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Black Bear

Contrary to the name, black bears can be cinnamon or even blond in coloration, depending on which hue is most beneficial for surviving in their local environment. Regardless of their coloration, they are opportunistic eaters who gain sustenance from berries and nuts just as often as from fish and smaller mammals. They steal food when they find it, including from humanoid camps. Although they are predators, black bears are more timid than other bears. Unless defending themselves or their young, black bears often avoid conflict or fight only until they can retreat.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 16

Black BearCreature 2

Source Bestiary 2 pg. 36 2.0
Perception +8; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet
Skills Athletics +9, Survival +7
Str +3, Dex +2, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -2
AC 18; Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +5
HP 32
Speed 35 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action jaws +9 [+4/-1], Damage 1d8+5 piercingMelee Single ActionSingle Action claw +9 [+5/+1] (agile), Damage 1d6+5 slashing plus GrabMauler The black bear gains +1 circumstance bonus to damage rolls against creatures it has grabbed.

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.