It’s Autumn and players are expecting some peace and quiet after the scorching Summer passes. And why would you not expect a peaceful Autumn? There was nothing stressful about your first Autumn spent in The Constant, which you spent collecting resources in hopes of surviving your first Winter.
All of a sudden a Bearger appears, scavenging for food, much like you, but the unfortunate thing is, you find the Bearger dipping into your resources, particularly your Bee Boxes that you spent all Spring trying to craft and protect.
The Bearger is the final seasonal giant players will have to defeat in order to complete a full year in their Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together worlds and while players will not experience him in their first Autumn, unless they extend their Autumn’s length in their world settings, they will have to defeat him every autumn after their first.
The Bearger may seem like a friendly mob at first, appearing to be very coy and minding his own business, but nothing could be further than the truth.
Upon spawning, the Bearger will begin looking for food, being particularly interested in Honey that comes from Bee Boxes, however, unlike the Deerclops who is more interested in destroying Structures than attacking players, the Bearger will try to focus on attacking players as soon as they come into his range.
Also unlike the Deerclops, the Bearger can be pacified when he eats 10 Honey, allowing players to put the Bearger to sleep any time they don’t want to deal with him. Note that this is only possible in single-player Don’t Starve and is not possible in Don’t Starve Together.
Though the Bearger has an affinity to Honey, the Bearger will make his way around a player’s world eating all sorts of foods, including Berries and Mushrooms and will wreak havoc, dealing damage to surrounding Trees.
When players thought that they were safe by placing food in Ice Boxes, Chests or even Chester, they will be rudely awaken by the fact that the Bearger knowing no personal boundaries, often rummaging through a player’s personal belongings, throwing all items he doesn’t find tasty onto the floor and essentially eating any Fruits and Veggies that he deems as acceptable to eat.
If you allow the Bearger to roam free, make sure you keep an eye on him as if he throws the wrong items on the floor there is a chance Moleworms will pick them up and steal them or worse, Pigs and Spiders will eat the Meat items.
THE BEARGER’S STATS
As is with most mobs in Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together the Bearger has slightly different stats between the games.
While the differences aren’t that substantial, one of the main differences is the fact that the Bearger in Don’t Starve Together has double the Health, making it a bit tougher for players to deal with on their own.
The following are the stats the Bearger has in both versions of Don’t Starve:
3,000 HP in single-player Don’t Starve
6,000 HP in Don’t Starve Together
100 damage towards players
200 damage towards mobs
3 when not aggressive
6 when aggressive
-100 Sanity per minute when in the area
-400 Sanity per minute when in combat
The Bearger has an AoE attack that affects all mobs and players in the area when he attacks.
The Bearger has two different close-range attacks, one being a ground slam that creates a shockwave that destroys Structures around it.
The ground pound ability will essentially be able to destroy Trees, Boulders and will even uproot Plants, making it one of the most destructive attacks in the game and essentially making it so players have to be cautious if they choose to fight the Bearger anywhere near their base.
The second attack the Bearger has is a melee attack which is signified by the Bearger standing on its hind legs, swiping a maximum of 3 times before slamming the ground.
It should be noted that the Bearger’s swipe attack has the ability to knock a player’s weapon out of their hand, essentially causing them to become incapacitated or rendered useless.
For players to avoid the swipe attack, players will either need to run away quickly or use a cobblestone path or Walking Cane to run away quickly.
If players run away from the Bearger after gaining aggro of him, the Bearger will chase the player quickly, destroying everything in his path.
As mentioned, the Bearger will eat food and will rummage through containers in order to find the food.
Since the Bearger is more focussed on eating food, players may notice the Bearger losing aggro regularly, though players can re-obtain the aggro if they begin picking up food that the Bearger is interested in, essentially causing the Bearger to become upset with the player.
The first piece of food that a player picks up will cause the Bearger to begin growling at the player, take this as a warning. It is only after the third piece of food is taken that the Bearger will begin trying to attack the player.
Players can use the Bearger’s interest in food in order to personify him, especially if they offer him 10 pieces of Honey which again will put him to sleep.
