"Werebears? Where? Bears? Men that are bears?"
M'aiq the Liar
For other uses, see Werebear.

Werebears are a type of creature found on Solstheim. They are a variant of lycanthrope, much like werewolves except with a different appearance in whole.


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, a former possession 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, werebears revert to their natural form upon death.


Filial Bonds

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

Cleansing the Stones

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

Snowclad Ruins

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 encounters

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.



  •  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 in-ward



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