The werebear appeared in the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977). The werebear appeared as a player character race in Dragon #24 (April 1979). The werebear appeared as a character class in White Dwarf #17, by Lewis Pulsipher.
The werebear appeared in the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1977, 1981, 1983). The werebear appeared in the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (1991). The werebear appeared as a player character class in Night Howlers (1992).
The lycanthrope appeared as a creature template in the third edition Monster Manual (2000), and in the 3.5 revised Monster Manual (2003), with the werebear as a sample creature. The werebear appeared as a player character race in Dragon #313 (November 2003).
A werebear is a powerful lawful good lycanthrope that is able to summon brown bears within one mile. A werebear's human form is large, hirsute, and of solitary temperament.
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