In Don’t Starve Together the Bearger will shed Fur every 45 seconds, essentially making it so the player does not need to actually kill the Bearger, though it is still recommended.
REWARDS FOR KILLING THE BEARGER
Upon killing the Bearger players will players will receive:
1 Thick Fur
1 Sketch for the Bearger Figure Sketch Piece in Don’t Starve Together
Although players may be surprised by the small amount of rewards provided by the Bearger, players will have access to an exclusive craft that can only be made using Thick Fur, the Hibearnation Vest
Requiring an Alchemy Engine to prototype, the Hibearnation Vest requires 2 Rope, 1 Dapper Vest (6 Silk and 8 Hound’s Tooth) and 1 Thick Fur to craft.
The Hibearnation Vest is one of the best clothing items players can wear, especially in Winter as the Hibearnation vest provides players with 240 seconds of Insulation.
Not only will the Hibearnation Vest provide player with Insulation, but it will also provide players with 4.4 Sanity per minute, being one of the best ways players can gain Sanity in the game.
While equipped the Hibearnation Vest will reduce all character’s Hunger 25% slower than normal, essentially making players lose 56.3 Hunger per day.
While players may not see the befit of reducing Hunger loss, Wolfgang players will greatly appreciate it as they lose Hunger more rapidly, only losing 84.4 Hunger per day in his normal form and 168.8 Hunger per day in his mighty form.
Wes, being another character with a Hunger modification, will only lose 70.3 Hunger per day.
Although players can craft the Insulated Pack by using Thick Fur, requiring 3 Gears, 3 Electrical Doodads and 1 Thick Fur in single-player Don’t Starve and only 1 Gear, 1 Electrical Doodad and 1 Thick Fur in Don’t Starve Together, I would strongly advise against it as there are much better ways of avoiding spoilage in the game.
The Insulated pack can extend the lifespan of all foods for twice the length, similar to an Ice Box or Snow Chester, however, unlike both, players cannot rely on the Insulated Pack to keep Ice frozen or Thermal Stones cool.
The Insulated Pack is kind of useless and expensive in my opinion, and players are much better using a Hibearnation Vest, especially if they are relying on Fur Tufts to craft the Thick Fur.
The Insulated Pack has 6 slots in single-player Don’t Starve and 8 slots in Don’t Starve Together.
FUR TUFTS (DON’T STARVE TOGETHER)
As mentioned earlier, players will be able to collect Fur Tufts every 45 seconds from the Bearger if they don’t wish to kill him.
Fur Tufts are actually unusable for anything other than Fuel or 90 of them can be combined in the Alchemy Engine for 3 Thick Fur.
I will say, it takes quite a long time to collect Fur Tufts, but given the fact that the Bearger has a 20% chance to drop 3 Fur Tufts when he uses his pound attack in Don’t Starve Together, players may hit that number a lot sooner than they think.
Beware, Fur Tufts will blow away if left on the ground for too long, so make sure you try to pick this resource up as soon as you can, or you’re going to be waiting even longer to craft some sweet, sweet Thick Fur.
BEWARE THE BEARGER CAN HEAL HIMSELF
Being one of the only seasonal giants who can eat foods, the Bearger has the ability to heal himself by eating the same way a player can.
Since the Bearger can heal from eating items, players must do everything in their power to keep foods that yield high amounts of Health away from the Bearger as the Bearger’s insatiable appetite can ultimately be the demise of a player.
STRATEGIES FOR KILLING THE BEARGER
When it comes to killing the Bearger there are a few strategies players will want to follow.
As a first, players will need to note that they will only be able to damage the Bearger a maximum of 4 times before they need to dodge attacks.
It must be noted that players will not be able to attack the Bearger directly after he uses his slam attack as the Bearger will attack with a swipe immediately after.
If players are feeling insecure with their capabilities to manage attacking the Bearger, they should only attack the Bearger 2-3 times before trying to dodge his attacks,
WHAT WEAPONS SHOULD I USE AGAINST THE BEARGER?
