Become the Bear

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Become the Bear

Not available underwater  
Common Common
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn (skill list)
Become the Bear.png
 → Leave Transform.png
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0.25¼ Activation time  240 Recharge time  
Become the Bear

Shape-shift into norn bear form.

Duration.png Duration: 30 seconds

— In-game description

Become the Bear is a cultural elite skill available exclusively to norn characters. The skill turns the player into a bear-like creature, applying the Become the Bear.png Bear Form effect.

A norn in bear form.
Render of the bear form.


  • While transformed, your weapon skills are replaced with the following skill sets, and your healing and utility skills are disabled:
# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Swipe (Become the Bear).png Swipe 0.25¼ Lash out with bear claws, damaging foes in front of you.
1 ChainBrutal Swipe.png Brutal Swipe 0.25¼ Strike foes in front of you with bear claws, making them vulnerable.
2 Heavy Swipe.png Heavy Swipe 0.25¼ 5 Swipe at your foe, knocking them back.
3 Maul (Become the Bear).png Maul 10.5½ 5 Slash repeatedly at foe.
4 Roar.png Roar 0.5½ 10 Roar, giving allies might.
5 Charge (Become the Bear).png Charge 30.75¾ 15 Hold down to charge at foes.


  • Rangers using this elite skill will have their pet deactivated until they transform back. A merged Soulbeast, however, keeps their bonuses.
When hovering over this skill, the chain skill shown is "Release the Bear", which states "Shape-shift back from norn bear form." However, when using the skill, the actual chain skill is Leave Transform.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
September 09, 2014
  • These transforms no longer increase power levels exponentially.
  • The damage of skills in these transforms has been adjusted to compensate.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Become the Bear has been added to the game.


  • In the original Guild Wars, norn opponents and allies had the ability to transform into Bear Form which changed their appearance to that of a bear, but not their skills. The player could also get a special skill called Ursan Blessing which changed their skills, but not their appearance.

See also[edit]