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Monster Manual 5e - Bugbear - p33

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Monstrous Manual 2e - Bugbear - p32

Monster Manual 1e - Bugbear - p12

General Information
Type Natural humanoid
Subtype Goblinoid
Challenge Rating 2
Patron Deity Hruggek
Vision Darkvision
Average Lifespan Usually up to 75 years
Homeland(s) Temperate mountains
Language(s) Common, Goblin
Average Height 6'10" - 7'2"
Average Weight 250 - 300 lbs
Skin Color Yellow to reddish brown
Hair Color Brown, red
Eye Color Yellow, orange, red, brown, greenish white
Distinctions Large, hairy, wedge-shaped ears, heightened sense of smell, tough hide, claws, strong but nimble

Source: MM3.5, p. 29

A bugbear is a massive humanoid distantly related to, but larger and stronger than, goblins and hobgoblins. Like many goblinoids, bugbears speak goblin. They are one of the only goblinoids to be covered in fur.

Physical descriptionEdit

Bugbears resemble hairy, feral goblins standing seven feet tall. They take their name from their noses and claws, which are similar to those of bears. Their claws are not long and sharp enough to be used as weapons, so bugbears often armor and arm themselves with a variety of purloined gear. Most often, this gear is second-rate and in poor repair. Many bugbears are chaotic evil in alignment, favoring the rogue class.[citation needed]

Many scholars now believe that bugbears and goblins were both bred by the hobgoblins as slave races, with bugbears serving as elite soldiers.[1]


Bugbears, like other goblinoids, have a reputation for being dim-witted and brutish. This claim is not unfounded and like their kin bugbears have easily provoked tempers and are prone to fitful rages. Few bugbears overcome this nature and their culture's brutal nature. Bugbear heroes, though rare, are heard of and can acquire significant renown if successful. Often the motivation for this change of heart comes from the rewards earned from virtue, which in the long term are more pleasing than the short-lasting pleasures of evil.[2]


Bugbears are often found in the company of other goblinoids, particularly goblins, since tribes made up mostly of hobgoblins and bugbears tend to be wiped out quickly by other races as a precaution.[2] Some bugbears also operate independently, though tribes ruled by hobgoblins are better organized and less savage.[1] This is in part because bugbears have little patience for diplomacy or negotiation, preferring violent solutions to conflicts unless obviously overpowered.[3] In general, bugbears live a life based around survival and become rogues, though many also make excellent barbarians.


Bugbears have their own pantheon, led by Hruggek. Bugbears often decapitate their enemies as a way to honor Hruggek, who is said to do the same.[3] Since the Spellplague the power of Hruggek has been diminished and the god now serves as an exarch of Bane, the god of tyranny.[4]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 135. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (September 2008). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 136. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  4. Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.


BatiriGrodd goblin
Miscellaneous Goblinoids
BugbearHobgoblinKoalinthNilbogSnow goblinWorghest

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