Bear

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Bear
Black bear.pngGrizzly bear.pngPolar bear.pngPanda.png
Black Bear Spawn EggGrizzly Bear Spawn EggPanda Spawn Egg
Health points

25 (Heart.svg × 12.5) to 50 (Heart.svg × 25)

Attack strength

2 (Heart.svg) to 12 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

Spawn

Solid surfaced blocks with a minimum of two block spaces above them.

Drops

Grid Hide.png Hide (0-2)

Experience

1–3

Sounds

Idle

Hurt & Death

Internal ID

?

Entity ID

blackbear, grizzlybear, pandabear, wildpolarbear

Bears are tamable mobs that come with several variants.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Grizzly bears, black bears and pandas spawn on grass blocks at light levels of 9 or more with at least 2 block space above. They often spawn in groups of 4 of their own species during world generation. Bear cubs may also spawn with adults.

Polar bears spawn in ice plains, ice mountains, and ice spikes biomes.

Drops[edit | edit source]

All types of bears will drop 0–2 hide upon death. This can be increased with the Looting enchantment. They drop 1–3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

If a tamed bear was equipped with a saddle or chest, those will also be dropped, as well as any contents of its inventory.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Bears wander around aimlessly, avoiding cliffs high enough to cause fall damage, and usually stay out of water. Black bears and grizzly bears have similar behavior to rats in the way they attack; at day, or in high light levels, grizzly bears and black bears are neutral, but once they get into light levels of 7 or less, or if provoked, they will become hostile towards the player. Polar bears are always aggressive, and will attack the player on sight.

Pandas are the only passive type of bear, and will not react when hit. Black bears, grizzly bears and polar bears will stand up on their hind legs occasionally, especially when a player is near. Pandas will sit occasionally instead of standing upright.

Grizzly bears, polar bears and black bears will attack other mobs (with the exception of big cats and other bears); most of which includes cows, sheep, rabbits, foxes and turkeys. Bear cubs are passive, and will not attack if provoked.

Like other baby mobs, cubs will follow adult bears, even tamed ones.

Taming[edit | edit source]

A tamed grizzly bear equipped with a saddle and chest.

A bear can be tamed by giving a cub any type of meat, both cooked or raw (they don't get food poisoning from consumption of raw meat). Pandas can be tamed by feeding them sugar canes. When the naming screen appears, the bear has been tamed.

Tamed bears can be healed with any meat, and can be renamed with a medallion, book or name tag. Tamed bears can be made to sit with a whip, and will not move until the whip is used again.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

Feeding tamed bears any meat together in an enclosed space will make them breed. The offspring will grow progressively larger with time until they reach their full size. The naming screen will also appear as soon as the offspring is produced, and, once named, will be tamed to the player.

The breeding pair needs to be kept away from other bears, and also need to be kept close in order to breed, therefore it is recommended to place them in a fenced area.

Variants[edit | edit source]

The four natural types of bears.

There are four types of bears; black bears, polar bears, pandas, and grizzly bears. Polar bears are the largest bear, followed by grizzlies and black bears, with pandas being the smallest.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Riding[edit | edit source]

Tamed bears can wear either vanilla or crafted saddles so they can be ridden. Once a bear is tamed and saddled, the player can control it with standard directional controls, jump, and the mouse. You can dismount a bear by using the 'shift' key.

A player can use any item while riding a bear, including drinking or throwing potions; activating doors or redstone devices; using chests, crafting tables and furnaces; breaking and placing blocks; and attacking with melee weapons and bows.

A ridden bear will automatically run up any one block high slope. They are however, much slower in comparison with ridden big cats and manticores, but they can be combined with speed potions.

Storage[edit | edit source]

If a bear has been given a chest, it will acquire 18 inventory slots. The chest can be accessed with sneak and use.

Chests can be given to a bear with a right-click, and afterwards the chest cannot be removed except by killing the carrier, placing the bear in a pet amulet, or by using shears.

History[edit | edit source]

Version

v10.0.1[edit | edit source]

- Bears can now be tamed by giving meats to cubs.

- Bears can now be ridden and given chests.

- Split bears into separate entities.

v8.0.0 DEVa[edit | edit source]

- Added bear attack animation.

v5.2.2[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bounding box of bears.

v5.2.0 DEV[edit | edit source]

- Bears will check spawning surroundings, if within 12 blocks of sugar canes, it will become a panda.

If the biome where the bear is spawning has the word bamboo in its name, it will also be a panda.

v4.2.0[edit | edit source]

- Bears no longer remain sitting for so long.

v4.0.1[edit | edit source]

- Changed bear models.

v3.2.0[edit | edit source]

- Bears no longer spawn within 8 blocks of torches.

v2.13.1[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug with bears' snouts.

v2.10[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug with snouts being off 1 pixel when rotating head in bears.

v2.5.3[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug with bears not attacking livestock.

v2.5.2[edit | edit source]

- Reduced spawn rate of bears.

v1.6.2[edit | edit source]

- Bears won't attack lions, but they will attack any other mobs.

- Reduced bear spawn rate to 1/3.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • For some reason, approaching a grizzly bear or black bear with cubs will not attack you, though real life female bears will attack people if they approach or try to harm their cubs.
  • A panda's diet in real life mostly consists of bamboo, and don't really eat meat. In Minecraft, they can be tamed with any meat.
  • Unlike polar bears in-game, actual polar bears will not attack people on sight. They will usually only attack if they are hungry or threatened.

Gallery[edit | edit source]