How to Get Honeycomb in Minecraft

Honeycomb Minecraft

Platform Information

Honeycomb is not supported on all platforms.

Before starting your search, check which platforms and versions include honeycomb. 

Platform Version Added Supported?
Java (PC/Mac) 1.15 Yes
Pocket Edition 1.14.0 Yes
Xbox 360 No
Xbox One 1.14.0 Yes
PS3 No
PS4 1.14.0 Yes
Wii U No
Nintendo Switch 1.14.0 Yes
Windows 10 1.14.0 Yes
Education Edition 1.14.31 Yes

Before you head out to find honeycomb, make sure you take a pair of shears with you. You will need this to harvest the honeycomb. 

You might also want to bring a campfire along with you.

The bees don’t like it when you take their honey and they can sting. Placing a campfire beneath the hive can scare them away as you harvest.

Finding Honeycomb in Creative Mode

In creative mode, finding honeycomb is as simple as going to the right menu. 

For most platforms, this means looking in the nature menu. However, for the Java edition, you will need to look for the miscellaneous menu. 

Platform Version Menu
Java (PC/Mac) 1.15 – 1.16.2 Miscellaneous
Pocket Edition N/A N/A
Xbox 360 N/A N/A
Xbox One 1.14.0 -1.16.20 Nature
PS4 1.14.0 – 1.16.20 Nature
Wii U N/A N/A
Nintendo Switch 1.14.0 – 1.16.20 Nature
Windows 10 1.14.0 – 1.16.20 Nature
Education Edition 1.14.31 Nature

Finding Honeycomb in Survival Mode

Honeycomb is a natural resource found in trees in different biomes. You can’t craft honeycomb but you can find it. 

In this tutorial, we are going to give you step-by-step instructions that will help you find and harvest honeycomb. We’ll also give you some hints and tips for using honeycomb. 

1. Finding a bee’s nest

The key to finding honeycomb in survival mode is to find a bee’s nest. The best way to do this is to follow a bee home.

You shouldn’t have any trouble spotting a bee. They’re massive compared to their real-life counterparts! 

Bees will return to their hives at night or when it starts raining. To avoid spending the whole day following a bee around a flower patch, try to find one as the sun begins to set. 

If you haven’t been able to spot a bee, you can look for a hive.

Hives spawn in three different biomes; plains, flower forest, and sunflower plains. Essentially, they can spawn wherever there are trees and flowers. 

Hives will be found hanging from oak or birch trees. They are the same size as the blocks of the trunk and dark yellow. 

2. Checking for honey

I know you’ll be buzzing to jump in and collect that delicious honeycomb, but before you do, check that the nest has honey! 

When bees return to the nest with pollen, they top up the honey level in the nest. If you’ve followed a bee home, you’ll know that there is some honey in the nest. 

If you’ve stumbled across a nest you’ll need to look for honey dripping out of the holes in the nest. This happens when the honey level reaches 5. In other words, when five bees have deposited pollen, honey will drip from the nest. 

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how full the nest is until the honey level reaches 5. So sometimes you are going to have to take a chance. 

3. (Optional) Place a campfire under the nest.

If you want to avoid getting stung you can place a campfire under the nest. This is a good idea because if you get stung you will become poisoned. If you’re already low on health this can be fatal! 

To place the campfire, use the hot bar to hold the campfire. Place the campfire on the block under the hive. The bees won’t attack until you attack them or their hive so you don’t have to worry about them as you place the fire. 

Once in place, the campfire will keep the bees at a distance. 

4. Equip the shears

Use the hot bar to place the shears in your hand. 

5. Harvest the honeycomb

Use the shears on the bees nest to get honeycomb. If the nest is dripping with honey it should produce 3 honeycombs. If it is less than full you’ll get one or two honeycombs. 

Make sure you pick up the honeycombs before they disappear! 

Below are the game controls for harvesting using the shears. 

Platform Control
Java (PC/Mac) Left-click and hold
Pocket Edition Tap and hold
Xbox 360 N/A
Xbox One Press and hold RT
PS4 Press and hold R2
Wii U N/A
Nintendo Switch Press and hold ZR
Windows 10 Left-click and hold
Education Edition Left-click and hold

Item ID and Name

Platform ID Name Minecraft ID Data Value Version
Java (PC/Mac) minecraft:honeycomb N/A N/A 1.15 – 1.16.3
Pocket Edition minecraft:honeycomb N/A 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.50
Xbox 360 minecraft:honeycomb N/A N/A N/A
Xbox One minecraft:honeycomb N/A 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
PS3 minecraft:honeycomb N/A N/A N/A
PS4 minecraft:honeycomb N/A 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
Wii U minecraft:honeycomb N/A N/A N/A
Nintendo Switch minecraft:honeycomb N/A 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
Windows 10 minecraft:honeycomb N/A 0 1.14.0 – 1.16.40
Education Edition minecraft:honeycomb 0 1.14.31

Give Command 

Platform Give command
Java (PC/Mac) /give @p honeycomb 1
Pocket Edition /give @p honeycomb 1 0
Xbox 360 N/A
Xbox One /give @p honeycomb 1 0
PS4 /give @p honeycomb 1 0
Wii U N/A
Nintendo Switch /give @p honeycomb 1 0
Windows 10 /give @p honeycomb 1 0
Education Edition /give @p honeycomb 1 0

Using Honeycomb

Honeycomb is the key to creating beehives. With beehives, you can harvest honey. Honey is great for removing poison effects, so it’s really handy to have a source nearby. 

You can also make honeycomb blocks. These are decorative blocks that can be used to spice up your buildings. Note that a honeycomb block is not the same as a honey block.