Giant Bee Honey

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Giant Bee Honey
Giant Bee Honey.png

A delicious and nutritious snack, useful for luring creatures to a trap or for fishing.

Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Stack size
Spoils in
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi Honey 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_Honey.PrimalItemConsumable_Honey'" 1 0 0
Used to craft

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. Dinos with alternative taming methods can some times be "stuck" and not progress to the next stage, for example a  Noglin might not want to attack another dino for taming. Using Honey as bait will resolve this issue without a loss in taming effectiveness.
  • 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.


It is gathered from a  Bee Hive that is produced by a tamed  Giant Bee.

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).

Crystal Isles

Honey can also be obtained from the beehives in the Cave of the Bees on the Crystal Isles. An Ankylosaurus is the best tame for this. Harvesting the hives will aggro all nearby bees, so it is advised to clear the cave before gathering.


You can harvest it on Honey Stones (see Resource Map for locations), by the same way than on an Oil Rock. It allows you to gather a precious ressource without danger in early game, notably to tame the  Andrewsarchus.

Fishing Comparison

Bait Catchable Fish Max Fish Size
 Sap  Coelacanth 0.94
 Leech Blood  Coelacanth,  Sabertooth Salmon,  Piranha 1.88
 Giant Bee Honey  Coelacanth,  Sabertooth Salmon,  Piranha 2.4

Spoil times

ContainerSpoiling Time
 Player Inventory 20m
 Tamed Dino 1h 20m
 Preserving Bin 3h 20m
 Bee Hive 15d 6h 40m
 Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 5h
 Refrigerator 1d 9h 20m

For more information, see Spoilage.

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.
  • On servers where the honey stacks is important to separate it one at the time before use it as a bait, otherwise the entire stack will be thrown and it cannot be recovered after doing it.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
257.0 Giant Bee Honey is added to the game.
259.0 Reduced max fish size that is catchable with a fishing rod with Honey to 2.2.
278.0 The Dire Bear will be able to harvest honey from wild beehives without attracting bees or hurting the hive using it's alternative attack. Plus the amount of honey it receives will be 3x the standard amount.
Patch  ARK: Survival Ascended Changes
33.46 Bosses can no longer be lured by Giant Bee Honey.

Video Tutorial

A quick tutorial on how to make a bee trap to get honey easier in the Redwoods.