When players are dealing with the Bearger they can use a variety of weapons, though I would strongly recommend using a Tentacle Spike at minimum.
Players can also craft themselves a Ham Bat (2 Meat, 2 Sticks and 1 Pig Skin) as it will deal more damage when fresh, or if they are good with extra Sanity loss they can craft themselves an over powered Dark Sword (5 Nightmare Fuel and 1 Living Log.)
While players can use Blow Darts (2 Cut Reeds, 1 Hound’s Tooth and 1 Azure Feather), I would strongly recommend against relying on Blow Darts because you will need a minimum of 30 Blow Darts in regular Don’t Starve and a minimum of 60 Blow Darts in Don’t Starve Together.
Using Blow Darts is quite costly, though very easy to use.
Players can also set up Tooth Traps (1 Log, 1 Rope and 1 Hound’s Toth) to deal 60 damage to the Bearger, though if players are using Wormwood, they can also use Bramble Traps (1 Living Log and 1 Stinger) to deal 40 damage for a reduced and sustainable cost.
Traps are a great way to deal with this seasonal giant and since player will have a full year to prepare for the Bearger, they should have enough time to collect all the resources they need.
Players in Don’t Starve Together can effectively use the Houndius Shootius (5 Thulecite, 1 Deerclops Eyeballs and 1 Guardian’s Horn), polacing it on a Boat to ensure that the Bearger doesn’t damage it while it attacks him.
WHAT ARMOUR SHOULD I USE AGAINST THE BEARGER?
When it comes to handling the Bearger, I strongly recommend crafting yourself a Football Helmet (1 Pig Skin and 1 Rope) as it provides players with a good amount of protection.
Players can alternatively use a few Log Suits (8 Logs and 2 Ropes), though players will not receive as much protection from Log Suits as they would with a Football Helmet.
HOW TO EASILY KILL THE BEARGER
The Bearger has a number of ways that he can be taken down in comparison to other seasonal giants and bosses in the Don’t Starve world.
As is with most seasonal giants, players can easily takedown the Bearger by putting him to sleep using Sleep Darts (2 Cut Reeds, 1 Stinger and 1 Jet Feather) or by freezing him with an Ice Staff (1 Spear and 1 Blue Gem) and then place 14 Gunpowder (1 Rotten Egg, 1 Charcoal and 1 Nitre) in single-player Don’t Starve or 29 Gunpowder in Don’t Starve Together, igniting them with a Torch.
Players can alternatively use 10 Honey to sedate the Bearger as this is the cheapest option (single player Don’t Starve only.)
Using any more Gunpowder will end up in the Bearger’s loot burning to a crisp and turning into Ashes.
As players will not completely take down the Bearger’s health by using Gunpowder, players will still need to hit the Bearger 4-8 times depending on what weapon they use.
USING THE OLD BELL (SINGLE PLAYER DON’T STARVE)
Players in single-player Don’t Starve will have access to the Old Bell, which can essentially obliterate any seasonal giant in a few rings.
Players must locate Glommer on a Full Moon and use Glommer’s Wings and Glomer’s Flower in order to summon Big Foot who will deal 1,000 damage per use.
As the Bearger has 3,000 Health, players will have to use the Old Bell 3 times to take down this seasonal giant.
Players do not need to worry about “wasting” the Old Bell as the resources will respawn every Full Moon, though players should have a number of Sleep Darts on hand since the Bearger will need to remain asleep while being attacked by Big Foot.
It should be noted that Bearger will wake up every time Big Foot attacks, requiring players to pacify the Bearger repeatedly.
Players should also run away every time they use the Old Bell as Big Foot will hurt them.
USE MONSTER MEAT, MUSHROOMS OR ANY FOOD WITH NEGATIVE HEALTH
It’s odd to think, but the Bearger’s consumption habits may actually work against him.
If players are extremely concerned about their ability to deal with the Bearger they can a bunch of toxic foods in hopes of defeating the Bearger in arguably the safest, but expensive way.
