|Johto Number|| 194
|Weight||19.4 lbs. (8.8kg)|
|Gender distribution||50% male, 50% female|
|Ability||Guts / Quick Feet|
|First Appearance||Pokémon Gold and Silver|
Ursaring(リングマ, Ursaring? Ringuma in original Japanese language versions) is a bear Pokémon that evolves from Teddiursa. It is the larger of the two bear Pokémon (three if you count Spinda).
Ursaring's name is composed of ursa (the Latin term for bear) and ring (a reference to the ring upon its belly).
Its Japanese name is Ringuma, a portmanteau of the English word ring and the Japanese word guma, a form of kuma, which is Japanese for bear.
Although it is large, it is actually an arboreal pokémon, able and willing to climb trees and sleep in their caves. Its claws are somewhat modified from a real-world bear's for this task. Like its unevolved form, Teddiursa, it has a round, ball-shaped tail.
Unlike its unevolved form, Teddiursa, Ursaring is a forager, although it is known to eat meat (including other Pokémon) when hungry. Ursaring also differs from Teddiursa in that while its unevolved form requires periodic supplements of food during the winter (for which it stores nuts and berries), Ursaring can sleep through an entire winter without food.
Ursaring is also an accomplished digger, and it often digs for potatoes, truffles, or other such vegetables to eat. Although it is a digger, it does not naturally sleep in caves.
Ursaring's sense of smell is among the most developed of all Pokémon; it can detect subtle differences in scents. For this reason, Ursaring is sometimes used by police in the Pokémon universe, both as a strong enforcer, and as an explosive-sniffing Pokémon. If criminals are hiding in trees, it can use its claws to cut down the tree.
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games, the fur on the shoulders of male Ursaring stands up where on female Ursaring it remains down.
Ursaring can be found in five games. In Pokémon Gold, it can be found on Victory Road, Mt. Silver, and Route 28. In Pokémon Crystal, it can be found on the Blackthorn City side of the Dark Cave and in the Silver Cave. In Pokémon Colosseum, it can be Snagged in the Team Snagem Hideout after defeating Evice and completing the game, and obtained in Pokémon XD and Emerald by evolving Teddiursa.
In the movie Pokémon 4Ever, Ursaring is one of the Pokémon which guides Ash and company to the injured Celebi.
A forest full of angry Ursaring appeared in the anime episode "Forest Grumps."
An Ursaring was captured by Paul in the episode called "Different Strokes for Different Blokes" and currently has it after seeing how strong it is.
In the Pokémon Special manga, Silver catches an Ursaring in Volume 8, using it extensively to thwart the plans of Team Rocket.
Trading Card game
Ursaring, as a stage 1 colorless Pokémon, has appeared in the following sets:
- Neo Discovery
- Neo Destiny (as Dark Ursaring)
- EX Unseen Forces
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
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- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
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- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5