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.


Dragon Age: Origins

A summoned black bear

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.


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)


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

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Bears can be found throughout Ferelden and Orlais. Large bears appear during the quest Bergrit's Claws in the Hinterlands. A bigger bear - 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 A Bear to Cross.



Bear Claws Bear Claws
Bear Hide Bear Hide
Great Bear Claws Great Bear Claws
Great Bear Hide Great Bear Hide
Great Bear Teeth Great Bear Teeth


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

Codex entries

Codex entry: Bear Codex entry: Bear
Codex entry: Bear Codex entry: Bear
Codex entry: Great Bear Codex entry: Great Bear


Dragon Age: Origins

  • ps3ps3When summoned, the great bear will often get stuck in normal-sized doorways. This is noticeable, for example, during the Warden's Keep DLC.


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