Hornet Hole

The difficulty here can really sting at times.

A level seen in video games that takes place almost exclusively inside a beehive. Due to the nature of this level, it is in the realm almost exclusively of Platform Games. It has sticky honey or beeswax that will get stuck on characters and will often have a mazelike level design. There will be a Queen or King bee that needs to be fought. Of course, this videogame setting isn't limited to bees. Wasps, hornets and other suitably annoying flying, stinging insects can have their homes invaded by intrepid heroes as well. Since this level is full of enemy types that usually can't be defeated by traditional means, it can easily become That One Level.

Related tropes that can be seen in this type of level are The Swarm, Hive Mind, Synchronized Swarming, Bee Bee Gun and Bee Afraid.


  • Rare was a fan of bringing these levels to players:
  • Super Mario Bros.:
  • Obduction has a friendly Hornet Hole hidden away inside a clifftop. The "bees" inside are actually intelligent.
  • The obscure game Zapper'' has one called Crazy Apiary. It also doubled as an Unexpected Shmup Level.
  • Dungeons & Dragons adventure "WG7 Castle Greyhawk", level "Queen of the Honeybee Hive": The PCs must fight a group of opponents with bee-themed names.
  • The Nui-Rama hive in the Mata Nui Online Game.
  • The action-RPG Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall has a hive of giant bee/wasp-like creatures (called Panorpids) as one of its 'dungeons'.
  • The Hive in Dungeon Crawl. Hope you like fighting killer bees.
  • The Apiary in BioShock.
  • The Mantid Hive in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.
  • A few rooms in Nethack, complete with queen bee.
  • Little Big Adventure 2 has the island of the Mosquibees which includes a large hive although you spend more time fighting the invading Francos.
  • The Castelia Gym in Pokémon Black and White is, understandably for a Bug gym, themed around a beehive, complete with sticky honey walls to break through.
  • The Biosphere in Metroid: Other M has a single room that is a giant hive of Ki-Hunters, aggressive insectoid enemies driven only more aggressive by a roar heard nearby. You fight a bunch of them and then the King (who just sits in his hive) as a minor boss fight.
  • The derelict Collector Ship in Mass Effect 2 can be considered this due to their general layout and hive-like design, including millions of victims in pods upon the walls.
  • Honey Bee Hollow in Frogger 3D.
  • In Freedom Planet, The temple area in Pangu Lagoon is overrun with wasp/bee like enemies that have converted the lower levels of the stage into a hive. They spawn endlessly if you fall to those levels.
  • The Macintosh computer game Bugdom has a level and a boss fight that both take place in a beehive. The type of enemies include the flying bees that appeared in the earlier two levels that try to sting you, muscular worker drone bees that fire their stingers at you, and bee larvae with bee heads and stingers sticking out of them, the normal bees and muscular drones die once they lose their stingers. The first level to take place in the beehive also has honey which if you land in it is a one hit kill as you sink in it and lose a life (unless you have the swim in water-type that would normally kill you cheat on), as for the boss fight you do battle against a queen bee who shoots honey and summons the bee larvae with the heads sticking out, to damage her you need to use your rolling attack move on her.
  • Sonic Lost World has this in Desert Ruins Zone 2, technically a mach speed-type of level with bee-like robots while speeding through multiple beehives, before coming face-to-face with Zomom.
  • Might and Magic VIII has a rare non-platformer example in the Wasp Nest in the Alvar region, which is the nest of the Alvarian giant wasps. The main special thing is that it is set up so that to navigate inside the nest requires Jump magic (your ordinary jumps are not high enough), though fortunately it has several entrances, allowing parties with Fly magic/special abilities (which only works outdoors) to reach most parts of it by taking detours on the outside.
  • Downplayed in Spelunky HD: Sometimes a Jungle level will have a beehive area, containing some honey patches that cause items to stick, a number of giant bees, and a queen bee. The queen drops royal jelly when killed, which is the second most potent source of healing in the game.
  • World of Warcraft has the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, an underground hive for the Old God-worshipping Qiraji, and Heart of Fear, a palace built out of amber occupied by the mantid.
  • Spyro: Enter The Dragonfly has the Honey Marsh level which is this crossed with Bubblegloop Swamp. A level of the same name appears in the earlier GBA game Spyro: Season of Ice, but it's a more straight example in that game.
  • Meteos has Hanihula, an entire planet with this theme. The civilization of intelligent bees that live on it are actually friendly and happy, however (its sound effects set even consists of children laughing and people cheering), and developed space travel to find things to pollinate on other planets. Nevertheless, half of the planet's surface is covered in beehives.
  • Terraria has bee hives that generate in the underground jungle. They're small, but breaking the hive blocks spawns bees that attack you, and killing the larva found inside summons the giant queen bee boss.

Alternative Title(s): Beehive Level