Baneberry Leshy

Family: Leshy

Huge plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 13
HP 66 (12d6 + 24)
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft.

11 (+0) 8 (-1) 14 (+2) 19 (+4) 13 (+1) 13 (+1)

Skills Stealth +4 (+6 in forests), Survival +6
Condition Immunities blinded
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Plant Speech. berry plants
  • Plant Form. Small baneberry plant
  • Verdant Burst. When the Baneberry leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 3 (1d6) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with baneberry plants, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for baneberries, they wither and die after 24 hours.


  • Twig. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6+2) slashing damage plus 1d4 poison damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for one minute.
  • Berry Burst. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 20/80 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4+2) bludgeoning damage plus 2 (1d4) poison damage. On a hit, the target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for one minute.


Also known as Doll’s Eyes, baneberry is a unique looking plant that produces white berries resembling small eyes. These berries, as well as the body and leaves of the plant, are incredibly toxic to humans, and ingesting the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death. However, birds are unaffected by this poison, allowing them to eat the berries and spread baneberry seeds.

The Baneberry leshy has developed these berries into rudimentary eyes, giving it strong awareness of its surroundings. Sneaking up on a Baneberry leshy is nearly impossible, and fighting risks exposure to powerful toxins.

Perhaps a keen-eyed Tengu would fare better?

Baneberry leshy are occasionally hunted by witches and alchemists in order to harvest their powerful poisons. Luckily, this leshy will typically spot hunters before they spot it, and will endeavor to avoid potential predators whenever possible. However, this vision also makes the leshy an ideal scout and lookout, and spotting a Baneberry leshy may indicate a more valuable target lies nearby.

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