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Polar Bear

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Polar Bear
Polar Bear.png
Baby Polar Bear.png

Health points

30 (Heart.svg × 15)

Attack strength

Adults only

  • Peaceful: 0 (Empty Heart.svg) (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
  • Normal: 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)
  • Hard: 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Height: 1.4 Blocks
Width: 1.3 Blocks
Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.65 Blocks


Snowy Tundra
and variants

Frozen Ocean


See Drops



Internal ID

JE: 102
BE: 28

Entity ID


Marsh Davies Mojang avatar.png Bears: adorable at a distance. This is true in Minecraft, just as it is in real life. They may look huggable and furry, but they are full of teeth, and not too fussy about what, or who, constitutes a meal.
Marsh Davies[1]

Polar bears are neutral mobs that live in icy biomes.


Polar bears are found in Snowy Tundra, Snowy Mountains and Ice Spikes biomes, in groups of up to four (up to two[Bedrock Edition only]). If there is a group of two or more there is always only one parent, and the other one is a cub. They can also be found in deep and regular frozen oceans.

Polar bears can spawn on top of regular ice, but not packed ice or blue ice.


When killed, a polar bear has a 34 chance to drop 0–2 raw cod, and a 14 chance to drop 0–2 raw salmon. The fish will be raw, even if the polar bear is on fire when it is killed.

Like other baby animals, killing a baby polar bear yields no items or experience.


Polar bears can exist in a passive, neutral, or hostile state. The cubs are passive; adults are neutral. They will become hostile towards the player if they get too close to their cubs (this does not seem to happen as fast on easy difficulty). If a cub is attacked, all adults within a 41×21×41 cuboid will become hostile towards the attacker, regardless of difficulty (although in peaceful difficulty, their attacks will do zero damage to players). Attacking an adult who is within a 16×8×16 cuboid of a cub will also provoke other adults within a 21×21×21 cuboid of the attacked adult.[Java Edition only] Polar bears can be accidentally provoked by other mobs.

Polar bears attack by rearing on their back legs and then mauling down on the attacker with their front paws. Their swimming speed is equal to the player's, making them difficult to get away from if they are attacking in water.

Polar bear cubs' growth cannot be sped up.

Data values[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Polar bears have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob. Their entity ID is polar_bear.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root
Monster HunterKill any hostile monsterAdventureKill one of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,[upcoming] you can also earn this by killing one of these 2 mobs. Other mobs are ignored for this advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_a_mob
Monsters HuntedKill one of every hostile monsterMonster HunterKill each of these 24 mobs. In 1.14,[upcoming] also kill each of these 2 mobs. Other mobs may be killed, but are ignored for the advancement.minecraft:adventure/kill_all_mobs


March 7, 2016Jeb hints at a neutral mob with a light gray "base texture" color.
April 8, 2016Jeb tweets a picture of the polar bears.
Java Edition
1.10 16w20a Added polar bears.
pre1 Adult polar bears will now jump in water, if on fire.
pre2 Now have sounds: entity.polar_bear.baby_ambient, entity.polar_bear.ambient, entity.polar_bear.death, entity.polar_bear.hurt, entity.polar_bear.step, and entity.polar_bear.warning.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from PolarBear to polar_bear.
1.13 18w19a Polar bears can now spawn on top of ice.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Added polar bears.
1.1 build 1 The entity ID is changed from polarbear to polar_bear.
Polar bears will now no longer hurt players in Peaceful difficulty.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Added polar bears.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10 Added Polar Bears.


Issues relating to "Polar Bear" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • According to Jeb, polar bears were added after his son, Björn, was born. Coincidentally, "björn" is Swedish for "bear".[1]
  • Unlike most other baby mobs, polar bear cubs have a unique sound effect that is not just a sped-up version of the regular polar bear sound effects; this is also reflected in subtitles.