Lesser Runebear

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Location Open field areas, forests, and caves
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 1196 - 9329 Runes
Beast Blood
Gold-tinged Excrement
Hefty Beast Bone
Lump of Flesh

Lesser Runebears are a type of Wildlife in Elden Ring. A Lesser Runebear is a brutish bear with runic patterns on its chest. It often towers over its enemies, and will often chase down any prey that tries to run.

For the boss variant, refer to Runebear.

 

Lesser Runebear Locations

Where to Find Lesser Runebears:

 

 Lesser Runebear Drops

Item

Drop Rate

Additional Info

Runes 100%

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 1196 - 9329

Beast Blood 100% N/A
Gold-Tinged Excrement 25.00% N/A
Hefty Beast Bone 50.00% N/A
Lump of Flesh 25.00% N/A
Prince of Death's Cyst 100% Dropped only by a specific Lesser Runebear (Interactive Map Link)
 

 

Lesser Runebear Notes & Tips

  • Lesser Runebears can be easily put to sleep with a critical hit to the head.
  • Their hardest attack to dodge is their charge. It has little to no windup and can be used at the end of every combo.
  • It’s often preferred to avoid these creatures. They’re too tanky and do not drop anything spectacular, besides the transforming ones that drop valuable Larval Tears.

 

Lesser Runebear Image Gallery

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    • Apparently, rune bears are transforming into magma wyrms. If you look into their eyes, theyre very reptilian looking like a dragons, and on on their chest you can see stone chunks comming out of their heart.

      • Anonymous

        I'd be ok with sh tty oversized, overpowerd enemy with milion health, instant charge attacks and ranged projectile attack that doesn't make any sense for it to have if we would get any sort of reward for killing it. It drops nothing of value, not many runes either.

        • Anonymous

          Artificial difficulty. A large monster that moves far faster than it's bulk would suggest, and it's not a boss, but a regular enemy found everywhere. The shoulder tackle is by far my most hated move, followed closely by that ridiculous "bear hug". It hits fast, repositions faster, and it's not in any way fun to fight. Most people here tell you to either avoid it or cheese it.

          This might just be the worst enemy in the game.

          • Anonymous

            Flame of the Redmanes can consistently put the bear with the Larval Tear in Consecrated Snowfield down with two casts for a crit. Just hope the bear doesn't decide to kill you if you need to chug a blue flask.

            • Anonymous

              If you must fight one of these, roll into their attacks and try your best to hug them and/or stay underneath them, i would usually just avoid these things since their drops are not anywhere near worth the trouble of dealing with one of these things but rolling into them and sticking close to them usually works, atleast for me.

              • Anonymous

                Honestly, I don’t think From intended for us to fight/farm these beasts. I believe From purposely placed the Rune Bears in certain locations simply for the “Crap” factor effect!

                • Anonymous

                  The existence of these bastards aswell as the red wolves prove that Miyazaki is an evil sadistic man who loves to make people suffer

                  • Anonymous

                    For the bear that ambushes you at mt gelmir on the way to the azure sorcerer, I put it to sleep with one direct hit from a sleep pot and I only have 20 ARC. But it can easily be baited into breaking open the statue that holds smithing stones with its sonic roar attack.

                    The two in deeproot depths have massive health pools, on top of being the same kind of c**t every other rune bear is. One needs to be killed for the prince of death's cyst, but ignore any message left outside or near its cave, stand outside the cave and place a blue marker on the map, then climb the roots using the marker to guide you until you are on top of the waterfall. There is a hole you can drop into then drop down from ledge to ledge until you are on the upper level of the cave the bear is in. From there you can kill it without taking any damage yourself.

                    The second is sleeping in a cave with four items that can be looted around it, I used the twiggy cracked tear in a physik then drank it just outside the cave I collected the items on torrent, I got three the first time and had to reset at a grace so I could use the physik again for the fourth item, the bear won't start to attack as soon as it gets up so I had enough time to ride around it and grab the items on torrent. Nothing I found in there is worth losing a load of runes if you don't have the twig in a talisman slot or the twiggy cracked tear in a physik.

                    • Anonymous

                      If you're not sure about fighting one of these, the best method that I've learned is to just sneak past them. Make sure to have sleep arrows/pots/Trina's sword at the ready so that if one spots you, you can just put it to sleep with a few hits and then either go for the critical hit or run away.

                      • My best tip for these guys is to go under them and attack their back legs, you still have to roll through most of their attacks but they're easy to dodge anyway

                        • Anonymous

                          I've been trying to get the runebear into a scrap with the carriage trolls, but they just won't aggro him :(

                          • Anonymous

                            I feel like the amount of runes these guys give needs to be buffed tenfold, either that or make them have a 25-50% chance of dropping a rune arc, otherwise there's no reason to ever engage with them other than the larval tear bearing variants.

