BEAR (METRO 2033)
Metro: Last Light
The Bear (Russian: Медведица, literally “she-bear”), once referred to in the development cycle as the Forest God, is a titanic, mutated bear that serves as the final boss-entity in Metro: Last Light. A ferocious and territorial creature, the Bear also displays remarkable levels of intelligence, to the point where it can empathise with humans..
Bears appear to have mutated comparatively little after the Great War, as they retain their overall body shape, which is relatively similar to a pre-war specimen, behavioral characteristics, and even vocalizations. This is probably due to a lack of evolutionary necessity; pre-war bears could dwarf Nosalises and Watchmen in sheer size and strength. Though the specimens observed in the Gardens are far larger, this is not unusual; many other surviving animal species are several times larger than their pre-war progenitors. As bears are omnivores, it is also not surprising that the species has adapted quite easily to its new environment, despite the fact that many of its previous food sources have become extinct or mutated beyond recognition and edibility.
Despite its massive size and considerable strength and speed, the bear is neither unstoppable nor extraordinarily dangerous. Though virtually immune to gunfire (or at least to the types of firearms Artyom has access to, since contemporary bears require powerful, large-caliber weapons to be brought down reliably), the bear’s attempts to attack Artyom are rather sluggish, and easily avoided. This may be explained by the extent of the wounds on its back, where large portions of its flesh and fur are missing, leaving the spine exposed. Any attacks to this particular area will cause immense pain and temporarily incapacitate the beast. The bear will always attempt to chase Artyom; the Claymore is very useful for slowing it down, as the bear is not smart enough to bypass it.