Grolar Bear Alpha

Large monstrosity, unaligned

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)
Hit Points 152 (16d10 + 64)
Speed 40 ft., swim 30 ft., climb 20 ft.

23 (+7) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 2 (–4) 13 (+1) 8 (–1)

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +3
Damage Resistances cold Senses passive Perception 14
Challenge 8 (700 XP)
Proficiency Bonus +3


  • Dismembering Strike. If the grolar bear scores a critical hit against a stunned creature, it tears off one of the creature’s limbs. A creature is immune to this effect if it is immune to slashing damage.
  • Keen Smell. The grolar bear has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
  • Forest and Snow Camouflage. The grolar bear has advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in forest terrain while its fur is brown and snowy terrain while its fur is white.


  • Multiattack. The grolar bear makes one Bite attack and two Claw attacks. If it hits one creature with two attacks, that creature takes 14 (4d6) bludgeoning damage and must succeed on a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be stunned until the end of its next turn.
  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (1d8 + 7) piercing damage.
  • Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d6 + 7) slashing damage.


  • Versatile Coat. The grolar bear changes its fur from white to brown or vice versa.


Standing on its hind legs, this bear displays its long ivory teeth.

It raises its claws menacingly, showing its considerable paws and razor-sharp claws.

A grolar bear is a hybrid between a brown bear and a polar bear whose coats have the fur from both their parents. Grolar bears grow in numbers when their parents share hunting grounds and habitats. Like their parents, they are as comfortable swimming in frigid waters as they are scaling trees, leaving its prey with few sanctuaries.

Alpha Brute. Many wrongly assume that the alpha is the monarch of grolar bears. In fact, these lumbering hulks are the product of arcane experiments that transform modest bears into aggressive killing machines. These magically enhanced alphas can change their fur to match either of its parent bears, allowing it to easily hide in forests or snow—or among other more mundane brown or polar bears.

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