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. Werebears in their humanoid form prefer to wield larger and heavier weapons such as great swords, or great axes. Werebears dress in simple cloth or leather garments that are easy to remove or replace.
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