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Bearger is one of the Giants introduced in the Reign of Giants DLC, representing the season of Autumn. If the player starts in Autumn, Bearger will not spawn in the first season and will instead appear in the following year.

When killed, Bearger will drop 8 Meat and 1 Thick Fur, which can be used to craft the Hibearnation Vest, Insulated Pack and the Polar Bearger Bin.

Brain Behavior

General

Bearger appears during Autumn while looking for Food to eat. Bearger is particularly attracted to Bee Boxes and will be satiated by eating 10 Honey, after which it will fall asleep. However, it will prioritize fighting the player over eating Honey when provoked.

Bearger will eat any Food left on the ground, including Mushrooms and Berries from their plants, and destroy Trees in its path as it moves about. If it happens upon a Chest (including Chester), it will rummage inside, tossing Items to the ground while eating any Food it finds. When there is no Food in the area, Bearger will passively follow the player. Food stats affect Bearger the same way it would the player, meaning that healing Food will heal it for the same amount of Health while damaging Foods such as Monster Meat will also lower its Health.

While Bearger's range of aggression is small, approaching it directly will cause it to increase its movement speed and attack the player. Additionally, it will be upset and issue a warning growl if the player picks up Food that it had intended to eat. The second time Food is taken, it will issue another warning growl. Stealing its Food a third time will incite Bearger to attack.

Attacks

Attack Description
Bearger will use a swipe attack at close range, dealing damage and knocking the weapon out of the player's hand. It will use this attack up to three consecutive times before using its slam attack.
Once Bearger has used 3 swipes, it will slam the ground with its front paws, creating a shockwave that will demolish Structures, fell Trees, and uproot Plants in a large area as well as knock the player's weapon from their hand. This attack only does damage within Bearger's melee range, despite damaging objects at a larger distance.
Beargerchardestroy If the player runs away from Bearger when it is about to do its slam attack, it will charge after the player, destroying objects in its path. When it either catches up to the player or has been running for long enough, it will use its slam attack.

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  • Bearger will no longer despawn.
  • Bearger will have twice as much Health (6000 compared to 3000).
  • Bearger will deal 87 damage to players (instead of 100) and 175 damage to mobs (instead of 200).
  • Bearger will not attack if simply approached, making it a neutral mob unless attacked or otherwise provoked (such as by Honey).
  • Bearger cannot be put to sleep using Honey and will automatically become hostile if a nearby player has a "honeyed" item in their inventory (Honey, Honeycomb, Royal Jelly, Taffy, Pumpkin Cookies, Honey Nuggets, Honey Ham, Powdercake and Jellybeans).
  • Bearger will hibernate during Winter and Spring and not periodically drop any Fur Tufts. During Summer and Autumn, it will behave as usual and periodically drop a Fur Tuft. Additionally, its ground pound attack has a 20% chance of dropping three Fur Tufts.
  • If put to sleep and then attacked, it will yawn while waking up, causing all players as well as mobs on screen to fall asleep. Bearger will then attack the player or mob that hit it first.
    • During Winter and Spring, Bearger will yawn multiple, unprompted times in combat.
    • He may also try to fall back into his hibernation after a while, even if it is attacking an enemy.

Spear Strategy

General Melee

  • The player can attack Bearger 3-4 times before having to dodge, except after it slams the ground, as a swipe attack follows immediately after. Using Roads or other means of speed increase for kiting may allow for a third hit if timed correctly.
  • Equipping at least a Log Suit or Football Helmet is recommended, keeping in mind that armor defense will only stack in Don't Starve and not in Don't Starve Together.
  • Weapons may be knocked into the water when fighting Bearger near an ocean.
  • Fighting Bearger in melee range could drain a player's sanity in a few minutes. This creates an additional hazard, especially when fighting after dusk, as Shadow Creatures may also attack.

