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Cave Bear

Larger, stronger, and far more aggressive than its smaller cousins, the cave bear is a behemoth that avoids civilized lands, preferring to dwell in remote places. As its name might suggest, the cave bear makes its den in natural caves, and like the grizzly bear, a cave bear is fiercely territorial. Unlike a grizzly bear, however, a cave bear is short tempered and will make sure its foe is dead before moving on, usually feasting on its prey’s soft flesh once it has been incapacitated. Cave bears are often regarded as powerful guardian spirits by remote-dwelling people, while they are utilized as beasts of war by orcs or even giants—stone giants in particular have an affinity for keeping trained cave bears as pets or guardians for their homes.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 22

Cave BearCreature 6

Source Bestiary pg. 40
Perception +13; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Athletics +16, Survival +11
Str +6, Dex +1, Con +6, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -1
AC 24; Fort +16, Ref +11, Will +13
HP 95
Speed 35 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +16 [+11/+6], Damage 2d10+6 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +16 [+12/+8] (agile), Damage 2d8+6 slashing plus GrabMauler The bear gains a +4 circumstance bonus to damage rolls against creatures it has grabbed.Rush Two ActionsTwo Actions The cave bear Strides and makes a Strike at the end of that movement. During the Stride, it gains a +10-foot circumstance bonus to its Speed.

All Monsters in "Bear"

Black Bear2
Cave Bear6
Grizzly Bear3
Polar Bear5


Source Bestiary pg. 40
Bears are ferocious predators typically found in cold or temperate woodlands and hills. Many species of bear exist in addition to the two presented below, such as the smaller (but no less dangerous) black bear or the arctic-dwelling polar bear.

Sidebar - Treasure and Rewards Bear Resources

A bear den can contain valuable treasures, such as the remains of less fortunate adventurers who stumbled into a hungry bear’s path. Bear furs themselves are valued as rugs, while their claws and fangs make for impressive jewelry or adornments for armor. Bear hide is an excellent resource for hide armor.