                            • Anonymous

                              So not only do these guys run an average of 20,000 health (for reference, Godfrey/Hoarah Loux has 21,903), they deal absurd amounts of damage. Took a modded savefile that had 99 Vigor, infinite weight load, and was still taking 3-10,000 damage per hit, specifically that final headbutt they do in their chain was tapping me for upwards of 10,00 damage with just that hit. I don't know if Fromsoft knows that this is absolute **** design but the bloat that mid and late game mobs get is ridiculous, unfun to deal with, and makes this game far from a masterpiece. It's one thing to have mobs that level in later areas, it's a whole other beast to make them scale so hard that even modded saves are 1 shot, and unmodded players should no joke just give up and never bother with these things.

                              • Anonymous

                                Wasted an hour trying to kill this abomination, dying countless times and what have I got in return ? A golden dung!

                                • Anonymous

                                  For the Consecrated Snowfield one, you can lure him to a place where you can use summons. Go to the Albinauric Rise to the northeast, kill the two imps, and place a beacon in the area for easier wayfinding. Then go back to where the zombies are digging their friend out of the snow. Kill them all to spawn the Runebear, then jump on Torrent and ride to your beacon once the bear is agro'd. Keep pushing Torrent and you'll be out of range of most of his attacks except the roar. Eventually you'll get to the point where you can use summons.

                                  The only hard part is the Runebear wants to stop following you after a certain distance, and may turn back. In that case you have to turn around and chase after him, and hit him with a ranged attack. Then he will chase you again and you should to make it to the summon area. I used Mimic Tear with Sleep Pots as my only equipped item, and it was a very easy fight.

                                  If you want to fight him without summons, sleep pots are the way to go. While he's sleeping, you can hit him with Poison Mist...just make sure it procs before attacking him. Rot Breath may work as well, but I haven't tried it.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Theres no way you can hit and recover quick enough and avoid his stupid charge with any mid speed or slower weapon. Its just impossible.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      A world full of strange, otherworldly enemies, the most terrifying of which can be found playing with a big red ball at your local zoo

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Just fought the one massive Lesser Runebear scratching a very tall tree next to the pillar where the East Limgrave Map is located and it grabbed me, i mashed R1/L1, it let go, then it clipped through the ground and died in the void. Was a bit weird but i guess we take those?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I hate these things. They're amazing and impossible to ignore if you have too much pride for a Souls game

                                          • Anonymous

                                            These things are terrifying but honestly not that bad. Roll forward and try to stay underneath them. Their attacks will hits behind you then you can get in a couple swings. Keep the block button held down while underneath in case it makes contact.

                                            • Safest way I've found to fight them is to be the lamest souls player ever with a no-skill greatshield, a spear or heavy thrusting sword w/ bloodhound step, greatshield talisman + both stamina talismans. Do nothing but shield poke and bloodhound step from the grab.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Why the **** didn't Jerren just throw a runebear at radahn... No need to gather thousands of warriors over hundreds of years to do what a simple ****ing bear can do in 2 minutes.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I found the beast-repelling torch for dogs... where do i find the beast-repelling orbital strike for runebears?

                                                  • My life got significantly better when I realized these guys are not horse fights. On horseback they're horrible, but on foot the fight is a lot more bear-able!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Can I just say there needs to be a patch to make these things less terrifying, I've tanked 4 direct hits from Margott, so why can this bear one shot me?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        the large and small variants are both highly susceptible to bleed and strike damage. two light attacks with the morning star will trigger hemorrhage on the small ones.

                                                        a charged heavy plus follow up attack will break poise.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          the large and small variants are both highly susceptible to bleed and strike damage. two light attacks with the morning star will trigger hemorrhage on the small ones.

                                                          a charged heavy plus follow up attack will break poise.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            If you go at night, he is sleeping and you can sneak around to collect everything even jump in the cellar :)

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              There I was, wandering in the woods on my way to the raya lucaria crystal tunnel, not really knowing where I was going but there was a sniper so I decided to go around. All of a sudden this giant bear comes out of nowhere and while I thought I successfully blocked, I had not and died in one hit. You can keep those runes, bear. I won't be attempting to retrieve them.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Um I just kille one of the undead farmers who was wielding a sword south of waypoint ruins and as soon as he died a puff of smoke appeared and got myself mauled by a runebear.......can't find anything online about a runebear appearing like that

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I came across one in a ravine in North East Limgrave absolutely destroying an entire pack of wolves. I had to use two full blasts of Rotten Breath to take it out. Their HP and speed is insane!

