Polar Bear

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

30♥ × 15

Behavior

Neutral (adult)
Hostile (adult, when the player is near a cub, or when a cub is attacked)
Passive (baby, or in Peaceful difficulty)

Attack strength

Adults only:

  • Peaceful: 0♥ (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 3♥♥
  • Normal: 5♥♥♥
  • Hard: 8♥♥♥♥
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[BE only]

Items usable on

Polar bears are neutral mobs that live in icy biomes.

Spawning[edit]

Polar bears spawn above grass or ice in snowy tundra, snowy mountains, ice spikes, regular and deep frozen ocean biomes in groups of up to two at light level 7 or higher. If there is a group, the second polar bear is a cub.

They can also spawn in frozen rivers and legacy frozen oceans in Bedrock Edition.

Drops[edit]

An adult polar bear drops one of the following when killed:

  • 1–3 from player or tamed wolves kills.
  • There is a 34 chance of dropping 0 to 2 raw cod. The maximum amount can be increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0 to 5 with Looting III.
  • There is a 14 chance of dropping 0 to 2 raw salmon. The maximum amount can be increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 0 to 5 with Looting III.

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

Killing a baby polar bear yields no items or experience.

Behavior[edit]

A polar bear attacking.

Polar bears can exist in a passive or hostile state. The cubs are passive; adults are hostile when with cubs or provoked.

If a cub is attacked, all adults within a 41×21×41 area become hostile toward the player or mob, regardless of difficulty, although in Peaceful difficulty their attacks do zero damage to players.

Attacking an adult who is within a 16×8×16 area of a cub also provokes other adults within a 21×21×21 area of the attacked adult.‌[JE only]

Polar bears also attack foxes.

  • In Java Edition, adult polar bears attack any fox that stays near it for a while, hitting it once every few seconds. Cubs are more aggressive and attack foxes within 16 blocks.
  • In Bedrock Edition, adult polar bears attack foxes within 16 blocks. Cubs do not attack foxes.

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

They do not take freezing damage from powder snow.

Sounds[edit]

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Polar Bear groans?Randomly when adultentity.polar_bear.ambientsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.ambient??16
Polar Bear hums?Randomly when babyentity.polar_bear.ambient_babysubtitles.entity.polar_bear.ambient_baby??16
Polar Bear dies?Polar bear is dyingentity.polar_bear.deathsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.death??16
Polar Bear hurts?Polar bear is hurtentity.polar_bear.hurtsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.hurt??16
Footsteps?Polar bear is walkingentity.polar_bear.step???16
Polar Bear attacks?Polar bear is attackingentity.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_bearentity.minecraft.polar_bear

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Polar Bearpolar_bear28entity.polar_bear.name

Entity data[edit]

See also: Chunk format

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

  • Entity data
    • Additional fields for mobs that can become angry
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs

Advancements[edit]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.pngAdventure
Adventure, exploration, and combat Kill 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 are no longer a valid mob for earning the Monster Hunter advancement and are no longer required to complete the Monsters Hunted advancement.
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.[1]
1.1721w13aPolar bears are now immune to freezing.
Now drop cooked cod or salmon instead of raw cod or salmon if on fire when killed or killed by a fire source.
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.
1.17.0beta 1.16.230.54Polar bears are now immune to freezing.
Legacy Console Edition
TU43CU33 1.36 Patch 131.0.1Polar Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.png Added polar bears.
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".[2]
  • 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.
  • During the development of the frozen ocean biome, polar bears were removed from spawning, due to being deemed too "sad". They were added back in because it is more accurate to the polar bear's real life status.[3]
  • in Java Edition, the polar bear is the only mob whose baby variant can grow up, but the adults cannot breed or be bred.

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In other media[edit]

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