Players usually recommend using Monster Meat, Red Caps or in Don’t Starve Together Peppers as these are the least valuable food resources in the game.
As the Bearger has quite a bit of health players will need at least 150 of mentioned food types to take down the Bearger in single-player Don’t Starve and 300 of mentioned food types in Don’t Starve Together.
Players can also obviously use some foods to lower the Bearger’s Health and damage the Bearger for the rest of the Health he has left over.
If players do not have access to any of the resources named above they can lead the Bearger into the Swamp/Marsh Biome, essentially allowing the Tentacles to deal with the Bearger, quickly taking him down while providing the player with a plethora of Tentacle Spikes and Monster Meat.
The best part to killing the Bearger in the Swamp/Marsh is that he will pause every so often to eat Monster Meat, essentially taking extra damage for being a fatty.
HOW TO DEAL WITH SANITY LOSS FROM THE BEARGER
When it comes to Sanity loss from the Bearger, the unfortunate reality is that no clothing items will be able to combat the amount of Insanity his aura causes.
It is strongly recommended that players prepare themselves with foods that provide Sanity such as Green Caps, Jerky or even stronger foods like Pierogis.
For more on Sanity I recommend checking out this guide.
If players do not manage their Sanity well enough they will allow multiple Shadow Creatures to spawn which will ultimately be the demise of the player.
DON’T USE WORMHOLES, THEY DON’T WORK!
The oddest thing about fighting the Bearger is the fact that Wormholes are ineffective as the Bearger will follow players through the Wormhole, unlike other mobs and seasonal giants.
The only reason I would recommend going through a Wormhole is if you’re leading the Bearger to some of your traps, though I recommend avoiding Winona’s traps for this one, since they can be easily destroyed.
USE THE BEARGER TO GET A SHIT TON OF LOGS, ROCKS, GOLD, FLINT AND NITRE
One of my favourite ways of dealing with the Bearger is by getting it to do my bitch work.
Players are recommended to start by leading the Bearger into an area with lots of Boulders in hopes of having him destroy all the Boulders for extra resources.
While you’re out destroying Boulders, feel free to lead the Bearger towards the Hound Mound, essentially using the Bearger to destroy all the Hounds for a healthy supply of Hound’s Teeth.
Oh yeah! Use these Hounds Teeth to build yourself Tooth Traps, preparing for other seasonal bosses.
When players are happy, they can then lead the Bearger to a Forest where he will meat his ultimate demise.
Similar to destroying Boulders,, whenever the Bearger slams into Trees he will chop them down with the chance to spawn a Treeguard as a player would when chopping down Trees.
Treeguards are a great defense against the Bearger as they will both keep the Bearger distracted as well as deal lots of damage to the Bearger.
If players are lucky, they will fell a good chunk of Trees and spawn in a few Treeguards that will deal all the damage they needed to do to the Bearger.
THE BEARGER DOES NOT DESPAWN IN DON’T STARVE TOGETHER
One of the most interesting changes between Don’t Starve and Don’t Starve Together is the fact that the Bearger does not despawn at the end of Autumn and instead will hibernate during the Winter and Spring.
During the Bearger’s hibernation period, the Bearger will not drop any Fur Tufts, however the Bearger will wake up during Autumn and Summer, ready to attack and dropping Fur Tufts as usual.
Players can still wake up the Bearger during Spring or Winter and can use him to fight against other seasonal giants such as the Moose/Goose or Deerclops.
If woken up from Hibernation he will yawn, which will be described below.
THE BEARGER CAN PUT PLAYERS TO SLEEP (DON’T STARVE TOGETHER)
When put to sleep and woken up, the Bearger will wake up and yawn, causing all players and mobs in the nearby area to fall asleep.
As soon as the Bearger is done yawning he will immediately aggro the first player or mob to hit it.
THE BEARGER STILL LOVES HONEY! (DON’T STARVE TOGETHER)
While the Bearger cannot be put to sleep using Honey, the Bearger still has a large affinity to Honey.
If players have one of the following “Honey items” in their inventory the Bearger will immediately attack players: