cardinal/intermediate directions. Every 7 seconds and at the start of the phase, she fires an unavoidable wave of Red Glaives that do no damage but Armor Break for 7 seconds: essentially meaning that you’re permanently Armor Broken for this phase.

The barrage looks randomized, but it actually follows a distinct pattern:

  • Two 3-armed spirals of blue orbs, each one rotating in a different direction
  • One two-armed spiral of red orbs, rotating clockwise
  • Frequent rings of yellow orbs
  • Occasional 4-way bursts of bee projectiles

Phase 3

The Queen begins to fire 4-directional spreads of Yellow, Red, and Blue Glaives at a rapid pace. Each one is aimed at a different angle so that it cannot be dodged just by standing still. It is imperitive to dodge the yellow shots as they will paralyze you and make you tank half of the next wave.

Phase 4

At this point, the entrance tiles starts to harden further, acting as walls - though shots can still travel over them. Standing on a changing tile will disconnect the player. The Queen spawns in a number of Killer Bees of all colors and begins using colored attacks again. Like before, every time she uses a colored attack she spawns in a group of the respective color Killer Bee.

  • For Red, she rapidly circles the pool of Killer Honey in the middle of the room, firing streams of Red Balls in various directions while also firing radial bursts of Red Glaives and 3-directional shotguns of red Hive Spiral Shots. She also fires radial bursts of Large Red Stingers.
  • For Blue, she rapidly chases players, firing a messy bombardment of Blue Balls in all directions while using radial bursts of Blue Glaives and 4-directional Small Blue Stingers. She also fires wide, directed shotguns of blue Hive Range Shots.
  • For Yellow, she stays in the center of the room, firing short spiralling bursts of bee projetiles and 4-directional spreads of Yellow Glaives. She also uses radial bursts of Large Yellow Stingers and 4-directional yellow Hive Shots.

Phase 5

The Queen despawns all Killer Bees and spawns 3 Killer Bee Nests along the edges of the room which attack with different colored bullets that inflict different status effects. The Queen herself will be invulnerable and will be firing a 2-way shot-machinegun of Small Red Stingers that rotates clockwise for 29 seconds. This attack is extremely dangerous and most likely instant death if not avoided.

The 3 Nests will spawn Small Worker Bees and gradually swell in size until they break open to reveal three Adolescent Beehemoths, which then join the Queen for her last phases.

A few things to note:

  • Destroying a Nest such as the Red Nest will prevent the Adolescent Red Beehemoth from spawning but one of the other Nests will now spawn 2 Adolescent Beehemoths.
  • Destroying 2 Nests will quickly stop this phase but will also affect which Adolescent Beehemoths will appear. An example is that destroying the Red and Blue Nests will cause the yellow Nest to spawn 3 Adolescent Yellow Beehemoths.
  • With this in mind it is important to focus the Killer Bee Nests that you do not want to face. Despite the Adolescent Beehemoths having relatively identical stats, keep in mind what each one does: the Red one inflicts Curse and Armor Break, the Blue one inflicts Quiet, Weak, and Pet Stasis, and the Yellow one inflicts Paralyze and Daze.

Phase 6

The Queen swells in size and reverts to colored attacks by flying to the respectively colored Nest and charging a bit before firing, although now the Adolescent Beehemoths protect her while firing back at players.

  • For Yellow, she stays in the middle of the room, firing a rotating spiral of Slowing bees while firing another spiral of Yellow Balls rotating the other way. She also fires radial bursts of Large Yellow Stingers and yellow blasts, along with 4 White Bombs that Daze, at a 15 degree-increasing angle each time. The Adolescent Beehemoths circle along the edges of the room taking shots at nearby players.
  • For Red, she circles the area slowly while firing rings of Red Balls and red Hive Spiral Shots, along with wide spreads of Large Red Stingers. The Adolescent Beehemoths orbit her closely during this phase.
  • For Blue, she fires sprials of Blue Glaives, radial bombardments of Blue Balls, targeted spreads of Small/Large Blue Stingers, and enormous radial blasts of blue Hive Range Shots while quickly chasing the nearest player. The Adolescent Beehemoths follow her loosely.

During this phase, the dead Nests will fire radial attacks constantly. Also, both the Beehemoths and the Queen will have periods of invulnerability, and the Beehemoths will heal for 7,500 HP up to 3 times as their health decreases. The Beehemoths also heal the Queen every 10 seconds, with the amount depending on the amount of players in the boss room when the Beehemoths are spawned.

