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I'm new to tabletop RPGs, playing my first game in pathfinder with a couple more newfriends. A couple of them have played before, but we're not experts by any means.
One of us made a coldborn skinwalker (http://www.d20pfsrd.com/races/other-races/more-races/standard-races-1-10-rp/skinwalkers-10-rp#TOC-Werebear-Kin-Coldborn-), and we're unsure how exactly shape shifting works.
Can he take the form of a human, a hybrid werebear and a normal bear, or is his shapechanged bestial form a whole different thing?
Does anything change other than the small ability score/skill changes (-2 wis, +loads to climb) when he goes bestial?
How exactly do natural attacks work and is he limited to only using them and not weapons?
At the moment, it seems to be nothing but a nerf, because he's a fighter and it works out better to just hit things with swords and feats than claws, but we're almost certainly working it out wrong.
Also, are there any feats recommended to make bear combat better?
Sorry about all the questions, but any help is appreciated.