Bears are an animal species from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are respectively native to Koholint Island and Hyrule.


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Chef Bear is a anthropomorphic bear who lives at Animal Village on Koholint Island. He is a chef who dreams of opening a restaurant at Mabe Village. However he disappears along with most of the inhabitants of Koholint after Link wakes up the Wind Fish. His anthropomorphic nature may be due to his existence in the Wind Fish's dream.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Like wolves, they are wild animals, hostile towards Link and will attack him. However like wolves they may also flee from Link. Like most wild animals in Breath of the Wild, Link can hunt them for food to obtain high grade Raw Prime Meat and Raw Gourmet Meat. Honeyvore bears occasionally drop Courser Bee Honey, while Grizzlemaw Bears occasionally drop Hearty Salmon. Honeyvore bears can be found mainly in the Akkala Highlands and Tabantha Frontier regions, though they also appear in Hickaly Woods in West Necluda. Grizzlemaw Bears inhabit cold regions such as Gerudo Highlands and Hebra Mountains.

Bears are one of the wild animals that Link can mount and ride like a horse. Link can either sneak up on bears like for horses, or mount them while trying to flee. Once mounted, Link can tame it by soothing it. Once tamed, Link can ride it like a horse, though it lacks spurs preventing it from galloping. They are generally slower than horses and cannot sidestep. They will occasionally try to throw Link off, forcing him to soothe them again to regain control. Bears will automatically follow paths like fully bonded horses, and Link can attack with bows and melee weapons while riding them. People will act fearful or hostile towards this wild animal if Link rides one near them. Bears cannot be registered at Stables, the clerks will refuse. When Link gets off the bear, it will run away. Link can take their pictures to add them to the Hyrule Compendium.

Hyrule Compendium

Honeyvore Bear

"The king among animals is dangerous game for even the most seasoned hunters. They'll attack anyone who wanders into their territory regardless of the wanderer's weaponry. As their name implies, they have a natural love of honey. Extreme caution is advised when you spot one, but if you're sneaky enough and maybe just a little bit crazy... you might just be able to ride one."
— Hyrule Compendium

Grizzlemaw Bear

"This breed of honeyvore bear is distinguished by its grey fur. Even more ferocious than their relatives, they're commonly believed to be the most dangerous wild animal. They live in deep snow away from villages, so its uncommon to encounter one. That said, if you do find one, you'd be better off not picking a fight with it."
— Hyrule Compendium