Black Bears are neutral mobs that spawn in forested biomes.


Black bears are based on the American black bear, and are dark brown in color, with a black underbelly and legs as well as black patches of fur on their backs.

Occasionally, a unique black bear variant based on the Kermode bear may spawn; this variant is white in color, with a pale yellow underbelly and legs as well as pale yellow patches of fur on their backs.


Unlike the aggressive brown bears, black bears will not attack players unless provoked, and, when undisturbed, will wander around aimlessly and avoid any natural hazards such as high cliffs or lava. As well as this, they will eat from berry bushes they walk into; however, they will make no attempt to seek out any nearby berry bushes. However, if provoked by a player or another mob, they will start running quickly at them and dealing 3 hearts (6 HP) of damage upon contact; when attacking, they will roar loudly to warn targets of incoming damage. They will also attack chickens, rabbits, and pheasants without provocation.


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Animation Mistakes

A development video showing off errors with the bears' posture and walking animation.


  • 1.0.0:
    • Introduced.
  • 7.0.0:
  • 8.1.0:
    • Now moves more quickly in water.
    • Will now eat berries from berry bushes (1.14+ only).
    • Now immune to bush damage (1.14+ only).


  • Black bears, along with brown bears, were the first mobs added to the mod, being added in release 1.0.0.
  • As is the case with brown bears, black bears use a similar model to the remodeled polar bear from Better Animal Models, Better Animals Plus' sister mod; however, similarly to brown bears, black bears have larger ears than polar bears.
    • Although brown bears and black bears both share attacking code with the vanilla polar bears, neither brown bears, black bears, or the remodeled polar bears rear on their back legs when attacking.
    • Interestingly enough, black bears are similar in size to the vanilla polar bears.
  • Although black bears can move just as quickly, hit just as hard, and shrug off as much damage as brown bears, their more peaceful nature makes them less dangerous to approach.
  • Black bears despawn on the Peaceful difficulty, as do brown bears.
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