How to get Wax in Minecraft?

Minecraft offers players a vast and immersive world to explore. There are numerous resources and crafting possibilities, and players are always looking for new items and materials. One such material is Honeycomb (also known as Wax), a resource that can be used for crafting Beehives, Candles and Honeycomb blocks, and to produce Waxed Copper (which will stop oxidizing and changing color, unlike regular Copper).

You can get Wax (or Honeycombs) from Bee Nests or Beehives when they are at their maximum honey level. You will need to use Shears on them (right-click on the Bee Nests or Beehives while holding Shears in your hand) to get 3 Wax (or Honeycombs). But be aware that Bees will turn hostile on you after you do it, so be prepared with the proper counter measures for that.

Today we are here to find out how to get Wax in Minecraft, how to prevent Bees from turning hostile, where to find Bee Nests and how to use Wax. Let’s start!

how get wax in minecraft


Getting Wax is pretty easy on its own, but before attempting the harvesting you need to remember that Bees will get angry at you for stealing the product of their work. This can lead to them attacking you and either killing you or dying. That’s because Bees in Minecraft die after attacking a player or a mob, just like in the real world. So now we will first see how to get Wax, then we will see how to keep the Bees from getting hostile.

How to get Wax in Minecraft

You can get Honeycombs from Bee Nests or Beehives. When a nest is at its maximum honey level it will look like this:

minecraft full bee nest

You can notice golden particles dripping from the Bee Nest to the ground. if a Bee Nest or Beehive is at its maximum honey level, you can use Shears on it (right-click on the Bee Nest while holding Shears in your hand) to get 3 Honeycombs.

To craft Shears you will need 2 Iron Ingots:

shears crafting recipe

Where to find Bee Nests

minecraft bee nest

During the day, Bees fly from their Nest to Flowers to get pollen. Their look will change when they are carrying pollen: their back will turn from full brown to brown with some white spots.

minecraft pollen bee

When they carry the pollen, there is a chance that they drop it. If pollen is dropped on Grass or crops (like Wheat for example), it will act like Bone Meal and make the Grass or crops advance one growth stage.

You can find Bee Nests attached to trees in the following biomes:

  • Birch Forest
  • Flower Forest
  • Forest
  • Mangrove Swamp
  • Meadow
  • Old Growth Birch Forest
  • Plains
  • Sunflower Plains

In Meadow there is a 100% of finding Bee Nests, while it is not always a certainty in the other ones. So if you want to find a Bee Nest, you should try to go to a Meadow. If you can’t find any Meadow, you can try to use the command /locate biome. You just need to open the commands and type:

/locate biome minecraft:meadow

And you’ll see a message appearing with the coordinates ot the closest Meadow.

minecraft locatebiome

To know your coordinates instead, you just need to press F3 and you will see this:

minecraft coordinates

How to prevent Bees from turning hostile

If you want to prevent the Bees from turning hostile when you take the Honeycombs, you can calm them with the smoke coming from a Campfire. To craft a Campfire you will need 3 Sticks, 3 Wooden Logs (of any kind of wood) and 1 Coal or Charcoal (related: Charcoal vs Coal in Minecraft: are they any different?):

campfire crafting recipe

To smoke a BeeNest or Beehive, just place the Campfire close to it.

minecraft campfire bee nest

What to do with Wax in Minecraft

You can use Wax to craft the following items:

candle crafting recipe
honeycomb block crafting recipe
Honeycomb block
beehive crafting recipe

You will need Beehives if you want to make your own Honey and Wax farm. See more in How to move a Beehive (and its Bees) in Minecraft.

You can also mix Wax and Copper blocks in the Crafting Table to obtain Waxed Copper blocks. Copper blocks turn rusty after a while:

oxidated copper minecraft
The 3 stages of oxidation

The Waxed ones instead will not get rusty. They will keep their color, whatever their oxidation stage is.

waxed copper


You can get Wax (or Honeycombs) from Bee Nests or Beehives by right-clicking on them while holding Shears in your hand. Make sure to smoke the Nests with a Campfire to prevent Bees from turning hostile. Thank you very much for reading the article this far and I hope I’ll see you again around here. See you and take care!