Is it possible? I had a character like this in 2E once, and I have a couple of really awesome bear-riding dwarf miniatures... but I can't figure out how to do it in Pathfinder.
Cavalier, Ranger, Druid... it seems that bears just aren't viable for riding which I consider very sad :(
Is there a route I'm missing that can make it work?
Cavalier, since they have the beast rider archetype.
Beast rider has an option to make medium animal companions large for riding purposes. Ergo, perfect for riding, nad a better bear overall.
Also, cavaliers focus on mounted, which lets you focus on you and still do great. Less need to focus on the bear.
There is a feat: Undersized Rider which allows a rider to use a mount of their size, Medium for a Dwarf. This way a 4th level Druid could ride a bear.
Paizo still has yet to create a large bear animal companion. Because of this you have to jump through some hoops into order to ride a bear as a mount.
Option #1: Undersized Mount
Option #2: Beast Rider Cavalier archetype.
Option #3: Be a small race. =(
None of those are particularly good but if you've got a theme stick to your guns!
|Alex Smith 908|
So I'm imagining Bear Cavalry.
5 levels in Musket Master Gunslinger
X levels in Beast Rider Luring Cavalier with Order of the Land
Hunter taking Undersize Mount feat. Take four levels of fighter there is a feat that allows your animal companion to still go up in abilities up to four levels. Four levels of fighters gives you armor training one and three bonus combat feats. Use all three gets you Spirited Charge triple damage on a charge. Get Mithral medium armor counts as light.
Depending on your GM:
- Dwarven Druid, Ranger, Hunter or Cavalier (Beast Rider)
- Bear animal companion
- Mammoth Rider prestige class
Ok, so "bear" isn't a selectable mount for the Mammoth Rider, but the GM can expand the list to add it (it's even written in the description :P ). A Huge dire bear... isn't a farfetched idea, so... ;)