Swarm of killer bees

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Swarm of killer bees
Monster ID 221
Locations The Dungeons of Doom
Hit Points 75
Attack 59
Defense 53
No-Hit 69
Initiative 90
Meat None
Phylum bug
Elements None
Resistance None
Monster Parts bees
baby killer bee, royal jelly
Manuel Entry
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swarm of killer bees You're fighting a swarm of killer bees

This is a huge, loud, dangerous swarm of killer bees. They'll sting you like a hobbit, and even the police won't be able to help you.

Hit Message(s):

You blithely make yourself a cup of coffee while they swarm around you. Then it hits you -- you're COVERED IN BEES! Also, what's coffee? Ow! Ouch! Argh! Oof!

They swarm around you like a bunch of gangsta rappers. Only, y'know, with venomous stingers. Ouch! Ooh! Argh! Oof!

Critical Hit Message:

Four bees sting you in the <shoulder>, the <forehead>, the <ankle>, and the <shins>. Then four more sting you in the <lower back>, and four more sting you in the <ankle>. These things are friggin' relentless. Argh! Ooh!

Miss Message(s):

They start to swarm you, but get distracted by a guy in a giant bee outfit talking about 'el gato malodoro.'

They start to swarm around you, but you give them a quick lesson on aerodynamics and they all fall to the ground.

Fumble Message:

They swarm at you, but accidentally fly through the smoke from a nearby torch and fall asleep. (FUMBLE!)

After Combat

Babya.gifYou acquire an item: baby killer bee (5.0% chance)*
Percent.gifYou acquire an item: royal jelly (26.2% chance)*
You gain 14.75 <substat>.

Occurs in The Dungeons of Doom.


  • A successful attack from this monster has a chance of poisoning you:
You are poisoned by the attack...
Poison.gifYou acquire an effect: Somewhat Poisoned
(duration: 10 Adventures)
  • This monster appears statistically equivalent to the swarm of lowercase As.
  • This monster counts as a group (of size 6). It takes manifold damage from area-of-effect skills such as Wave of Sauce.


  • As with everything else in the Dungeons of Doom, this is a reference to the computer game NetHack.
  • "They'll sting you like a hobbit" is a reference to J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, which contains a scene in which title character, Bilbo Baggins, sees enormous bees and thinks, "If one was to sting me, I would swell up as big as I am again!" Also, Bilbo carried about a dagger (which, to his size was about the proportions of a short sword) of Elven make named Sting.
  • "The police" is a reference to the British band The Police, whose lead singer was named Sting.
  • The guy in a bee outfit refers to Bumble Bee Man, a recurring character on the television series The Simpsons. On one episode, he calls a skunk "un gato malodoro," or a stinky cat.
  • The aerodynamics lesson is a reference to a flawed aerodynamic calculation from the 1930s purporting to prove that it was impossible for bumblebees to fly. No one told the bumblebees, who went on flying as usual.
  • The "COVERED IN BEES!" line is a reference to a sketch by comedian Eddie Izzard from her Glorious performance.
  • The "bunch of gangsta rappers" is a reference to the Wu-Tang Clan who would would sometimes refer to themselves as "The Wu-Tang Killa Bees" in some of their earlier songs.
  • The description about the police won't be able to help you may be a reference to Tommy Boy where Chris Farley runs out of his car screaming about killer bees, and the cops didn't do anything.