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Werebear (Dragonborn)

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"Werebears? Where? Bears? Men that are bears?"
M'aiq the Liar[src]

Werebears are a type of creature found on Solstheim. They are a variant of lycanthrope, and are similar in most respects to werewolves, with the obvious exception of their appearance. It is not possible for the player to become a werebear, however.


According to On Lycanthropy, Skyrim is said to be teeming with Werebears, and they are the reason some people use Canis Root.[1] Interestingly, werebears are only found on the island of Solstheim, an outlying island formerly the property of the province of Skyrim. In the past, the Daedric Prince Hircine used the island for hunts using lycanthropes.


They perform in the same manner as werewolves as their attacks are identical. They attack with their claws and teeth, but also possess a lunge attack which knocks the target off their feet. Unlike werewolves, some werebears revert to their natural form upon death.


Filial BondsEdit

Search for Wulf Wild-Blood's brother, Torkild, who has become a werebear.

Cleansing the StonesEdit

The Conjure Werebear power can be gained during the Cleansing the Stones quest, after cleansing the Beast Stone.

Snowclad RuinsEdit

A pack of three werebears can be found at Snowclad Ruins, at which they can be seen in human form wearing ragged trousers before transforming and attacking.

Random encountersEdit

Packs of three werebears can be randomly encountered in the wilds of Solstheim. Transformed werebears may return to their human form after some time.




  • They are functionally identical to werewolves, sharing the same animations and audio.
  • The werebear first appeared at the Bethesda Game Jam, along with the Vampire Lord.


This section contains bugs related to Werebear (Dragonborn). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3  They will become trapped in place, but still attempt to run and attack.
  •  360   If the Dragonborn waits near a werebear corpse, it may come back to life, albeit resuming its human form.
  • There is a small chance that werebears have a model bug, they fight using punches like their human form, but their paws stay to their chest bent inward.



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  • wherebears

    16 messages
    • Werebear will be here soon enough btw... it's Inevitable...
    • I'd seen a Werebear once. It was tough as hell and put up a fight, though i was naked (For some reason) and got killed. Oh, brb. Dying...
  • Werebear's

    6 messages
    • I just felp that I needed to say this. "Much bigger and wider than me." What about your mum?
    • Werecrocodiles for the argonian players, Werelions for the khajiit. Bethesda needs to do this

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