The 5 Best Bear Pokemon, Ranked

Almost every Pokémon in the pokemon franchise is based on something in our real world be it an animal, inanimate object or food. Many fans may be drawn to a Pokémon companion that represents something they love in the real world. With over 900 Pokémon (and more) to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find one you’ll love.

If your favorite animal is a bear, there are quite a few Pokémon to choose from that can remind you of them, some in a cuddly way and others in a scary, ferocious way. And while not all of these Pokémon are most useful in a top competitive team or even helping you make your way through the Elite Four, there’s something to be said for each one of them.

Here’s our list of the top 5 Bear Pokemon and their evolutions.

5) Spinda

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Spinda is a small, perpetually dizzy Pokémon based on a red panda. Yes, technically red pandas are not bears, they are actually closely related to raccoons, but Spinda’s design remains loosely looks like an ordinary panda.

Canonically, each Spinda has slightly different spots, and no two will be exactly the same. In the main series games, this is also the case to some extent. While Spinda doesn’t have infinite variations, they won’t all have the same spot patterns if you come across a horde of them or get multiple Spinda from eggs. There are about 4 billion variations of Spinda in the Pokémon games, so it’s not really possible to catch them all in this case.

Spinda also won’t be the most useful addition to a competitive team or even move to the Elite Four in hopes of a flawless run. While experienced trainers could probably play a game with just a team of Spinda, it wouldn’t be easy. Spinda has terrible base stats, 60 anywhere, and can’t evolve anywhere. Realistically, trainers will only keep a Spinda on their team if they’re a fan of the design, movement, or unique dot pattern.

As far as Spinda’s good qualities go, the one that stands out the most is definitely his unique movement. Most Pokémon are programmed with a unique idle animation in addition to their battle animations. Some stand there patiently waiting for their trainer’s instructions, and some move every once in a while. Flying Pokémon often flap their wings constantly. But for Spinda, who is always dizzy, they are constantly trying to regain their balance.

The “Spinda dance” has become an interesting phenomenon, especially since Spinda can pretty much dance to the beat of any song. Some say the dance makes the Pokémon look tipsy, while others find it endearing. Anyway, Spinda’s charm prevents it from becoming a useless Pokémon.

4) Stufful and Bewear

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Stufful and its evolution, Bewear, are Pokémon designed to look like stuffed animals or teddy bears. Stufful resembles a bear cub, while Bewear is an adult bear. In the Pokémon anime, a Bewear is even shown with her Stufful baby in a few episodes.

Stufful has some unique design aspects that confirm the intentions of designing a Pokémon to look like a teddy bear, even though the other animal-like features don’t quite resemble a bear. Stufful has a small label on the back that looks like a label you would find on the back of a store-bought teddy bear. While Bewear looks much more like a bear, the design has fallen victim to a trend that most Pokémon fans would like to see abandoned. When this species evolves, it stands on two legs instead of four. But this time, there’s a good reason behind the change, as most teddy bears sit or stand upright in real life.

Stufful is competitive and about as useful in-game to a Pokémon as Spinda. During the start of a main-series game, a Stufful can be useful, but it doesn’t really shine until it evolves into Bewear.

Despite being literally a stuffed animal, Bewear is a very bulky Pokémon that is perfect for defensive and physical strategies. Don’t let the cute smile and fluffy ears fool you, both Bewear and Stufful are actually Fighting-type Pokémon. And canonically, Bewear actually hates being touched or held. It’s this juxtaposition of what’s expected of a teddy bear-looking Pokémon that makes both Stufful and Bewear major inclusions on this list.

3) Teddiursa, Ursaring and Ursaluna

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Teddiursa is another Pokémon that looks like a teddy bear but acts more like a traditional bear cub in the anime and game. Teddiursa’s signature design is the crescent upside down. It may not make sense to look at the first stage in this evolutionary line, but it actually foreshadows the final evolution of the Pokémon. Uniquely, although Teddiursa and Ursaring made their debut in Generation Two, the final evolution was not introduced until pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Teddiursa is really a baby compared to his next evolutions and is depicted in the Pokémon anime as a curious young bear cub who uses his charm to escape any situation. Once Teddiursa evolves into Ursaring, all his charm is gone and the crescent moon on his head turns into a circle on his stomach.

