If you thought the normal animatronics don’t look nearly monstrous enough, you’re in for a ghoulish treat! Dreadbear is among the franchise’s nightmare animatronics, all monstrous and withered. Basically, they are the stuff of nightmares. Dreadbear especially stands out because:
- He did not first appear in FNAF 4, unlike most other nightmare animatronics
- He is Halloween themed
- His design draws inspiration from Frankenstein’s monster
My Bottom Line Up Front
Dreadbear is the Frankenstein-ed version of an animatronic bear. There are screws at the back of his jaw and stitches all over his body.
He has glowing yellow eyes, a broad muzzle, a stitched-up right ear, and a grinning mouth with big, square teeth. A large part of his stomach is missing, and his feet each have three toes. He wears a black bowtie and matching black top hat (though the top hat is comically tiny for such a brute).
Since he is a toy animatronic, Dreadbear does not have much lore to speak about. Franchise creator Scott Cawthon revealed that the only canon nightmare animatronic is Nightmare Balloon Boy. But there are speculations that Scott changed his tune, and Dreadbear and the other nightmare animatronics could be canon.
This is because in one of the official FNAF novels, The Twisted Ones, we learn that twisted animatronics appear in that form because of illusion discs. These are discs that change someone’s perception, so it’s reasonable to assume that something similar to illusion discs is also at work with the nightmare animatronics. That, however, is a story for another day. And only if Scott decides to return to the franchise after his retirement.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted
Dreadbear doesn’t appear in the main game. Instead, you have to get the Curse of Dreadbear DLC. We can first see Dreadbear on the DLC’s title screen when he stares at you from the title logo. He emerges on the Game Over screen when you die and seems to be reaching out to you. If you leave the game idling during the level selection hub, he can sometimes pop up to keep you company.
Dreadbear also shows up in “Danger! Keep Out!” This is the last selectable game mode for the DLC. The game’s mechanics are similar to FNAF 1 but with some additions. Dreadbear appears on Night 3, and his actions mirror Freddy Fazbear from the first game.
He appears on the stage and moves towards the right side. You should enter the cameras and flash him to keep him from reaching your right door. Unfortunately, this won’t reset his progress. But it will save you time by pausing his progress for a while.
If Dreadbear makes it to the right door, you’re out of luck. He will burst through it and jump scare you. Dreadbear also has a self-titled level in the Spooky Mansion game mode. Here, your goal is to resurrect Dreadbear. To succeed, you need to change his brain to align with the relevant schematics.
First, Dreadbear’s brain has ten different areas. A monitor to your side has color-coded the regions. You have to inject different-colored dyes into the relevant parts of his brain. Second, you must alter the charge of Dreadbear’s brain until you match the red and yellow numbers.
Third, you should ensure the neural feedback loop aligns with the machine to your right. When you finish all three parts, pick up Dreadbear’s brain and put it in his skull. But Spooky Mansion is not straightforward. You will sometimes lose power, which will force you to shock Dreadbear.
But shock him more than 4 times, and he will jumpscare you, so being careful is essential. Dreadbear will also attack you if you mess up in any of the steps you take (since you must keep him powered on the whole time). This gives the process a fair amount of tension.
Dreadbear’s similarity to Freddy is not coincidental. His initial name should have been “Franken Freddy,” which appeared in an unused file from the game. Freddy Fazbear is also the most popular animatronic in the franchise, especially since he is the title character.
He is brown, has a freckled muzzle, round ears, blue eyes, and square teeth on his lower jaw. He dons a bowtie and top hat (a much bigger one than Dreadbear’s hat). Freddy appears in most Five Nights at Freddy’s games in both prominent roles and cameos. He also appears in many of the official novels, and he’s also popular in the fanfiction community.
Question: Who is Dreadbear?
Answer: Dreadbear is the main villain of The Curse of Dreadbear, a DLC from Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted. He is an alternate version of Freddy Fazbear, who draws inspiration from Frankenstein’s monster.
Question: What is The Curse of Dreadbear?
Answer: The Curse of Dreadbear is downloadable content for Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted. It introduces new animatronics (like Dreadbear and Grimm Foxy). It also brings back nightmare animatronics from other games and presents new game modes and challenges. It came out in October 2019 and normally costs $9.99 on Steam.
Question: What is Inside the Curse of Dreadbear DLC?
Answer: The Curse of Dreadbear DLC offers Halloween-themed content that includes:
Cap’n Foxy’s Pirate Adventure
Trick or Treat
Danger! Keep Out!
The game mode also includes new and returning nightmare animatronics like Dreadbear, Nightmare Chica, Jack-o-Chica, Nightmare Fredbear, Nightmare Bonnie, and more. You get plenty of content for the price ($9.99 on Steam), so it’s a worthy purchase if you already have Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted.
Question: Is Dreadbear a Zombie?
Answer: Dreadbear gets inspiration from Frankenstein’s monster, who was brought back from the dead. So, yes, Dreadbear has a few zombie-like attributes.
FNAF Dreadbear Guide: Conclusion
Even though Dreadbear is an exciting concept, he is a reskin of Freddy Fazbear. So suppose you’re only interested in facing him in-game in the FNAF 1 game mode.
In that case, I suggest waiting until Curse of Dreadbear is on sale and/or heavily discounted. But if you plan to play the entire Curse of Dreadbear DLC, I highly recommend getting it. Dreadbear is only a minor part of DLC that is chockful of content and new characters.