Almost all Pokémon in the Pokemon The franchise is based on something in our real world, whether it’s an animal, inanimate object, or food. Many fans may gravitate to a Pokemon companion that represents something they love in the real world. With over 900 Pokemon (and counting) to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find the one you’ll love.
If your favorite animal is a bear, there are several Pokémon to choose from that might remind you of them, some in a cuddly way and some in a scary and fierce way. And while not all of these Pokemon are the most useful on a high-level competitive team or even helping you fight your way through the Elite Four, there’s still something to be said for each of them.
Here is our list of the top 5 bear Pokémon and their evolutions.
Spinda is a small, perpetually dizzy Pokémon based on a red panda. Yes, red pandas aren’t technically bears, they’re actually closely related to raccoons, but Spinda’s design remains freely 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 true to some extent. Although Spinda doesn’t have infinite variations, if you come across a horde of them or hatch multiple Spinda from eggs, they won’t all have the same spotting patterns. There are around 4 billion variations of Spinda in the Pokemon games, so it’s not possible to catch them all in this case.
Spinda also won’t be the most useful addition to a competitive squad or even getting into the Elite Four, hoping for a flawless run. Although skilled coaches could probably get through a game using only a Spinda team, it wouldn’t be easy. Spinda has abysmal base stats, 60 all around, and can’t evolve into anything. Realistically, coaches will only keep a Spinda on their team if they’re a fan of its unique design, movement, or stitch pattern.
As for Spinda’s qualities, the one that stands out the most is certainly its unique movement. Most Pokémon are programmed with a unique idle animation in addition to their battle animations. Some sit there patiently awaiting instructions from their trainer, and some move from time to time. Flying Pokémon often constantly flap their wings. But for Spinda, still giddy, he constantly tries to regain his balance.
The “Spinda dance” has become an interesting phenomenon, mainly because Spinda can pretty much dance to the beat of any song that’s playing. Some say the dance makes the Pokemon tipsy, while others find it endearing. Either way, Spinda’s charm keeps it from being a useless Pokemon.
4) Stuff and Bewear
Stufful and its evolution, Bewear, are Pokémon designed to look like stuffed animals or teddy bears. Stufful looks like a bear cub, while Bewear is an adult bear. In the Pokémon anime, there is even a Bewear featured with her baby Stufful in a few episodes.
Stufful has unique design aspects that confirm intentions to design a Pokemon that looks like a teddy bear, even if its other animal features don’t entirely resemble a bear. Stufful has a small label on the back that resembles a label you would find on the back of a store bought teddy bear. While Bewear looks a lot more like a bear, its design fell victim to a trend that most Pokemon fans would love to see left behind. When this species evolves, it stands on two legs instead of standing on four. Although this time there is a good reason behind the change since most real life teddy bears sit or stand.
Stufful is about as useful of a competitive and in-game Pokemon as Spinda. While running through the start of a main series game, a Stufful might come in handy, but it doesn’t really shine until it evolves into Bewear.
Bewear, despite being literally a stuffed animal, is a very bulky Pokémon, perfect for defensive and physical strategies. Don’t be fooled by the cute smile and fuzzy ears, Bewear and Stufful are actually Fighting-type Pokémon. And canonically, Bewear actually hated being touched or held. It’s this juxtaposition of what you’d expect from a Pokemon that looks like a teddy bear that makes both Stufful and Bewear important inclusions on this list.
3) Teddiursa, Ursaring and Ursaluna
Teddiursa is another Pokemon that looks like a teddy bear but acts more like a traditional teddy bear in the game’s anime and lore. Teddiursa’s design feature is the crescent moon on its head. It may not make sense to look at the first stage of this evolutionary line, but it actually foreshadows the final evolution of the Pokemon. Uniquely, although Teddiursa and Ursaring debuted in Generation Two, the final evolution was only introduced Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
Teddiursa is really a baby compared to his later evolutions and is portrayed 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.
Ursaring is a great Pokémon to battle with in almost every Pokémon game. Ursaring still retains some lovely bear characteristics, shown in his Generation Four Pokédex entry, which reads, “In his territory he leaves scratches on the trees which bear delicious berries or fruits”, but the big bear dominates powerfully in battle. Ursaring’s main strength is his offense stat, but his slow speed might be a thorn in some trainers’ side.
Ursaluna is the final evolution of the bloodline but is only achievable 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 peat block has no other use in Legends: Arceus as well as helping Ursaring evolve, so if you get one, save it for that.
Ursaluna somehow becomes even scarier than Ursaring. Teddiursa’s characteristic crescent moon on her forehead turns into a full moon peeking through the clouds over Ursaluna’s head. The bear also descends on all fours in its final evolution. Ursaluna is also an important Pokémon in the lore of the Hisui region, as a descendant of one of the ancient Pokémon blessed by Arceus.
2) Kubfu and Urshifu
Kubfu and Urshifu are the featured Pokémon in Isle of Armor, the first DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield. These two bear Pokémon are truly special for several reasons. First, 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 raise their Kubfu carefully for it to evolve, requiring a high friendship stat and a lot of practice as a prerequisite. Kubfu requires enough maintenance.
A fun fact about Kubfu is that this Pokemon actually has the same gender ratio as all starter Pokemon in the game, 87.5% male and 12.5% female. This is, by design, to make it harder to farm Kubfu and get more of them. This makes them even rarer.
Kubfu also has two exciting paths to its evolution into Urshifu. It’s entirely up to the player what type of menacing karate bear they would like to end up with. Training Kubfu in the Tower of Waters will result in a Water-type Urshifu, while training in the Tower of Darkness will result in a Dark-type Urshifu. Towers function almost like gymnasiums in the DLC.
Not only do Kubfu and Urshifu have that fantastic backstory and inherent special relationship with their first trainer, but once fully evolved and prepared, Urshifu is a top Pokémon at almost any battle level, in a variety of different settings. . Urshifu is even an excellent Pokémon to build a deck in the Pokémon TCG. If you’re looking to use an Urshifu in the VGC, it’s recommended that you evolve your bear to a dark type.
Snorlax is a fan-favorite classic Pokémon, and it would be a crime not to put it first on this list. The large fuzzy bear-like Pokémon is one of the most iconic in the games and franchise. While Snorlax isn’t definitely a bear, he is a “sea urchin-like” creature, sharing several characteristics with bears, which is enough for him to qualify for this list.
In Pokemon media, Snorlax has made appearances almost everywhere. From manga to feature films, Snorlax is usually easily spotted napping on the side of a road or stuffing his face with treats. While not the face of the franchise quite like Pikachu, Snorlax has certainly earned its popularity.
Still, at first glance, Snorlax might not seem too special to new fans, especially when compared to some of the flashiest Pokémon in the franchise. Snorlax is one of the few remaining Pokémon that still carries only a “normal” typing. Now, with Pokemon with multiple unique types and glamorous designs, some might fall asleep on Snorlax. But our big, fuzzy, hungry childhood friend is still our number one Pokémon bear for a reason.
Snorlax isn’t just a huge defensive asset to any team, with his high HP stat and potential to learn powerful attacking moves. In the games of the main series and Pokemon Go, adding a Snorlax to your team to strengthen it can be a wise choice. In Generation Eight, Snorlax was even one of the Pokémon given a Gigantamax form, which can be used in VGC battles and is even more powerful and difficult to take down than Snorlax in its regular form.
All in all, if you’re a bear fan and you’re a Pokemon player, whether casually or competitively, there’s definitely a bear friend out there for you!