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Mama Bear is a boss entity in Raft. She is one of multiple threats to the player.


Mama Bear is one of the enemies in Raft that may attack and kill the player. Mama Bear is a large, brown bear that can be found on Balboa Island. In order to progress in the story, the player must loot a crate containing a Machete and the Blueprint: Machete found in the cave guarded by Mama Bear. When first arriving on Balboa Island, Mama Bear is guarding the entrance to the cave and will attack the player if they come too close. The player may find berries around the island that can be put into a nearby container. After doing so, Mama Bear will move away from the cave entrance and allow the player to enter. At this point, Mama Bear will eat the berries from the container indefinitely until attacked.

Mama Bear deals large amounts of damage and can incapacitate the player in three hits (two hits total 100% of the player's health, but since health regenerates between hits, a third hit is necessary). As such, she is the strongest opponent in the game. Mama Bear's attack consists solely of her melee paw attack.


Hits to Kill
Weapon/Ammo Normal Hard
Wooden Spear.png Wooden Spear 150 188
Metal Spear.png Metal Spear
Stone Arrow.png Stone Arrow
75 94
Machete.png Machete
Metal Arrow.png Metal Arrow
50 63

General Strategy[]

Because of her large health pool, Mama Bear is a tough opponent to defeat. It is highly recommended to use ranged weapons, preferably the Basic Bow and Metal Arrows. Being equipped with Leather Armor is highly advisable, as well as carrying Healing Salve.

After luring Mama Bear away from the entrance of the cave, the player can stand on a natural ledge over the nearby canyon. From here, the player can continuously shoot arrows while running backwards away from Mama Bear to avoid taking damage, it will take about 50 Metal Arrows and one bow to kill her. Mama Bear will eventually return to eating berries at which point the player can rinse and repeat this process. Do note that hitting Mama Bear just before she turns to run back may aggravate her and make her chase the player even longer. Arrows can be retrieved from Mama Bear while standing at maximum range, though she may turn and attack the player. Running towards the ledge is the best chance of avoiding damage.

Remember, Mama Bear deals half the player's total health, so it's important to always heal up when attempting to fight her.

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Cheese Strategy[]

Cheesing is the idea of using valid in-game methods to achieve something, but implies making a hard task incredibly easy. This can be done to Mama Bear by finding high-ground spot that Mama Bear cannot reach, thereby ruining her pathing. When enemies cannot complete pathing to the player, they will instead run on the spot continuously until they reset or are killed. On the entrance of Mama Bear's Cave there's a small rock ledge that Mama Bear cannot reach. The result is a shooting position close enough to Mama Bear's original position thereby not allowing her to reset, but enabling the player to kill her at their own leisure - given that they brought enough arrows. See below video for the specific location.

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Another method is to collect five Wild Berries and place them in the blue tub near Mama Bear's Cave, luring her away from the cave and over to the bin. The player may then stand opposite her, on the opposite side of the tub and poke/shoot her to death. This way the player can even reuse arrows because they can be plucked from her while still alive. If done correctly, this means the weapon cost is at most one full bow - even on Hard mode.

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Early Access
Update 10 Mama Bear added to the game.