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Polar Bears are enemies from the Crash Bandicoot series.


The polar bears are big carnivorous animals covered in white fur with a big dark blue nose and sharp teeth.

A mutant polar bear can be seen in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, looking similar to other polar bears but with no visible teeth, a small black nose, and a vest.


Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back[]

In the level Un-Bearable in Cortex Strikes Back, polar bears will chase Crash instead of the regular boulder. They can't be harmed or defeated and only at the end of each section will the polar bear become stuck in a doorway. Some polar bears will try to chase Crash over a wooden bridge, which gives way under their enormous weight; one such instance opens the way to a secret path in the level. Polar bears in this game appear to have a grudge against Crash, as they are seen laughing whenever the player loses a life.

Crash Team Racing[]

In Crash Team Racing, a polar bear can be seen frozen inside a giant ice structure in Polar Pass.

Crash Bash[]

In Crash Bash, a polar bear by the name of Bearminator appears as the second boss of the game. He rides a submarine and shoots bombs and mechanical bears onto the stage.

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex[]

In Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex, a mutant polar bear on a flying carpet will race Crash through a series of rings in the level Ice Station Bandicoot.

Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure[]

In Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, smaller polar bears appear as regular enemies in the ice stages and can be defeated by any attack. They walk back and forth on the ground slowly.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy[]

Polar Bears reappear in the N. Sane Trilogy, where they reprise the role they had in the second game.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled[]

Polar bears reprise their role from the original Crash Team Racing, with a large polar bear being frozen within an ice structure in Polar Pass. More polar bears can be seen later on in the track in some kind of fishing village.



Names in other languages[]

Language Name
Japanese パパぐま
Papa Guma


  • In the Japanese version, the polar bear is known as "papa bear", implying that he is Polar's father (The level Un-Bearable is titled "にげろやパパぐま (Run away from the papa bear)" in Japanese).
    • The Bearminator from Crash Bash also happens to be "papa bear" in the Japanese version, as the name of the boss fight is "パパぐまロックオン (Lock-on the Papa bear)". This might imply that any one of the bears chasing Crash in Un-Bearable and the Bearminator are the same polar bear.