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Bear, Black

Black Bear Creature2

N Large Animal

Senses Perception +8; low-light vision, scent (imprecise) 30 feet

Skills Athletics +9, Survival +7

Str +3, Dex +2, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +1, Cha -2

AC 18; Fort +11, Ref +8, Will +5

HP 32

Speed 35 feet

Melee [one-action] jaws +9, Damage 1d8+5 piercing

Melee [one-action] claw +9 (agile), Damage 1d6+5 slashing plus Grab

Mauler The black bear gains +1 circumstance bonus to damage rolls against creatures it has grabbed.


Contrary to the name, black bears can be cinnamon or even blond in coloration, depending on which hue is most beneficial for surviving in their local environment. Regardless of their coloration, they are opportunistic eaters who gain sustenance from berries and nuts just as often as from fish and smaller mammals. They steal food when they find it, including from humanoid camps. Although they are predators, black bears are more timid than other bears. Unless defending themselves or their young, black bears often avoid conflict or fight only until they can retreat.

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