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Bears can roar.
- "Mirannah of Gwylim notes that the first Imperial bear calvary came into use in 2E 23. Scrawled next to this: '10th Legion steed?' and 'Leyawiin bear parade.' I can verify the date, but the latter two must be fiction notes."—Honorata Ancrus, Eyevea
- These fiercely noble Snow Bears are said to have been brought from the legendary frozen continent of Atmora by mighty Ysgramor himself, who deemed them the only worthy avatars of the ancient Nord Bear totem.
- The Badger Bears of southern Blackwood were nearly extinct in the wild when they were saved by the intervention from an unlikely source, an Imperial noble. Viscount Glorion of Leyawiin rescued the species by breeding them as mounts.
- "So, it's a Bear. Only it's a Lizard. And you can ride it? Shor's bones! That's all I need to know. I'll take it!" —Celebrated Nord Envoy Rigurt the Brash
- The Black Bear is common across Cyrodiil, but is also seen north into High Rock and Skyrim, where it is considered a warrior's mount.
The Black Bear was available from the Crown Store for 2,500 from February 18 through February 22, 2016. Its default name is "Nightpaw".
The Cave Bear is a large brown bear mount released alongside the Orsinium DLC. It is available from the Crown Store individually for 1,800 , or as part of the Orsinium Collector's Bundle for 5,000 . Its default name is "Theodore".
- Bears afflicted by a necromancer's curse become baneful, easily enraged beasts. Loyal only to their masters, these transformed ursines show no fear in the face of danger, making them excellent battlefield companions.
- Dragonscale bard is just about the heaviest armor one can put on a mount, but bears bred as mounts are so strong they scarcely seem to notice it.
- Originally tamed and bred as mounts by the ancient Grimfang Reach clan, these riding bears became popular among Nords who captured them in raids. Despite their inherent docility, these bears anger swiftly when threatened.
- Scholar of the Dwemer Guylaine Marilie theorized that bear vamidiums were animunculi mounts reserved only for those Deep Elves of high rank or status. "Imagine a noble in full armor on a Dwarven Bear Mount," he wrote. "What could be more impressive?"
- When the Empress Hestra led her legions in harrying the Vampire King Styriche and his Gray Host into western Hammerfell, it's said she did so while riding a great Flame Atronach Bear Mount named Fiery Ursula.
- Orcish spellwrights rarely call for boons from Daedric realms beyond Malacath's Ashpit. Even so, the lure of a raging bear wrought from rock-hard ice is difficult to pass up.
- The Bear was also one of the ancient Atmoran animal tokens, associated later with the Nord god Tsun, so the Frostbane Bear has historically been one of the most prestigious mounts a tradition-loving Nord could ride.
- "A fellow named Rigurt requested a 'fortuitudinous' bear mount that 'shines up the face' of a friend. My glowing Gloomspore Bears, with their mora tapinella infusion, barrel through enemies to get a rider to safety. 'Fortuitudinous' galore."—Mage Naleldi
- In honor of a fallen Warden, a Wayrest blacksmith continues to breed and sell these bears as mounts today. If you happen to notice a Warden watching you as you ride this steed, consider thanking her. She may be the fallen Warden's shade!
- "You need more than colorful barding to harness one of these bears—a splash of blood freed by Neb-Crescen and a teardrop from a watcher's eye might bind one to your cause. Might. Otherwise, stand clear. You won't survive their hugs."—Mother Regrets
The Grinning Terror Bear is an upcoming mount. Its default name is "Romp".
- When the moons rise over the Witches Festival, Jaque o' the Hollow haunts the mounts of mortals, cursing their riders to gallop headless through the night. Even the doughty bear mounts of the Nords are susceptible.
- Aer, the Conjurer Magnificent, summoned the first of these Iron Bears in 1E 2150. According to her notes, the lumbering, ursine frame matches the atronach's temperament perfectly, making the calling-ritual far easier.
- Both swift and strong, the Masked Bear of the Jerall Mountains is a popular mount along the high passes between Bruma and Falkreath.
The Masked Bear is a large black and white bear. It was previously available in the Crown Store for 2,500 . It is now available as a Legendary-level reward in Flame Atronach Crates. Its default name is "Bandit".
- "During the long journey from Nenalata to High Rock, beloved mounts became saviors. A song, nearly forgotten, details how a bear named Sunnawend saved Ayleids from a watery grave as they sought to cross a rain-swollen river."—Beredalmo the Signifier
- "Dark as a starless night, Cult of the New Moon bears move through shadows silently to attack their prey. Never anger one of these." —Jonnet of the Sunwalkers
- According to Nord legend, bears—like the Nords themselves—originated on the frozen continent of Atmora. And some Nords think that's where the Psijic monks went to find the original model of their Psiiic Bear Exemplar. The Psijic mages aren't saying.
- A re-animated Skeletal Bear makes a fearsome mount, and is a favorite of northern Tamriel's necromancers.
- The Snow Bear makes a superior mount for northern climes, as it's undaunted by even the fiercest winter weather.
- "During times of great need, Sovngarde releases some of its heroes back into the world, and legendary beasts to serve them. The stoutheart bear is one such creature. A fearless companion to carry true warriors to battle."—Clever Woman Moritra
- According to Nord legend, in his wars against the Snow Elves the mighty Ysgramor the Harbinger rode a Storm Atronach Bear Mount conjured for him by his personal Clever Man.
- A staple of Morthal wardens, these imposing bears trundle near the outskirts of town, serving as extra guards when not in use as steeds or resting. Those who seek to one day become valiant defenders of their town often sneak away to feed them extra treats.
The Sunback Bear is an upcoming mount. Its default name is "Dawnglow".
- The rare Sweetroll Grizzly Bears prowl the golden forests of the Rift on the northern slopes of the Jerall Mountains. They're big strong cuddly hug machines—except when they're angry.
- Though the famed bard Svaknir wrote a hilarious song in which the Tuxedo was mocked as "the Chub Loon of Bears," this magnificent ursine mount has been esteemed by Nord nobles since the early First Era.
The Tuxedo Bear is a bear mount resembling a larger, thicker-furred sun bear. It was first available as part of the Black Fredas Special! for 1,900 (limited to one purchase per account), and was later made available as a Legendary-level reward in Baandari Pedlar Crates. Its default name is "Stibbons".
- The Wild Hunt Bear is a forest beast that has lost its Y'ffre-given ability to choose between being plant or animal, reverting to the primal chaos of the Dawn Era.
The Wild Hunt Bear Mount is available as an Apex-level reward from Wild Hunt Crown Crates. Its default name is "Branch-Britches". It leaves behind green pawprints, and small flowers briefly bloom where it stands still.