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Western Hive is a faction of the Hive race which dwell in a series of Hive Villages and Distant Hive Villages.

Most Hive Playable Characters in the game originate from the Western Hive (instead of Southern Hive), and will often mention their reluctance to return to their home when they enter Vain.

Non-Player Characters


Village NPCs

These are the potential inhabitants of the Hive Villages.

Trade Caravans

These are the potential NPCs who are members of this faction's trade caravans.

These are possible traders which can come from this faction.

Bandit Hive

These characters will begin to spawn if the Queen has been killed or kidnapped.

*These characters do not spawn naturally. They may only spawn when certain World States are achieved or during Events.


Player Relations

The reasons for this faction to have a non-zero relation towards you.

  • While the Hivers in the Hive Villages will refuse to work with "hiveless" hive characters, the traders from the Western Hive do not seem to care about this when they visit the player's outpost or trade in the wilderness. Sometimes the hive caravans will sell the player a Lantern of Radiance.


Western Hive caravans can spawn in Flats Lagoon, Heng, Stenn Desert, The Great Desert, and Vain.

These towns, outposts, and other locations are controlled by this faction.
Mapico-stormhouse.png Distant Hive Village
Mapico-stormhouse.png Hive Village
Mapico-stormhouse.png Western Hive

World States
If certain World States are achieved, this faction can be found patrolling Border Zone, Dreg, Flats Lagoon, Okran's Pride, Okran's Valley, Purple Sands, Sinkuun, Skinner's Roam, Stenn Desert, The Eye, The Great Desert, and The Swamp.
Town Overrides

If The Queen is killed or imprisoned, Hive Villages will become Deadhive Overrun.


  • Some Hive Traders won't trade with squads that have Hive characters in the squad. These NPCs often call the squad members as "Lost Ones" or "Hiveless", and might attack the player if they don't leave the shop.
  • Hive Traders have diplomatic status.
  • It is quite likely that several commodities that can be bought in Hive Villages are stolen, noted by how Hive Traders ironically expose themselves to further suspicions by claiming that all goods are "authentic and not stolen".
  • The Holy Nation issues trade embargo on Western Hive.
  • Western Hive and Traders Guild are competitive enemies in economy.
  • Southern Hive are hostile towards Western Hive, but not vice-versa.
  • Western Hive have a similar (-50) Trustworthy value, similar to most other bandit factions.