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.
Bears are encountered several times in Dragon Age: Origins.
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.
- ps3When summoned, the great bear will often get stuck in normal-sized doorways. This is noticeable, for example, during the Warden's Keep DLC.