Elden Ring throws all sorts of monstrous things at you, but few will make your hair stand on end the way a Runebear does after it catches your scent. I’ve only killed a few Runebears in the hundreds of hours I’ve put into FromSoftware’s open world game; Literally, I wanted to fight Malenia or, more realistically, run away and scream. Runebears’ monstrous difficulty might sound like a weird, hilarious difference at launchbut months later we discovered that there might be a really good reason why they have a knack for bringing us closer to Marika.
As dataminer Zullie the witch pointed out in a thought-provoking video, come back when Elden Ring was popularized as a “network test” beta, The player has discovered an out-of-bounds Runebear. Oddly enough, when Runebear is killed, it will drop a dragon heart. After Elden Ring has been released, there is no Runebear in the game that works this way, so most people forget about the heart thing. But upon closer inspection, it seems that Runebears actually have a specific connection to dragons.
Have you noticed that Runebear’s eyes match the reptile shape and color of a particular dragon in Elden Ring exactly? This seems like a weird thing to fix, but it seems to be intentional. After all, dragon hearts make players stronger. And the larger creatures in the game all have names that suggest they’ve been reformed in some way, maybe through runes, but what if the bears run in a different direction?
One YouTube commenter on the video pointed out that the Runebear chest also has the spikes you’d expect to be a heart. They “look a lot like dragon scales,” Raloris write. “Especially the ones on the dragon heart icon.” I admit that I was too busy imitating a headless chicken to never notice this amazing detail. Maybe it’s cobblestone? Also don’t forget that the current Runebears do Drop is Spelldrake Talismans, depicting an “ancient blue dragon”. For whatever reason, Elden Ring still binds Runebears to dragons even after testing after the net.
Now you can feel better about your deep-seated fear of Runebears. They’re not just bigger bears, sorry. they are dragon bear, so of course they will throw you like nothing.