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

30♥ × 15


Neutral (adult)
Passive (baby, or in Peaceful difficulty)




Adults only:

  • Peaceful: 0♥ (but still performs attack animation)
  • Easy: 3♥♥
  • Normal: 5♥♥♥
  • Hard: 8♥♥♥♥
Hitbox size

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


Frozen River[BE only]
Snowy Plains
Ice Spikes
Frozen Ocean
Deep Frozen Ocean
Snowy Slopes[BE only]
Jagged Peaks[BE only]
Frozen peaks[BE only]

Usable items

Polar bears are neutral mobs that live in icy biomes.


Polar bears spawn above grass or ice in snowy plains, 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, legacy frozen oceans snowy slopes, also sometimes at the jagged peaks, and the frozen peaks in Bedrock Edition.


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

Killing a baby polar bear yields no items or experience.


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 (unless it's killed in one hit‌[JE only]), they also attack if a player gets near them in Bedrock edition.

If a cub is attacked, unless killed in one hit‌[JE only], 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.


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
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 roars?Polar bear is attackingentity.polar_bear.warningsubtitles.entity.polar_bear.warning?3 = 0.9; 1, 2, 3 = ?16

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key
Polar Bearpolar_bearentity.minecraft.polar_bear

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key
Polar Bearpolar_bear28entity.polar_bear.name

Entity data[]

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

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • 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

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Adventure, exploration, and combat Kill any entity, or be killed by any entity.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 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.[1]
19w40aThe baby polar bear model has now been fixed.
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 Bear Revision 1.png Baby Polar Bear Revision 1.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.
1.10.0beta Bear.png Baby Polar Bear.png The textures of polar bears and baby polar bears have now been changed.
1.13.0beta polar bears now attack foxes.
1.17.0beta 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 relating to "Polar Bear" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Adding polar bears to Minecraft was a request by Jeb's wife, she was told they'd be added "if they ever had a bear of their own". Once their son was born, he was named "Björn" (Swedish for "bear"), and polar bears were added.[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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