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Toughest thing in the game right here. I'm honestly convinced this was created to teach you that there are certain enemies you should run away from. It's telling that there's no Runebear spirit ash. Imagine how game breaking that would be. It would probably solo Malenia before she even got to the "blade of Miquella" line on her intro.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      If these are meant to be the ''lesser'' ones, i shudder to think what kind of unholy monstrosities the ''greater'' ones are.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        There are very few things in Elden Ring I consider to be genuinely broken, but Runebears definitely fit the bill. They have more health than most bosses. They can close the gap instantly. Their attack patterns are so constant and fast, it rules out using any weapon other than a fast dagger. Their quick lunge is faster than most weapon recovery frames. Their grab attack has a tractor beam that can pull you in like a DS3 lagstab. Their item drops are trash. They poise through all hits. Seriously, I’ve had more problems with these guys than any boss I’ve encountered from Caelid to the Altus Plateu. Needs health decreased by at least 25% and windup attack frames on some attacks increased by at least 10%.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          >Woah, this random ass forest creature nearly insta-killed me

                                                                          >and they seem to each have set spawn locations

                                                                          >These mini-bosses must items, I shouldn't have been ignoring them all...

                                                                          >well that was obnoxious, but I finally got it.

                                                                          >pillage corpse

                                                                          >1x bone.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The Consecrated Snowfield versions of these guys have more HP than Darkeater Midir, just in case you were still wondering whether or not the final third of the game was completely phoned in.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              There is also one north of Ainsel river well in liurnia and a diseased great bear in caelid right out of the deep siofra well on route to the great jar arena

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                this mob pretty easy never fight 2 otherwise your's a chew toy fun fight. i use my Dex great sword with impaling thrust 3 jabs and they drop i wish i knew there weakness

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  It's a funny thing when my power-stanced bleed weapons do 1k damage each and it still takes a full stamina bar to kill the Rune Bear in Dragonbarrow cave. It's absurd how much health these guys have for the tiny amount of runes they reward you.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    In deep root depths to get the death talisman, you can cheese him by using the rocks on the left of the cave standing at entrance and he can't reach you... just spam his ass with fire from the peak rock after getting him outside.. easy peasy;)

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Who is the person that thought about this sh¡t:
                                                                                      >boss hp
                                                                                      >all the body can damage you in almost every attack
                                                                                      >a lot of unpredictable moves
                                                                                      >has no real weak spot
                                                                                      >even faster than torrent

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        For "fun" i went to fight a random one i saw in lakes under raya academy while wrapping up loose ends, I was 50 levels over for the area with Godrickki's great rune active. I nearly get combo'd out with perma knock down. I have a harder time with these than most bosses. They need to chill with attacks that also instantly close any gaps and ruin any hopes of seeing anything with the camera.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          These things just don't deserve a fair fight. I range cheese the ones in snowfield and deeproot. ain't gonna waste time on trash mobs.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            The Notes and Tips phrases it wrongly. Runebears can't be put to sleep with critical strike to the head BUT they are very weak against sleep inducing weapons and items. One sleep pot is enough to knock them down and THIS opens up their critical spot on the head, once they fall asleep. So the easy way to kill them is to first hit them with sleep effect. I know that one pot is enough. Didn't tested arrows or weapons.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Ridiculously difficult!!!! I always have a hard time killing them. And I advise running away, it's not worth fighting them

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                For the bear in the cave, he cannot get through the opening that leads to the drop off on the way to the boss, you can cheese him with dragon rot from there

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  As of the most recent patch (1.03.1) there is a glitch I've encountered with almost every bear I've fought. If you get grabbed and button mash to escape quicker, you'll pop out and the bear with fall through to world and fall into the killbox below. Ever since the patch dropped this has happened consistently. I only discovered this because I'm bad at dodging his grab, so I get grabbed by nearly every bear I fight.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Harder than most bosses, and yet what is your reward for defeating them? a pile of ****. Literally. **** THIS ENEMIES.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      One appeared right in front of me after slaughtering a certain number of undeads in the limgraves. Even though I was sprinting on Torrent's back, that damn thing was able to keep up (and in the end, overtake me) and killed the damn horse in a single blow.

                                                                                                      I attacked it with everything I had (Uchigatana+3 and lots of heavy attacks), but his life bar refused to move and he destroyed me in three blows.

                                                                                                      Seriously, I wasn't even in East Limgrave : it was after the bridge, behind the giant cart dragged by two trolls (the one giving you the great axe). What the heck did that thing doing there ?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Should be noted there’s an illusory runebear (because why the **** not) in Western Limgrave. It is disguised as a commoner on a ledge directly above the road, East of the swamps. Can be cheesed by getting it down on the road and sticking to the outcrops above it. Drops a larval tear too so that’s nice.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          There's nothing "lesser" about them compared to the bossfight. If it's just to differentiate between them, it would be better to name the pages Runebear and Runebear (Boss).

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            So any particular reason why the ones in Caelid and Mountaintops have like 20k HP, 2 hit kill you while you have 40 vigor and are legit harder than most bosses?

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Wasted 80 arrows for fifteen minutes trying to kill the one in Dragonbarrow Cave because for some reason it doesn't attack you in most of the cave. Then it one shots me when it has less than 300 health left, because the AI decided to start working.

                                                                                                              **** these bears man.

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