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Bear
A traveler encounters a family of bears.
(Creature)

Traits Animal
Level Varies by type
Alignment
Adjective Ursine, bearlike, bearish
Images of bears

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 40

Type Animal
CR Varies
Environment Any land
Alignment
Adjective Ursine, bearlike, bearish
Images of bears

Source: Pathfinder RPG Bestiary, pg(s). 31

Grizzly bear
(Creature)

Traits Animal
Level 3
Alignment
Adjective grizzly

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 40

Type Animal
CR 4
Environment Cold forests
Alignment
Adjective grizzly

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 31

Black bear
(Creature)
Type Animal
CR 3
Alignment

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 31
Cave bear, or dire bear
A short-faced bear.
(Creature)

Traits Animal
Level 6
Alignment

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 40

Type Animal
CR 7
Environment Cold forests
Alignment
Images of dire bears

Source: Bestiary, pg(s). 31

Panda
(Creature)
Type Animal
CR 2
Environment Temperate or warm jungles
Alignment

Source: Animal Archive, pg(s). 29
Polar bear
(Creature)
Type Animal
CR 5
Environment Cold coastlines and plains
Alignment

Source: The Snows of Summer, pg(s). 82

Bears are powerful, furred carnivorous animals. Their various species that can be found in all of Golarion's climate zones. They include the powerful, brown grizzly bear found in forested hills,[1] their smaller black bear cousins,[2] and the polar and Taraskan bears of northern Avistan, who can be found on and near the Crown of the World.[3][4] Cave bears, also known as dire bears or short-faced bears, are more powerful versions of their lesser cousins found far from civilization.[1] Pandas are climbing, bamboo-eating bears who live solitary lives and are far less aggressive than other breeds.[5]Kokogiaks are monsters resembling gigantic, ten-legged polar bears.[6]

Bears are sometimes found as the animal companions of druids, rangers, or other professions with close ties to the animal kingdom,[7] especially among the dwarves, gnomes, orcs, and humans.[8]

Appearance

Bears span several species, but they are generally large carnivorus mammalian quadropeds with stocky legs, small ears, shaggy hair, clawed paws, and short tails. At their largest, polar bears can weigh up to 1,500 pounds at up to 10 feet in length.[9]

Habitat and ecology

Bears typically hibernate during winter months in their dens, which are often natural shelters such as caves or logs.[9]

In culture

Stone giants often keep domesticated cave bears, and believe that their races were both born from a union between Fandarra and Estig the Hunter.[10] Ettins are also known to keep cave bears as pets.[11]

As symbols

Because of their popularity, strength, and ferocity, bears are a popular, symbolic creature that appear in many cultures.

  • A black bear is part of the crest of House Medvyed, one of the noble houses of Brevoy.[12]
  • Cave bears are among the totems held in high regard by the Lyrune-Quah and Shadde-Quah of the Shoanti.[13]

In religion

Bears are sacred to a number of deities, including Trudd, the dwarven god of bravery and strength;[14] the demon lord Urxehl;[15] and the daemonic harbinger Laivatiniel.[16] The demon lord Kostchtchie holds the polar bear as his sacred animal.[17]

One of the four heads of the rakshasa immortal Mursha is that of a bear, and he is said to be able to control these creatures.[18]

Bears and magic

Bears and ursine themes are also common in magical spells and items.

On Golarion

The Bearleg Lakes in the Crown of the World are home to numerous Taraskan bears and cave bears, which come there to feed on the yearly salmon runs and give the area its common name.[23]

Polar bears live along the Shining Sea,[24] and are also found on the ice sheet covering the Antarkos Ocean.[25]

References

For additional resources, see the Meta page.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Logan Bonner, Jason Bulmahn, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Mark Seifter, et al. (2019). Pathfinder Bestiary (Second Edition), p. 40. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-170-2
  2. Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary (First Edition), p. 31. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  3. Neil Spicer and James Wilber. (2013). Bestiary. The Snows of Summer, p. 82. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-492-4
  4. Jason Nelson. (2011). The Hungry Storm. The Hungry Storm, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-374-3
  5. Amanda Hamon, Philip Minchin, Jason Nelson, et al. (2013). Animal Archive, p. 29. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-7
  6. Jason Nelson and Sean K Reynolds. (2013). Bestiary. Maiden, Mother, Crone, p. 86. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-494-8
  7. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 51-53. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  8. Amanda Hamon, Philip Minchin, Jason Nelson, et al. (2013). Animal Archive, p. 5. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-487-7
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bear, Wikipedia}}
  10. Wolfgang Baur. (2007). Born of Stone. Fortress of the Stone Giants, p. 58. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-039-1
  11. Jason Bulmahn. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary (First Edition), p. 130. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1
  12. Tim Hitchcock. (2010). Stolen Land. Stolen Land, p. 31. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-229-6
  13. F. Wesley Schneider, Amber E. Scott, Tork Shaw, James L. Sutter, and Jerome Virnich. (2012). Varisia, Birthplace of Legends, p. inside front cover. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-453-5
  14. Sean K Reynolds. (2008). Gods and Magic, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-139-8
  15. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 100. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  16. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 114. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  17. Dennis Baker et al. (2013). Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 4, p. 49. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-575-4
  18. John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, et al. (2017). Book of the Damned, p. 131. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-970-7
  19. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 351. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  20. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 353. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  21. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 246-247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  22. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2009). Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook (1E), p. 502. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-150-3
  23. Jason Nelson. (2011). The Hungry Storm. The Hungry Storm, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-374-3
  24. Amber E. Scott and Mark Seifter. (2017). Aquatic Adventures, p. 32. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-944-8
  25. Amber E. Scott and Mark Seifter. (2017). Aquatic Adventures, p. 4-7. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-944-8

External links

  • Bear (real-world animal) on Wikipedia