Bears are wild animals common to the forests of Thedas. They are rarely seen during the day and don't attack travelers unless provoked. Enraged bears are remarkably dangerous and can strike massive blows, capable of knocking a man off his feet. Some rangers are known to summon bears to fight on their side.

Background[edit | edit source]

Normally, it is almost unheard of for bears to attack travelers. They are, in fact, so shy and so inactive during the day that most people never encounter a bear at all. However, should a bear be provoked, they are remarkably dangerous. The normally placid-seeming creatures become enraged, and can strike massive blows with their paws, capable of knocking a man off his feet.[1]

"No beast is more beloved by Dirthamen than the bear. When the world was new, Dirthamen gave one secret to each creature to keep. The foxes traded their secrets to Andruil for wings. The hares shouted theirs to the treetops. The birds sold theirs for gold and silver. Only the bears kept Dirthamen's gift, deep within their dens, they slept the months away in the company of their secrets and nothing else. When Dirthamen discovered what had been done with his gifts, he snatched the wings from the foxes, silenced the voices of the hares, and turned the birds into paupers. but the bears he honored for their steadfastness."

Transcribed from a Dalish tale, 9:8 Dragon.[1]

Involvement[edit | edit source]

A summoned black bear

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Bears are encountered mainly in the forested areas of Ferelden. Black bears are the most common type of bears. They can be summoned by a Ranger and Shapeshifters can transform into one. The Ranger's bear levels up with the character and thus makes for a great tanking ally, with high health and damage output. While the same applies to the bear form, its use prevents spellcasting and thus it should only be used as a last resort.

Great bear is far larger and more powerful than the black bear. Master Ranger converts the summoned bear to Great Bear, marginally increasing its power and letting it use Rage.

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Bears can be found throughout Ferelden and Orlais. Large bears appear during the side quest Bergrit's Claws in the Hinterlands. A bigger bear, the great bear, is less common than a regular bear, but can still be found in great numbers. There is an even larger and more powerful version of the great bear, named Old Scarred Paw, who appears with its cubs during the side quest A Bear to Cross.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Bergrit's Claws Bergrit's Claws
A Well-Stocked Camp A Well-Stocked Camp
A Bear to Cross A Bear to Cross

Notable bears[edit | edit source]

Chauncey, the miniature bear found at the Black Emporium
Old Scarred Paw, found in the Emerald Graves

Abilities & Skills[edit | edit source]

Slam Slam
Rage Rage (summoned bears only)
Overwhelm Overwhelm (summoned great bears only)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Dragon Age: Origins[edit | edit source]

Lothering Lothering (black bears)
Fade Fade (black bears)
Forest Path Forest Path (black bears and great bears)
Brecilian Forest Brecilian Forest (great bears)
Battlefield Battlefield (great bears)

Dragon Age: Inquisition[edit | edit source]

Emerald Graves Emerald Graves
Emprise du Lion Emprise du Lion
Fallow Mire Fallow Mire (at Granite Point)
Hinterlands Hinterlands
Storm Coast Storm Coast

Loot[edit | edit source]

Bear Claws Bear Claws
Bear Hide Bear Hide
Fade-Touched Bear Hide (Max Stamina) Fade-Touched Bear Hide (Max Stamina)
Fade-Touched Bear Hide (Stamina) Fade-Touched Bear Hide (Stamina)
Great Bear Claws Great Bear Claws
Great Bear Hide Great Bear Hide
Great Bear Teeth Great Bear Teeth
Fade-Touched Great Bear Hide (Max Stamina) Fade-Touched Great Bear Hide (Max Stamina)
Fade-Touched Great Bear Hide (Stamina) Fade-Touched Great Bear Hide (Stamina)

Variations[edit | edit source]

Black bear
Large bear
Great bear

Codex entries[edit | edit source]

Codex entry: Bear Codex entry: Bear
Codex entry: Bear (Inquisition) Codex entry: Bear (Inquisition)
Codex entry: Great Bear Codex entry: Great Bear

Note texts[edit | edit source]

A Note Found on a Corpse A Note Found on a Corpse

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • ps3ps3 (Origins) When summoned, the great bear will often get stuck in normal-sized doorways. This is noticeable, for example, during the Warden's Keep DLC.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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