Bear, Polar

This large bear is completely white save for small black eyes and black lips hiding huge, glistening teeth.

Polar Bear CR 5

XP 1,600
N Large animal
Init +3; Senses low-light vision, scent; Perception +8


AC 20, touch 12, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +8 natural, –1 size)
hp 52 (5d8+30)
Fort +10, Ref +7, Will +4


Speed 40 ft., swim 20 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d8+7), 2 claws +9 (1d6+7 plus grab)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.


Str 25, Dex 17, Con 23, Int 2, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +11 (+15 grapple); CMD 24 (28 vs. trip)
Feats Endurance, Run, Skill Focus (Survival)
Skills Perception +8, Survival +8, Swim +19


Environment cold coastlines or plains
Organization solitary or pair
Treasure none

Polar bears swim along frigid coasts and wander icy plains looking for prey, most notably the seals they pluck from holes in the ice. A polar bear’s blubber gives it buoyancy, and its long neck helps keep its head above water.

Oversized paws with webbed toes propel it steadily through the icy seas, and a polar bear can swim more than 100 miles in a single day.

While easily able to avoid conflict by plunging into the frigid ocean swells that surround their lairs, polar bears are notoriously fearless, and will attack nearly any creature if they feel threatened or desperate. This makes them particularly dangerous scavengers around arctic settlements, though a rare few civilizations hunt polar bears, both for their meat and for the furs and bones that can be fashioned into clothes and vital tools. Many of these cultures hold polar bears sacred, honoring their deaths with solemn rituals and ceremonies.

Polar bears live an average of 15 to 20 years, but arctic peoples have known individual bears to live as long as 40 years, often assuming legendary status in local lore. An adult male polar bear can weigh 800 to 1,200 pounds, with females weighing 350 to 650 pounds.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 5 © 2015, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, John Bennett, Logan Bonner, Creighton Broadhurst, Robert Brookes, Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Thurston Hillman, Eric Hindley, Joe Homes, James Jacobs, Amanda Hamon Kunz, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, Thom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Alistair Rigg, Alex Riggs, David N. Ross, Wes Schneider, David Schwartz, Mark Seifter, Mike Shel, James L. Sutter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.

Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. Copyright 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

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