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Minecraft: Java Edition gets bees and they're absolutely adorable

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Java Edition is getting bees.
  • You can download build 19W34A right now.
  • The bee mechanics are deep and varied.
  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is part of Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

It seems like there's a bee craze sweeping the world of video games. Aside from the lovable Bee Simulator, Minecraft is getting the little insects who are responsible for life on Earth in many ways. Today, Xbox Game Studios announced that the Java version of the popular game was getting bees and other related additions. You can take a look at the important patch notes for build 19W34A below.

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  • Added Bees to the game.
  • Added Bee Nests and Hives to the game.
  • Added Honeycomb to the game.
  • Added some dispenser functionality.
  • Minecraft: Java Edition now requires OpenGL 2.0 so get on that.
  • Bees are cute, fuzzy, neutral mobs, so don't hurt them because they don't want to hurt you.
  • If a bee does sting you, it will leave its stinger in you and eventually die, dropping nothing.
  • Bees love pretty flowers and spend their lives gathering pollen from them.
  • After gathering pollen, bees fly back to their home nest.
  • Bees help you by growing crops while carrying pollen back to the nest.
  • Bees can be bred using flowers.
  • Bees like sharing the location of their favorite flowers with other bees.
  • If a bee can't find nectar, after a while it will return home for a bit.
  • If a bee doesn't have a home nest, it will wander around until it finds one it can use.
  • Bees don't like rain and they sleep at night.
  • Bee Nests spawn naturally in Flower Forests, Plains, and Sunflower Plains biomes.
  • Bees use Nests and Hives to share flower locations with other bees.
  • Bee Hives are crafted by players using Honeycomb and Wood Planks.
  • Bee Nests will be destroyed unless you use Silk Touch.

Are you excited for bees? Let us know. Minecraft is a cultural sensation and is played by over 190 million active users. The game is also a part of Xbox Game Pass so you can play it through your subscription.

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7 Comments
  • I thought bedrock would get new features before Java. Maybe they have everyone busy with Render Dragon.
  • My understanding is that they are somewhat independent. Also, a java snapshot is like a beta release, so they might release bees for Bedrock before Java 1.15 comes out. I'm not familiar with the dev schedules.
  • I think thats what happened with Village and Pillage iirc.
  • When will come to the universal engine? I mean, where everyone plays together.
  • Yes, the test features come to Java, see if they work well, and then they hit Bedrock.
  • I feel they shouldn't keep developing theJava version apart from bedrock...
  • There are aot of people who still play Java, unfortunately. Because of all the free mods and support for Mac and Linux, it will.probanly never go away.