Giant Bee Honey is a resource in ARK: Survival Evolved.
Honey has a number of different usages:
- It can be eaten directly by survivors for a substantial amount of Food.
- It is an ingredient for Sweet Vegetable Cake and Extraordinary Kibble cooking recipes.
- When thrown on the ground, Honey works as bait for attracting nearby creatures.
- When thrown into the water, it calms aggressive Leedsichthys.
- It can be used to tame the Liopleurodon (temporarily), Dire Bear, Moschops, Megatherium and Roll Rat. In this usage, Honey works exactly like kibble giving 80 food.
- It is usable as a fishing bait for Fishing Rods along with Sap or Leech Blood.
- It provides a good amount of health using the honey within custom created recipes.
Honey is highly perishable and is best kept in a Refrigerator.
Honey can be preserved indefinitely by attaching it to a fishing rod.
How to use:
- To throw honey as a bait that attracts creatures and calms Leedsichthys, honey must be used via hot-bar (any slot).
- To eat honey, select honey in your inventory, then consume.
- To give honey to somebody in front of you, select honey in your inventory, then drop. Honey dropped this way becomes a package.
Honey can also be gathered from wild bee hives, on a fifteen minute timer. Use caution, as the Giant bees could potentially come out of the harvested hive.
Honey can also be harvested with a Dire Bear at twice the normal rate without harming the hive or aggravating the bees. This is a much better method than harvesting by hand. If accidentally attacked through methods other than Dire Bear, it can act as protection from Giant Bee knocking off.
They can also be harvested in mass quantities in The Emerald Forest in Valguero due to Hive Stacking even resulting in it becoming performance intensive from the swarm of drones. Due to this and the health drain, a Dire Bear is essential for harvesting. Destroying it afterwards is often pointless as the Stack will just respawn over time, but a Flamethrower seems to be the most effective (killing the Queen Bees in the process).
Honey can also be obtained from the beehives in the Cave of the Bees on the Crystal Isles.
|Bait||Catchable Fish||Max Fish Size|
|Leech Blood||Coelacanth, Sabertooth Salmon, Piranha||1.88|
|Giant Bee Honey||Coelacanth, Sabertooth Salmon, Piranha||2.4|
|Ancient Amber||Coelacanth, Sabertooth Salmon, Piranha||∞|
|Tamed Dino||1h 20m|
|Preserving Bin||3h 20m|
|Bee Hive||15d 6h 40m|
|Refrigerator||1d 9h 20m|
For more information, see Spoilage.
A quick tutorial on how to make a bee trap to get honey easier in the Redwoods.
Notes / Trivia
- Real honey doesn't spoil so long as it is kept dry.
- Honey might give more health than prime meat in custom recipes, but it is still outclassed by the other cooked meats because they can stack.
- It is possible to reset the spoil timer on honey and store it indefinitely by placing it on a fishing rod.