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Bear and Polar Bear, from Serpent Isle manual
Variants: Bear
Bear (Polar)
First appearance: Ultima I
Last appearance: Serpent Isle

Bears are big animals with brown fur, who don't like intruders into their areas. Easily over two meters tell, their paws can cause serious injury to even the strongest. It is best to only engage a angry bear with good weapons and armor. Their cousins, the polar bears, have white fur and are even stronger, but otherwise much the same as normal Bears.

In Savage Empire, bears are considered an idol of strength, and following one in a dream (when leveling up) will provide a strength bonus. Any adventurer not yet experienced in combat should avoid any kind of bears in their travels.

Normal bears first appeared in Ultima I.

Bears can often be found in the forests. In the land of Eodon, they are typically encountered in caves, and often in groups. Polar bears can be found in the cold ice lands of the northern Serpent Isle.

Lore Edit


The Hill Bear towers over the tallest human and is armed with saber-like claws capable of rending even the stoutest plate armour in a single blow. The species was first sighted on the slopes of Mt. Drash, but hath since spread throughout the land. These creatures are extremely ill-tempered and will attack without provocation.

- from The First Age of Darkness (Ultima I)

Ursus spelaeus. Family Ursidae. The mighty "cave bear" first appeared in the outer world some two million years ago, in the Pleistocene era and survived well beyond the Ice Age. A large bear, it is still not as large as certain modern bears. The bears observed in the Valley of Eodon seem content to subsist on grubs and vegetable matter, but the natives are certain that it will kill quite effectively if provoked.

- from Ultimate Adventures Magazine (Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire)

This ursine creature stands well over a man when fully upright. Able to easily rend flesh with their teeth and claws, bears are quite fearsome opponents, especially when their lairs are threatened.

Like its brother from warmer climes, this bear is a terrifying predator. The most notable difference between these and ordinary bears is the color of their fur, white as white can be. Polar bears usually inhabit the cooler regions of the land and hibernate longer than do other bears.

- from Beyond the Serpent Pillars (Ultima VII Part Two)

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