Dire bears are super OP.I was just going to a beaver dam to get some cementing paste for my secondary metal base when I saw a level 25 spino with over a thousand health run from a level 5 dire bear with 680 health.Also the other day I was hunting some dire bears for pelt for my fur armor set but a level 40 dire bear with only 890 health killed me.it killed me so fast that I couldnt even hit it with my ascendant sword that deals 200 damage per hit.i recommend if you hunt with longneck rifle or bow/crossbow when you hunt them,never EVER confront them face to face... that is,unless you have a death wish.
After freshly taming 2 Rex’s with Bane (my Bary) and 3 favorite Dimo’s, I was on my way back to base and attacked one of these only around level 112 thinking I had plenty of backup with the Rex’s... Nope. Bane and I ran after everyone was destroyed around me... tamed him later from a cliff with my tranqs. He’s such a machine that I would do it all again. Named him Machine
Unless you have a very powerful character/mount, I would suggest to keep a good distance away from these magnificent beasts. They have a surprisingly small aggro range, but their melee damage is IMMENSE, and can kill even high level mounts with relative ease. It is honestly best to just leave them alone, as they don't even give that many resources when you harvest them, and you can easily lose an extremely valuable tame. Take it from me: I've lost two amazing wolves to these beasts, once from inexperience, once from being unable to escape due to having no stamina.
Direbear has no pause time between hits. The attack has no push back on its end no matter the level. Just think of it as non-stop hit for hit if you're cornered. End result death. But can be avoided because Agro circle is very small (3 foot away from direbear will be its agro circle.) making it easy for a head start run in case you try to tame.
If they start to run after a first few shots stay where you are and stay on a rock or somewhere it can't get you it will deal massive damage I lost a lv 129 baryonyx to a level 50 run in a zig zag it gains speed faster it runs straight