Polar Bear

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

30♥ × 15


Neutral (adult)
Passive (baby)

Attack strength

Adults only:

  • Peaceful: 0♥ (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 4♥♥
  • Normal: 6♥♥♥
  • Hard: 9♥♥♥♥♥
  • 6♥♥♥ against foxes only.

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


Snowy Tundra and variants
Frozen Ocean and variants
Frozen River


See Drops



Internal ID

JE: 102
BE: 28

Namespaced 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 in Bedrock Edition]. If there is a group of two or more there is always only one parent, and the others are cubs. They can also be found in frozen river, deep 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.


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.

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 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 become hostile towards 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.

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, also polar bear cubs' growth cannot be sped up.

Data values[edit]

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


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png AdventureAdventure, exploration, and combatKill any entity, or be killed by any entity.minecraft:adventure/root


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.png Baby Polar Bear.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.
1.1419w07aPolar bears now attack foxes.
19w14aPolar bears no longer count as mobs that are necessary to earning the Monster Hunter / Monsters Hunted advancements.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png Added polar bears.
1.1.0alpha 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 bears can now spawn on top of ice.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta polar bears now attack foxes.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU331.36Patch 13Polar Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png Added polar bears.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
1.7.10Polar Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png 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.