Polar Bear

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Polar Bear
Polar Bear.png
Baby Polar Bear.png
Health points

30♥ × 15

Behavior

Neutral (adult)
Hostile (adult if player is near its cub)
Passive (baby, and adult in Peaceful difficulty)

Attack strength

Adults only:

  • Peaceful: 0♥ (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 4♥♥
  • Normal: 6♥♥♥
  • Hard: 9♥♥♥♥♥
Hitbox size

In Java Edition:
Adult:
Height: 1.4 Blocks
Width: 1.4 Blocks
Baby:
Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.7 Blocks
In Bedrock Edition:
Adult:
Height: 1.4 Blocks
Width: 1.3 Blocks
Baby:
Height: 0.7 Blocks
Width: 0.65 Blocks

Spawn

Snowy Tundra and variants
Frozen Ocean and variants
Frozen River

Items usable on

Polar bears are neutral mobs that live in icy biomes.

Spawning[edit]

Polar bears spawn in snowy tundra, snowy mountains, and ice spikes biomes, in groups of up to two. If there is a group of two or more, there is always one parent, and the others are cubs. They can also spawn in frozen rivers, deep-frozen oceans, and regular frozen oceans. Polar bears spawn at light level 7 or higher.

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

Drops[edit]

When killed, an adult polar bear drops one of the following:

  • 34 chance of dropping 0-2 raw cod. The maximum amount can be increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.
  • 14 chance of dropping 0-2 raw salmon. The maximum amount can be increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0-5 with Looting III.

Dropped fish is always raw, even if the polar bear is on fire when killed.

  • 1–3 from player kills.

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

Behavior[edit]

A polar bear attacking.

Polar bears can exist in a passive, neutral, or hostile state. The cubs are passive; adults are neutral. They become hostile toward 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 become hostile toward the attacker, regardless of difficulty (although in Peaceful difficulty, their attacks do zero damage to players). Attacking an adult who is within a 16×8×16 cuboid of a cub also provokes other adults within a 21×21×21 cuboid of the attacked adult.‌[Java Edition only] Polar bears can be accidentally provoked by other mobs. In Peaceful difficulty, even adult polar bears are passive to the player.

Polar bears also attack foxes.

  • In Java Edition, adult polar bears attack any fox that stays near it for a while, hitting it once (similar to how non-aggressive pandas and llamas attack a mob or player once, every time they are struck) every few seconds. Cubs, however, are far more aggressive and constantly attack foxes within 16 blocks.
  • In Bedrock Edition, adult polar bears continuously attack foxes within 16 blocks (similar to cubs in Java Edition). Cubs do not attack foxes.

Polar bears attack by rearing on their back legs and then mauling down on the victim 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 bears cannot breed. Polar bear cubs' growth cannot be sped up.

Despite being acclimatized to cold biomes they still take freezing damage from powder snow, which is not a bug.[1]

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Polar Bear groans??entity.polar_bear.ambientsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.ambient??16
Polar Bear hums??entity.polar_bear.ambient_babysubtitles.entity.polar_bear.ambient_baby??16
Polar Bear dies??entity.polar_bear.deathsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.death??16
Polar Bear hurts??entity.polar_bear.hurtsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.hurt??16
Footsteps?Presumably its step soundentity.polar_bear.step???16
Polar Bear attacks??entity.polar_bear.warningsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.warning?3 = 0.9; 1, 2, 3 = ?16

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Polar Bearpolar_bear entity.minecraft.polar_bear

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Polar Bearpolar_bear 28entity.polar_bear.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

Polar bears have entity data associated with them that contains various properties.

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID

Advancement-plain-raw.png

Adventure
Adventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.adventure/root

History[edit]

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
1.1016w20aPolar Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.png Added polar bears.
pre1Adult polar bears now jump in water, if on fire.
pre2Polar bears 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.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has now been changed from PolarBear to polar_bear.
1.1318w19aPolar bears can now spawn on top of ice.
1.1418w43aPolar Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png The textures of polar bears and baby polar bears have now been changed.
19w07aPolar bears now attack foxes.
19w14aPolar bears no longer count as mobs that are necessary to earning the Monster Hunter / Monsters Hunted advancements.
1.1519w39aBaby Polar Bear 19w39a.png Due to a bug, the baby polar bear model is currently broken.
19w40aThe baby polar bear model has now been fixed.[2]
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha 0.17.0.1Polar Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.png Added polar bears.
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has now been changed from polarbear to polar_bear.
Polar bears no longer hurt players in Peaceful difficulty.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.14.2Polar bears can now spawn on top of ice.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Polar Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png The textures of polar bears and baby polar bears have now been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Adult polar bears now attack foxes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 13Polar Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.png Added polar bears.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Polar Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png The textures of polar bears and baby polar bears have now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Polar Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.png Added polar bears.

Issues[edit]

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

Trivia[edit]

  • According to Jeb, polar bears were added after his son Björn was born. Coincidentally, "björn" is Swedish for "bear".[3]
  • 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.
  • Polar Bears are the first bears added into the game, later followed by pandas.

Gallery[edit]

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