Baldur’s Gate 3 Wild Shape: Bear Overview

In Baldur’s Gate 3, Druids possess a unique ability called Wild Shape; in this overview, we’ll focus on the class’ Bear action, which excels at survivability and damage.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Wild Shape - Bear Overview
Wild Shape – Bear

What is Bear Wild Shape in Baldur’s Gate 3?

At Level 2, Druids gain an ability called Wild Shape, allowing players to magically transform into various creatures for combat or exploration, including Bear form. Here are the most important features of wild shape in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • While in animal form, you cannot talk or cast spells.
  • If your beast form’s Hit Points drop to 0, you revert to your original form, with the same Hit Points you had before transforming into Bear Form.
  • Your Ability Scores become those of the creature while Wild Shaped, except for Charisma, Intelligence, and Wisdom.
  • Concentration on a spell is not broken when entering Wild Shape.
  • Your equipped items have no effect until you revert back.
  • You keep your Skill and Saving Throw Proficiencies while in Wild Shape.
  • To transform you consume charges that can be replenished by Short Rest.
  • Activation type depends on the chosen subclass – Bonus Action (Circle of the Moon subclass) and Action (Circle of the Land subclass)

How to Unlock Bear Wild Shape in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Bear Wild Shape Action can be unlocked only by the following druid subclass, in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Circle of the Moon Subclass at Level 2
  • Circle of the Land Subclass at Level 2
  • Circle of Spores Subclass at Level 2

Wild Shape: Bear

The Bear Wild Shape proves valuable primarily in combat and as a group tank, providing distraction and high damage. As a Bear, you’ll receive a very high strength ability score with high hit points pool of 30. However, Bear lacks the evasion of the wolf with low Dexterity and crowd control of a badger. The initiative and speed are basic.

In addition to survivability, the bear has great damage. Firstly, Claws Action deals the highest damage out of all druid’s wild shapes. Secondly, all ability scores synergize well with the Roar action, which can successfully take out pressure from your allies, and Bear with its high hit points pool can easily take a hit. As a result, bear wild shape is probably the most beneficial and is the most reliable, but only available for Circle of the Moon druids.

Similar to all druid’s wild shapes, the Bear has a special self-healing ability called Lunar Mend that can restore some of your hit points without spending a spell slot.

Wild Shape: Bear Action

The table below presents all Bear Wild Shape actions skills and attacks with effects, the class can perform:

Bear Skill/ActionAtack TypeDamage TypeAdditional Effects
Claws ActionMelee attackSlashing damage, 2d4 + 4
Roar ActionAoERoar at nearby enemies to lure them into attacking you. Goaded creatures can try to break free of the effect at the end of each turn.
Lunar MendSelfHeling SpellRegain 1d8 hit points per level of the spell slot

In Bear Wild Shape your character temporarily adopts the creature attributes, except for your Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. The Following Table presents all Wild Shape Bear statistics in Baldur’s Gate 3:

HP and Ability ScoreNumber
Hit Points (HP)30
Armour Class12

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