Burst Damage

One of the fastest ways to deal with any boss in Don't Starve is a combination of immobilization and either the Old Bell or 14 Gunpowder. First, the player must immobilize Bearger by either freezing it with an Ice Staff or sedating it with Sleep Darts or a Pan Flute. A stack of 10 Honey may also be used to sedate Bearger, however it may need to be immobilized more than once, depending on how quickly the following tactics are used:

  1. While frozen or asleep, a stack of 14 Gunpowder can be placed and lit directly beside Bearger. The 14 Gunpowder will bring Bearger down to 200 Health. The player can then finish the fight with 2 Blow Darts or 5-7 strikes with a Spear. Using more Gunpowder will kill Bearger while it is on fire and potentially burn any dropped loot.
  2. The Old Bell can defeat Bearger in three uses. Once immobilized, the player should ring the bell while standing directly beside Bearger, then run away. The stomping noises made by Bigfoot as it approaches will wake Bearger, requiring it to be sedated again if Honey, Sleep Darts, or a Pan Flute were used. The stomping will not unfreeze Bearger, however it may need to be re-frozen before Bigfoot's attack.

Poisoning

Unlike other bosses, Bearger will eat any Food it sees and is affected by poisonous Foods (such as Red Mushrooms or Monster Meat). The player can lead Bearger to poisonous Foods or drop poisonous Foods on the ground and allow Bearger to damage itself without the player needing to attack.

One such method involves leading the Bearger into a Marsh biome. Any Tentacles nearby will attack Bearger and be quickly defeated by Bearger's high damage, dropping a considerable amount of Monster Meat for Bearger to consume. Each piece of Monster Meat will deal 20 damage. Due to Bearger's high Health, relying on Monster Meat alone is not a very efficient method, and combination of different poisonous Foods and/or damage from hostile Mobs will be quicker.

Other

  • Another way to kill Bearger is to lure it into a forest and have it destroy trees, until one or more Treeguards spawn. Since Treeguards move slowly, the player may need to lead Bearger into a position where the Treeguards can attack.
  • When lit on fire using a Fire Staff or a Fire Dart, Bearger will panic and not attack the player. Lighting it several times can be a good way to deal large amounts of damage from a distance, though surrounding Items or Structures may also be ignited in the process.
  • Spiders are not automatically hostile to Bearger, nor is Bearger automatically hostile to Spiders or Spider Dens. The player must manually incite either party in order to start a fight between them. This means that if the Bearger is killed near a Spider Den, there may still be Spiders around after the battle. If the player wants any meat dropped by a Bearger, they should retrieve the Bearger's loot before a Spider can reach it.
  • In Don't Starve Together, players can place a Houndius Shootius on a Boat and anchor the boat offshore to kill Bearger without taking damage.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill a Bearger when playing with characters with a default damage modifier. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Number of Hits
Item Bearger Bearger Don't Starve Together icon
Old Bell Reign of Giants icon 3 - 0 0
Obsidian Coconade Shipwrecked icon 9 - 0 0
Coconade Shipwrecked icon Hamlet icon 12 - 0 0
Spear Gun Obsidian Shipwrecked icon 15 - 20 Charged - 0 - 0 Charged 0 - 0 Charged
Gunpowder
Harpoon Shipwrecked icon
Blunderbuss Hamlet icon
15 30 0 0
Bee Mine ≥19 ≥38 ≥0 ≥0
Spear Gun Battle Shipwrecked icon 19 as Wigfrid Portrait - 0 as Wigfrid Portrait 0 as Wigfrid Portrait
Alarming Clock Don't Starve Together icon (Wanda Portrait) - 43 (elderly)
62 (middle-aged)
74 (young)
221 (unfueled)}}
0 0
Spear Gun Spear Spear Gun Poison Shipwrecked icon 30 - 0 0
Obsidian Spear Shipwrecked icon 30 - 59 - 0 - 0 0 - 0
Blow Dart 30 60 0 0
Electric Dart Don't Starve Together icon - 67 (40 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Brightshade Sword Don't Starve Together icon - 89 0 0
Dark Sword
Glass Cutter Don't Starve Together icon
45 89 0 0
Cutlass Supreme Shipwrecked iconHamlet icon 45 - 0 0
Tooth Trap 50 100 0 0
Pew-matic Horn Hamlet icon 89, 67 or 50 - 0, 0 or 0 0, 0 or 0
Elding Spear Don't Starve Together icon - 101 (68 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Thulecite Club 51 101 0 0
Ham Bat 51 - 101 101 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0
Obsidian Axe Shipwrecked icon 56 - 111 - Charged - 0 - 0 - Charged 0 - 0 - Charged
Tentacle Spike
Cork Bat Hamlet icon
Shield of Terror Battle Paddle Cursed Rounds MarblesDon't Starve Together icon
59 118 0 0
Slurtle Slime 60 120 0 0
Halberd Hamlet icon 68 - 0 0
Morning Star Reign of Giants iconDon't Starve Together icon 70 (42 Wettargetdamage) 139 (84 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage) 0 (0 Wettargetdamage)
Bat Bat
Battle Spear Reign of Giants iconDon't Starve Together icon
71 142 0 0
Bramble Trap Hamlet icon Don't Starve Together icon 75 150 0 0
Spear
Poison Spear Peg LegShipwrecked icon
Fencing Sword Moon Glass Axe Gold Rounds Don't Starve Together icon
89 177 0 0
Trident Shipwrecked icon 89 (30 on Toy Boat) - 0 (0 Toy Boat) 0 (0 Toy Boat)
PickSlashAxe 99 197 0 0
Machete Shipwrecked icon Hamlet icon 101 - 0 0
Strident Trident Don't Starve Together icon - 177 (59 on Boat) 0 (30 on Boat) 0 (30 on Boat)
Boomerang Axe Pickaxe Brush
Gold Pan Hamlet icon
Cutless Tail o' Three Cats Malbatross Bill Bull Kelp Stalk Don't Starve Together icon
111 221 0 0
Stalking Stick Hamlet icon 148 - 0 0
Eyeshot Shipwrecked icon 150 - 0 0
Saddlehorn Hammer Pitchfork Shovel Walking Cane Willow's Lighter Torch
Telebrella Don't Starve icon
Shears Executive HammerHamlet icon
Cactus Spike Shipwrecked icon
Whirly Fan Driftwood Oar Oar Slow-Down Rounds Pebbles Don't Starve Together icon
177 353 0 0
Lucy the Axe 221 442 0 0
Bug Net Fishing Rod
Magnifying Glass Hamlet icon
706 1412 0 0

