Cat-tail Leshy

Family: Leshy

Huge plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 14
HP 66 (12d6 + 24)
Speed 30 ft.

15 (+2) 14 (+2) 14 (+2) 11 (+0) 13 (+1) 15 (+2)

Saving Throws Con +4, Wis +3
Skills Athletics +4, Deception +4, Stealth +4 (+5 in marshes)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 13
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


  • Plant Speech. river plants
  • Plant Form. Small cat-tail plant
  • Verdant Burst. When a Cat-Tail leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from their body, restoring 4 (1d8) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with cat-tails, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for cat-tails, they wither after 24 hours.


  • Muddy Paw. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d4+3) slashing damage.
  • Chomp. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d8+3) piercing damage.
  • Seed Burst. The body of the Cat-Tail leshy explodes in a burst of pollen, seeds, and dust, causing the area in a 30-foot radius centered on the Cat-Tail leshy to become heavily obscured. Creatures within the burst cannot see out of the radius and creatures outside the burst cannot see through or into the area. The Cat-Tail leshy suffers 5 (1d10) points of bludgeoning damage as part of this action. The seeds disperse after 1d4 rounds.


A fast growing and highly competitive wetland plant, cat-tails are one of the first plants to grow in newly muddy regions. They are well recognized for their sausage-like growths near the top of their stems full of tiny seeds.

Up to a foot long and several inches around, this pod eventually breaks open, revealing white, fluffy material that helps disperse the cat-tail seeds with the wind. Amazingly versatile, these plants are edible, and have been used as insulation, lining for life jackets, to make paper, and to build rafts.

Often wallowing in shallow pools of mud, Cat-tail leshies are energetic and playful creatures. Respected members of the family, they are more pet than familiar, though a love of mud and water makes them outdoor pets at best.

Amazingly versatile, cat-tails have had numerous uses throughout history.

They are largely edible and can be eaten raw, boiled, or ground into flour.

Their fibers have been used to make paper and build rafts, and their fluffy filling makes great insulation and even lining for life jackets!

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