Bear

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The bear is a very common, bulky, furry, four-legged carnivorous beast found in countless areas across Azeroth.

Background

A bear in the TCG.
"Never wake a sleeping bear."[1]
 [The Greatest Race of Hunters]

The Forsaken despise bears, considering them soulless beasts put upon the earth to torment them. They have devised a way to make use of the bears so that they may serve some purpose — they use the living bears at their spider farm as living egg feeders. The spiders lay their eggs in the bear flesh and the eggs thrive off of the meat and blood of the beasts.[2] Infested cubs still listen for the telltale buzzing of bees even though they can no longer taste honey.[3]

Though bears normally appear to be solitary, the Shardtooth bears of Winterspring hunt in packs to bring down chimaeras or owlbears.[4]

The fearsome Darkmoon dancing bears have a habit of suddenly breaking out into dance amid battle, much to the annoyance of their riders.[5] The armored brown bear's swiftness is enhanced by its heavy armor, imbued with magic from Kirin Tor magi.[6] The bears of Dun Morogh are prized for their hardiness, loyalty, and combat prowess. Their time among the dwarves does little to curb their ferocity.[7]

The frost vrykul believe that wearing a necklace of polar bear claws will grant them otherworldly strength.[8] The Hyldnir ride arctic warbears in their Hyldsmeet competition, but they don't give out a warbear to just anyone.[9] The Amani trolls decorate the ferocious Amani battle bears in magic amulets and ceremonial masks as a way to venerate the bear god Nalorakk.[10]

The rare baby blizzard bear is bred for its small size and perpetually youthful appearance.[11] The fur of the Darkshore bears owes to the almost perpetual gloom they live in, and their vision in the darkness is uncanny.[12] The bear cubs of Hyjal suffered much during the Cataclysm. On the bright side, the devastation also led to their newfound love of heights and daredevil stunts.[13]

Notable

As a mount

Main article: Bear mounts

As a companion pet

As a hunter pet

Type
Tenacity
Diet
Inv misc food 11.png Inv misc food 04.png Inv misc fish 24.png Inv misc food 19.png Inv mushroom 11.png Inv misc food 18.png
Abilities
Basic Special Exotic Bonus
Ability druid rake.png Ability druid demoralizingroar.png Ability hunter separationanxiety.png
  • Very popular as hunter pets due to their easy diet and wide availability. Like all tenacious pets, they can learn the talent [Thunderstomp], allowing them to hold the attention of several enemies at once. Bears can also function as a bona fide tank, complete with Demoralizing Roar, crit-immunity, the ability to taunt, and a survival cooldown.
  • Dwarf hunters will start with a bear pet.

Patch changes

WoD Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Demoralizing Roar] replaced with [Invigorating Roar].
Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Ability changes.

Swipe replaced by Demoralizing Roar. Now have a bonus ability, Rest.

WotLK Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Bonuses equalized.

Damage had no bonus and now has +5% bonus.
Health had a 10% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Major changes.

[Bite] replaced with Swipe.
Health had a +8% bonus and now has +10%.
Damage had a -9% penalty and now has no penalty.

In the RPG

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  • Gray bears are native to the Hillsbrad Foothills.[15]
  • Grizzly bears are massive carnivores who weigh more than 1,800 pounds and stand nearly 9 feet tall when they rear up onto their hind legs. They are bad-tempered and territorial. A grizzly bear attacks mainly by tearing at opponents with its claws. They are found in cold forests, and are found either solitary or in pairs.[16]
  • Polar bears are long, lean carnivores that are slightly taller than grizzly bears. Polar bears fight just as grizzly bears do. A polar bear’s white coat bestows camouflage it in snowy areas. They are found on cold planes, either solitary or in pairs.[16]
  • The brown bear is a bear living in the northern forest of Azeroth. They are similar to grizzly bears. Like a grizzly bear, it attacks mainly by tearing at opponents with its claws.[17]
  • The black bear is a forest-dwelling omnivore that usually is not dangerous unless an interloper threatens its cubs or food supply. Black bears can be pure black, blond, or cinnamon in color and are rarely more than 5 feet long. Black bears rip prey with their claws and teeth. They can be found in temperate forests. A black bear is either solitary or found in a pair.[16]
  • A type of bear known as a dire bear is described in the Manual of Monsters and the Monster Guide.
  • A strange creature known as a gorilla bear is described in the Manual of Monsters appendix three, however, the validity of the source is disputed.

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