Beartic is an ursine, quadrupedal Pokémon capable of standing on its hind legs. It has bluish-white fur with a shaggy tuft at its rear. Three spikes of ice hang from its lower jaw, forming a beard. Its face consists of a long snout, beady black eyes, and rounded ears. Its large forepaws have black claws and paw pads.
Beartic is capable of freezing its own breath, and will create pathways across the water using this technique. Should it get tired while swimming, Beartic will also use its breath to freeze the water it is swimming in so that it can lay down and rest. Its ice breath can create fangs and claws of ice, the former being harder than steel. It inhabits northern areas where it catches prey in the cold waters.
In the prologue of Black—Victini and Reshiram, multiple Beartic were living on a frozen tundra near the village that Glacine, Luis, Donuke, and other People of the Vale lived in. They were seen lingering on an ice shelf when a giant glacier collided with the ice, agitating them.