Bamboo Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
HP 66 (12d6 + 24)
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft.

13 (+1) 17 (+3) 15 (+2) 10 (+0) 19 (+4) 13 (+1)

Skills Acrobatics +7, Perception +8, Stealth +5, Survival +6
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 18
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan


  • Plant Speech. grasses
  • Plant Form. Small bamboo shoot
  • Verdant Burst. When the Bamboo leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 18 (4d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with bamboo shoots, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for bamboo, they wither and die after 24 hours.
  • Agile Steps. The Bamboo leshy ignores non-magical difficult terrain.


  • Multiattack. The Bamboo leshy makes two attacks with its action using either its Fist or Throwing Dagger attacks.
  • Fist. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) bludgeoning damage.
  • Throwing Dagger. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 20/80 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d4+3) slashing damage plus 2 (1d4) poison damage.
  • Pressure Point Strike (Recharge 5-6). The Bamboo leshy strikes an adjacent creature at key points, causing its joins to lock up. The target must make a DC 14 Wisdom saving throw or suffer 10 (2d6+3) bludgeoning damage and be stunned until the end of their next turn. On a successful save, the target takes half damage and is not stunned.


Bamboo is a well-known plant found throughout the world, but its ubiquity does not lessen its spectacular properties. Despite being a grass, bamboo is as strong as some woods, and is even used as a building material. Bamboo can also grow incredibly fast, up to several feet in a single day, making it a highly renewable resource.

Leshies crafted from the same stand of bamboo tend to have similar traits, though they are still unique individuals. These leshies have been found to form small bands or settlements, training under more experienced leshies to perfect their skills before venturing into the world. They will often meditate in their bamboo form for days before emerging to perform their duties.

Bamboo is a gregarious flowerer, meaning all plants in a single “cohort’ will flower at once, regardless of climate or location. This flowering is rare, occurring at intervals of up to 120 years, but lasts for several years at a time. At the end of the flowering, the bamboo dies, leading to the collapse of entire forests, before a new generation grows in its stead.

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