It takes 4 blasts to freeze a Bearger with an Ice Staff and 4 Sleep Darts to put to sleep.

Prototype Tips

  • Bearger can follow players through wormholes, nullifying the ability to retreat as Bearger will be able to strike the player before they manage to get up.
  • Bearger will periodically teleport near the player if it has not fallen asleep.
  • When enraged, Bearger is able to take down nearby trees. The player can use this to their advantage by leading Bearger through trees and collecting the dropped Logs afterwards, though the player must have enough speed boost to avoid being hit.
  • If the player chooses to farm Logs safely while keeping Bearger alive, one must lead it to Birchnut Trees instead of Evergreen Trees, as it will defeat Poison Birchnut Trees much easier than it would Treeguards. This method will also provide a steady source of Living Logs, Twigs, and Birchnuts.

Placeholder Trivia

  • Bearger and Moose/Goose share the position of mob with the highest amount of Health points in Reign of Giants.
  • Bearger's Winter's Feast appearance in Don't Starve Together resembles the Yeti (also known as the Abominable Snowman), a mythical ape-like creature rumored to inhabit regions in the Himalayas.
  • The name Bearger is a portmanteau of the words "Bear" and "Badger", as highlighted by Wilson's and Wanda's quote.
  • Bearger's obsession with Food and its appearance in Autumn are both reflective of real life bears, who consume large amounts of food in the fall before hibernating in the winter.
    • Badgers, while they do not technically hibernate, also stock up on food in the fall and enter a state of torpor where they will sleep for around 29 hours to slow their metabolism and conserve energy.
    • Bearger's habit of rummaging through chests is also reflective of bears' tendency to break into trash cans and cars, among other things, in order to find food.

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