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Not to be confused with Honeycomb Block.
Honeycomb JE2 BE2.png
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Yes (64)

Honeycombs are items obtained from bee nests and beehives.


When a bee nest or beehive at honey_level 5 is sheared, it drops 3 honeycombs and angers any bees inside, causing them to attack. Having a lit campfire or lighting a fire underneath the nest or hive prevents the bees from becoming hostile.

A dispenser with shears inside can be used to shear the nest without angering the bees. The honeycomb pops out as a dropped item.



Using a honeycomb on a block of copper changes the block into its waxed variant, preventing oxidation of the copper.

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Beehive Any Planks +

Candle String +

Honeycomb Block Honeycomb

Waxed Block of Copper or
Waxed Exposed Copper or
Waxed Weathered Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Copper or
Waxed Cut Copper or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper
Block of Copper or
Exposed Copper or
Weathered Copper or
Oxidized Copper or
Cut Copper or
Exposed Cut Copper or
Weathered Cut Copper or
Oxidized Cut Copper +

Waxed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Slab
Cut Copper Slab or
Exposed Cut Copper Slab or
Weathered Cut Copper Slab or
Oxidized Cut Copper Slab +

Waxed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Waxed Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs
Cut Copper Stairs or
Exposed Cut Copper Stairs or
Weathered Cut Copper Stairs or
Oxidized Cut Copper Stairs +


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The specific instructions are: Wax on

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-plain-raw.pngWax On
Apply Honeycomb to a Copper block! Bee Our GuestUse a honeycomb on a copper block.husbandry/wax_on
Advancement-plain-raw.pngWax Off
Scrape Wax off of a Copper block! Wax OnUse an axe to revert a waxed copper block.husbandry/wax_off


Java Edition
1.1519w34aHoneycomb JE1 BE2.png Added honeycombs.
Honeycombs can be used to craft beehives.
19w41aHoneycombs can now be used to craft honeycomb blocks.
Pre-release 3Honeycomb texture change 1.15pre2 to 1.15pre3.gif The texture file of honeycombs has been slightly changed. The color channel of transparent pixels are now filled to black. The in-game texture has not been changed.
1.1720w45aHoneycomb can now be used to craft candles and waxed copper.
21w11aHoneycomb can now be used to wax copper blocks by right clicking or dispensing honeycomb onto the block.
21w14aHoneycomb can now be used to wax oxidized copper blocks.
Bedrock Edition
1.14.0beta BE1.png Added honeycombs.
beta JE1 BE2.png The texture of honeycombs has been changed to match Java Edition's.
Caves & Cliffs (experimental)beta can now be used to craft waxed copper.
Honeycomb can now be used to wax copper blocks by right clicking or dispensing honeycomb onto the block.
1.17.0beta can now be used to wax oxidized copper blocks.
1.17.10beta can now be used to craft candles.


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