Bonsai Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 18 (natural armor)
HP 143 (22d6 + 66)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.

17 (+3) 20 (+5) 16 (+3) 16 (+3) 22 (+6) 20 (+5)

Saving Throws Dex +8, Con +6, Wis +9
Skills Acrobatics +11, Medicine +10, Nature +9, Perception +9, Stealth +11
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

  • Plant Speech. bonsai plants
  • Plant Form. Small bonsai tree
  • Verdant Burst. When a Bonsai leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 36 (8d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with small bonsai trees, becoming difficult terrain. Without active care, they wither and die after 24 hours.
  • Leaf Step. The Bonsai leshy can step nimbly from leaf to leaf. The leshy uses tree branches and leaves as normal terrain. If the Bonsai leshy falls more than 10 feet, it can use its reaction to reduce fall damage by 8d6.
  • Trim Up (1/day). The Bonsai leshy meditates while trimming its branches and leaves. It heals 24 (7d6) hit points, up to its hit point maximum.
  • Innate Spellcasting. The Bonsai leshy’s innate spellcasting ability is Wis. (spell save DC 17): At-Will: druidcraft, entangle, fog cloud


  • Multiattack. The leshy makes three Shears attacks.
  • Shears. Melee Weapon Attack: +8 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 14 (2d8+5) slashing damage.
  • Sharpened Branches (Recharge 5-6). The Bonsai leshy attacks with a flurry of sharpened branches and trimming shears. Each creature in a 30-foot cone must make a DC 16 Dexterity saving throw or take 8d6 piercing damage. On a successful save, a creature takes half as much damage.


Nearly any tree can be formed into a bonsai through careful cultivation. The word bonsai originates from Japan, though similar practices exist in numerous cultures. The ultimate goal of bonsai is to create small, aesthetically pleasing versions of plants as a form of art and meditation.

While all leshies are beloved by their creators, Bonsai Leshies receive an extra degree of care and cultivation. They spend many years in deep meditation while potted, eventually caring for other plants and leshies.

Considered one of the wisest of the leshy varieties, many seek the Bonsai Leshies’ rustic retreats to petition for their insight and knowledge.

Masters of their own bodies, and wielding shears to craft new ones, the Bonsai leshy are expert craftsmen and cultivators.

Senior Bonsai typically act as guides and caretakers for younger leshies, especially Bamboo Leshies.

Leshies may work with a wide variety of plant types, and will welcome wayward leshies into their nurseries.

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