Cave Moss Leshy

Family: Leshy

Small plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 14
HP 121 (22d6 + 44)
Speed 30 ft., climb 30 ft.

17 (+3) 19 (+4) 15 (+2) 11 (+0) 14 (+2) 13 (+1)

Saving Throws Con +4, Wis +4
Skills Acrobatics +6, Perception +4, Stealth +6 (+8 in caves)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 14
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)


  • Plant Speech. moss
  • Plant Form. Small patch of moss
  • Verdant Burst. When a Cave Moss 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 patches of moss, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for moss, they wither after 24 hours.
  • Cave Climb. The Cave Moss leshy can climb vertical surfaces and cling to ceilings as normal terrain.
  • Envelop. The Cave Moss leshy picks up loose items and discarded weapons as it passes over them. The leshy can pick up any weapon in an unoccupied space it moves through and attack using it as if proficient with it.


  • Multiattack. The Cave Moss leshy makes two attacks as an action, using either its Spear or Short bow attack.
  • Spear. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft. or range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (2d8+3) slashing damage.
  • Short bow. Ranged Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit: 7 (1d6+4) piercing damage.
  • Mossy Water (Recharge 5-6). The leshy releases mossy water from its body, which spreads in a 30-foot radius. If the Cave Moss leshy is clinging to a vertical surface, the water spreads towards the ground, pooling at the base of the surface. If clinging to a ceiling, the mossy water drops to the ground and spreads in its normal 30- foot radius. The affected area becomes difficult terrain for 1 minute and any creature that attempts to use 5 feet or more of movement must make a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw or fall prone.


While still individual creatures, Cave Moss leshy live in close knit communities within their cave homes. The bodies of these leshies meld together while resting, with individuals reforming when needed to perform singular tasks. Careless spelunkers can find themselves quickly outnumbered as a harmless looking patch of moss splits into scores of armed leshies.

Like most plants, mosses need access to sunlight to survive. Still, some species thrive in the mouths of caves, trading some sunlight for easy access to moisture and cool temperatures. These plants can even shift their chloroplasts towards the outside world to maximize light uptake. From these cave-dwelling mosses arise the Cave Moss leshy, an amorphous and almost alien creature. These leshies push deep into cave networks, scavenging supplies from fallen explorers while they seek out precious minerals. If one can be befriended, these leshies make excellent guides of their local caves.

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