Guide to bears for non-druids Bearbuilds on non-druids. Respect to the beast runeword. Note: These type of chars are expensive to make but since you can get a beast runeword i am assuming prices are no problem for you. Also i have to notice that i only really mention ladder-only runewords since without them bearforms on non-druids kinda suck. These builds arenâ€™t powerbuilds but if they are build correctly most of them can stand their man...uuh bear in duels. This guide is pvp-orientated. Introduction or â€œhow to shapeshiftâ€ First of all, how does a non-druid becomes a bear you might be thinking. Well by using the beast runeword is the answer: Ber+tir+mal+um+lum in 5 sockets axes, scepters or hammers. This runeword will grant every character +3 to werebear and +3 to lycanthropy. Increasing the life, damage and defense of you character. Be warned you wonâ€™t be able to use anything but a normal attack once shifted to a bear, donâ€™t expect to spam some holy hammers out of your claw or be able to spit out firballs out of your mouth. If you are gonna make this runeword for a bearbuild i can advice you to make it in a low requirement weapon. Beast itself is too slow to use for you once turned to bear. You use it to become bear and thats it, after that you can either take it off or leave it on your weaponswitch, you will stay bear either way. In most cases you will be using a phaseblade of some kind as your weapon for its excellent speed. Now if you not sure whether to make beast in some low req weapon you can always make it in a berserker axe. It defenitely has some nice trading value cause itâ€™s a great weapon on any barb. Low lvl requirement beasts are nice on summon necroâ€™s too, for the fanacitism aura it gives. Now on to the builds. There are 3 types of bearbuilds not used by a druid. 1) The elemental damage type bears This involves especially bearbuilds with double dream and shaeled phaseblades. 2 types of bears jump to mind here. Sorceress bears and Paladin bears. A 3th possability is an assabear 2) The physical damage type bears Sources for physical damage increase are minimal in comparison to druids, but there are other things that make it worthwhile. 3 types of bears worthwhile jump to mind here. Amazonbears (fuzzydodgers), Paladinbears, Barbarianbears 3) A mixture of both : The assasinbear is a great example of these, also palabears score nice here. Now first of all some general information about bears you should take into account: 1) Attackspeed is almost only based on your baseweaponspeed and your weapon ias (wias). I say almost cause when you are on the verge of a breakpoint 10 or 20% ias on your gear might help you hit 1 frame faster. For attackspeed check out this awesome calculator: http://students.washington.edu/akrinke/wereformadvanced.html 2) The hit recovery of bears suck, make sure to hit the highest breakpoint you can in pvp. Hit recovery breakpoints are: 0 , 5 , 10, 16 , 24 , 37, 54 , 86 , 152, 360 I strongly reccomend hitting the 86% fhr break, if that is too much trouble then use 54 but never go below that 3) Always use max block with bears if itâ€™s possible. There are exceptions (for example a sorcbear). Faster blockrate breakpoints for bears are the following: 0, 5, 10, 16, 27, 40, 65, 109, 223. 4) Prebuffing your bear with as much +skillequip as you can get on your gear is a wise thing to do. It will boost both werebear and lycanthropy on your beast, wich means an increase in life, defense and damage. Itâ€™s off course also a good moment to cast bo from your cta wich is more or less a requirement. 5)Forget about duelling all those smiters running around on ladder, they will kill you every time. The rest of the chars are possible to beat, depending on the char you use and your equip and duelskill of you and your opponent. 6) Always walk vs all meleechars, when you got a blockbuild. Also walk the intitial big gap between you and the bowama, then switch to running. Make good use of shift+attack, especially vs wwbabas and assas.