Cacao Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral good

Armor Class 14
HP 99 (18d6 + 36)
Speed 30 ft.

13 (+1) 8 (-1) 19 (+4) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 13 (+1)

Saving Throws Dex +6, Wis +6
Skills Acrobatics +6, Perception +6, Stealth +6 (+7 in jungles)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 16
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 3 (700 XP)


  • Plant Speech. jungle plants
  • Plant Form. Small cacao sapling
  • Plant Form. Small cacao sapling
  • Verdant Burst. When a Cacao leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 13 (3d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with cacao saplings, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for cacao, they wither after 24 hours.


  • Multiattack. The Cacao leshy makes two attacks as action, using either its macuahuitl or seed pod attacks.
  • Macuahuitl. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (1d10+4) slashing damage.
  • Seed Pod. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 20/80 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) bludgeoning damage.
  • Enticing Aroma. The Cacao leshy releases a burst of cacao powder. All enemies within a 30-foot radius must make a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or be charmed for 1 minute by the enticing smell. A charmed creature must use their turn moving as close to the Cacao leshy as they can. An affected creature can attempt the Wisdom saving throw again at the end of each subsequent turn. The charm effect also ends if the target is harmed by a hostile creature.


Legend says cacao was once a food for the gods, given to humans by the Plumed Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. The cultivation and trade of cacao seeds, which are used to create chocolate, continues to this day, spreading the sweet smell of chocolate across the planet.

Often serving as an agent of powerful couatls, the Cacao leshy is dedicated to noble pursuits. Wielding a deadly macuahuitl, a Mesoamerican weapon lined with obsidian blades, the leshy cuts down enemies with ease, especially those with evil intent. It may be best to talk or barter your way out of a fight with a Cacao leshy, as its enticing aroma belies an extreme danger.

Cacao seeds, also called cocoa beans, were once a form of currency in some Mesoamerican cultures.

Cacao Leshies can occasionally be bartered with by making offerings to its couatls masters, typically in the form of food, gold, and seeds.

Beware that trying to cheat the leshy in trade will lead to swift and violent retribution.

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