Become the Bear

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Become the Bear

Not available underwater  0.5½ Activation time  240 Recharge time  

Common Common
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn (skill list)
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Shape-shift into norn bear form.

 Duration.png Duration: 30s

— In-game description [?]

Become the Bear is a cultural elite skill available exclusively to norn characters. The skill turns the user into a bear-like creatures, applying the Become the Bear effect.


A character transformed into a bear.
Render of the bear form.


The transformation applies the following multipliers to your primary attributes' base values (1000 at level 80):

Attribute Multiplier Level 80
final value
Power.png Power x1 1,000
Precision.png Precision x1 1,000
Toughness.png Toughness x2 2,000
Vitality.png Vitality x4 4,000


While transformed, your weapon skills are replaced with the following skill set (the right side of the skill bar is disabled):

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Swipe (Become the Bear).png
0.25¼ Lash out with bear claws, damaging foes in front of you.
Redirect Arrow.png
Brutal Swipe.png
 Brutal Swipe
0.25¼ Strike foes in front of you with bear claws, making them vulnerable.
Heavy Swipe.png
 Heavy Swipe
0.25¼ 5 Swipe at your foes knocking them back.
Maul (Become the Bear).png
10.5½ 5 Slash repeatedly at foe.
0.5½ 10 Roar, giving allies might.
Charge (Become the Bear).png
30.75¾ 15 Hold down to charge at foes.


  • Rangers using this elite skill will have their pet deactivated until they transform back.

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 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.

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