Honey Bee, Giant

Small beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 9 (2d6 + 2)
Speed 10 ft., fly 40 ft.

8 (-1) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 6 (-2) 12 (+1) 8 (-1)

Saving Throws Str +1, Dex +4
Skills Survival +3
Senses blindsight 30 ft., passive Perception 11
Languages Bee Dance
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)


  • Sting. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage and the target must make a DC 11 Constitution saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) poison damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. If the poison damage reduces the target to 0 hp, the target is stable but poisoned for 1 hour, even after regaining hp, and is paralyzed while poisoned in this way.


Giant honey bees congregate in great swarms and fill hollows in rocky hillsides with their massive wax and honey hives. Far more intelligent than their diminutive cousins, giant honey bees sometimes enter into relationships with bearfolk or other creatures who can help protect the hive in exchange for a small share of the bees’ honey. Unlike a normal honey bee, a giant honey bee who stings a creature doesn’t lose its stinger.

Giant honey bees are rarely idle, often moving in elaborate, waggling dances of spirals and loops. This “dance” is actually a complex language the bees use to share staggeringly accurate directions and information about nearby threats and food sources with the rest of their hive.

A character who has established peaceful contact with giant honey bees can learn Bee Dance as a language as outlined in the downtime rules. While any character who learns it can understand Bee Dance, a creature other than a giant honey bee can only convey basic concepts. A character who assumes the shape of a giant honey bee can communicate fully using the language.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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