Giant Groundsel Leshy

Family: Leshy

Large plant (leshy), neutral

Armor Class 20
HP 350 (28d10+196)
Speed 60 ft., fly 40 ft.

28 (+9) 20 (+5) 25 (+7) 15 (+2) 19 (+4) 23 (+6)

Skills Athletics +15, Intimidation +12, Perception +10, Stealth +11 (+13 on mountains)
Damage Resistances non-magical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage, cold Legendary Resistance (3/day): If the leshy fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.
Senses darkvision, passive Perception 20
Languages Common, Druidic, Sylvan


  • Plant Speech. alpine plants
  • Plant Form. Large giant groundsel
  • Verdant Burst. When the Giant Groundsel leshy dies, a burst of primal energy explodes from its body, restoring 56 (8d8+20) hit points to each plant creature in a 30-foot radius. This area immediately fills with giant groundsels, becoming difficult terrain. If the terrain is not viable for groundsels, they wither after 24 hours.
  • Top Heavy. The Giant Groundsel leshy is top-heavy and prone to topple. It has disadvantage on skill checks or saves against abilities that would knock it prone. When toppled, creatures in a 20-foot line from the leshy make a DC 19 Dex. saving throw or take 44 (8d10) bludgeoning damage (half damage on a successful save).


  • Multiattack. The Giant Groundsel leshy attacks three times as an action, twice with its Rosette and once with its Peck attack.
  • Rosette. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 37 (8d6+9) bludgeoning damage.
  • Peck. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 42 (6d10+9) piercing damage.
  • Barrage (Recharge 5-6). The leshy makes three Rosette attacks against a single target. For each successful attack, the next attack deals an additional 2d8 bludgeoning damage.


  • Lunge. The leshy makes a Peck attack with a reach of 15 ft.
  • Flyby (Costs 2 Actions). The leshy flies up to 40 feet and can make a Rosette attack against one creature within range during its movement.


Giant Groundsel Leshies rarely leave their mountaintop homes. There they serve as fierce guardians of sacred sites, protecting the untouched wilderness of the mountain from potential intruders.

These leshies are an excellent judge of character, and will let only those worthy reach the summit without a fight.

Standing some 30 feet tall, these oddly shaped plants are members of the sunflower family. Unlike sunflowers, however, they are only found on specific mountains within East Africa. Their massive rosettes grow from a central wooden stem, becoming taller and wider as the plant grows, leading to an unusual, top-heavy structure.

Giant Groundsel Leshies are surprisingly fast for their size, though quite top heavy and prone to falling. Their tail, split into three rosettes, keeps them balanced and upright, in addition to being dangerous bludgeoning tools.

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