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Ursaring is an excellent Pokémon to battle with in almost all Pokémon games. Ursaring still has some cute bear-like features, as evidenced by his Generation Four Pokédex entry, which reads, “In its territory, it leaves scratches on trees that bear delicious berries or fruits,” but the big bear towers powerfully in the conflict. Ursaring’s main strength is his attack stat, but his slow speed can be an eyesore for some trainers.

Ursaluna is the latest evolution in the line, but is only feasible in the Hisui region in pokemon Legends: Arceus. The bear will evolve again if a trainer gives Ursaring a peat block during a full moon. The Turf Block has no other use in Legends: Arceus aside from helping Ursaring evolve, so if you get one, save it for that.

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Ursaluna somehow gets scarier than Ursaring. Teddiursa’s signature crescent moon on his forehead turns into a full moon peeking through the clouds on Ursaluna’s head. The bear also goes on four legs in its latest evolution. Ursaluna is also an important Pokémon in Hisui region lore, as a descendant of one of the ancient Pokémon blessed by Arceus.

2) Kubfu and Urshifu

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Kubfu and Urshifu are the star Pokemon of the Isle of Armor, the first DLC for pokemon sword and Shield. These two bear Pokemon are very special for several reasons. First of all, neither can be found in the wild, and instead, a baby Kubfu is obtained through the dojo master on the Isle of Armor. The trainer must nurture his Kubfu with care in order for it to evolve, which requires a high friendship stat and a lot of training as a condition. Kubfu is quite maintenance-friendly.

A fun fact about Kubfu is that this Pokémon actually has the same sex ratio as any entry-level Pokémon in the game, 87.5 percent male and 12.5 percent female. This is intended to make it more difficult to grow Kubfu and get more of it. This makes them even rarer.

Kubfu also has two exciting paths to his evolution into Urshifu. It is entirely the player’s choice as to what menacing karate bear they want to end up with. Training Kubfu in the Tower of Waters results in a Water-type Urshifu, while training in the Tower of Darkess results in a Dark-type Urshifu. The towers function almost like gyms in the DLC.

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Not only do Kubfu and Urshifu have this fantastic backstory and inherent special relationship with their first trainer, but once fully evolved and primed, Urshifu is a top-tier Pokémon at almost all battle levels, in a variety of different environments. Urshifu is even a great Pokémon to build a deck around in the Pokemon TCG. If you want to use an Urshifu in the VGC, it is recommended that you evolve your bear into a dark type.

1) Snorlax

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Snorlax is a classic fan-favorite Pokémon, and it would be a crime not to put it first on this list. The large, fluffy, bear-like Pokémon is one of the most iconic in the games and franchise. While Snorlax is not definitively a bear, it is an “ursine-like” creature that shares several characteristics with bears, which is enough to qualify for this list.

In pokemon media, Snorlax has appeared almost everywhere. From manga to feature films, Snorlax is usually easily spotted napping by the side of a road or stuffing his face with treats. While not the face of the franchise like Pikachu, Snorlax has certainly earned its popularity.

Still, at first glance, Snorlax may not seem all that special to new fans, especially when compared to some of the newly debuted flashier Pokémon in the franchise. Snorlax is one of the few remaining Pokémon that still only carries a “normal” character. Now, with Pokémon featuring multiple unique species and glamorous designs, some may fall asleep on Snorlax. But our big fuzzy, hungry childhood friend is our number one bear Pokemon for a reason.

Not only is Snorlax a huge asset to any team defensively, with his high HP stats and the potential to learn powerful offensive moves. In both the main series and pokemon go, it can be a smart choice to add a Snorlax to your team to build it up. In fact, in Generation Eight, Snorlax was one of the Pokémon that took on a Gigantamax form, which can be used in VGC battles and is even more powerful and harder to take out than Snorlax in its normal form.

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All in all, if you’re a fan of bears and a Pokémon player, both casual and competitive, there’s definitely a ursine friend for you!

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