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A bear

Bears are large, often hostile creatures found across Tamriel. They will attack those who infringe on their territory, although they often roar or growl in an effort to intimidate potential threats before attacking.

There are several varieties of Bears. Black bears are black-colored and are usually the smallest kind of bear found throughout Tamriel, although those found in High Rock are notably among the largest bears seen anywhere.[1] They can be summoned by spriggans for protection. Grizzly bears are dark red colored and can be found throughout Tamriel, and the Skaal can summon them for protection. Brown or cave bears are brown-colored and are larger and more powerful than the black bears variety. Snow bears are white-colored bears that can be found in the most cold parts of Skyrim and Solstheim. They are more resistant to frost than other bears varieties and can cause frostbite to those that are damaged by it. Plague bears are found on Solstheim and are often diseased.

Bears are known to carry infectious diseases such as yellow tick, bone break fever and Ataxia. Bears are hunted for their pelts, which can be tanned into leather, and their claws, for their potential use in alchemy. Bretons are known to use Black Bear musk oil as a fragrance.[2]

The Skaal see bears as the sacred embodiment of a warrior's strength and thus as a gift from the All-Maker.[3] The Boots of the Crusader were once guarded by a bear called the Forest Guardian at the Shrine of Kynareth in Cyrodiil's Great Forest.[4] Kyne's Sacred Trials include slaying the Ursine Guardian, one of the seven guardian beasts of Skyrim.[5][6] A bear is among the many animals carved onto dragon claws and their respective puzzles in Nordic ruins.[7] Hircine's aspect of strength takes the form of a bear, and the Prince is also responsible for the creation of werebears.

Some Dwarven vamidia were constructed in the shape of bears, and conjurers are able to compel Atronachs to adopt the form of bears.[8]


Black BearEdit

Black Bear (Oblivion)

A smaller species of bear found throughout the woodlands of Tamriel. Some Spriggans have the ability to magically summon bears to defend themselves or attack passersby. Bretons are known to use Black Bear musk oil as a fragrance.[2]

Brown BearEdit

Brown Bear (Oblivion)

A larger, more dangerous species of bear. Like other bears, they are typically resistant to the cold and frost spells.

Cave BearEdit

Cave Bear (Skyrim)

Stronger than its lower land cousins, this bear is found in the higher elevations of Skyrim.

Grizzly BearEdit

Grizzly Bear (Bloodmoon)

A powerful animal that can attack not only with its powerful jaws, but with both front paws. Found throughout the wooded and snowy areas of Tamriel.

Plague BearEdit

Plague Bear (Bloodmoon)

Of similar size to the Grizzly Bear, these beasts are more resistant against the surrounding nature than its cousin, and known to carry diseases.

Snow BearEdit

Snow Bear (Bloodmoon)

A white bear with an icy bite often found on the island of Solstheim as well as in the high mountains and icy plains of Skyrim. They are sometimes used as mounts.


See AlsoEdit

For game-specific information, see the Oblivion, Skyrim, ESO, and Blades articles.


  1. ^ ESO loading screens
  2. ^ a b Bear Musk Oil item description in ESO
  3. ^ Skaal dialogue in Bloodmoon
  4. ^ Events of Oblivion
  5. ^ Events of Skyrim
  6. ^ Froki Whetted-Blade's dialogue in Skyrim
  7. ^ Events of Skyrim
  8. ^ Online:Mounts/Bears