  • With less than 5 players, they will each heal for 600 HP;
  • Between 5 and 10, for 3000 HP;
  • Between 10 and 20, for 6000 HP;
  • More than 20, for 15,000 HP.

Phase 7

Returning to the center of the room, the Queen begins to fire slow, radial bursts of Large Red Stingers, Small Yellow Stingers, Blue Balls, Hive Range Shots, and all her Glaives. The Adolescent Beehemoths orbit her closely, firing radial stingers and spreads of Glaives at players, and they will cease healing the boss if her HP decreases further. This phase lasts until her death, upon which the Killer Honey turns into solid ground and the Beehemoths self-destruct.
The Queen, as well as the Beehemoths, are vulnerable to Stun during this phase, making it exceptionally easy so long as the Quiet-inflicting shots are avoided.

Reproduction

Spawns:
Red Killer BeeRed Killer Bee
Blue Killer BeeBlue Killer Bee
Yellow Killer BeeYellow Killer Bee
Killer Bee NestKiller Bee Nest (Queen)
From Killer Bee Nests:
Adolescent Red BeehemothAdolescent Red Beehemoth
Adolescent Blue BeehemothAdolescent Blue Beehemoth
Adolescent Yellow BeehemothAdolescent Yellow Beehemoth

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Drops

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Tips and Strategies

One nightmare of an adversary, the Killer Bee Queen is among one of the most difficult bosses in the game as of now, with a huge number of deadly attacks, high HP, and complex behavior. Don’t count on your ability to tank the shots: you must dodge everything to the best of your ability or you will die.

Keep in mind that all of her are color-coded into three categories: blue shots inflict Pet Stasis/Weak/Silence/Quiet, yellow shots inflict Paralyzed/Dazed/Slowed, and red shots inflict Armor Broken/Curse/Exposed along with having the highest tendency of piercing armor.

The Bee Queen inflicts an absolutely massive amount of status effects, and dodging every shot is nearly impossible due to the bullet densiy of her attacks. Any abilities that can dispel status effects are incredibly useful, as only one of the Queen’s shots inflicts Quiet.

Be wary of when she is firing her shotgun of Red Hive Shots in Phase 4: each one inflicts 200 unblockable damage, meaning that tanking the shotgun will result in 600 armor-piercing damage: enough to severely injure any character. Getting Cursed will increase this shotgun’s damage capacity to 720 damage, enough to instantly kill lower-health classes.

A very dangerous phase is when the Queen begins firing her 2-way shotmachinegun, nicknamed the needle phase. Staying in the attack for more than a few seconds at a time is almost always lethal, and the shots rotate deceptively quickly. Make sure you stay in the opening the spreads provide while avoiding hits from the Killer Bee Nests around her. Additionally, keep focus on the Small Worker Bees as well, to prevent them from Slowing you. Combined with the lower move speed on hardened honey, it can easily lead to your demise.

For her nest phase, the 3 Nests can be broken, but that will cause one of the remaining nests to spawn an additional Adolescent Beehemoth to make up for it. If 2 nests are broken, the phase prematurely ends and the last one spawns 3 Adolescent Beehemoths of that color. With this, it is possible to control what types of Beehemoth show up, so target the ones that you do not want to face, and leave the one that is the least dangerous. This strategy only works with a decently sized party, as a large amount of damage is required to break the nests in time.

Generally, leaving the blue Nest is the best option, because even though the Adolescent Blue Beehemoths can greatly limit your damage with Weak and Quiet while nullifying pets, the Curse, Armor Break, and Paralyze from the Red/Yellow ones are arguably much more dangerous.

For the phases after the needle phase, the destroyed nests will continue to fire short-range radial bursts of projectiles. Remember to avoid them, since sitting on them will hurt.

While this doesn’t really have to do with the fight itself, it is usually worth your time to attack the Adolescent Beehemoths she spawns. They can drop Dexterity and the powerful UT Beehemoth Armor at a moderately low rate.

Trivia

Currently this boss inflicts the highest amount of status effects in the game. It is also the first boss to inflict the Exposed debuff on players.

The Killer Bee Queen is internally referred to as the King Bee in the XML.

History

A (now patched) bug with the Exposed debuff was that, when inflicted on players, it did not display any text.

For Easter 2018, the sprite of Killer Bee Queen was changed to the first version of the boss (displayed below) . This one turned out terrible and was used as a joke throughout the development process. It’s known as King Bee, in reference/contrast to the Queen Bee.

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