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Bear and Breakfast beginner’s guide, tips, and tricks

6 tips for the best bear hotel management possible

A bear in a hat stands in a forest Image: Gummy Cat/Armor Games via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Bear and Breakfast is the adorable management sim for PC where you play as a bear named Hank trying to restore life and tourism to his area. While the game is marketed as a cozy indie, things can get hectic quickly depending on how you play.

Our Bear and Breakfast beginner’s guide will provide tips that we wish we had when starting out.

Take it a step at a time

As you unlock more locations like the desert or snowy mountains, you’ll get more quests, but it’s important to take it a step at a time to avoid being overwhelmed. Focus on one quest (probably your story quest) at a time and go back for the others when you can. Lots of quest completion will end up getting locked behind story completion anyway, so don’t stress too much about getting them all done as soon as possible.

Focus on the story quests

All that being said above, you’ll want to focus more on the story rather than the maintenance quests you get at sign posts. The signs will offer you rewards (including quality-of-life improving items) in exchange for upgrading your properties, but you’ll often get gated by items you need to unlock via story.

Search everything, especially scrap piles

Pick up everything in Bear and Breakfast. You have tons of inventory space, along with a gigantic universal storage that you get access to early on and an eventual additional inventory upgrade.

The story quests will often require you to find things like a microphone or satellite piece, which you will find in piles of scrap sitting around the map. Make a beeline and search through all the scrap you see to find these quickly.

A bear digs through a scrap pile Image: Gummy Cat/Armor Games via Polygon

Double-check your journal when you’re stuck

If you’re still stuck on finding quest items or finding NPCs, double check your quest journal. If the quest doesn’t have built-in navigation, the journal will essentially tell you where to exactly find the items you need.

The map is your friend

Resources respawn after about 24 in-game hours, and your map will show you where each item is. You should use the map to scout out metal scrap, like broken washing machines and the like, to find quest items quickly.

You’ll unlock the map shortly after talking to Sabine, the local park ranger.

Revisit the friends you made along the way

As you unlock more properties, they’ll require more to keep guests happy. You’ll learn how to cook to appease your foodie guests, as well as fuel a heater to keep cold guests warm.

Juggling fuel, cooking, and other management gets overwhelming quickly, but luckily if you revisit your friends, like Julia the goat chef, they’ll offer you a quick quest. Once completing the quest, they’ll offer to work at your establishments for a low fee, so you don’t have to worry about cooking or fueling anymore.