Zombie Bears

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Zombie Bears is a rune effect in Zombie Charger, a Physical Realm Witch Doctor skill.

This rune effect summons a pack of zombie bears that charge forward for a short distance, stampeding over and through any enemies and dealing 235% poison damage to anything in the area. This is one of the Witch Doctor's more damaging attacks, and though it is short range, it hits across a quite wide space.

Skill Rune Effects[edit | edit source]

Refer to the Zombie Charger rune effects article for a thorough description of all five rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description

<skill subcat="Physical realm spell" class="WitchDoctor">Zombie Charger</skill> <skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Zombie Bears">Zombie Charger</skill>

Background[edit | edit source]

The bear effect was created by Julian Love and revealed at Blizzcon 2010, where it became something of a meme or running joke, where the Diablo III devs referred to it in interviews and panels with unbearable frequency. [1]

Slashdot: I was playing a Witch Doctor, and I used the spell that summons a zombie for you, and I got a rune that turned it into a swarm of bears. We got a real kick out of that. Julian Love: Yeah! Zombie Bears! It’s kind of funny, that’s one of the skills that came up – the way we work is that we sit down and throw a lot of crazy ideas out, and sometimes it’s a little scary, throwing an idea that you think “I’m not sure how the group will react. This is kind of wacky.” And I remember sitting in the group and they were saying, “What are we going to do? We need something else.” And I said, “I’m not even sure why this works, but I’m just going to say it: Zombie Bears!” And everybody went, “Yes!” And that was it. Look at the way to it feels to play that skill in the game – it just sounds fun, right?

Media[edit | edit source]

Two screenshots of the zombie bears. It's hard to get a good shot of them as they move quickly and have a skinless, bloody mess of an exterior. The bear-ness of them is much more visible in a video than a still image.

Bears at work against Cydaea in Hell in this short video.

Development[edit | edit source]

Prior to the skill revision in February 2012, this rune effect was enabled by the Crimson Rune, granting the following effect with a level 7 runestone:

Zombie Bears


Summons a stampede of three Zombie Bears, each dealing 112% weapon damage to enemies in the area.